This is everyday. Everywhere. With so many.
Loving God means trusting what is taking place.
Trusting what is taking place is near to God.
An old man's love of dogs near.
Once there was a way,
ASK A SAGE
Question: Is it within my power to discover something new?
Erwin Schrödinger replies: “The task is . . . not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.”
(--from, Irish Times, Unthinkable: Are there truths that can’t be spoken? Cultivating ‘a sense of wonder that the world exists’ is central to Wittgenstein’s philosophy) http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/unthinkable-are-there-truths-that-can-t-be-spoken-1.2347315This is practice and mystery worth contemplating.
People often wonder why there appears to be no progress in philosophy, unlike in natural science, and why it is that after some three millenniums of philosophical activity no dramatic changes seem to have been made to the questions philosophers ask. The reason is because people keep asking the same questions and perplexed by the same difficulties. Wittgenstein puts the point rather directly: “Philosophy hasn’t made any progress? If somebody scratches the spot where he has an itch, do we have to see some progress?” Philosophy scratches at the various itches we have, not in order that we might find some cure for what ails us, but in order to scratch in the right place and begin to understand why we engage in such apparently irritating activity. Philosophy is not Neosporin. It is not some healing balm. It is an irritant, which is why Socrates described himself as a gadfly.
This is one way of approaching the question of life’s meaning. Human beings have been asking the same kinds of questions for millenniums and this is not an error. It testifies to the fact that human being are rightly perplexed by their lives. The mistake is to believe that there is an answer to the question of life’s meaning. As Douglas Adams established quite some time ago, the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything will always be “42” or some variation of 42. Namely, it will be something really rather disappointing.
The point, then, is not to seek an answer to the meaning of life, but to continue to ask the question. This is what Frank did in his life and teaching. David Ellis tells a story of when Frank was in hospital, and a friend came to visit him. When the friend could not find Frank’s room, he asked a nurse where he might find Professor Cioffi. “Oh,” the nurse replied, “you mean the patient that knows all the answers.” At which point, a voice was heard from under some nearby bedclothes, “No, I know all the questions.”
We don’t need an answer to the question of life’s meaning, just as we don’t need a theory of everything. What we need are multifarious descriptions of many things, further descriptions of phenomena that change the aspect under which they are seen, that light them up and let us see them anew. That is what Frank was doing with his quotations, with his rich variety of particulars. They allow us to momentarily clarify and focus the bewilderment that is often what passes for our “inner life” and give us an overview on things. We might feel refreshed and illuminated, even slightly transformed, but it doesn’t mean we are going to stop scratching that itch. In 1948, Wittgenstein wrote, “When you are philosophizing you have to descend into primeval chaos and feel at home there.”
On Friday we had the final forum of our course on Philosophy and Code of the Warrior with men at Maine State Prison. Chris' shakuhachi flute opened the session toward silence. Four men presented their thoughts and findings. Discussion and personal experience followed.(--from, THE STONE, There Is No Theory of Everything, By SIMON CRITCHLEY, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/12/there-is-no-theory-of-everything/?emc=eta1&_r=0
Philosophy is not the knowing of truth; it is the love of wisdom.Spiritual exercises are required for the healing of the soul. Like the Stoics, the Epicurians advise us to meditate upon and assimilate, "day and night," brief aphorisms or summaries which will allow us to keep the fundamental dogmas "at hand." For instance, there is the well-known tetrapharmakos. or four-fold healing formula: "God presents no fears, death no worries. And while good is readily attainable, evil is readily endurable." (Hadot, p.87)