The idea is not infinite. If it were infinite it would not be possible. There are no infinite possibilities. The possibilities imaged in the idea are finite and cannot grasp what is real or distinguish between the real and the actual. Existence, the actualized possibility, is only a negative image of a reality which cannot be known by those reflective processes of rational thought that discover the idea, the ground of possibility. The actualities in which we each exist, the actualized possibilities, are only related coincidentally and impartially to the infinite reality of being.
Modern man, alone on the earth, perhaps alone in the universe, has a three-dimensional consciousness, a consciousness that is sensual, emotional, and intellectual. Intellectual consciousness is a reflective consciousness that forms the idea, a negative image of the world of immediate experience, in the imagination. The entire reflective thought process is thus based on the discovery of the negative, the possibility of the idea formed in the imagination. The actualization of this idea negates subjective immediacy and projects an objective possibility into existence. Reflection annuls immediate consciousness and the reflective soul, leaving the reality of being and forming the idea of the individuality of the self in the imagination, enters into an intellectual existence, breaking the bonds of immediacy and subjectivity and establishing its own objective actuality. It is precisely the projection of various negative images of individuality into the intellectual actuality of existence that annuls innocence and the immediate relationship with the absolute and veils the instinctive and intuitive consciousness of human being. The existential understanding of the unity of being, the good, is surrendered to the discovery of the duality of existence, good and evil.
The physical universe apprehended and explained by human conceptual thought, which grasps the object and conceives the objective world, consists only of dust and ashes and the immanent phenomenon of life. This world of objectivity only takes shape through the elimination of subjectivity. It exists but cannot articulate reality, since reality demands the subjectivity of human consciousness to the absolute categories. Existence is an actuality imposed upon the natural world by human invention and therefore limited to the expression of that which is objective and rational. Thus the objective world exists but is not real. Consequently the phenomenon of life as subjective consciousness becomes our sole avenue into the reality described by the absolute categories of being. The construction of an objective world proves to be an error on the path of development for human consciousness, a descent from that subjective and immediate apprehension of the absolute which is familiar to all forms of life into a conceptual framework of an invented and artificial actuality imposed upon the reality of nature as human civilization.
The spiritual categories of being are the absolute, the infinite, and the eternal, while the intellectual categories of existence are the relative, the finite, and the temporal. It is impossible for the intellect which denies the reality of the absolute and its categories and can only have knowledge of the relative categories of existence to comprehend the immanent presence of absolute being within the confines of the physical universe. This spiritual presence necessarily appears as paradox to the rational intellect, which can neither apprehend any infinite data nor confirm any experiential knowledge of the absolute categories. The use of infinities and absolutes in scientific hypotheses and mathematical calculations prove to be either mere inventions of the fallen intellect intent upon denying a lack of understanding, or a subtle acknowledgment of the transcendent reality defined by the absolute categories.
Existence is conceptual within the human mind and may be both defined and approached through dialectic. Reality, however, is absolute and so is not limited by the boundaries of that human rational thought which outlines and defines existence dialectically in terms of the idea. The reality in which we live as subjects is spiritual, an absolute being, infinitely conscious and eternally alive, immanent within and yet transcendent to the physical universe that exists within its infinite void. The physical universe that human consciousness describes as the realm of existence is an actuality bounded by the limitations of human rationality and the scientific method of thought which explores that finite universe cannot uncover the nature of a reality that is transcendent and spiritual. The consciousness of existence is an intellectual consciousness based on an idea which rejects the reality of the spiritual void, while the consciousness of absolute being is a spiritual consciousness which comprehends and transcends the idea. The spiritual transcends the intellectual as being transcends existence.
The negative image of its absolute and eternal being which the soul projects into intellectual existence, the artificial world of the city, is precisely the idea of the individual self. Leaving behind the reality of absolute being the soul enters the delusion of intellectual existence. Abjuring the absolute categories of the infinite and the eternal, leaving behind the absolute values of morality, justice, peace and mercy, the fallen soul becomes self-conscious within the relative actualities of existence, affirming its own existence as an individual self, a negative image of being. Whereas the soul is guided by moral values founded on absolute principles the self, an image of non-being projected into intellectual existence, rejects morality, the values of absolute principles, and constructs systems of ethics founded on relative principles.
