Friday, March 20, 2009
Form needs a personification to guide material toward. (Toward what, is the question of course, and here begins an argument that is raging within me. Are we evolving toward some end of pure consciousness as Eckhart Tolle suggests in his book, A New Earth, or is the watchmaker blind? There is no meaning, there is only story. Thus, value the treasure!)
To wit, a story or myth makes sense of a meaningless world. So previously I've stated that we have our cycle and our one story. Our cycle is based on the sun, and our one story is about sex.
Now the first thing Eckhart Tolle uses to construct his argument regarding enlightenment is with the idea of flowers—them being a bridge between divinity and materiality, which is great because Iris, the messenger goddess of the gods, could be seen as a flower too. However, did a the flowering part of the plant evolve as a means to the enlightenment of a perceiving consciousness? So there is design and the trip of evolution has a destination?
The two questions are:
Is there a purpose?
What is the meaning of life?
So . . .
Is there a purpose? If yes, then evolution speaks to this. We are being lead by the source through our synchronicities to enlightenment, or toward the unity of the dualities—a union of opposites. The flower then, is a tool of consciousness that the Buddha used to make a point, and Jesus suggested that we imitate. It is a means to an end.
Is there a purpose? If no, then sex is the reason for all of evolution. That which gives one organism advantage over the other is what is selected and survives and develops.
By understanding that a flower is a sex organ, does that undermine Eckhart Tolle's entire argument? Maybe.
Now back to myth. The myth is the story that organizes chaos into meaning. If life has no meaning then, does our story give us something to lean up against?
I'm reading a story about water right now. It is beautifully written by Anthony Doerr. How much control over his characters did he have as author (god of his created world)?
In closing, there is a god and "he" has a plan. Or, there is no god. Or perhaps, god is not outside of me. I am god. So then, where am I taking me?
I think I making a turn now, perhaps taking a whole 180 and moving toward science. I want to study evolution, and the brain. I also want to study the mind (philosophy, but that is soft again, we'll see.)
The answer still stands, but what is the purpose of flowers?