In vertical gaping

Man, who are you so that God can fall into you? Who are you so that you can fall into God? Who are you so that the love of God can be widespread into you? You are an infinite gaping deepness. It is to be feared that here our contemporary obviousness cannot follow any more, where reigns a radical finitude, a strict immanence and a total enclosure of the human being?

Saint Augustin, through his `Confessions', does not cease asking: where, in us, can we meet God? And it does not cease answering: `transibo'… It is necessary to go further. It is necessary to go deeper. While going always further and deeper man experiences always more vacuum, and at the same time always more plenitude.

The `sciences' known as `human' ones build a vast number of defence mechanisms trying to buckle the schizoid mankind on itself and protecting him against the divine ‘other’ dimension. The human being catches itself into a tautological totality. From finitude to entropic liquidation… a double dead end of the human reality trapped in its enclosure. Such enclosing can despair of finding openings but it cannot infinitely repress the irrepressible question, formulated in thousand manners and driven back in another thousand manners. Is this dead end total or, despite everything, even surreptitiously, is there an opening on elsewhere?

But the major reason of the one-dimensional approach of the human sciences, who cannot reveal all the faces of the human mystery, is that, in fact, they are constituted like negative theology. A right side of a reverse side. A reverse side of a right side. A vacuum of God is curiously filled with reversed substitutes of the divine reality. A massive repression testifies negatively of what is repressed. The `same' calls negatively the ‘other’ just at the point where the schizoid totalizing tries out the ultimate narrowing of finitude and where it believes meeting the absolute neuter at the side of the absolute nothing.

Mystical gaping opens in the crack of the being. The authentic mystic way is negative. Against our instincts and our logic it is a question of making vacuum, in all the meanings of the word and under all its possible aspects, to reach plenitude. A deep bound links together Christian mystic and ‘kenose’. This means the `descent' as fundamental dynamics of an `ascent'. So is the mystery of Christ damaging himself in death before rising up. The mystery of ‘kenose’ is identically the mystery of Agape.

The life in the Spirit starts not with a full but with a vacuum. In the middle of our false abundances we find only holes to be filled up… where the Spirit, starting from the superabundance of God in us, sees only obstructions to be drawn aside. All our natural reflexes translate the horror of this vacuum, and our modernity does nothing but accentuate this horror. When the basic essentials are lost, you will have to cover your nudity with expedients of fortune.

You do not find God through your plenitudes. You find God through your nothingness. It is like a leitmotiv by Johan Tauler. A deep and secret dialectical law of the inversion of the opposites governs the spiritual life. The more you approach your own nothingness, the more you reach this point of rupture where you fall over in the absolute being. Become nothing and you become all. Empty yourself and plenitude will be given to you in addition.

Man exists only in the precipice of the vertical gaping where the Abyss calls… There cannot be any true humanity without this call. Even if nobody listened to it, even if nobody heard it, it would not less be the fundamental and constitutive dimension of the human reality. Man, simply, unconsciously or consciously, would constitute himself in negative inversion against him. Nobody could know which kind of animal man would be without it.




01 Human Paradox
A paradoxal animal
Human paradox
In rupture
An animal in crisis
An animal 'less' (something)
Premature and naked
Child of the difference
Child of elsewhere
02 Verticality
Middle and extremes
Tropism to upwards
Divine instinct
The vertical living
Vertical interiority
The personal mystery
In strict immanence
03 Gaping Depths
Gaping deepness
Child of gaping
Gaping on an other order
Gaping of meaning
Gaping on the questioning
Gaping of matter
Gaping of existence
In vertical gaping
Negative anthropology
04 Sacral Difference
Sacral dimension
The sacral difference
Sacral crisis
The archaeological sacred
Sacral verticality
Hiero-tropic space-time
05 Human Environment
Human space
Closed and open
Curvature of space
Negative space
Space of the sense
Including and included
Between Alpha and Omega
06 The Matrix of Humanity
Child of a culture
Human matrix
Culture and cultures
Master speech
Refusing the enclosures
07 The Spirit
The spiritual reality
How define it?
Going through
The spirit says no
08 Spiritual Breath
Spiritual energy
Making sense
To signify
Sense is through gaping
Speech and language
09 The Sense of Sense
The Sense
The space of the sense
The house of the sense
Including and included sense
Master and possessor of sense
10 The Reason
Constituted and constituent
Scientific dialectics
Structure and sense
11 The Meaning
Demiurge of the significances
To run here and there
Trough articulation
Articulable matter
12 Systems Analysis
The system
Systemic operation
13 Oïkology
Impossible closing
Systemic totality
The house of the spirit
We sinned
14 Exodus
Spiritual adventure
Out of safety measures
Out of the cave
Logos in exodus
15 Through Difference
Starting from difference
Crossing the duality
A logic of crossing
16 Dialectics
Going through 'no'
Fundamental dynamics
The fourth dimension
Passover dialectics
17 Alliance
Broken Alliance
Rupture of the bond
The prodigal son
State of grace
18 History
Emergence of History
Impossible totalizing
Trans-historic verticality
The sense in exodus
Between Alpha and Omega
19 Fertile Confrontation
Singular adventure
Dialectical gestation
Two revolutions
A long gestation
20 Progress
What is progress?
Source of The progress
Exponential acceleration
The tool of progrès
Why it isn't working
Wedged exponential growth
Progressive illusion
21 Schizoid
Tautological speech
Master and possessor
Flirt with nothingness
God driven out
Without the Father
Without recourse
22 The Other One
The other one
To tell the other one
23 Adventurers
Components and exponents
Adventurers of eschatology
24 Through Scandal
Gaping mystery of evil
Trough distance
Congenital evil
Entropy in the human hearth
25 Agape
Gaping of Eros
Captive desire
Eros and Agape
Going down
Defeated entropy
26 God in You
Tropism for Agape
Bottomless bottom
Cleaning the sources
Let you fall
You fall into God