Breathing

Contrary to an animal to which
sense is given from the start on, man is the being in which sense is being decided. An animal never 'loses' the sense. Only man can lose it. What is sense? It is difficult to conceive it in itself. You better 'feel' it in counterpoint vis-a-vis of opposite experiences: situations where sense is lost or gone foolish.

Make way for man!” The heartfelt cry of our audacities. It started with an innocent stammering nine centuries ago; it developed as a thundering claim. With great violence we drove out of our space the Spirit of God, the Breath of God, thinking we could breathe more freely. Until the moment we suddenly felt going short of breath.

Never as big as today was the risk of suffocation. Nevertheless never did a civilization as rich in cultural productions as ours exist. Of course. But this proliferation of 'constituted' sense misses a spiritual space large enough for its disproportion. It misses the 'constituent' sense. The sense giving sense. The sense strong enough to protest against absurdity. The sense holding out against nonsense.


The sense is more fragile than the air, and more vulnerable. Once locked up, it pollutes quickly. We breath it out into the 'bubble' of our immanence. Thus condemning us to breathe only the polluted air of our own bad breath.

Humans seek sense everywhere. Why on the scene of the large world the important questions are so absent and why does futility occupy so largely the space of the stage?

See its etymology. Spiritus. Spirare. To breathe. There is an analogy between the spirit, its breath and the air. The sense is the
breath of the human word. This word is as well a humanizing word. It can get breathless! It needs permanently the breath of 'elsewhere'.


The existential sense is identical with the reason for being, for existing and for living. Beyond its abstract and intellectual meaning, you should never forget its concrete dimensions. Failure. Death. Scandal… When you are expelled from the 'middle' to be projected towards the 'extreme' situations. When your liberty leaves you alone to decide about the sense of your life.

Devenir maître et possesseur de la nature... To become Master and owner of nature.
This Cartesian dream could not have been formulated if it had not been preceded, more than five centuries before, of this other dream to become Master and owner of the sense.
The control of nature is not possible without being master of its essences and of the verb.

That starts around the year 1100, first very timidly and in a quasi innocent way. Among the protagonists we find a man with a singular destiny, Abelard, one of the first 'modern' thinkers. With this 'master of dialectics' begins a drama between reason and faith. And through the nominalistic crisis the Western intelligence starts to succumb to schizoid temptation.



It happens that humans be caught by the mirages of the original tempter, always 'prince of this world'. Break the great Alliance. Take your autonomy. Buckle your world on itself. Become 'Masters and owners' of your possibilities. 'You will be like gods!'


It is impossible that immanence buckled on its strict immanence can leave something else than tautological nonsense. The spirit of man to become really human has to become divine. It needs the great vertical Difference. It needs the Breath of God.

 

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01 Human Paradox
A paradoxal animal
Human paradox
In rupture
An animal in crisis
An animal 'less' (something)
Premature and naked
Child of the difference
Child of elsewhere
 
02 Verticality
Middle and extremes
Tropism to upwards
Divine instinct
The vertical living
Vertical interiority
The personal mystery
In strict immanence
 
03 Gaping Depths
Gaping deepness
Child of gaping
Gaping on an other order
Gaping of meaning
Gaping on the questioning
Gaping of matter
Gaping of existence
In vertical gaping
Negative anthropology
 
 
04 Sacral Difference
Sacral dimension
The sacral difference
Sacral crisis
The archaeological sacred
Sacral verticality
Hiero-tropic space-time
 
05 Human Environment
Human space
Closed and open
Curvature of space
Negative space
Space of the sense
Including and included
Between Alpha and Omega
 
 
06 The Matrix of Humanity
Child of a culture
Human matrix
Culture and cultures
Master speech
Refusing the enclosures
 
07 The Spirit
The spiritual reality
How define it?
Going through
DIS-tinction
The spirit says no
Dialectics
 
08 Spiritual Breath
Breathing
Spiritual energy
Making sense
To signify
Sense is through gaping
Speech and language
Symbol
Faith
 
 
09 The Sense of Sense
The Sense
The space of the sense
The house of the sense
Including and included sense
Confinement
Master and possessor of sense
 
10 The Reason
Science
Constituted and constituent
Scientific dialectics
Bubble
Between
Structure and sense
 
11 The Meaning
Demiurge of the significances
Through
To run here and there
Mechanism
Trough articulation
Articulable matter
 
 
12 Systems Analysis
Systemics
The system
Systemic operation
Energy
Tanks
 
13 Oïkology
Impossible closing
Systemic totality
The house of the spirit
Ecology
We sinned
 
 
14 Exodus
Spiritual adventure
Out of safety measures
Out of the cave
Logos in exodus
 
15 Through Difference
Difference
Starting from difference
Crossing the duality
A logic of crossing
Chance
 
16 Dialectics
Going through 'no'
Fundamental dynamics
Dia-logos
The fourth dimension
Passover dialectics
 
17 Alliance
Broken Alliance
Rupture of the bond
The prodigal son
Atheism
State of grace
 
 
18 History
Emergence of History
Impossible totalizing
Trans-historic verticality
The sense in exodus
Between Alpha and Omega
 
19 Fertile Confrontation
Singular adventure
Dialectical gestation
Antithesis
Two revolutions
Exponents
A long gestation
Explosiveness
 
20 Progress
What is progress?
Source of The progress
Exponential acceleration
The tool of progrès
Why it isn't working
Wedged exponential growth
Progressive illusion
 
21 Schizoid
Tautological speech
Idealism
Master and possessor
Flirt with nothingness
God driven out
Without the Father
Without recourse
Psychosis
 
 
22 The Other One
Arising
The other one
Exposed
To tell the other one
 
 
23 Adventurers
Components and exponents
Adventurers of eschatology
Today
 
24 Through Scandal
Gaping mystery of evil
Trough distance
Congenital evil
Entropy in the human hearth
 
25 Agape
Gaping of Eros
Captive desire
Eros and Agape
Going down
Defeated entropy
 
 
26 God in You
Tropism for Agape
Bottomless bottom
Cleaning the sources
Let you fall
You fall into God
 
 
 
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