The reality of being is absolute and transcendent to every actuality in existence. This absolute being is spiritual, encompassing the void and the physical universe within the void. The universe is a universe of relativity in which the only presence of the absolute is the presence of the void at the center of each living being. Within the relative actualities there can be no absolutes. These relative actualities are limited by the boundaries of rational thought, and it is precisely faith that introduces the absolute into the actual universe, not as idea but as transcendent reality. Faith instructs us that the reality of being transcends the actuality of intellectual existence. This reality is transcendent and absolute while existence is intellectual and confined to a rational universe where everything is relative.
The expansion of human intellectual consciousness is from philosophy through poetry to prophecy. The philosopher, with an inquiring mind, attempts to understand the universe in which he or she awakens and formulate an approach to that developing understanding, while the poet attempts to give form to a discovered understanding. The prophet is silent, subjectively allowing the absolute void to manifest its being through him, or through her. The prophetic consciousness is thus the highest development of an authentic human life and the prophetic utterance the highest possible truth. My work is merely a work of philosophy that, in poetic semblance, aspires to but may not become a prophetic utterance. Based in physical theory, it expands into spiritual theory, revealing a sacred science which subjects the universe of relativity to a profound reflection, culminating in a leap of faith that seeks traces of the ultimate and absolute reality.
Growth in understanding is not a means to an end but an end in and of itself and should not be sought in order to facilitate manipulation of a physical universe which is finite and designed to decay. All movement in time and space is a movement of decay and time may be correctly defined as the measure of this decay, the measure of entropy. The universe began with time and will come to an end with time. All progress within the physical universe is the progress of decay. Consciousness, however, filled with knowledge and understanding that culminates in consciousness of the absolute and its categories is, necessarily, infinite and eternal and is not subject to the law of physical entropy. It is also transcendent to the limitations of a rational, cosmological interpretation of physical phenomena. The task of cosmology becomes the reconciliation of the relative universe with the absolute void, which can only be achieved utilizing a transcendent consciousness that postulates the void as spiritual. Absolute consciousness, the goal of human life, is independent of the physical universe. It is the spiritual consciousness of the infinite void.
We apparently live in an expanding material universe, conceived as relative, that began with the first moment of time. Before the beginning of this material universe there was nothing, and after the end of the material universe there will also be nothing and it is within this nothing, this void, that the physical universe is expanding in time and in space, which is to say that the expansion of material creates a universe of time and space inside the infinite void within which it emerged and is expanding. This void is absolute, infinite and eternal, while the physical universe is relative, finite and temporal. Viewed from within the universe of relativity the absolute is nothing, it does not exist. Only the relative universe exists in space and time and it came into existence at its beginning out of nothing, within the absolute void, within a true vacuum in which there is not even a presentiment of materialism.
Existence, the four dimensional space/time continuum, is apprehended sensually and can be defined intellectually as the universe of relativity. Since the physical universe of relativity is expanding into it, the true vacuum of the void must be present and it must have a spiritually transcendent presence since it cannot be sensually or intellectually known. The relative universe of existence can be thought of as expanding into the absolute presence of being, the infinite void, striving to become absolute, the finite striving to become infinite, the temporal striving to become eternal, as human consciousness strives to grasp an ultimate reality in an intellectual, unified theory.
Reality is transcendent to every actuality, as the absolute is transcendent to existence. Reality is spiritual, encompassing the void and the physical universe within the void. The universe is a universe of relativity in which the only presence of the absolute is the presence of the void at the center of each living being. Within the relative actualities there can be no absolutes. These relative actualities are limited by the boundaries of rational thought, and it is precisely faith that introduces the absolute into the actual universe, not as idea but as transcendent reality. Faith instructs us that there is a reality beyond the actuality of intellectual existence. This reality is transcendent and absolute while existence is intellectual and relative.
