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…beginning of the Beginning

Friday, 3 June 2022 at 21:04

Ananke statue on Dr John Dunn. …beginning of the Beginning

Dr John Dunn 2020.

So having conceded that there can only be metaphor, symbol and allusion, I have established the beginnings of a mythology, a creation myth, a cosmogony.

Returning back to my initial thoughts on the Beginning, i.e. the violation of Ananke by Eros, i.e. by Love, I have added below my Ananke-Eros juxtaposition, which holds in embryonic form a Zarathustrian counter-polarity of Evil v Good, though not in a fully formed and finished manner, and with further development to be done. Suffice to say that equilibrium is on the pole of Evil and violation and disruption is on the pole of Good.


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‘Ananke - Eros’


Dr John Dunn 2020.

Ananke- goddess, indestructible force, bestower of love and life, upholder of the law of fate and ultimate destruction, giver and destroyer.

Eros - primordial God of Creation and Life - symbol of the divine likeness of man.

Ananke- Entropy, Chaos, oneness, heat-death in which the world will be reduced to one vast temperature equilibrium in which nothing new ever happens, death.

Eros - anti-entropy, diversity, individuality, developmental potential, life.

Ananke - equilibrium, unviolated.

Eros - disrupter, violator.

Ananke - passive.

Eros - dynamic, creative.

Ananke - Mistress of the Labyrinth, cave, darkness, deepest mystery.

Eros - bringer of light, penetrator, painter of the cave, artist.

Ananke - Aphrodite, Demeter, Mother Earth, Nature, animal, despair, woman.

Eros - son, new birth, Renaissance, human, hope, man.

Ananke - FEMME FATALE.

Eros - LOVE.

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Wondering

Thursday, 2 June 2022 at 20:56

Vernadsky on Dr John Dunn. Vladimir Vernadsky in 1889

Wondering

Dr John Dunn 2022.

I was left wondering about closed systems and how truly to burst out of them.

There can only be metaphor, symbol and allusion.

In my mythological cosmogony, Ananke is the symbol of undifferentiated Oneness, equilibrium, the endless repeating cycle and entropic death. The champion of violation is Eros, the victims of equilibrium are the Innocents, the promoters of the One are the Children of Urizen. Ultimately the contest is between Love and Evil.

In the one infinite Cosmos without man, there would be no ‘that is’, there would be no ‘be’ing.

Where there is no being, there is void, no-thing; there is 0. Without man, 1=0.

And it all started with a wondering.


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‘Violating 0’

Dr John Dunn 2022.

My belief is that life has always something to do with breaking out of closed systems. The very act of birth is the physical act of breaking free - but life is more than this.

A closed system is an equilibrium of one sort or another that remains unviolated; this is just as true at a cosmic as well as an individual level.

For life to break free the cosmos had to be violated, just as an individual must be violated to attain life.

I am equating life here to consciousness and mind. Breaking out of a closed system is a coming to consciousness. It is the emergence of mind.I am equating life therefore to something that is uniquely human; to humanness.

The emergence of life as consciousness and mind has been argued for before on an evolutionary basis. For example, Rudolf Steiner argued that only the mind of man can continue and complete the evolutionary purposes of God.

There was also Vladimir Vernadsky’s concept of the noosphere, in which the sphere of nous, i.e. of mind, is an evolutionary stage higher than the biosphere, i.e. the world of minerals, plants and animals; but yet again, Vernadsky placed the emergence of consciousness and mind within a structured evolutionary process.

Both Steiner and Vernadsky had consciousness and mind within processes of evolution and therefore remaining in closed systems.

This leaves me wondering about closed systems and how truly to burst out of them; how to violate the equilibrium in order that there might be life, or that life might be. For to break free is a coming to being, with the implication that not to break free is to exist in a state of non-being, or locked in the closed circle of 0.


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Originatory?

Wednesday, 1 June 2022 at 20:51

1=0 on Dr John Dunn. Originatory?

Dr John Dunn 2022.

I apply the word ‘originatory’ to the Beginning, the first principle of everything, i.e. the ‘Originatory Principle’.

Strictly speaking it is not a word; in most cases ‘original’ would suffice nicely.

I feel that in the context of my attempted cosmogony, the word needs to be more active than original. ‘Original’ feels like the first and last and only, i.e. an original act once done is over and gone.

‘Originatory’ feels to me more alive, i.e. original, but with an ongoing originality.

As a consequence the expression ‘Originatory Principle’ will be found throughout my recent and forthcoming writings.


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…then there was One


Dr John Dunn 2022.

My previous blog referred to the false, dead realm of Ananke, as it was before the Beginning, before ‘be’ing, before Love, Logos, God. What was that dead realm? It was one infinite nothingness. Let me explain.

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, before the Originatory Principle, there was not nothing, but rather there was one.


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