Starting from difference

We would not speak if we were
full. We would not speak if we were only what we are. The animal is too full with animality and with itself to be able to speak. The indifference does not speak. The speech starts with the distance and the difference. Speech starts with a refusal. Nature can only say an unconditional 'yes' to itself. It is 'no' which opens the possibility of the logos. Then, an infinity opens through this 'no'. Thinking is primarily a critical act. It starts by distinguishing, i.e. by refusing the limits and the enclosures. “All was mixed, said Anaxagoras, but then came the understanding which separated every thing to put it in order.” With the Book of the Genesis, it is the Spirit which plans on the hurly-burly… To separate. To create. Thus the logos is made poietes - creator - of infinite innovation.

The indifference can only be absolutely silent. Try to imagine it, you can't. The smallest thought is begins with the difference. Neutral indifference - ne-uter, neither one nor the other - can thus be imagined only in extreme thinking. How can you try to think indifference if not on bottom of difference? Before speech there is only hurly-burly. The speech starts with the negation of nothing. It makes the being emerge, singular and plural, as at the origins of the world.

The indifference is sterile and unimportant. The indifference tends towards sense zero. Sense can only emerge through
difference. The stronger the difference, the stronger the sense. At the same time the sense provokes tirelessly new differences. Without it, absolute equivalence would reign in the world.

Man speaks through difference
. No significance can be born without breaking and ruptures. Meaning makes differences emerge in the middle of indifference, that is to pose and therefore to oppose, signs and symbols. Sumbolon, sumballein, to put together. Two dispersed halves of a broken shard which, put together, correspond, becoming sign of recognition. Rupture, dispersion and meeting. Deployment and recovery. Distance and gathering. Difference and meeting in identity.

To speak is to make emerge a presence through its absence. To speak is to express sense through signs. The sign is primarily something open to its other one. Symbol in the original meaning of the word. The sign is not by itself, in its enclosure. It is only in and by the intention to mean. Lieutenant of the 'other' one. Lieutenant in its absence.
To speak is to translate significances intentionally and for that to articulate through the space-time mediations the possible meaning to become active meaning. That is what the animal cannot do. It does not reach the language because the sign cannot be released. It remains prisoner of the thing, the situation, the bonds…
To speak is to cross infinitely the field of the symbolic system. Language is the infinite tool system of this crossing.

Man speaks in the exodus of a world buckled in his identity. The specific human possibility is only starting from the difference and spreads itself only through the difference. Man is opened to make be the different one.

A
symbol is initially a 'something' taken out of the middle of nature. It could be any item or even any part of it. Every thing in nature has 'vocation' to become symbol. But it is necessary to break it. The object has to become 'useless', just good to be thrown away. But it is then that it becomes interesting for man! Isn't this a strange behaviour - foreign to nature - to thus give value to a broken object? But this value is elsewhere. It is new. It is different. And this difference is significance. In the rupture of 'what is' , something else becomes possible. This particular stone, here, is broken and becomes, once burst, a tool. And at the same time, it can become any tool or any tool system ad infinitum. An infinite possibility!



All cultures, all philosophies and all religions of the world function on radical and essential
differences. Just some examples. For the prophetsof the Bible, infidelity and idolatry faced with Covenant. For Buddha, the universal suffering of karma faced with the certainty of a possible release. For Blaise Pascal, the misery of man faced with his greatness. For Plato, the lapse of memory faced with the remembrance of the innate eternal ideas. For hermetism, the salvation of the soul faced with its fall in a material body. For Marx, liberation of man faced with his alienations.

A culture generates more and more differences. But already it is constituted starting from a concentration of differences. At the origin of the multiple historically appeared cultures there is the necessary although non sufficient condition of something like an 'oasis' of human density, along a feeder river, for example, or in a fertile plain. Any culture is inseparable from an agriculture which settles an increasing human concentration. No great culture was constituted without a cereal, this miraculous concentrate of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids with its rock salt and its vitamins…

This concentrated human environment integrates a maximum of personal differences, since man is the only species where individualities are strongly different and are all the more strongly different as they form a greater community. It is such a community embracing a maximum of difference which becomes a source of outstanding culture. Such a community concentration induces a whole series of other
diversifications and other intensifications such as for example the differentiation of the tasks or the more intensive production of subsistence.

It is always a
concentrated difference, at the same time as a differentiated concentration, which makes this
provocative exploding mixture of humanity.

 

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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
 
 
 
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