The unpleasantness of the world and the darkness of self need not be demonized, for in gazing into their depths, we can humble ourselves by checking our “good” preconceptions against their seeming opposites.

And we can also garner clues about which dark path we must travel to come into a place of being that makes light and dark into a wondrous lie—a place which some refer to as “the transcendent,” or “the sublime.”

There really are no words for it, (in my opinion), if it even exists.


9 thoughts on “Musings

  1. too many abstractions, Kent, as I’ve stated earlier, and as there are, to my mind, too many of in this particular “Musings”, equals a lot of hot air – what is, for instance, “a place of being that makes light and dark into a wondrous lie”, not to mention “demoniz[ing]” of “[t]he unpleasantness of the world and the darkness of self need”, is this something that any of us are familiar with, or are you just blowing off steam – cheers, richibi

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    • And as I’ve stated earlier, “too many abstractions” is your subjective opinion, Richibi. Also, as I’ve stated earlier, I believe that when dealing with the topic of transcendence, or any assertion that maintains its applicability over the span of time or cultures, it is necessary to phrase it as an abstraction so that it can be flexible enough to be interpreted and applied to specific contexts, which allows the abstractly phrased principle to maintain relevance across a wide range of instances…IF the audience is willing to expand their perspective to the point where they can harmonize the principle with their current situation. “A place of being that makes light and dark into a wondrous lie” is deliberately left unnamed because once one starts putting names and constraints around the idea of a transcendental state, you end up with dogmatic religion. “The unpleasantness of the world and the darkness of self” simply refers to the Jungian idea that we deliberately turn away from that which we find subjectively unpleasant, even though it would be extremely useful for us to explore that unpleasantness. This idea of irony, echoed in the idea that a hero is hamstrung by their virtues and a villain can behave nobly due to their faults, is echoed throughout literature, and is also a reliable phenomena in life, for those who complain about others are often complaining about faults in themselves.

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      • It sounds like you speak of striving for existing only in the moment. A time/place where light and dark, good and evil can not go? A place of no future or past… simply now? It’s very abstract, to be sure, but a place/time where/when total peace with… whatever… can be achieved. Truly existing in the moment makes all those “things” – light/dark, good/evil, yesterday/tomorrow – simply not matter. Or maybe it all matters there… O_o

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      • if you say so, Kent, but I still don’t don’t get it, maybe I’m just a ninny – cheers, richibi – psst: watched the first 2 episodes of “Band of Brothers” yesterday at home here with my mom, my dad landed in Normandy in August, 1944, I cried when I imagined him undergoing the horrors depicted

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      • I don’t think you’re a ninny at all! I think you have a valid point—that abstraction by itself is incomplete, and must be funneled into something specific and usable. But I think my point is valid as well: that just because abstraction requires funneling into specificity and functionality, doesn’t mean it isn’t useful as a stand-alone construct. Man, I can’t even begin to understand what your dad went through. There are levels to war, and the beach landing in Normandy is far and above what many will ever be able to imagine or experience. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for your dad. Where once I used to just get excited over military stuff, now I find myself gravitating toward the sacrifice and cost that individuals pay during and afterward.


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