The Last Word On MV Part 3 Of 3

Some Fools In The Desert
With Nothing Else To Do
So Scared Of The Dark
They Invented Me And They Invented You
And Other Fools Keep It All Going
And Growing

Significance Of The Voice Of MV a.k.a. Satan

From Wikipedia: Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality as such, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences. Parmenides was among the first to propose an ontological characterization of the fundamental nature of reality.

In my journal posts, the Devil, in addition to being a metaphor for a higher order of freedom, has also been my creative attempt to give voice to the ~b of ~bb in freedom’s dialectic at the level of b~b~bb (see http://bwinwnbwi.wordpress.com/ for a explanation of the Ontology of b~b~bb) and, as such, “soul” in my story becomes the equivalent of that which connects humans to God. The problem is that what connects God to humans also separates humans from “self” (self as in the implicative affirmative of the not-me-self) and God. Self-consciousness, free will, and choice, however, follow from this separation. Life experience, reason, and significant emotional events influence why we choose what we choose, but our choices, inevitably, fall somewhere in between good and evil, and, if they land in the neighborhood of evil, civilization provides law and order (taboos in pre-modern culture) to counter harm and mayhem. In addition to being the source of self-consciousness and free will, b~b~bb also is the source of meaningful symbol creation, which, in turn, opened the door to the creation of language, myth, religion, art, theoretical knowledge, and the rest of the civilizing processes that we call civilization. This ongoing self-liberation process is embedded in civilization and the aesthetic continuum (immediate sense experience) and it is in the aesthetic continuum where we discover the true meaning of life.

The gorgeous sunset that sometimes swells our eyes to tears is not just a product of the spinning earth; it is also part of the spontaneous, pulsating, emotion that flows from the whole of the aesthetic continuum. Inspiration for the poet, painter, and musician comes not from cerebral musings, but rather from the empowering emotion that inspires life, imagination, and awe. The strength and resolve necessary to create a better world is not found in analysis and calculation, but rather in the empowering emotion that calls us to love, beauty and truth. The immediately grasped, emotionally moving ground out of which all things arise–the aesthetic component of our experience–beckons us to seek the impossible, express the unspeakable, and imagine the inconceivable. The ~b of ~bb, at the level of b~b~bb, — or the voice of the Devil in my story, is not the traditional voice of Lucifer, Satan, or the Devil. That voice, the traditional soul-stealing voice of tradition, is rather the imagined product of wandering nomads lost in the desert many millenniums ago, or so says Randy Newman in his Rock Opera Faust,– and I agree. However, since imagination is itself a product of free will, one could say that the purpose of the imaginary Devil’s voice was/is to admonish consciousness to stay on the “chosen path.” In other words, free will always speaks in two voices, the voice of one’s conscience and the imaginary voice of the Devil. On the other hand, however, the voice of Divinity, when it truly speaks, communicates in the language of Love.

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About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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3 Responses to The Last Word On MV Part 3 Of 3

  1. frizztext says:

    I always loved Randy Newman’s ironical SHORT PEOPLE – a metaphor, meaning narrow minded people …
    +
    thanks for your comment at
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/thoreau/#comments
    maybe Thoreau nowadays would ride a motorbike 🙂

  2. bwinwnbwi says:

    Unfortunately too many people took those song lyrics literally and poor old Randy suffered for that one. Thanks for the comment.

  3. bwinwnbwi says:

    “The problem is that what connects God to humans also separates humans from ‘self’ (self as in the implicative affirmative of the not-me-self) and God. Self-consciousness, free will, and choice, however, follow from this separation. ” Quote from above

    As Sartre says: the transcending For-itself …“is a being such that in its being, its being is in question in so far as this being implies a being other than itself.” (Being And Nothingness p.801) Yet, in so far as Sartre’s pre-reflective cogito is a product of freedom, i.e., a product of universe (~~b), life (~bb), and the symbol-generating movement of free thought (b~b~bb), it reflects both the backside of God (the time of not being) and the “face of God” (our emotional experience of beliefs, concerns, intentions, and deeds). Absent the “face of God” knowledge—language with its lexical, syntactical, and contextual designations, science, ethical behavior, existential meaning, religion, and the questions: how, why, when, and where did human consciousness/freedom come from—would not/could not exist.

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