Singular Western adventure
Whoever you are in Occident, whichever are your reactions of unbelief or of faith, you cannot escape the influence of your history. And our History is marked by the confrontation of extreme difference. The gestation of the Occident through a radical confrontation becomes paradigm of universal fruitfulness of encounter with Other ones.
Europe, Occident, Modernity. The three unite. Europe like a geographic-historical space becomes native soil and hearth of Occidental culture. Occident as a project of civilization and culture which, historically, overflows Europe. The Modernity which translates the 'Western' relevance in the topicality of today. The rest of the world, whether it likes it or not, for its happiness or for its misfortune, did not remain and could not remain out of this adventure. Whether you regret it or are delighted about it, it is a historical fact. It was bound to happen that Occident was conquering the world and imposing its model. By weapons, by techniques, by seduction. Why didn't the Chinese, inventors of the compass, use it for the discovery of the world? And why, having invented the gunpowder, didn't they use it for dominating by force? Why Occident? No human culture has ever known something approaching such an explosive exaltation of human liberty. Everywhere else, even among Greeks, remained too absolute the divine or cosmic destiny. Here, on the other hand, human liberty was infinitely opened, at the image and the resemblance of the liberty of God himself.
The meeting of difference is fertile. The meeting of extreme difference is infinitely fertile. If the 'same' one remains closed on itself, never anything else will be. Innovation is child of the difference which clashes dialectically. Also was the encounter of Athens and Jerusalem. The most gigantic collision of conceivable difference! Nowhere else met so big differences than in our Occident. Nowhere else has released a greater dynamics.
Why the extraordinary dynamics of this adventure? There seems to be only one answer. It was the dialectical dynamics resulting through reciprocal challenge and confrontation from the inter-fecundation of gigantic differences between the pagan component and the Judeo-Christian exponent.
Starting from this inter-fecundation of the 'thetic' components of the Neolithic revolution and the 'antithetic' exponents of the Judeo-Christian revolution will arise, after a very long gestation, an extraordinary deployment of growth and acceleration. It occurs as if the Neolithic 'mechanisms' started to function exponentially. The tool producing a tool which overtakes it. A huge tool system inflates and overflows. The invention provokes an increasingly bold invention. More and more enormous ones arise.
Occident was not born by parthenogenesis! Occident was born from father and mother. Our mother is pagan. Our father is Judeo-Christian.
In this single new cultural space, by the irruption of the Judeo-Christian innovation, man was provoked, defied, with becoming creator of History, creator of historicity. Also the only cultural space where anguish penetrated deeply. Here were broken the atavistic defense mechanisms against the temporal urgency. Here was broken the circle of eternal return. That can be exciting. That cannot miss being at the same time infinitely distressing.
Man is projected out of himself. Out of its safety measures. Irremediably embarked in History. Having to risk the adventure… From now on man becomes responsible for his present and his future! And nobody writes any more his history in his place. From now on it pertains to man to write the history of the gods! With God undoubtedly. But in a personal relationship which leaves man responsible and opens to risk. An infinitely exciting task but at the same time infinitely distressing.
|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||Autor|