Movement. Expression/Revelation. Diminishment.
Kierkegaard says, "Infinite resignation is the last stage before faith, so anyone who has not made this movement does not have faith, for only in infinite resignation does an individual become conscious of his eternal validity, and only then can one speak of grasping existence by virtue of faith." He spoke about this kind of consciousness in an earlier book. "There comes a moment in a person's life when immediacy is ripe, so to speak, and when the spirit requires a higher form, when it wants to lay hold of itself as spirit. As immediate spirit, a person is bound up with all the earthly life, and now spirit wants to gather itself together out of this dispersion, so to speak, and to transfigure itself in itself; the personality wants to become conscious in its eternal validity. If this does not happen, if the movement is halted, if it is repressed, then depression sets in." Once Abraham became conscious of his eternal validity he arrived at the door of faith and acted according to his faith. In this action he became a knight of faith. In other words, one must give up all his or her earthly possessions in infinite resignation and must also be willing to give up whatever it is that he or she loves more than God.(—Fear and Trembling, from Wikipedia)Reasoning and rationalizing make thought nearly irrelevant.
opinion — noun
—a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty ( dictionary.com)
- opinion (n.)
early 14c., option)., "a judgment formed or a conclusion reached, especially one based on evidence that does not produce knowledge or certainty," from Old French "opinion, view, judgements founded upon probabilities" (12c.), from Latin (nominative ) "opinion, conjecture, fancy, belief, what one thinks; appreciation, esteem," from stem of "think, judge, suppose, opine," from PIE (2) "to choose" (seeWhat we know, we are. What we don’t know, we guess.
[—online etymology dictionary]
“Don’t think, look!” (Philosophical Investigations)And,
“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” (Tractatus Logico-Philossophicus)We’re out on a ladder here.
“The right method of philosophy would be this. To say nothing except what can be said, i.e. the propositions of natural science, i.e. something that has nothing to do with philosophy: and then always, when someone else wished to say something metaphysical, to demonstrate to him that he had given no meaning to certain signs in his propositions. This method would be unsatisfying to the other - he would not have the feeling that we were teaching him philosophy - but it would be the only strictly correct method. My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.) He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly. Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”There is so much. To learn.
― Ludwig Wittgenstein,
Mumonkan Case 46:So much to manifest.
Master Sekiso said, “How will you step forward from the top of the 100 foot high pole?” Another eminent master
of old said, “Even though one who is sitting at the top of a hundred-foot pole has entered realization, it is not yet real. He must step forward from the top of the pole and manifest his whole body throughout the world in all ten directions.”
—The Gateless Gate, Koun Yamada; p.21