Friday, January 13, 2017

More Theology

I'm continuing to yak with Friends (as in Quakers) on QuakerQuaker, about terminology. Given the Tower of Babel as a premise, we're not really in a position to agree in spoken or written language, so how is it we get across our most important spiritual insights, right?  If we're condemned to speak Scramble to one another, when and how do we "unscramble"?

St. Augustine had words to say on this question, saying something reminiscent of Socrates, which is "all knowledge is recollection" meaning inwardly recognized and comprehended, owned, taken in, believed. There's a kind of digestion which occurs, whereby another's language is taken into one's own.

My brand of Friend is not expected to focus on the study of theology as a divine calling, as we're somewhat the "ordinary language" branch, as Wittgenstein was to philosophy (Rorty: "linguistic turn"). Some peg the beginning of that change to Nietzsche's writings, not that saying so is much help to those unused to navigating in these esoteric waters.  People might see his name go by in TIME, but what has any of that to do with the price of eggs, right?

However, I don't eschew giving theology a spin, thanks perhaps to my Subgenius background. Although the ideology is self-spoofing, the actual practitioners work on "devival" skills, meaning oratory, preaching, public speaking, with cadence. I need to do that to, in front of some choir or another.

Were you looking for some of my most abstruse writings, right off the bat?  Sometimes when I dive into reading someone new, I want to sample their whole repertoire.  You'll get some condensed writings in the Invisible Landscape Series linked from here.

However, what I'm really thinking about more is this thread on Q2.  In the background I'm looking at some Franklin Merrell-Wolff writings. He's another in the tradition of using '4D' as a kind of branding icon, to help seekers steer in his direction. P.D. Ouspensky shows up in the background.

Speaking of "Dr. O", I think it'd pay off to compensate scholars for taking "knowledge work" seriously. If we want to learn about the Russians, lets get $15 an hour and let us do some serious reading, and viewing, of important works.  Superficial sound-bite knowledge is not going to get us there, and when people pay for college, they're as likely learning how to do their nails.  Even tackling "being a medical doctor" doesn't mean learning much world history.

Paying for work-study, not just work, is not about wanting people to be lazy, it's about needing people to use their minds enough to stay sane enough to have the planet stay fun and habitable.  Fortunately, we have a star nearby that continues to make an energy investment, pretty much grant income for our species and fellow travelers.  General Systems Theory (GST) suggests we do our best to make the most of it.