Monday July 23rd 2012 Tim
Many years ago it was called Spirit then it was called
Soul and it has been called Phenomenology. In most
cathedrals it still is most pompously defined this way: "The study of
all possible appearances in human experience, during which
considerations of objective reality and of purely subjective responses
are left out of account." Or perhaps easier to call it "The
Structures of Consciousness." Then increasingly the sciences and
mathematics, began to suggest more useful explorations of mind through
an examination of structures in the brain. My favorite, the
Hypothalamus which rhymes with Hippopotamus. Less favorite is the
Cerebral Cortex, which is where meaning is made.
And I too have watched the
detective programs on the television, and I too know how DNA will tell no
falsehoods when put beside the testimony of a person's memory, which is
frail and never to be trusted, and quickly thrown out of court by an agile
cross examination. Or what Heidegger decided was "being-in-the-world."
A place where the meaning of an object, moves around in a manner that is
occasionally without any apparent direction or usefulness whatsoever.
Sometimes, I hope, it's worth wondering what it is I do here, and why.
Because that's what Saints expect from structures.