Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Abandonment, exposure, and vulnerability

[Johnson's humanism of weakness and vulnerability is one that seeks to define the human in terms of a shared sense of being wounded, hurt, tortured, killed. One that seeks to privilege sentience over sapience as the primary quality necessary for an ethical and political response. Weakness and finitude are brought into the discussion not just to create a lower admittance into the human, but also because it is at the level of finitude we need an ethics and a politics. It is only because of our shared finitude that we are infinitely responsible for le tout autre. In this I would like to say I am agreement with Christopher Long's comment that it is at the basis of our vulnerability we are actually talking about a strength. The fiction of the autonomous and atomistic individual is an anemic fiction, actually weak because it cannot feed upon the powers of the common, a common that is possible only because of a shared finitude. Our responsibility to the wholly other is not, in this view, a burden. It is rather a practice of joy, an affirmation of life. Strong Humanism, Weak Humanism, Beyond Humanism
from Critical Animal by Scu]

[Michael Foucault, Naomi Klein, Judith Butler, Marx, and Gloria Steinem do far more to produce just change, it seems to me, through their analysis of the dynamics of power and the interests involved than do the moralists. When did moralism ever prevent a single death? When did a normative theory ever present a holocaust? When did an ethical theory ever halt a single despotic government? If anything, it seems to me, we instead always see normative discourse on the side of the despots and sadists. Normativity from Larval Subjects. by larvalsubjects]

[Profound spiritual adepts do not necessarily have superior social scientific theories. This assumption of a confluence between superior thinking and spiritual attainment is the reason Wilber advances Plato, Plotinus and Aurobindo as individuals and scholars. He implies that the validity of their philosophical work is connected to their spiritual attainments, but there is no necessary correlation between the two. Methodology and Philosophy Bald Ambition: Chapter 8 TABLE OF CONTENTS
Jeff Meyerhoff Email at]

[Wilber's weighing machine
It wasn't that other great thinkers had not seen that evolution is basically Spirit-in-action (it was obvious to Schelling and Hegel, for example). Nor was Aurobindo necessarily the most enlightened spirit in modern India (many would point to the illustrious Sri Ramana Maharshi in that regard).
A GREATER PSYCHOLOGY An Introduction to the Psychological Thought of Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal. Foreword by Ken Wilber
Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 9:47 AM]

[If you take deconstruction seriously, you will, sooner or later, encounter the other
Postmodern spirituality, A dialogue in five parts Part III: The Postmodern Mind – And Its Future Roland Benedikter II: THE RESULT: THE EMERGING OF THE TWO “I”'s Question:
Yes, exactly that is the question of the postmodern, “fragmented” subject... This kind of schizophrenia, this structural paradox of the “two 'I''s” emerging rationally and almost inevitably from postmodern deconstruction, may be, that is my thesis, the most evolved form of rationality and enlightenment (Aufklärung) we currently posses. It leads almost inevitably to a certain kind of borderline synchronicity – of the ego with “the other” in myself. And even if this “other” (whom you may call the witness, or better: a borderline form of the witness) is, in most cases, not fully conscious for the postmodern subject, it starts to be there. Its presence slowly seems to become a reality – the more as deconstruction proceeds as universal method of conduct and self-awareness in postmodern culture. All that, of course, can be something horrible, it can cause a split or a distorsion. And in fact, what we see is that schizophrenia has become, in the last decades, one of the most “popular” diseases in the European-Western world - as, by the way, Rudolf Steiner predicted it for the end of the 20th century as part of the general evolution of consciousness through the splitting up of the consciousness of the subject (cf. a.o. Rudolf Steiner, Collected works Nr. 10, 13 and 300c, Dornach 1955/56-2005).
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[Robert W. Godwin: The spirituality that I practice, which is Sri Aurobindo’s yoga, has as its aim to bring the vertical into the horizontal. The Only Journey There Is: An Exploration of Cosmic & Cultural Evolution (WIE) An interview with Robert W. Godwin by Elizabeth Debold One Cosmos
M Alan Kazlev said... And if there were any greater Sages than Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, I would without a microsecond hesitation switch to their perspective and use that as a starting point isntead. So far I haven’t found any, but I am open to all possibilities. Integral Transformation
Roland Beneditker: By the way, Savitri and The life Divine are two of my absolute favorite books. Official Homepage
Daniel Gustav Anderson: Integral theory may very well amount to a conversation about Aurobindo. (
Of Syntheses and Surprises: Toward a Critical Integral Theory: INTEGRAL REVIEW 3, 2006) For the Turnstiles
Four pillars Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 2:08 AM]

[From: "M Alan Kazlev" to " Tusar Mohapatra" Re: Savitri Era Learning Forum: The message of this mighty spiritual path Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 07:51:01 +1000 Hi Tusar
What is required instead is to provide a means for people to connect with some aspect of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo's spiritual transmission on the subtle level. But to simply present people the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo without the context of their own field of interest will not interest anyone except those who are already devotees. Because unless one has the appropriate connection in the Inner Being, the Psychic link, there is no receptivity.
On the level of the outer or surface being, some mental contact is required first. This is why I always try to embed reference to The Mother and Sri Aurobindo into other perspectives...
Consider Philosophy, Art, Education, Yoga, Evolution, the science of consciousness, phenomenology, comparative spirituality, Indian culture, world politics, economics, religion, history, the New Age movement, etc etc and the way that the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo are applicable in each of these areas. After all their teachings are truly universal, truly "integral" as Wilber would say, so, being in this way universal they are relevant everywhere.
But it is important that making others aware of the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo should never ever be done in a proslytising and pushy way. One can certainly state the case strongly, if the situation requires, but it shouldn't be something that is dogmatically asserted.. If someone has the Inner receptivity they will understand. If not, it is not meant for them. nameste
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[Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Sriaurobindoashram - -09 E-Library - -02 ...
It is this intelligent will that we must use in order to learn to live not like an animal man, but as a human being, candidate for Divinity.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Sriaurobindoashram - -09 E-Library - -02 ...
At the same time he is a candidate for divinity. His is not a happy condition. The true animals are better off. And they are also more harmonious among ...]

While our concerns surely be grounded in "abandonment, exposure, and vulnerability," it is worth staying awake to the evolutionary nisus that beckons. [TNM]

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