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    An Endless becoming whistles at us, to investigate the skyline of our emotions, challenging our thought sensations in forming the passion to think different, defying the sensibility of our existential situation.


    The contour of being a human lays on our upturned tables, the logic gate to our identity next to undergo siege. Is our conscious event bound to a given and stable contour?

    The cycles of seasons are dissolving into a dawn without pause. Within our veins of knowledge the endless sequences of peripeteia are crawling like a storming swarm, challenging the mind into unnatural fitness.

    To flame a departure is indeed the sound of minding.


    (Peripeteia – from Greek, a turning point)

    *
    What is a human being?

    It is for few days now that I am observing the question, the constellation of words I painted on a big canvas, and in front of it I have situated my self in lotus position with a bottle full of mud in my hands.

    I do recall the moments in which the question makes sense, as if meeting a good old friend, but then, I do recall the moments in which it does not yield any intuitive trail.

    It is clear for a soft duration that accepting the question may imply that it will carve in me a stronghold of identity and I will carve through it a stand.

    I choose to postpone the bargain while embracing the growing texture of noise, the question itself remaining the only silent thing. Does a constellation of languaged words, carry an advantage upon the raw clay of silence?

    The first hint buried in silence, I move on.

    Again, I pick up and test the question, what is a human being? I am almost surprised to discover a line of space.


    Indeed, I remember, two advantages I am when confronting a question. The conscious ability to implant a fresh dimension, first. A dimension empty of precedents, virtually opened to re-consider what is in question. So I step on a momentary balcony almost free from the sight of history, relieved from heavy connotations and pre-defined images ‘about’.

    The surprise grows, folding me into re-imagining a ‘human being’, mirroring not that which is all too evident in time.

    But something more is clearly different from previous senses and tastes attached to the question, some of the objects forming the human case seem to have disappeared.

    The intersection of times in which I, we exist, a trace mark of the second advantage. The era of continuous turning point, peripeteia. The historical invariables of the human case are being infected by variability. Riding technological waves we raise metaphorical heads to tackle the fixed stars.

    So there it is, a pulsing strange-space, accurately sweeping through all the closed-corners of imagination, from mortality to perception barriers, from scarcity to inevitability, introducing a fragile, undefined freedom into the language of thought-sensation, disrupting foundations of identity, delivering a thousand packages of future becoming.

    The second hint is landing charmed into a strange space.


    The irony, the archeology of irony is to be found in the history of belief. Each era provides us with a set of visions of becoming, yet each and all competing under one corked roof, that of being mutually exclusive to each other. Competing, if so, upon the dream-power of individuals instead of unleashing it.

    This era, of the year few thousands of our own making, provokes again its own hubris. The possible convergence of all the means, of mind and technology, by which we interfere upon our own make up. The renaissance machine to coalesce once more dream power in our hands. Are we up to making it the first cent of a great something else? Peripeteia, is it the turning point of us?

    It was irony that brought a graceful sanity and a simple instruction:

    The motive is not to use vision for self-realization, but rather to loose the self in vision and gain an open becoming.

    What is a human being?

    Now, with two hints, one instruction, a brave bottle and the lure of intensity, I was ready for unguided unfoldment of a shape of consciousness.

    Bypassing the paradoxical circumstances of existence of the question in my mind I search for a respectful answer.

    What is a Human being?

    The human being is a vision

    A vision does not hold a specific form at the end of the tunnel, nor at the beginning of it, but an open, continuous and composite tunnel of becoming. Cinema is a vision, philosophy is a vision, ethics is a vision, aesthetics is a vision, love is a vision, the human is a vision.

    Our basic definition, human being, is a symbol signifying vision as space of becoming, a space in constant rhizomatic expansion. A space of becoming that both exceeds the contemporary embodiments of it and is influenced by them.

    No, I do not deny the contour, the context, and the say of the many archeological layers of which we are formed, I do however suggest to replace our existential coordinates in front of it;
    To define our being human as a reflective and self-describing event, that operates upon a space of becoming. To situate ourselves by that at the infinitesimal necessary distance to observe that which defines us. To place ourselves in front of all the ‘what’ the ‘who’ and the ‘how’, and make it a matter for our reflective self-description, before it has us fully defined.

    Unleashing by that the creative aesthetic verb to mind not only what the context indicates, but a ground seeded with all the skies, furthering passion to rule the day.

    I am a human

    The human, I read now as a symbol pointing at a space of becoming, an open and live intersection of potentiality and multiple processes of approximation, to which individuation (dynamic of self-description) is a current interpretation.

    A human seen as a reflective and self-describing event replaces a stable contour (its defined humanity) with a space of becoming (human is a vision). By that she finds not only an infinite game within finite circumstances, but also all the ‘others’ as threads of embodiment.

    It is the evolution into a shared space of vision that promotes access between minds as an available global workspace.



    It is in my eyes an ultimately ethical act, one, which provides the process of individuation with a constant potent source of freedom and dream power to face the plexus of conditions and the conceptual environment from which it arises.

