Thursday, November 17, 2011

Judeo-Vedic adventure

[Bellah, like Bruno Latour, shows how we have never been modern; that is, the West has never gone without myth and religion. As Hegel put it, “those moments which the spirit appears to have outgrown still belong to it in the depths of its present.” Thinking with Latour and Bellah: Religion beyond Nature and Culture - Footnotes to Plato by Matthew David Segall on Nov 16, 2011 3:09 PM]

[Seems to me the same could apply the Heidegger, also working in the 1920s, like Eliot, Pound, and Joyce. He casts his contributions in terms of the tradition, and after him the tradition is understood differently. Despite his de-structuring being construed as an origin for multifaceted post-modernism, Heidegger himself worked as a modernist, in this literary sense. by enowning on Nov 16, 2011 3:45 AM]

[Bellah’s account of the axial age is weighted to the Indian and the Chinese breakthroughs, but for the purposes of grasping the continuing role of narrativity it may be easier to think in terms of all the consequences that have stemmed from the particular breakthrough that occurred in Israel. ...
I have telescoped, glossed and simplified Bellah in order to bring out a central message that seems to me as true as it is controversial. ‘We’ are inveterate story tellers as well as theoreticians. ‘Nothing is ever lost’. Moreover, the platforms in consciousness from which we formulate our visions of how we might be, and how the world might be, were set up in the axial age. As ever in Bellah, his rigorous commitment to objectivity emits a normative aura: it is not a matter of putting stories behind us as childish but of telling the best stories to frame our collective existence. What should we now do differently? - The Immanent Frame by David Martin on Nov 17, 2011 6:21 AM]

The Mother's story encapsulates it all. The Judeo-Vedic agenda that she so heroically has unveiled is the hope of the future and hugely worthy of adventure. "Sing O lands, sing O peoples, sing O men, The Divine Harmony is there." [TNM55]

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