Archive | January 2017

Metamorphosis

I found this image below on a website called “The Chicago Philosophy Meetup“, and given all we’ve discussed here in the past about the “pyramid of vision” (perspectivising consciousness) and the triadic structure of modern consciousness (as represented, for example, on The Great Seal of the United States) I found this particular representation striking as an example of “metamorphosis” connected with the act of perception.

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The Three Evils, the Four Birds, and the Zoas

Buddhism recognises Three Evils: Greed, Malice (or Ill-Will), and Ignorance. There is quite an abundance of these today. They are the elements of samsaric existence. And against these Three Evils it sets up the Three Gems as refuge from the evils — “I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha”. You can say that the Three Gems are transforms or metamorphoses of the Three Evils, or the Three Evils, optionally, are perversions of the Three Gems. The names, or virtues, “Buddha”, “Dharma”, and “Sangha” are simply surrogate terms for what Jesus also referred to as “The Way, the Truth, and the Life”, or, optionally, the three virtues named “faith, hope, and charity”. These, however, have lost their original meaning over the centuries. But you can also say that “faith, hope, and charity” correspond to the meanings “Buddha”, “Dharma”, and “Sangha”.
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New Mutation, New Renaissance

I’m back from my two-week travels in Wonderland, and very happy to be home again. Man, is it weird out there! It makes me appreciate the life of a hermit.

But what I want to address today is something that was alluded to in the comments to the earlier post on The Pursuit of Power, particularly in relation to Jean Gebser’s anticipation of a “new mutation” in the consciousness structure of late modern man, such as he attempted to describe it in his book The Ever-Present Origin (and thanks to David for digging up that quotation from the book about “synairesis” as Gebser introduced this term, which I’ve had some time to reflect upon in relation to Nora Bateson’s “symmathesy” and Rosenstock-Huessy’s “metanomics”).

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