    An act that allows by definition diversity and endorses respect as an integral disposition of the collective sphere.

    Undefined Space of becoming

    Vision remains always undefined, incomplete and ever in becoming. ‘The human being is a vision’ proclaims the human empty of pre-defined essentiality.

    The space of becoming is necessarily influenced at each stage by the finite composition of possible paths, yet what matters is that pointing at ourselves we point at a dynamic space, partially always unknown, and not at a single a-priori particular image. Diversity becomes an essential aspect of our processing unit not the beast to be hunted down when fear grasps our throat.

    Vision behaves as a ground open for self-description. It generates an infinite game whose aesthetic necessity is to keep the pattern alive and unclosed, in the process of spawning a transitory shape via multiple processes of individuation.


    ‘The human being is a vision’ is the description of a primary existential situation, one that brings into presence the creative force in its strength and fragility. We stand, facing the limits of ourselves, while loaded with the acute tension of conceptualizing non-essentiality into aesthetic freedom.

    *


    Just before being this or that, we step into the endeavor of changing the skyline of our emotions, provoking the eventful and experimental adventure of minding a meta-narrative. We breathe a-new into the rhizome of vision a life with no distance. Now, when we hide our revolution in thin air and deep space, it is empathy transforming into a telepathic wave, flaming the corrosive Nano-bots upon the prison of hope.

    It Is Now
    12:32/10/01/2010/PSE
    To be continued…


    Image 1 - Turquoise, 2003, By Michal Rovner
    Image 2 - Arsene by Xavier Rey
    Image 3 - Island Bridge by Xavier Rey
    Image 4 - Concept sketch by Mondolithic Studios
    Image 5 - Fling by Maria Kong Dance Company
    Image 6 - Border #8 by Michal Rovner


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    klaitner     Sun, Jan 10, 2010  Permanent link
    on my travels I have seen 'a human being is the universe considering itself' (the universe being 'becoming' not so far from proposed here, a human is thus becoming considering becoming) or 'moonlight in a dewdrop, falling from a duck's beak' addressing the ephemeral nature of that becoming
    Xaos     Wed, Jan 13, 2010  Permanent link
    Klaitner, thank you for your fine words; ephemeral and transitory nature is by all means part of the portfolio of sanity in my book.

    With it, in the statement ‘human is a vision’, that which I am after is a conceptual tool, the distilling into words of a perspective fitting the times we are entering.

    Human, as a vision signifying a space of becoming, provides in my eyes a fragile freedom emanating from the gap between our continuous coming to know and the frame situating that same knowing, so yes, ephemeral, but mostly open.

    Readdressing openness, and not categorization, as core of the process by which we define ourselves, and using the tension of consciously minding our own evolution as our dynamic contour.
    The future is opaque in the sense becoming, yet, today, more then ever, we can and we should influence that incomputable process of becoming.

    It is upon that unpredictable difference that we project our selves, the world and mostly engage our minding capacities; with the working assumption that the human is a work in progress.

    A work in progress, unfolds across micro shifts in the frame of thought-sensation, resulting, as a change of the mindset. The Human is a vision is a hand graffiti upon the walls of the work in progress.

    klaitner     Fri, Jan 15, 2010  Permanent link
    "Readdressing openness, and not categorization, as core of the process by which we define ourselves"

    If categories are the foundation of logical thought, what are the foundations of openness, Emptiness?

    If Emptiness is the foundation of openness, what direction can there be? Not clinging one reacts to circumstances appropriately. Do these reactions spring from a philosophy, a basic human response mechanism? If so what are the foundations of this response, and if we find them is this truly Emptiness?

    Is goal orientation possible in openness?
    Fast T     Sat, Jan 16, 2010  Permanent link
    Thank you for a challenging and inspiring post, Xaos. It does indeed bear on some predispositions, as klaitner pointed in the comment above.
    Taking the liberty to relate to this comment, I will also allow myself a slight re-molding of the question it starts with. I would ask: If categories are the foundation of logical thought, what are openness and emptiness a foundation of?

    These are quite a few if’s to start with, and rightly so. It seems to me there is more than one kind of logical thought, where ‘categories’ serve as one (albeit very easily accessed) order. Whereas categories are most efficient for sorting, sorting isn’t encompassing the full scope employing our cognitive abilities. Taking this line to its logical middle, direction isn’t necessarily confined to categorical means. Inevitably, openness gains an access for direction to emerge in concert with complexity in ways that exceed pre-ordered paradigms. Such is the case for beauty, creativity and indeed vision (as portrayed in this post) as direction.

    In this sense, I find the potent line of exploring direction as emerging from ‘human as a vision’ few degrees freer in terms of shedding pre-ordination. Perhaps in that we engage our intelligent direction slightly emptier of the more solidified boundaries our conceptual tools lined for us so far.

    As Xaos articulated it in his comment:
    The future is opaque in the sense becoming, yet, today, more then ever, we can and we should influence that incomputable process of becoming.


