Empty Days

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Was wirklich ist


Incidentally, this German thing is from Hegel whom I've never read but the quote is fundamental - what is real is rational.

Which basically means - whatever happens to you (be it an epiphany or a ghost apparition) is set in stone once it's happened. You can't get it out of the continuum of your experience. You've seen a ghost and it's not even a matter of whether you believe in ghosts or not - it's there now, it's been real to you if only for a moment. Therefore it's rational. Your mind has dealt with it. This is what life is like.

Now here is my question and I can never properly answer that one.

Let's say we're talking religion, god, spiritual dimensions and what not. Let's say we indulge in a lofty argument about deeds and creeds etc. And then I walk out into the street and it's all gone. The only *wirklich* thing out there is the street and my average state of mind as I walk to the store.

What happened to god, spirit, creeds? They're out of my mind. And they're out of my mind 97% of the time, most of my life. Reality does not match up to my beliefs or - to put it mildly - aspirations. Lofty moments pass rather quickly, otherwise I would mostly float around instead of walking the earth.

So where is the connection between the life of the mind and life lived? I don't really see any. Maybe there isn't any. I wouldn't be surprised. It's not exactly a question of hypocrisy. It's something different - not wanting to know oneself as one really is.

Quote from the Aboveground Man :

"Kierkegaard chastised others for not living in the categories they think in. This is also the view of the postmod. But Shestov says we fail to think in the categories in which we live."






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