Archive for July, 2012

it seems to me that any discourse quickly finds its way to the inexpressible of language. various metaphors for these a priori “operators” have been proposed throughout modern times. plato called them “forms,” kant “noumena,” kierkegaard “inwardness,” hegel “weltgeist,” lacan “the chain of signification,” buddha “buddha mind,” linehan “wise mind,” wittgenstein “the ladder that is thrown away once climbed,” searle “the background of consciousness,” rorty “final vocabulary,” freud “das es,” nietzsche and schopenhauer “will.” contact with the unsayable. isn’t that what therapy is all about?


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in a world without absolute certainty (“god is dead”) and with an authority structure that appears inevitably to fall into coercion and cruelty in order to maintain group cohesion (“power tends to corrupt”), what is left for humans to hold onto? how do we maintain solidarity and cohesion of purpose in a world with no anchor and little compassion in the halls of power? when even the wisest among us are overwhelmed by this dialectic, how do we move forward without blowing ourselves to bits in the process? i think this is what Rilke meant when he wrote, “who is there we can make use of?… Don’t you know yet?—Fling the emptiness out of your arms into the spaces we breathe—maybe that the birds will feel the extended air in more intimate flight.”

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