Pieter Claesz, Still Life with a Skull, (1628).
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We started with a stew: The story of the victor and the vanquished. A struggle for redemption. Here are some of the themes (as I interpret them):
1- Problematization in philosophy (don't take anything as settled or beyond elucidation). Metaphors must be sent to the cleaners and back.
2- Reincarnation (in Hinduism) as repetition.
3- Moksha as "being home" (and our condition of homelessness).
4- Yajna (or sacrifice) as sovereign exchange (or you call the shots).
5- Dukkha or suffering. How should one approach the finite? I suggested the romantic approach to vanitas, (or, death as an ambivalent friendship)
6- Bhakti (devotion). Think of it as jazz (being in tune with others).
Also, I'd like to stress the importance of poetry, a higher form of philosophy: Hence, Wadsworth's keen intuition that we're all a whole:
. . . All beings live with God, themselves
Are God, existing in one mighty whole,
As indistinguishable as the cloudless east
At noon is from the cloudless west, when all
The hemisphere is one cerulean blue.
Or this one by Novalis, implying ONENESS:
And shortly, I saw, that now on earth
Men must become Gods.
In German it sounds better:
Kurz um, ich sah, dass jetzt auf Erden
Die Menschen sollten Götter werden.
What are your thoughts?
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