Why so long a gestation?
Seemingly, for a long time, this union is likely to be sterile if not harmful. What was not said about the 'darkness of the Middle Ages'! Why this relative 'slowness', even this apparent 'regression' of the historical process? There can be only a major reason. The hugeness of the difference thus met cannot not be without deep trauma. The Occident does not leave easily neither quickly its traumatism of birth.
A long time of gestation. In any alive process, the cycles of gestation or of maturation are long cycles. Here the time has to be measured by the hugeness of the embracing differences. Such sowing could only bear fruit after a very long winter.
Eternity puts temporality into perspective. When eternity opens, time has to get patient. The investments are done at very long run. One sows for a harvest which transcends the solar rhythms. An astonishing patience! Still in the Middle Ages, the decades or even the centuries necessary for the construction of a cathedral are far from paralyzing the projects. And yet didn't they have an life expectancy definitely shorter than ours?
Deconstruction. The Judeo-Christian revolution disaggregates the massive greco-Roman coherence. Between this destruction and the new organization, it will take centuries of deep re-significance of a new world. Remember Gregory the Great, about 600 AD; and two centuries later, a first 'Renaisance' with Charlemagne… Any deconstruction leaves a crumbling and a scattering of structural elements from which the construction of a new structure is not immediate, and as much less than the destroyed structure is more enormous. Now the Judeo-Christian impact, braking up basically any structural enclosure because its essential project is not horizontal construction but vertical opening, can only disaggregate the massive pagan coherence, in fact the greco-Roman one. Between this deconstruction and a new reorganization, it will take centuries of readjustments.
A world without slaves. The ancient culture thus deconstructed was elitist. The city lived to the detriment of immense surrounding spaces and nine tenth of the inhabitants were slaves thus producing at low costs a huge amount of wealth for a minority of citizens. The Judeo-Christian revolution proclaims that there is no more neither slave nor free man but only sons and daughters of the same Father. Such a 'democracy' and the training for it can only be, during long centuries, a factor of deep dysfunction. Slavery, i.e. the mode of production where the producer-slave, far from consuming, releases an big availability of consumption, constitutes the driving tool system of the ancient power. However this kind of tool system is in principle denied by the Judeo-Christian innovation. Necessary consequence of the suppression of slavery, it is thus the free man who must convert himself into a worker. Such a training of released freedom is necessarily a slow process.
Clearing. The culture starts with agriculture. And agriculture with grubbing. What would agriculture be without the long preliminary work of the land-clearing monks?
What is 'progress'? The concept of 'progress' which was so often used as a war-horse against the Judeo-Christian relevance is itself, like a lot of other dynamic concepts, a late fruit of history starting from the original fertilization from the two antithetic contributions. Its roots are more in the Sinai than in Athens. This concept, primarily a relative one, became an absolute one only for lack of an Absolute and for its substitution. Because the Judeo-Christian innovation refuses to lock up man in the vicious circle of production buckled on consumption, the concept of 'progress' is meant to be beyond the simple exponential cumulative increase of having and power. But spiritual progress is infinitely harder to promote and slower to accomplish than the other one.
Complication. The confrontation between the pagan component and the Judeo-Christian exponent did not play pure. It became unrestainedly complicated and complexed. Are you sure to measure enough, for example, the disturbance which represents the permanent threat and the successive invasion of the 'barbarians'? And the long time necessary between the confrontations and the integrations. And what about the confrontation with Islam? These fierce spiritual 'cousins' will constitute a major challenge. Here, however, the difference does not play any more in rough state and the cultural centres are not basically heterogeneous. But Islam is tied entirely in idiosyncrasy and is thus likely to unceasingly run up against the other one in total confrontation.
The 'values' brought by the Judeo-Christian revolution are initially values of a 'no', anti-values. They are likely to leave the pagan world with very long indigestion.
|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|