Eros - Eris
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at 17:39
Interesting that in The Timaeus, Ananke (Necessity) is the irrational element, which is opposed by Nous (Reason), i.e. reason seeks to impose order on a chaotic necessity.
This goes against the Spinozist principle that reason is the recognition of necessity, i.e. Spinozism is for CHAOS.
Yet necessity could also be seen as equililibrium, which needs the discordant intervention of Eris/Discordia.
Yet an equilibrium could also be disrupted by irresistible, i.e. necessary, Eros.
Eros, is the Hellenic deity associated with sensual love and desire. Eris (known to the Romans as Discordia), is the goddess of strife and discord. So we have Love and Chaos. Would it be too simplistic an explanation to conclude that the two are always close to one another - only a vowel apart?
© John Dunn.
Eros the pearl
Monday, 17 February 2020 at 17:59
The Orphic myth/metaphor suggested that Ananke (force, constraint, necessity in Orphic cosmogony) came first, fully formed with her consort Chronos (not to be confused with Cronus), and together they brought about the universe from an egg, and it is from this egg that Eros hatched.
Hatched from the cosmic egg, Eros, or Love, was the golden winged primordial being who was the source of the universe and the seed of gods and men.
Eros was also known as Phanes, which means ‘manifestor’ or ‘revealer’, and is related to the Greek words ‘light’ and ‘to shine forth’ as well as the Latin ‘Lucifer’.
Eros was also conflated by the Greeks with the great god Pan, meaning everything.
Love was everything.
But before Love was hatched, why the coupling of Ananke and Chronos? There was no irresistible irritant to form the pearl (to introduce my metaphor).
This was why Plato in The Timaeus modified the Orphic myth and paired Ananke with Nous (reason, intellect).
Nous was the irritant but never overcame Ananke.
And the pearl? For me, this was Eros.
© John Dunn.
Thursday, 13 February 2020 at 17:59
Ananke by Gilbert Bayes 1918
Ananke, goddess, indestructible force, bestower of love and life, upholder of the law of fate and ultimate destruction, giver and destroyer. Mother Earth, our courage in love and war is powerless and transient before the constancy of your steely gaze. Femme fatale, Zeus and the Olympian Gods fall before you.
And yet - the subjugation of Necessity to wise persuasion was the initial formation of the universe.
CHAOS was harmony, equilibrium and darkness upon the waters.
Eros, the disruptor of harmony, introduced being.
© John Dunn.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at 17:20
What all the prophets,mystics, philosophers on the academically filtered cannon were ‘rebelling’ against was the very thing that they ended up reinforcing - the politically and economically-driven, counter-Renaissance, Kabbalah-based philosophy established by Spinoza as the foundation of the Enlightenment.
Spinoza’s philosophy destroyed Renaissance humanist ideas about the divine nature of mankind, perhaps best exemplified by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s Oration on the Dignity of Man, by reducing the individual human being to a mere mode of existence of the one originating and infinite Substance.
Spinoza’s naturalistic pantheism was a secularised variant of Lurianic Kabbalah, which was in turn a mystical metaphor for Jewish exile and hoped-for return. This again in turn was expressive of loss and hoped-for recovery of economic status following the Iberian expulsion. The metaphorical return to the originating Substance in Lurianic Kabbalah was termed Tikkun.
Spinozist/Kabbalistic thinking was the basis of the Enlightenment and continues to provide the philosophical fuel for the inclusiveness and oneness of economic globalism.
Spinozist thinking dominates the public discourse at all levels - political, philosophical, economic, environmental, socio-cultural and at the root of this thinking is Tikkun, the return to oneness. You might call Tikkun the spiritual heart of globalism.
All the ‘prophets’ who have survived on the academically filtered cannon, as you might expect, all serve to reinforce the success of the Spinozist/kabbalistic project.
© John Dunn.
Eros will live
Friday, 31 January 2020 at 17:12
The soul is endless and eternal: There is no limit, a whole lifetime is not enough to know it.
In an encounter, there is no point at which the other soul can be known entirely, nor when you too are known.
The soul is alive, and always in a process of change, as are all living things. As long as it lives it will possess the capacity to reveal ever deeper layers.
Soul means life and life means change.
It will never be fixed as a thing and known entirely.
It would never be known at all were it not for the potent momentum of Eros.
As long as there is something new to find in the other soul and as long as you reveal yourself, Eros will live.
“The chance encounter can have consequences for eternity.”
© John Dunn
Thursday, 30 January 2020 at 21:14
The self can only be found in the other. Without the other there is no self-being.
Only when the other is encountered can the greatest gift be bestowed on the beloved, the true self - regardless of whether it is accepted or not.
Only in this gift will the true self ever be known.
In the opportunity to give of oneself lies the possibility of one sole essence arising out of two separate substances.
Know this and know why the God who is love is revealed to human consciousness as the eternal Trinity - the Loving One who loves, the Loved One who loves, and their Love who loves them.
The Grail quest of the awoken spirit, the sorrowful spirit, the damaged spirit, is the quest for God.
© John Dunn.
To give all
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 16:53
Eros is the necessarily humanising experience, regardless of the fact that damage, sorrow and loss will follow the encounter.
It is the creative force behind spiritual life and ideas.
Without it life is mere existence and sex merely reproductive of exitstence.
Eros kick-starts the Grail quest, the adventure, the search for knowledge of the other soul.
It drives the desire to give all of oneself to the other.
Unless the soul of the other is sought and found, the self will never be complete.
© John Dunn.