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The theatre of power in everydaylife PDF Print E-mail
Life – Consciousness

esotericAs the human species, we have not yet balanced our animal origins. The most important thing for us continues to be a courtyard of possession of the imagined. We have built a surrounding wall of separateness which serves as a veil of refraction of reality. However, without the questioning of Kant or Krishnamurti, or without the critique and the dialectic of the well-known Socratic irony or dissimulation of ignorance, the horizon of our certainty that our consciousness does not err is torn down in the course of time, like the illusion in the story of the naked emperor as to his clothes.

How frequent a phenomenon is it for the religious person to be absolutely certain of the correctness of his faith and of the error of others? How frequent a phenomenon is it for the adherent of a trend in thinking to be absolutely certain about the originator of the trend, and to wish to make everyone else his followers, without having previously given a satisfactory answer to his deeper fears which unconsciously determine his options?[1]  All these things belong within the power game of everyday routine.
The theatre of power of everyday routine builds illusions and vicious circles of thought, and is nourished by the certainty that the senses and thought cannot err. In the certainty that the representations which we record are reality lies the cause of the difficulty which conceals Pilate's question from a position of power: what is truth?

The chief interest of the theatre of power of everyday routine is the practical cycle of life, with its competitive radius of action which exposes us to tragedy, to variability, to the turbulent revolutions and the viscosity of the changeable cross. It ties us down to the stage and to the spectacle of roles of loss of the self and of reason, which conceal the fear of the sight of the vain flow of idols. This is the price to be paid for our lack of discernment. The endless alternation of roles of loss of the self and of reason is the price to be paid for our inability to recognise reality and that for our insistence on vindicating the ectoplasm of our consciousness - and all that because of our fear?

The fate of Narcissus
The economist Jacob Viner warns us that there is no limit to the amount of nonsense you can think, if you think too long alone]. This is the fate of the consciousness which thinks for a long time alone, without dialogue. Illusion, self-deception, and seduction are the fate of the self-satisfaction of Narcissus. By this 'neglect of the mind',[2]  as Empedocles called it, the consciousness, in fact, is moved by envy to devour reality and reason. When the consciousness is silenced by fear of being proved wrong, then it creates monsters. The phobic consciousness erects the Babel of its certainty / intolerance within the veils of its self-deception. This is a state of inability to communicate with reality and with others.

In this world a performance is put on by the theatre of teaching, of the teacher, the disciple or the ruler, overlooking the fact that ignorance of his 'house' will scatter him to the four winds blown by time, in which every form is burnt by consuming fire.
We have all heard that "the truth will make us free",[3]  but in order to find the truth, we must resolve to open up to it and not seek to become an idol in order to conceal our nakedness. Freud's greatest discovery was that the great cause of many psychological illnesses is the fear of getting to know one's self.[4]   

On the art of synthesis
It is in the overcoming of the 'fear of getting to know the self', and of the fear of hubris'[5]  that, according to the existentialist psychologist Abraham Maslow, the thread of our evolution is to be found. The challenge for all of us lies in acknowledging our imperfection creatively - as individuals and as collectives - as Milovan Djilas[6]  would say - and in extending the existential horizon to the quest and meaning of life.

In the last analysis, what is our major problem? That we ascribe importance, without discernment, to things which do not deserve it. This will happen for as long as we have not detached ourselves from the demands of our imperfection, for as long as we do not understand the abstractiveness of being within us and the universality of being everywhere. We need to learn the art of Being in order to apprehend the dynamic of synthesis as identification with and will for the good. Unity in the midst of multiplicity and transcendence is the nature of the abundance from which being and Logos originate and of which Plotinus spoke.[7]

[1] Jung, Carl, The Integration of the Personality [Greek edition], publ. Spageiria, 1989, p. 24:
"Non-conscious motives frequently ignore our conscious decisions on life's basic issues."
[2] Tzavaras, Yannis, The Poetry of Empedocles [in Greek], publ. Dodoni, 1988, p. 205: "By neglect of the mind we devour one another" (Empedocles of Acragas).
[3] John 8:32 - "You will know the truth and the truth will make you free".
[4] Maslow, Abraham, The Fear of Knowledge [Greek version], 'Psychology of Existence', publ. Diodos, 1994, p. 97.
[5] Ibid., p. 98.
[6] Milovan Djilas - Wikipedia.
[7] Plotinus, Enneads [Greek version],  publ. Kaktos, 2000.

Yiannis Zisis, writer

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