Existence is not being. Existence, the field of relativity, only exists within the human intellect, discovered when the conscious mind moves from an immediate perception of the world as unity into a reflective cognizance of the world as a duality. Everything within existence is given a name and it is precisely the naming of things that calls them into existence. Existence is an objective invention of the human intellect that has fallen from a subjective contemplation of a reality that is spiritual and absolute. The soul falls from an immediate subjectivity to the absolute categories of being into a reflective and objective perception of the relative categories of existence, from positive into positive and negative, from good into good and evil, from innocence into guilt. The reflective intellect fails to distinguish between reality and existence and, rejecting the void, which cannot be experienced or thought, denies the reality of the absolute, the reality of spirit and the reality of being. God does not exist, that is to say that God does not inhabit human intellectual existence. Absolute being simply is, eternal, infinite and absolute and to actualize that being we need faith in a transcendent reality. Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, we are held captive in a world of both good and evil, of both positive and negative, of both attraction and repulsion and a world, moreover, where the negative appears to be increasing in power and the good diminishing. To be redeemed from that world we need a moral discipline founded on the absolute principles which science cannot provide, but only faith.
Since the fallen soul can no longer live in the reality of absolute being it enters into a relative actuality, an invented, intellectual existence in which it is constantly becoming and striving to be who it truly is in the reality of being. It projects a negative image of its being, the idea of an individual self, into the artificially invented actuality of civilization, where it is held captive, conditioned and deformed by that artificial and false environment, the city, from which there can be no escape without a faith which reintroduces the absolute, spiritual categories into the world of intellectual relativity.
The negative image of its absolute and eternal being which it projects into intellectual existence, the artificial world of the city, is precisely the idea of the individual self. Leaving behind the reality of absolute being the soul enters the delusion of intellectual existence. Abjuring the absolute categories of the infinite and the eternal, leaving behind the absolute values of morality, justice, peace and mercy the fallen soul becomes self-conscious within the relative actualities of existence, affirming its own existence as an individual self, a negative image of being. Whereas being is guided by moral values founded on absolute principles the self, an image of non-being projected into intellectual existence, rejects morality, the values of absolute principles, and constructs systems of ethics founded on relative principles.
We live in a world of relativity, a universe of relativity, and yearn for the absolute. Each individual human is faced with this dilemma, and a choice must be made, to be determined intellectually by relativity or transcendentally by the absolute. The relative is everything, the physical universe, the absolute is nothing, an infinite void. The choice is between existence and being, between the material and the spiritual, between guilt and innocence. The end of all philosophy, consciousness sifting through the stuff of existence in search of meaning, is the discovery of the nothingness of being. It is the nothingness within which the universe came into existence and into which it is expanding, the nothingness of life, of the void of spiritual being, the void within each and every human life from which the natural man runs and hides. The choice is clear.
“Cogito ergo sum” involves a separation of the thinking subject from its ground in the being of the absolute and thereby with its subjective identification with all forms of life. It is both the beginning of the modern scientific method and the beginning of modern human’s artificial life in the city and it confirms the identification of reflective thought with the fall of man.
We live in a world of relativity, an actuality limited by the boundaries of sensory apprehension, emotional response and rational thought. It is precisely religion that introduces the absolute into this relativity, not as idea but as transcendent reality. Religion instructs us that there is a reality beyond the actuality circumscribed by these boundaries. This reality is transcendent and absolute while existence is intellectual and relative. Existence is an objective invention of the human intellect that has fallen from a subjective contemplation of a reality that is spiritual and absolute. The rational intellect fails to distinguish between being and existence and denies the reality of the absolute, of spirit and of being. The absolute does not exist, that is to say that it is not confined within human intellectual existence. Absolute being is, an eternal, spiritual nothingness, infinite and absolute from which we emerged and to which we shall return. To realize that being, our own absolute being, we need religion which provides a dogma of faith in a transcendent reality. Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, we are held captive in a world of both good and evil, of both positive and negative, and a world moreover where we are immersed in the negative which increases in power over us and where the good is apparently diminishing. To be redeemed from this world we need a moral discipline founded on the absolute principles which science cannot provide, but only religion.