Where I am !
I am, of course, in Alaska, where I came for a brief interlude eleven years ago and where I remain. Alaska is on the planet Earth, the Earth is in the physical universe and the physical universe, where everything is relative, finite and temporal, is in the void which is absolute, infinite and eternal. The void cannot be sensually apprehended or even intellectually apprehended other than following a movement of conscious faith. The void is also, I believe, present at the core of my being, a spiritual presence which renders my being an absolute, infinite and eternal being. The universe is not so. My being transcends the universe and places me in the void. I am, in the void!
Existence, the sensually apprehended and intellectually conceived four dimensional space/time continuum, can be defined as a physical universe of relativity while the true vacuum of the absolute void into which this universe is expanding is a spiritually transcendent presence that cannot be sensually apprehended or intellectually known. The human conception of the relative universe of existence is striving to expand into the absolute presence of being, in order to comprehend an ultimate reality in an intellectual, unified theory and become absolute, the finite desiring to become infinite, the temporal to become eternal. This, of course, can never be achieved.
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.
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.
We search for the widest possible understanding of the universe around us so that we can give purpose to our lives. Discovering that the universe is relative and that it emerged from and is expanding into the absolute we should conclude that the purpose of the universe must be an absolute purpose. The relative purposes to which we commit our lives we must confess to be meaningless unless they serve that absolute purpose. What that purpose is we cannot know but the way to fulfill that purpose we can know. It is a life of service to our fellow beings, grounded upon absolute principles.