Exponential acceleration

In continuity with the natural ascending evolutionary line, the rise of specific humanity means a rupture for the exponential irruption of a different ascending line. Concretely, the two vectors will practically coincide during hundreds and even thousands of millennia. They will only diverge very gradually, the specific human one taking an exponential increasing acceleration very lately.

Why this so characteristic exponential acceleration of human progress? There is first an internal need for the articulation in itself. The structural articulation, indeed, grows according to structural complexity. Under the terms of the exponential growth of the combinational possibilities according to the number of elements, plus the structural elements are available in great number, plus the structural connections tend to grow in geometric progression according to an exponential curve.

'Progress' is identified with a gigantic exponential system. 'Exponential' means a quantity which goes through duration, affected by an increasing exponent from moment to moment. A 'snowball' is a speaking example. The 'spiral' which, with after each revolution embraces a larger space, is undoubtedly the most relevant symbol.

But this acceleration is about human reality. It is the infinitely open man who disposes of the elements and the structural bonds. Not-finished infinite man, opened on 'utopia', opened in a symbolic space system, opened on the 'other', opened on history, opened as a projection into a new world. Then another 'progress' becomes possible which is not just pushed by articulatory and structural necessity but is called by the requirement of what is specifically human. A 'progress', a 'going ahead', an education of authentic humanity.

This progressiveness, however, does not seem to affect the whole of the human order. it is far from being identified with the very whole culture. What about 'progress' between the 'Venus' by Milo and the 'Thinker' by Rodin? Between the Notre-Dame cathedral and the Centre Pompidou? All you can say is that there is a difference, but you cannot speak about a qualitative increase.

There seems to be basically in human reality an irreducible duality, something like two paradoxical orders, a
progressive one and a non-progressive one. Here is the order of progressiveness: pro-gredere: to go on, while not ceasing posing a foot in front of the other. To articulate a process. To accumulate step after step. Progressiveness only functions where the things can be articulated and accumulated. On the other side, you get an order which is refractory with progressiveness, say with accumulating articulation. Values. Significances. Sense. Beauty. The sense of sense... Science and philosophy, technology and art, material civilization and religion, methods and values… are differently concerned with these orders.

Structuring, structural articulation, carries in itself its immanent sanction and its pragmatic value, in the sense that the good articulation succeeds and that the best one imposes itself. However these 'values' that progress comprises do not recover the totality of human values and even coincide only partially with authentic ones. There is a shift felt more tensely today, at the moment when 'progress' becomes more essential than ever! There can be accumulative articulation of cultural materiality, possibly even of 'civilization', and at the same time properly cultural loss, even growth of cruelty!
Science and technology can certainly grow by themselves, according to the logic which wants that a discovery involves some other one and is added to it, the whole, through time, being able only to grow and develop. But behind the idea of
progress there is much more than a simple accumulative growth. There is a
dynamics. A dynamics made of requirement of infinite going beyond. A dynamics of voluntary energy to transform the things and the events. A dynamics of historical project which breaks the eternal return. A dynamics of conquest, ceaseless opening innovations… This non-believing eighteenth century had an unlimited 'faith' in the 'Lights' of Reason and an absolute certainty that nothing can resist its triumphing conquest. A great 'faith', a little naive however, which believes that from now on virtue and science are embraced for increasing happiness of men.

A tool system. An exponential producing system of progress. It spreads out in an accelerated way producing increasingly full turns in a growing spiral. Exponentially.

Since the Neolithic revolution this tool system functioned in the balance of homeostasis. It simply became more and more complex. In fact the industrial revolutions deliver it to a galloping exponential growth. This growth of the system is imperative. Its stop would not mean balance but disorganization and dead. This exponential growth induces the ideology of 'progressivism'.



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