Spiritual Practice. 

For a moment, I am entertaining the idea that spiritual practice is not about finding peace through placating activity. Also, I do not distinguish between philosophy and spirituality except in as much as spirituality tends to denote some sort of process of finding an essential religious trends in dental truth. What is spiritual in a regular sense has little to do with philosophy, but philosophy is a spiritual practice, or at least should be. 

Of course, one should notice that in order to shake things up effectively one must first have found peace in themselves, Else all they do is create chaos and reaction. I am considering that the point of spiritual practice is to create a revolution, not to cause people a reaction which lets them fall back into their comfort. But this kind of spiritual practice is also a practice k futility.

I am kind of meaning this in a direction towards philosophy. Despite all the various topics and various ideas that various philosophers put forth, my proposal is that every philosopher is talking about the same thing. But what I mean by this has to do with the two routes that I talk about in other posts.

I’m going to indicate, though, what I could mean about the difference between letting one stay in their slumber and shocking them out of their normalcy.

It is my opinion that we should not always resort to the lowest common factor. What I mean by this is that one should not alter a concept because someone doesn’t understand it; The process of altering concepts for the purpose of the most people understanding it is called “pop”. For example: Popular music is for those who just want a soundtrack to go with the rest of their lives. There’s nothing wrong with that but it does bring into question whether popular music is a legitimate art form over a commercial product. Sure we could say there’s an art to producing commercial products, but then again we are then reducing everything to the lowest common form. If you want to make a lot of money and be wealthy, if that’s your sole purpose in life, your main driving force, then more power to you, wewill let you go on your way. And if all you’re concerned about is establishing your identity, well, go for it. 

So my first premise is that every philosopher is talking about the same thing through different terms, and that where the terms are taken to express essential and individual, segregate items — we might call these ‘real’ , ‘conventional’ or even ‘popular” items — there do we have the philosophers talking about different things. 

In any case, we will go under the presumption that every author is talking about the same thing, as the basis or definition of the situation at hand.

There are two ways people approach things. One is to go in slowly steadily, and the other is to jump in. 

Let’s  take the example-analogy of a cold body of water. Conventional Philosophy puts their toe in first. They sit there on the edge of the pool with their big toe in the water and they write endless sentences of every sort of aspect about what’s going on with their big toe in the water, till they get used to the cold water. Then after many decades they slip their foot in.

Conventional philosophy proposes to be getting somewhere by this method of thoroughly investigating the cold body of water with their toe and then foot, to one day submerge their whole body and be able to swim in it. 

But I submit that what happens is they never experience the body of water nor swimming. They never encounter the body of water for what it is; rather what they encounter through becoming fully ‘used to’ (for use) the cold water is essentially, in the end, nothing. And this is what we have found in contemporary philosophy; The “end” of philosophy, The ground of all metaphysical proposals for the most part, and every term of their description is taken to enlighten some huge significance about the body of water: It is nothing. What happens through the conventional route, is that the philosopher forms an envelope around himself so that by the time he has entered the water the water becomes non-existent, and by the time she is swimming in the water she has reduced it to a mere motionless body in a nonexistent pool.

On the other hand; we could jump in. What happens when we Jumpin is we have to swim and we know the body of water. We recognize that the water is freezing cold and that we are swimming in it. We cannot deny the freezing coldness, nor the vast Ness of the body of water, nor the fact that we have to vigourously move in order to swim and must move in a particular way if we are to continue to swim. Philosophy then is about the first thoughts that come to mind in the analysis that goes along with the actual activity of encountering a large freezing cold body of water in which we are not automatically suspended. The first few moments of frantically dealing with the freezing cold water in the coordination needed to swim goes on for at least a few years, instead of generations. And then our body does not get used to the cold water but more just become acclimated to the fact that it’s cold. We spend a few more years sorting this out philosophically. The coordination involved in keeping our head above water and breathing starts to become routine and we spend a few years talking about this philosophical feature. Some water gets down our throat we spend a few weeks talking about that. Eventually we get up the balls, and there’s probably a couple months of philosophically talking about getting up the balls, to actually dive and swim underwater. And we philosophize about holding our breath and about what happens when we can’t hold our breath any longer. We philosophize about being suspended in this freezing cold body of water. And we finally come up for air and take that first breath and we philosophize on that for a couple years. Eventually, and all of our philosophical talk has to do with this whole process, swimming in the cold body of water become second nature; even though our body is cold, we can swim in it, and we swim over to the side of the pool and we get out and then we spend the rest of our lives talking and doing about how we can jump in and get out and jump in and get out or step in or sticker toe in or do anything we want. 

Know thy self takes on new meaning and we begin to have compassion for the people who’ve only stepped up to the knees, Who don’t even get wet  and who never learn how to swim. 

1 Comment

  1. Yeah I really believe philosophy should be a spiritual activity- right on. I like this post a lot. I find that people tend to forget the original intent of what say Plato or Socrates was trying to convey and make it a dry intellectual exercise. I’d also say Continental philosophy tends to wade further in the waters than say Analytical (of course), and then you could make a list of people who wade in further than others (Zizek is definitely trying to cut out the bullshit and really lay out his thought out there to bare for the whole public to see, and I appreciate that about him)

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