    This spells direction to me and moreover, it reminds me not to confuse direction (as an intelligent engagement) with particular content.
    klaitner     Sat, Jan 16, 2010  Permanent link
    Perhaps in that we engage our intelligent direction slightly emptier of the more solidified boundaries our conceptual tools lined for us so far.

    quantum computing and baysian graphs may help on the concretization of this fuzzy thought, it cannot cure the mental habit

    If categories are the foundation of logical thought, what are openness and emptiness a foundation of?

    I would embrace this rephrasing of the question

    If I understand correctly, you propose that openness and emptiness promote an expansion of the possible 'paths' one might take, an expansion of the possible interactions one can have (is this a reasonable interpretation of 'directions'?). Is this the cone of uncertainty in reverse?

    Fast T     Mon, Jan 18, 2010  Permanent link
    Perhaps in that we engage our intelligent direction slightly emptier of the more solidified boundaries our conceptual tools lined for us so far.

    quantum computing and baysian graphs may help on the concretization of this fuzzy thought, it cannot cure the mental habit


    I would suggest discerning between fuzzy thought (not sure what meaning you apply) and fuzzy description here. Whereas concentration isn't my purpose, broadening the meaning of direction certainly is.

    If I understand correctly, you propose that openness and emptiness promote an expansion of the possible 'paths' one might take, an expansion of the possible interactions one can have (is this a reasonable interpretation of 'directions'?). Is this the cone of uncertainty in reverse?


    I propose that direction isn't the conceptual propriety of solid orders. That its emergence, if openness (let's leave emptiness aside for the moment) is at play, may be allowed via intelligent minding. Such that evades the more predictable prospects of pre-ordained forms and formulas.

    As for emptiness, it takes at least a tinge of it in terms of the mental and emotional mind-set to allow such emergence to be noticed in the first place and welcome in the after-math of minding. :)
    Xaos     Tue, Jan 19, 2010  Permanent link
    If Emptiness is the foundation of openness, what direction can there be?


    Where else than in openness is the question of direction emerging? as reflective beings we heavily rely on the vital primacy of this question.

    I believe that in our age exposing oneself to the circumstances in which the question arises becomes imperative, and I do not mean the localities of it as much as the meta-narratives.

    My point is indeed to open the closure of ultimate question and ultimate answers, to expose a gap between the two, in constantly minding the gap we establishing a station of becoming within which the question of direction is answered by emergence.

    Along the peaks of history rare minds moved across the question to deliver elegant and potent frames of mind, locating the human on a path. Liberation, evolution, civilization, progress, creation.. each a magnificent and imposing architecture, each a full frame of reference, each critical to our minding, yet none replacing it with a final answer.

    Answers historically tend to acquire the status of unquestionable (unquestionable truth) and present themselves as categorically exclusive to each other, thus the tragic irony of our belief systems. In order to sustain such answers in place, and have a ‘sense’ of direction we are willing to restrict the paths available to the future.

    Emptiness is a radical commodity cracking open the roots of our belief system, delivering us to shores of freedom which we are still in the very beginning of exploring.

    The human as a vision is addressing the intersection in between openness and directionality. It is that intersection in my eyes that exposes the edge of our becoming. Not denying humanness but rather observing it as work in progress.

    Direction in this level is emerging at the edge; it is unpredictable and necessitates a continuous calibration of aesthetic sensibility.

    Direction is not (only) a one time setting (as in goal orientation) but more of a continuous accurate and quite vulnerable calibration.

    When accepting this view, reactions spring from freshly metabolized pathways of a continuous minding, upon an open and un-obstructed edge; alternatively reactions spring from habit; or from anywhere else on the spectrum in between the two.

    The consequences of openness; it allows us when in full engagement and in graceful moments to see the intersection between the end of us (limits) and potentiality, to overflow then within an event that may yield a new attractor in the autopoiesis of becoming.

    thank you for raising the crucial points, the scope of this comment cover an initial reflection.
    klaitner     Tue, Jan 19, 2010  Permanent link
    "Where else than in openness is the question of direction emerging? "


    hmm yessss.

    "Along the peaks of history rare minds moved across the question to deliver elegant and potent frames of mind, locating the human on a path."


    These frames are the gateless gates, no? Leading us along a path that does not exist, in order to orient beginner mind. How do we transition continuously to no mind? Can you get there from here or are we crossing a chasm?

    "The human as a vision is addressing the intersection in between openness and directionality. It is that intersection in my eyes that exposes the edge of our becoming. Not denying humanness but rather observing it as work in progress. "


    This is a comfortable place, but who is it that is observing?

    "When accepting this view, reactions spring from freshly metabolized pathways of a continuous minding, upon an open and un-obstructed edge"


    continuous and unobstructed, good adjectives

    "The consequences of openness; it allows us when in full engagement and in graceful moments to see the intersection between the end of us (limits) and potentiality, to overflow then within an event that may yield a new attractor in the autopoiesis of becoming."


    this intersection is the chasm I speak of, can we merely visit potentiality?
     
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