Systemic totality

The complexity of the interactions of a world that we discover increasingly complex is such, today, that it is likely to disconcert the intelligence. The forest is not seen any more, hidden by a proliferation of trees. To embrace the whole of our complexity with its multiple interactions calls for a new tool of intelligibility. It is called systemic. It is not to be confused with 'systematic'! Because this kind of intelligibility is not coming from one 'system' and is not dependant on the internal contents of a system. On the other hand, it apprehends the systems, any system, as a system. It makes it possible to understand the whole without necessarily having to understand the internal complexity of each part. It is enough to treat it like a 'black box'. The parts are indeed infinite, and, therefore, ask for an infinity of specialists on bottom of an infinite debate. So that in extreme cases the world can fall into pieces before foreseeing the beginning of a possible comprehension.

It occurs as if, at the image of the material world, the spiritual order were spread out in a specific ecosystem of spiritual energy. In the biosphere there are vital elements like water or air which are however quite common. We take really cognisance of it only when they are suddenly missing. The same occurs with the spiritual dynamics. Until today we did not know that its absence was mortal. We lived unconsciously with its superabundance. We produced it quite naturally more than we consumed it. Our tanks overflowed with it.

Human realities, spiritual realities, are understood through the paradigm of natural and material realities. It is necessary to start by reflecting on what is an ecosystem and how it is threatened with death when an opening is refused it. The total human space, our large 'house' - oïkos in Greek - who integrates the systems of our earth in interdependent unit and in interaction is called ecosystem. An ecosystem is closed in relation to the elements. This means that it functions with a finished quantity of material possibilities. The ecosystem has to balance its assessment. On the other hand it is open in relation to energy.

The reality and the operation of the human reality can be regarded as
systemic at the image of any alive organic system. It functions according to the paradigm of every 'system' with an entry, an exit and a function, in interaction with other included or including systems. It has borders which mark the difference between an 'inside' and an 'outside', between a 'fence' and a 'opening'. This essential opening is denied only under penalty of death. A system can certainly function within its fence. But only for a time. Here any autonomy is function of available reserves. A system can remain closed only as long its tanks are not empty and the internal recycling of its waste is possible. Theoretically a system is 'absolute' provided that it is not included by a more including system.

There is like an
interactive interlocking of the systems from smallest on to the largest. Between the smallest possible micro-system and the totality of the cosmic macro-system, 'a' system is each time a set which functions between other sets. So nature functions as a solidarity of tangled up systems. On each systemic level, there are thus an entry and an exit in interactive connection with the entries and the exits of the other systems, included and including ones.

The human space time defines each time what is thinkable and what is unthinkable, what is feasible and what is not feasible, what is possible and what is impossible. Because everything is not possible anywhere and at any time. Thus, for instance, the thirteenth century has it possibilities that we do not have any more and misses the possibilities that we have today. Whereas we do so easily believe that our thinkable and our possible of today are 'impassable', how will the future thirty-fifth century, for example, perceive it?

Such a space is characterized by a reference frame, a horizon, axes and a centre. A reference frame which determines the fundamental dimensions. A horizon which traces the limits of its theoretical and practical possibilities and impossibilities. Axes marking the broad outlines of force according to which this possible is articulated. A centre, node of convergence of the fundamental axes.

You cannot find the key of intelligibility of the human realm in the included contents. You find it in the including whole. The interior becomes fully understandable only starting from outside. It is from 'outside' and from outside only that the 'whole' appears in truth. The forest explains the trees and not the reverse. The whole is more essential than the parts.

The s
chizoid anthropocentric enclosure by which modernity gets to itself buckles humanity on humanity. For the first time since man exists, the 'human make up' system starts to function in strict enclosure. This means the human reality has continuously to heat itself, in strict autonomy, its hot source of sense and of significances. This means also it has to find ways for recycling efficiently its waste and to reload by itself and from itself its semantic accumulators.

However, up to its extreme finite enclosure, modernity does not cease, indeed, taking part, often in spite of it, and more unconsciously than consciously, of some 'transcendence'. Without this subterfuge it could not survive a long time without succumbing to asphyxiation. Thus the rupture with the hot source is never consumed. And especially the accumulators are never completely discharged. Even the most radical absurdity does not succumb to its own logic becausethe powerful accumulators of semantic energy are not yet flat. Especially those of Judeo-Christian signifiance.

More than it dares to acknowledge it, our modern world functions despite everything, even by surreptitious participation, on a formidable reserve of sense, true capital of spiritual energy made up during the Western history.

The ecosystem of the sense is the large house of the sense, the large spiritual matrix in which humans are generated and educated as humans.



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
The spirit says no
08 Spiritual Breath
Spiritual energy
Making sense
To signify
Sense is through gaping
Speech and language
09 The Sense of Sense
The Sense
The space of the sense
The house of the sense
Including and included sense
Master and possessor of sense
10 The Reason
Constituted and constituent
Scientific dialectics
Structure and sense
11 The Meaning
Demiurge of the significances
To run here and there
Trough articulation
Articulable matter
12 Systems Analysis
The system
Systemic operation
13 Oïkology
Impossible closing
Systemic totality
The house of the spirit
We sinned
14 Exodus
Spiritual adventure
Out of safety measures
Out of the cave
Logos in exodus
15 Through Difference
Starting from difference
Crossing the duality
A logic of crossing
16 Dialectics
Going through 'no'
Fundamental dynamics
The fourth dimension
Passover dialectics
17 Alliance
Broken Alliance
Rupture of the bond
The prodigal son
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
Two revolutions
A long gestation
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
Master and possessor
Flirt with nothingness
God driven out
Without the Father
Without recourse
22 The Other One
The other one
To tell the other one
23 Adventurers
Components and exponents
Adventurers of eschatology
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