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
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.