Phenomena, Design and Spirituality

February 16, 2010

Notes on Phenomena, Design and the Spiritual

I’m amazed amid all the devastation at the failure to grasp the extent of the intimacy of interconnectedness in the phenomena we share, as a phenomenologist (logos embracing both rationality and spirituality) and one who feels a kinship with what is loosely called the spiritual.
My rational self sees a design at work in the interconnectedness of phenomena as science seeks to comprehend the design and reason it out, work out methods and measures.
The design, however, is a priori, and as far as I understand design, it too has an a priori. Mutation is part of the design, the method – so is probability and randomness.
I can’t escape the notion of design per se and can’t explain how it, in itself, came to be. It’s here that I make the Kierkegaardian leap, keeping in mind what he called “the cunning of oblivion.”
So I try to value what is, as both immanent and transcendent, recognizing the gray matter limits -that valuing, to me, is “spiritual.”

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A delayed mobile note … the richness of reunions

September 20, 2008

This was started on Sept. 12, a mobile IPhone note, It follows (finally) …

… Now in Albany at Eileen’s brother Jim’s home, who’s undergoing radical autoimmune treatment for renal cancer. We’re here also to attend Eileen’s niece Viki’s wedding.

After the wedding tomorrow we’ll head back to Chattanooga, TN, a two-day trip, leaving a world of deeper history and meaning for us as memories are adjusted, refreshed, enriched.

We had also on this 10-day journey visited sons, a daughter, daughter-in-law, grandtwins, a high-school reunion, friends, and our little cabin.

Reunions, face-to-face … immeasureable.