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Beginning, always

Monday, 24 January 2022 at 10:34

A devil of a tumble on Dr John Dunn. Illustration for John Milton's Paradise Lost by Gustave Doré (1866). The spiritual descent of Lucifer into Satan

Beginning, always

Before and after the beginning there is nothing.

The beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking; it is life.

All outside active thinking is nothing; it is death.

What is outside of active thinking? A reflected world, where the products of active thinking are reflected back as entities in their own right, with existences in their own right, divorced from the Logos; it is a world where the abstract takes on the appearances of the concrete, where living thinking is objectified as dead matter.

Satan fell to the outside and occupied the objective. To fall into abstraction is to fall to nothing, and nothing is death.

Before the beginning there was nothing and 0 = 1.

To fall outside is to fall into the One, the indiscriminate Oneness, the realm of the Devil and the Devil’s children

Satan tempted Adam through Eve into knowledge, i.e. knowledge of the objective world, into which both were condemned.

They were condemned to a ‘gnomic will,’ which 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.

Adam and Eve objectivised each other and were ashamed of what they wanted, but it never stopped them wanting.

The sons of Adam are born into a fallen state, i.e. the reflected and objectivised world.

Satan tempted Christ to come over to the objectivised world, where power might be exerted over a temporal realm. The rejection of Satan is the rejection of death and an acceptance of the beginning, always.

© John Dunn.

Living thought as Logos

Sunday, 23 January 2022 at 11:10

The blessing on Dr John Dunn. Living thought as Logos

What was before the beginning? Nothing.
What came after the beginning? Nothing.

The beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking.

That which lies outside of active thinking is an abstraction, i.e. nothing.

Why did the beginning happen when it did, e.g. 6000 years ago for the Bible literalists, or x billion years ago for the Big Bang theorists?

The question asks about an abstraction, i.e. nothing, because the beginning is not fixed at any one discoverable time, the beginning is now in active thought, or it is nothing, an abstraction.

Taking my cue from Garth D. Wiebe’s work on the translation to the opening of John’s Gospel, I now add John 1:1-5.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

Wiebe points out that Hellenistic Greek, from which the Bible was translated,had no past tense. Also ‘Word’ was not the result of a direct translation into English. A better translation from the Greek might be ‘expression’ or, my preference, ‘living thought’, taking it above merely the idea of a verbal utterance.

In the light of the above, let me rework the translation.

1In the beginning is the living thought, and the living thought is with God, and the living thought is God. 2 He is with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things are made; without him nothing is made that is made. 4 In him is life, and that life is the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness is not overcoming it.

This might allow us to think of the Word, almost universally understood to mean the Logos, the Christ, as living thought.

Weibe also notes how the typical English translation, 'the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory,' brings to mind only an image of the incarnation and ministry of Jesus in the past, whereas the actual text brings to mind the word become flesh that dwells in, rather than amongst us.

Following my argument, we might then consider The Logos, the Cosmic Christ, as living thought, in rather than amongst us.

This notion of in, rather than amongst, recalls:

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

(Pictured: Blessing Christ by Hans Memling, late 15th century)

© John Dunn.

Beginning, always

Friday, 21 January 2022 at 20:21

Always at the start on Dr John Dunn. Beginning, always

In unbounded nothingness all is one.

All is subsumed in one.

What is all? All is one.

There is only one and 1 = 0.

How do we get from no-thing to some-thing?

In the beginning was the Word, the Logos.

Before the beginning there was nothing and 0 = 1.

With the beginning the infinite space of nothing was bounded.

For the one has no past but is created in the eternity of the present, behind which there is no past and in front of which there is no future.

There is only beginning, always.

© John Dunn.

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.

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