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One nothing

Thursday, 20 January 2022 at 21:02

Nothing on Dr John Dunn. One nothing

We all know what nothing is, but only if it is a qualified nothing.

There is nothing …in this box
There is nothing …in this room
There is nothing …between you and me
I searched for gold and found nothing.

In these instances, nothing is delimited by a qualification.

We know there is oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the box, but the qualification denotes the nothingness to be agreed upon.

We know that the prospector might have dug up a pile of sand and dirt in the search for gold, but we know what nothing means because of the qualification.

Nothing is actually nothing plus qualifier.

Can there be nothing without qualification?

Can there be unbounded nothingness, or infinite nothingness?

Let us suppose the answer is yes; there can be unbounded nothingness.

However, would not that state, that everlasting equilibrium, be a single nothingness, an all-embracing oneness?

We have the paradox of one equaling nothing.

You might say that before the beginning there was not nothing, but rather there was one.

© John Dunn.


Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 21:50

I encounter you on Dr John Dunn. Encounter

AllI can say about the short works, now pulled together under the heading ‘Encounter’ in ‘Thought pieces’, is that they are consistent with my cosmogony as it has grown since the publication of Child of Encounter. These are poetic renditions of thoughts as they occurred to me and captured as they did so. What follows here is a scattering of lines freed from captivity. Visit the word zoo here.

All the presuppositions,
all the idolatry,
brought low by a salvific glance.

From your first knowing glance, the shell began to crack and Eros stood erect
Ananke, Ananke,
Who are you?
But for Eros, you would never be known at all
And now… a gentle breeze ripples the veil of Sais
Your soul remained as still as Isis
The serpent in you tempts me
Imagine not having met you
Eternal, wild, and infinite
And did you really appear?
It’s time to end this, She’s defeated us all
The snake of memory is entwined about me
There was encounter, there was love
© John Dunn.

Where the immanence?

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 at 21:32

A painting of the glory on Dr John Dunn. Daniel Gran's Glory of the Newborn Christ in Presence of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Note how Adam and Eve are portrayed below, in chains.

Where the immanence?

With the Fall Adam was a subsumed into the forest, into Nature, Oneness, sub-humanness, into Ananke, into abstraction.

The second Adam, instead of objectifying, was objectified.

The objectified Christ was murdered, the saving Christ was resurrected.

The objectified Christ was crucified, the resurrected Christ lives on as living thought, active thought; a mystery beyond understanding, but revealed as living thought.

But active thought cannot be expressed other than as a thought objectified, i.e. made abstract.

What is thought before the Fall, i.e. the fall into abstraction?

Is immanence with the Logos an attempted expression of active thought?

And where is immanence lived, in Love?

He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.’ (1 John 4:16)

I am brought back to a favourite quotation of mine made by Johann Angelus Silesius, 17th century priest and religious poet.

“I know that without me no God can live; were I brought to naught, he would of necessity have to give up the ghost.”

© John Dunn.

Pound and Evola

Monday, 17 January 2022 at 21:29

Pound by Gaudier on Dr John Dunn. Ezra Pound by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Pound and Evola

Today’s updates to the website include a reworking to the presentation of my reading of Massimo Scaligero’s The Logos and the New Mysteries.The need for this is largely due to a technical oversight which has removed the distinguishing italics from the quotations from the book, as well as other matters such as reduction in size and boldness of the sub-headings. This will be rectified over time. To date this has been done up to and including the reading entitled Perceiving beyond.

Two items have been transferred from the ‘Blog’ to the ‘Archive’.

The first, entitled Pound Analysis,is a collection of quotations from prose works by Ezra Pound that I used as headings to the parts of my book Renaissance: Counter-Renaissance. Why choose Pound? Well, for a start, he knew who the enemy was and is. Pound’s prose works were amongst some of the most insightful analyses of twentieth century global geopolitics, cutting to the core of what is the real block to mankind's struggle upward out of ignorance.

The second piece, entitled Supra-sensual power,to be transferred to the archive is a note on the thought of Julius Evola, in which I emphasised his view that “superiority is not based on power, but rather power is based on superiority”.

© John Dunn.

Unattainable transcendence

Sunday, 16 January 2022 at 21:35

Angelus Silesius on Dr John Dunn. Johann Angelus Silesius

Unattainable transcendence

The divine intention of the Logos for the thinking subject, i.e. the latter’s potential, has its potential moment in the original connectivity with the Logos. However, this moment is not the thinking subject’s reality, who loses this moment. The thinking subject thus loses the possibility of an essential reality, since it believes that thought relates to objects or phenomena outside itself, and not to its own shaping power. Thought fails to see within itself the relation with the Logos that is immediate to it. It transfers this relation outside of itself.

Do we not do the same to the Logos, i.e. to the oginatory principle itself?

