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When the arrow pierces

Friday, 3 January 2020 at 20:56

Cupid and Psyche on Dr John Dunn. Bénigne GAGNERAUX (1756 – 1795)
Cupid Wakens Psyche

Eros is the God of an overtaking and befalling in which an overwhelming beginning takes place.

Love brings down every ‘own’ existence.

The befallen is in the timeless time and the placeless place

Difference measured by distances in time and space is irrelevant.

The befallen is the past and the future at one and the same time.

When being in love, when being entirely and intensively in the atemporal instant, only then does existence as Dasein,* break through.

Authenticity breaks through when the meaning of existence as subjectivity breaks down.

Human existence is not given. It has to be discovered continuously.

Dasein is no longer a question of identity or of unity.

Dasein is a question of entire intimacy and intimate entirety, which means seizing while being seized, apprehending while being apprehended.

Authenticity breaks through when consciousness of subjectivity and the subjectivity of consciousness dies.

That happens when the arrow pierces

*Used in the sense that Heidegger uses the expression Dasein i.e. to refer to the experience of being that is peculiar to human beings.

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Deviant human

Thursday, 2 January 2020 at 17:34

Cupid and Psyche on Dr John Dunn. Psyche’s transgression of the god’s taboo served her positively in personal growth.

It is from blind trust that we need to be liberated. It is only after loss that the journey to authenticity can begin.

The consequence of transgression is like experiencing a death. Naive animality is put down.

The emergence from chaos, can only come from the side of death. It is new life.

Love passes the threshold into the unknown.

Psyche’semergence from chaos, subhuman naivity and experience of loss transformed blind union with Eros into something greater.

The god’s taboo is experienced in our everyday lives.

The inhibiting ‘no’ is there when we remain blind to the truth.

To see the full spectrum of life, we must be deviant. Only the human can be deviant.

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Only Love

Wednesday, 1 January 2020 at 10:56

Eros on Dr John Dunn. (In my previous blog about Heidegger and conscience, My ownmost way, I asked - what awakens conscience?)

Only Eros can transform the human psyche.

It is the transformative power of relationship.

Eros pulls the naive innocent towards the source of divine love.

Eros is the the god within the naive innocent that unfolds authentic existence.

In the Greek mysteries only chaos existed i.e. chaos as non-being and from chaos was born Eros.

The naive innocent too exists in a state of chaos i.e. the chaos of 'the they', or a state of non-being. Does this chaos give birth to the god that is Eros, i.e. the god within?

In the Greek mysteries Eros represents the driving force behind the birth of the gods, the divinities.

At an individual level, does Eros give birth to divine knowledge?

In Orphic tradition, the mother of Eros was Night and his father the Wind,a combination symbolic of chaos. From their cosmic embrace, Eros was born from an egg, the Orphic Egg.

Eros symbolised the emergence of cosmic order out of chaos. On another level, the essence of Eros was the awakening of human thought out of the chaos of naïvety, or the emergence of the human out of animality, or being out of non-being.

The awakening activated by carnal desire means an end to the animalistic non-being of innocence and reveals the pure love and awakened consciousness of the psyche.

Yes, Eros does give birth to divine knowledge - as conscience, as being.

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