The complexity of the interactions of a world that we discover increasingly complex is such, today, that it is likely to disconcert the intelligence. The forest is not seen any more, hidden by a proliferation of trees. To embrace the whole of our complexity with its multiple interactions calls for a new tool of intelligibility. It is called systemic. It is not to be confused with 'systematic'! Because this kind of intelligibility is not coming from one 'system' and is not dependant on the internal contents of a system. On the other hand, it apprehends the systems, any system, as a system. It makes it possible to understand the whole without necessarily having to understand the internal complexity of each part. It is enough to treat it like a 'black box'. The parts are indeed infinite, and, therefore, ask for an infinity of specialists on bottom of an infinite debate. So that in extreme cases the world can fall into pieces before foreseeing the beginning of a possible comprehension.
It occurs as if, at the image of the material world, the spiritual order were spread out in a specific ecosystem of spiritual energy. In the biosphere there are vital elements like water or air which are however quite common. We take really cognisance of it only when they are suddenly missing. The same occurs with the spiritual dynamics. Until today we did not know that its absence was mortal. We lived unconsciously with its superabundance. We produced it quite naturally more than we consumed it. Our tanks overflowed with it.
Human realities, spiritual realities, are understood through the paradigm of natural and material realities. It is necessary to start by reflecting on what is an ecosystem and how it is threatened with death when an opening is refused it. The total human space, our large 'house' - oïkos in Greek - who integrates the systems of our earth in interdependent unit and in interaction is called ecosystem. An ecosystem is closed in relation to the elements. This means that it functions with a finished quantity of material possibilities. The ecosystem has to balance its assessment. On the other hand it is open in relation to energy.
The reality and the operation of the human reality can be regarded as systemic at the image of any alive organic system. It functions according to the paradigm of every 'system' with an entry, an exit and a function, in interaction with other included or including systems. It has borders which mark the difference between an 'inside' and an 'outside', between a 'fence' and a 'opening'. This essential opening is denied only under penalty of death. A system can certainly function within its fence. But only for a time. Here any autonomy is function of available reserves. A system can remain closed only as long its tanks are not empty and the internal recycling of its waste is possible. Theoretically a system is 'absolute' provided that it is not included by a more including system.
There is like an interactive interlocking of the systems from smallest on to the largest. Between the smallest possible micro-system and the totality of the cosmic macro-system, 'a' system is each time a set which functions between other sets. So nature functions as a solidarity of tangled up systems. On each systemic level, there are thus an entry and an exit in interactive connection with the entries and the exits of the other systems, included and including ones.
The human space time defines each time what is thinkable and what is unthinkable, what is feasible and what is not feasible, what is possible and what is impossible. Because everything is not possible anywhere and at any time. Thus, for instance, the thirteenth century has it possibilities that we do not have any more and misses the possibilities that we have today. Whereas we do so easily believe that our thinkable and our possible of today are 'impassable', how will the future thirty-fifth century, for example, perceive it?
Such a space is characterized by a reference frame, a horizon, axes and a centre. A reference frame which determines the fundamental dimensions. A horizon which traces the limits of its theoretical and practical possibilities and impossibilities. Axes marking the broad outlines of force according to which this possible is articulated. A centre, node of convergence of the fundamental axes.
You cannot find the key of intelligibility of the human realm in the included contents. You find it in the including whole. The interior becomes fully understandable only starting from outside. It is from 'outside' and from outside only that the 'whole' appears in truth. The forest explains the trees and not the reverse. The whole is more essential than the parts.
The schizoid anthropocentric enclosure by which modernity gets to itself buckles humanity on humanity. For the first time since man exists, the 'human make up' system starts to function in strict enclosure. This means the human reality has continuously to heat itself, in strict autonomy, its hot source of sense and of significances. This means also it has to find ways for recycling efficiently its waste and to reload by itself and from itself its semantic accumulators.
However, up to its extreme finite enclosure, modernity does not cease, indeed, taking part, often in spite of it, and more unconsciously than consciously, of some 'transcendence'. Without this subterfuge it could not survive a long time without succumbing to asphyxiation. Thus the rupture with the hot source is never consumed. And especially the accumulators are never completely discharged. Even the most radical absurdity does not succumb to its own logic becausethe powerful accumulators of semantic energy are not yet flat. Especially those of Judeo-Christian signifiance.
More than it dares to acknowledge it, our modern world functions despite everything, even by surreptitious participation, on a formidable reserve of sense, true capital of spiritual energy made up during the Western history.
The ecosystem of the sense is the large house of the sense, the large spiritual matrix in which humans are generated and educated as humans.
|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 DIS-tinction The spirit says no Dialectics||08 Spiritual Breath Breathing Spiritual energy Making sense To signify Sense is through gaping Speech and language Symbol Faith||09 The Sense of Sense The Sense The space of the sense The house of the sense Including and included sense Confinement Master and possessor of sense|
|10 The Reason Science Constituted and constituent Scientific dialectics Bubble Between Structure and sense||11 The Meaning Demiurge of the significances Through To run here and there Mechanism Trough articulation Articulable matter||12 Systems Analysis Systemics The system Systemic operation Energy Tanks|
|13 Oïkology Impossible closing Systemic totality The house of the spirit Ecology We sinned||14 Exodus Spiritual adventure Out of safety measures Out of the cave Logos in exodus||15 Through Difference Difference Starting from difference Crossing the duality A logic of crossing Chance|
|16 Dialectics Going through 'no' Fundamental dynamics Dia-logos The fourth dimension Passover dialectics||17 Alliance Broken Alliance Rupture of the bond The prodigal son Atheism 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 Antithesis Two revolutions Exponents A long gestation Explosiveness||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 Idealism Master and possessor Flirt with nothingness God driven out Without the Father Without recourse Psychosis|
|22 The Other One Arising The other one Exposed To tell the other one||23 Adventurers Components and exponents Adventurers of eschatology Today||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||Autor|