Tuesday September 19th 2017Tim
the consequences of surplus was the development of
methods that rearranged our ability to define our world.
They were posited as cures, but some might be inclined
to think of them as languages, the language of Science,
Math, Physics and so on. And here you'd have to think
that the language of Art has a more distant place, more
closely related to the flow and often random connections
between words and sentences that make expressions of
both hope and misery, as well as outreach toward wonder,
purpose and other magical substances. Much of it
spinning around varied attempts to identify the "thing
that is me." The thing that exists in the experience of
it and nowhere else. An answerless question, ripe for
imagination, as well as containing an emptiness that
some find difficult. Much easier to think you know than
not to know, turn to loudness and bombast for solace
when challenged rather than bursting into tears.
I can however,
take it for granted that the twenty third Pope John who in
his Journal of a Soul, sixty eight years of his diary, on
many occasions and in many different ways claimed "I do not
Belong to myself" had a better handle on "the thing that is
me" by finding a solution to it. Wasn't easy for him as he
climbed from priest, to papal legate and all the way up to
the title of Pope. Sounds like a twelve step program, but
through long years during which there was whole bunch of
very unholy things going on it gave him serenity despite
moments of temptation. And it's funny how an allegiance,
whether you're religious, an atheist or a bit of both,
whether you worship yourself in the language of math, or art
or wealth or food or mass murder or whatever you can think
of, will always demand this giving-ness that requires a
person to think in terms of "I do not Belong to myself."
In this way our being is more like cockle burrs than we'd
like to think. And here the idea that we are "sticky stuff"
fills me with a certain confidence around the possibilities
for the longevity of our species..