The tool of progress
It seemed that the Neolithic 'mechanisms' started to function exponentially. The tool is producing the tool which exceeds it. A mass of tools inflates and overflows. An invention causes an more sophistic invention. Increasingly enormous technological waves are following.
The mechanist revolution devotes the first triumphs of the exact and rigorous sciences: Galileo, Mersenne, Gassendi, Descartes… From now on the human spirit has its 'tool' to be able to calculate and, therefore, to manufacture every thing.
The tool system, a producing exponential system of progress. It spreads out exponentially. Through the mechanist revolution and its industrial prolongation, our modernity obtains a producing exponential tool of abundance ad infinitum. Nothing seems to be opposed any more to the realization of the Cartesian dream: to become Master and owner of nature! From now on, between nature and man something like a third reign is constituted. Promethean. With the measurement worthy of the disproportion of man.
The faith in progress nourishes the growing manufacturing power of man. 'Progressivism' is finally only the ideological superstructure of a gigantic exponential tool system whose operation induces Promethean optimism and maintains the optimist speech of healthy men.
Promethean reign. During long millenia man is a predatory nomad. He is hunting and fishing. He is gathering fruits and seeds. Man lives then in symbiosis with nature. He undergoes its domination. He makes an attempt on nature only within the limits of his vital needs. Only very recently - on the prehistoric time scale - something like a 'take-off' takes place. First very slowly and then more and moreaccelerated. It's called the Neolithic revolution. Man becomes increasingly aggressive towards his natural environment. He builds his world, a different one, in the distance with nature. He is not satisfied any more with gathering, fishing, hunting. He forces the ground to produce. He shuts up his animals. A whole series of changes occur logically. He has to build. He has to be organized. He has to specialize. He has to exchange. He has to defend the city. He has to invent new tools and new possibilities.
From now on there will be as an acceleration which accelerates. During a long time the tool was only one kind of prolongation of the hand of the man. It will take more and more its autonomy . Activated by the energy of the natural elements initially, and by artificial driving energy later. Simple tool first and then tool of the tools. Simple machine first and then increasingly complex machines. The machine substituted for the entire man, for muscles first, then for nerves and reflexes, and finally for his brain. From multi-purpose machines to specialized ones. From machine of force to increasingly cybernetic machine. From automatic machines to automation of whole factories…
You have to get the measure of this third reign founded by man between himself and nature and which from now on is his new realm. The reign of the growth of skill and art. A gigantic system set up gradually, a system of articulation, a tool system. The exponential producing system of progress. It spreads out in an increasingly growing spiral. Exponential. Could a limit of this increasing expansion of progress even be thinkable? Coupled on the exponential growth of the tool and supported by its euphoria, the ideology of Progress became the impossible to circumvent absolute. That lasted for three centuries. Today the limit, the impossible to circumvent limit, encloses the 'progress' in a regional domain of a total ecology.
Mechanistic intelligibility and praxis constitute the tool for making up tools. Since the prehistoric ages until modernity the historical adventure of the articulating logos is thus dominated by the progress of the tool and the tool system. But does this progress of the tool mean the total progress of the total man?
A postulate went up that nothing exists in nature which cannot be made by Art. According to the archetype of the machine and the engineer. Is thus the secrecy of God finally penetrated? Of course, God remained still necessary, at least at the beginning. Because nothing can start without at least something like a first assembly and an initial flick.
'Nature' started to be sufficient for itself. Soon it would be able to do so without even the hypothesis of 'God'… Since it's working! Gradually this mechanist intelligibility extended to all the fields of nature, from the infinitely great (planetary systems, galaxies, clusters, quasars…) to the infinitely small (molecules, atoms, particles, elementary particles…), from the simplest facts of physics to the most complex phenomena of life and even of psyche. Recent biological intelligibility on the level of the chemical articulation of the DNA, shows that even the phenomenon of life, apparently the most resistant to mechanism, is itself, three centuries after the advent of mechanism, subjected to its system of intelligibility.
The ideology of the producer-consumer man is equally shared whatever the coloring. It is the ideology of man recreated at the image and the resemblance of the exponential tool and reduced to its economic dimensions. A typically materialist and atheist ideology as marketed by the enlightened 'bourgeois' and set up with the exponential tool system. A same mirage, this one to conquer opulence. A same pursuit of growing production. A same confusion of means and ends. A same fundamental mobile which is interest. A same conception of justice, that is an equitable capacity to consume. A same concern of not blocking the dynamics of the tool, even if it has to be source of injustice. As such, the exponential tool system has only one and even way of functioning. In other words, it is not basically suitable for conversion. It is essentially capitalist. It is essentially imperialist. Whatever its owners or its regulators which are variables according to liberalism or socialism.
|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|