Empty Days

Saturday, October 02, 2004



On Will.

I believe Nietzsche was right on the nail in putting the problem of will at the center of his investigative philosophy. No matter what they say in those know-it-all outfits of modern psychology, we are (or I am) very far from getting a clue as to what human beings are exactly made of - will is the source of life, but where does it come from and how exactly does it act - a thousand answers are not enough of an answer.

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There was an interesting "synchronicity" event today as I was pondering over this endlessly evasive question. First i had an online convo with a guy who barely speaks english: nonetheless he came up with the famous "where there is will there are ways". Next thing I know I ran into the same motto being disparaged on that jungian website about synchronicity. Cause-effect, or no such thing. Both ways it takes guts - which is action. Next question: what are your guts made from really?

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In the end it all comes down to thinking - or let us rather call it blindness. There is an undeniable blind angle to the purely rational take on everything that pertains to the processes of life - such as, for instance, decision-making. Discoursive psychology endlessly glides over the surface, never letting you worry where the hell does it all come from. Such brilliant explanations as "neurons not connecting"- oh really? How sad indeed.

There are a lot of imbecilities that are weighing on us because they're out there and everybody believes them - the only possible policy is to ignore those as best one can. It's very difficult, but it's feasible. Most of all - it's scary.

Something like: "if you have cancer, hide it". Admittedly it's less painful in matters of human psyche, though it depends on the case.

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Another way of putting the same question: is rational blindness any less scary than irrational blindness? Supposedly it's less scary - because you're convinced you know where you stand. Illustration: cartoon coyote not yet aware he's overshot the edge of the cliff and there is an abyss underneath. He knows where he is - while he knows yet not. Akin to walking on water - you may as long as you don't suspect it can't be done.

But how will you walk on water if you know-for-sure it can't be done.

But what if you suddenly realize you don't know... does it get any scarier?

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It's no use blathering about the illusion of life. At least it's useless on a purely intellectual level, which is where most of such talk actually takes place. But I guess there are events and actions that can make this plain enough. What then? It's still useless really to talk about this - reason might be illusory but it is also the sitting-place of all the talk in the world.

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Poetry is the opposite of reason - strangely enough, it is. For all the rhymes and the structure and the words, the source of poetic vision is entirely outside rational thinking. I absolutely do not have it and therefore I know exactly what I am talking about - because I don't have it.

Only poetry can grant you access to where you can't go with your thinking - it's the inspiring life-giving factor. Poesis means "making" - making the world.

(and of course i don't mean just poetry - and of course i can't even understand it - you gotta have some of that in you even to understand)

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I still don't know where it all comes from.





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