A response to Bruce Charlton's recent essay.
I keep coming back to this essay. I think Bruce Charlton is right, this world is self destructing out of a deeper wisdom that it is seriously sick and evil.
But on a personal level, forgetting for a moment the plans of such a wisdom, we are still living in this world, and our lives here and now have a purpose other than to destroy ourselves.
We must still live a worthy life.
Yes, this civilisation is clearly incoherent, dysfunctional, and evil. Therefor it cannot be participated in without extreme rejection of what is true and good.
If that is the case, aside from taking a blue pill, how does one then live in this world?
Is it up to me to conjure a better narrative for life out of myself?
Final participation seems to suggest so.
Owen Barfield said (emphasis mine)
“Not to realize to the uttermost the otherness of God from ourselves is
to deny the Father. But equally, not to strive to realize the
sameness—to renege from the Supreme Identity—is to deny the Holy Spirit.
This, any deeply religious man may feel, whatever terminology he may
have learnt to employ. To this a true Christian—or so it seems to
me—must add: In no way to relate the former with the past, and the
latter with the future of the world, is to seek to deprive history, and
perhaps time itself, of all religious significance.”
I understand this to mean; The logos has transformed itself from an outer to an inner origin.
This means that in final participation the rules (the logos) are not given outwardly. They must come from one's own thinking intuition.
Never a better opportunity, then, to reject the outer narratives that are behind the structure of our modern society, and live according to the truth as is revealed by inner intuition.
The difficulty is obviously; what the hell do I know about how to live?! Can my intuition really be the source?
Well, like it or not, you are already doing it. How else would you be able to judge society as being sick and evil, unless there was already some inner datum that told you so?