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The mystery of time which imbues the world PDF Print E-mail
Life – Consciousness

MirrorFor an animal, the most important values are its diet, its reproduction, and the horizon of its survival. Man has added to this the 'theatre of the ego', in which he is himself the protagonist around whom the world revolves. He is a narcissist.
This virtually insatiable desire his narcissism is consequential, but not infinite, since no being has the capacity to contain the infinite, contrary to the proclamations of the deniers of the Logos, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georges Bataille, and Jean Baudrillard.

However, the desire of narcissism is insatiable. When it has met with its object, it orientates itself to its next target. It does this in order not to feel a gap in its interest and the loneliness of frustration. It is what Ioanna Moutsopoulou has called 'desire of desire',[1]  which accompanies fear of fear.  
The 'ego', for as long as it is trapped in the field of narcissism, functions like a 'black hole' in which the consciousness vanishes into a phantasmagoria, beyond the horizon of events. It is there that the consciousness, eliminated by envy and malice, seeks the elimination of every other consciousness, as Max Scheler[2]  and Friedrich Hegel would say.

Time as an intellectual stage director
It is in the theatre of the 'ego', where each ego makes itself the protagonist and everything else has a walk-on part, that time works. Time is the spiritual stage director and orchestrator of space, as the English poet Alexander Pope, the philosophers Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, and others would have said. The mathematician Bernhard Riemann,[3]  with the help of mathematical concepts, spoke of the 'portal of time into space' through atom, and, moreover, with prophetic insight, long before the theory of relativity and the attempts at unifying relativity and quantum theory were formulated, a position referred to by P.D. Ouspensky in the 'Third Canon of Thought'.[4]

Time gives expression to the dynamic of the intention, will, music, purpose, and meaning of the Logos. In Turbulent Mirror by John Briggs and David Peat, an evolving theory on the meaning of time is developed: it is described as the great arrow which achieves the linkage of all the systems to one another and the host of arrows which constitutes the bifurcations and changes of each individual system.[5]

Time, however, has a depressing effect on the ectoplasm of the privacy of the consciousness which we call narcissism. Narcissism strives to set up space by building in it a theatre of inertia, a theatre / mirror in the face of time.
Ouspensky stresses that the mystery of time imbues everything. The mystery of thought creates everything, and the world of causes is the world of the sublime, with the major mystery that of the infinite.[6]

Under the 'volatile' influence of time, we continue to build up play-acting against it. This theatre does not even have the quality of dreams of the 'beholder of ghosts' as Kant would have said.
In spite of all this, we all go about our ways in the dimension of the mystery of time which imbues everything.

[1] Moutsopoulou, Ioanna, 'Sexuality as self-definition', solonsynthesis.org
[2] 'Max Scheler: death and after - life', [In Greek], solon.org.gr
[3] Bernhard Riemann, Wikipedia.
[4] Ouspensky, P.D., The Third Canon of Thought [Greek edition], publ. Pyrinos Kosmos, p. 80.
[5] Briggs J., Peat D., Turbulent Mirror [Greek edition], publ. Katoptro, p. 155.
[6] Ouspensky, P.D., op. cit., p. 269.

Yiannis Zisis, writer

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