The indispensable condition of understanding the Logos is that object be not detached from the subject and posited in itself, independent, in its unattainable transcendence.

As transcendent object it can only be effectively posited as object already thought and thereby it is shownto be immanent in the thinking, but considered abstractly in a way which separates it from the thinking itself. And then it is obvious thatwhat we find within the object is what we have put there.

So it is the separation of the Logos from the thinking subject that results in the objectivising, what I have described elsewhere as idolatry.

What we know commonly as the Logos and ourselves as the thinking subject consist of what we have put there.

The Logos and the thinking subject, i.e. me, are being thought of abstractly; and an abstract concept has no reality.

So where is the concrete reality?

It can only be in active thought.

But active thought cannot be expressed other than as a thought objectified, i.e. made abstract.

What is thought before the fall, i.e. the fall into abstraction?

Is immanence with the Logos an attempted expression of active thought?

I am brought back to a favourite quotation of mine made by
Johann Angelus Silesius, 17th century priest and religious poet.

“I know that without me no God can live; were I brought to naught, he would of necessity have to give up the ghost.”
© John Dunn.

Gnomic wanting

Saturday, 15 January 2022 at 11:00

Original sin on Dr John Dunn. Adam succumbs, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531

Gnomic wanting

Here I lay my reading of St Maximus’s thoughts over my reading of Massimo Scaligero. I find parallels between St Maximus’ natural and gnomic wills and Scaligero’s living and reflected thought.

‘Gnomic will’ is the ‘choosing will’ that originates in thought reflected back as material ‘reality’, that believes it can pick and choose its way through the seemingly ready-made material options laid out before it.

The‘natural will’ originates in the divine will of the Logos, which distinguishes the self from all other selves. The divine will incarnatesin the self as the living thought which shapes the world, unless lost as the ‘gnomic will’ of apparent material ‘reality’ .

‘Natural will’ follows the divine intention for its deification.

It is ‘gnomic will’ that needs salvation.

The Fall resulted in ‘gnomic will’ and reflected thought. ‘Gnomic will’ makes choices in a fallen world of thought, which originated in the Logos, but is reflected back to the self as a pre-existing, separate and self-sufficient material reality with an existence somehow emanating from itself. After the Fall, Adam objectified the world as a material reality. This was the forbidden ‘knowledge’ gained from the tree.

Before the Fall, Adam and Eve saw each other through the eyes of ‘natural will’, i.e. through Love, which is to say the Logos or God.

Following the Fall, having gained knowledge, Adam and Eve objectified each other each other, discovering shame, rather than Love.

‘Natural will’ is divine intention, i.e. Love.

‘Gnomic will’ is false, deluded and evil; but we will it, i.e. we want it, we take pleasure in the objectified.

Only Love overcomes the need for this, there being no shame in love.

Love does not belong over there with the objective and problematical. I quote a relevant piece from my Child of Encounter:

If consciousness and mind cannot be subject to rational explanation, then the answer to this question will not be found in the domain of the problematical and the objectively valid. Love is the only starting point of such mysteries of body and soul. It is a dizzying reflectiveness without reference points. I am not referring to love in the agape giving sense; I mean unrelieved sickness and nausea, Eros, sexuality, destructive lust. To be stuck in the domain of the problematical and the objectively valid is to be enveloped in assurance and certainty. And yet what are the criteria of true love? There are none. Criteria only exist in the order of the objective and problematical. Criteria, those presuppositions, belong over there, with them, ‘the they’. Love belongs over here, with me as an individual and the mystery.

Love shapes the world. ‘A chance encounter can have consequences for eternity’.

© John Dunn.

Love and the true self

Thursday, 13 January 2022 at 20:23

St Maximus the Confessor on Dr John Dunn. Love and the true self

Everyone lives a deluded life until at some point he is awakened to the divine intention for his being.*

This leads us to the possibility of communion with others, as understood from my readings of St Maximus.

Whether of not man acts out the potential given by God, his true self is nevertheless kept in God and contemplated by Him.

The divine intention is constant, and could be said to be the true self of any individual, regardless of the deluded persona under which he might exist.

The point at which the deluded individual recognises that he is divinely interconnected with another being’s true self is Love.

Love transcends the deluded state in which one or both or more true selves are enshrouded, and establishes a relationship of true selves, a communion, however fleeting, during which they more closely track the divine intention laid out for them.

*See 'Blog' for The self from which the pertinent point is this:

To be a self is not our achievement, but rather a gift from God

There is something to be achieved from our own effort, namely, how we give form to the modes of activity.

However,something is given before any activity occurs. The mystery of an individual’s selfhood is kept in the mystery of the divine being.

Whenever we act out the potential that we are given by God, we give form to the mode of action in accordance (or discordance) with the divine intention for our being, as a self.

It is possible to live as divinely intended, but one may also lead a life of delusions separated from one’s true purpose.

© John Dunn.

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