Jean Gebser. THE EVER-PRESENT ORIGIN. Power Point Presentation for the Seminar on Psychology of Social Development organized by the University of Human Unity, Auroville. Structures of consciousness.
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Power Point Presentation
for the Seminar on Psychology of Social Development
organized by the University of Human Unity, Auroville
or we can paraphrase it as:
“Wherever the lawgiver appears, he upsets the old equilibrium (mythical polarity), and in order to re-establish it, laws must be fixed and established. Only a mental world requires laws; the mythical world, secure in the polarity, neither knows nor needs them.” (p.76)
“The fact that oceanic thinking circumscribes something is a vivid demonstration that the mythical circular world has a content. By destroying the circle with directed thinking, man, to the extent that he is mental man, has lost this content; for space is without content. The lack of content, which initially appears as openness, became obvious in the deficient rational phase (of the mental structure). This openness has been described as emptiness, and indeed since then it is emptiness. For that reason any mere description is today empty and noncommittal. In this sense, descriptions are rational, flattened, and quantified attributions that initially had a mental value and made our conceptual world possible."
Heraclites says: “For souls it is death to become water; for water it is death to become earth. But from the earth comes water and from water soul.” (p. 252)
Reduced validity of perspectival thinking can be found in the logic from a particular to general, for instance:
You would not find meB
Aif you had not sought me.
“Whatever lies ‘beyond’ the spatial-perspectival point in ‘infinity’ – that is, in the immeasurable – verifies in its image what is posited in rational terms as a result. In other words, a statement of irrational character in the rational sphere has in the irrational structure a rational character, that is, ‘beyond’ and ‘on the other side’ of the point ‘behind’ the spatialising horison. This re-establishes in an anusually clever and effective manner the bond or religio to the past.” (p. 260)
“You would not seek me,A
Bif you had not found me.”