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Wildcat Wed, Jun 11, 2014
Brilliant piece by Umberto Eco, and though I admire this particular 'mise en scene' I cannot agree with the second part, namely: "But, understanding this, do I not perhaps gain everything, because I become the one thinking point at which the Universe recognizes its own illusion?"

The reason? to my mind by positing even the possibility of gaining everything the mind defeats its own purpose of realization or realization of purpose (take your pick) i.e emptiness (or void). By in fact positioning oneself as the crux of the matter, the axis mundi :" the one thinking point at which the Universe recognizes its own illusion" the mind in question creates a new basis (not to mention self-inflation to the point of ridiculousness).... hence my disagreement to the statement. We should make well to remember the fantastic lesson in Tarkowski's Stalker.. probably the most important scene in the history of philosophical cinema.
Thank you for this piece, an important reminder indeed.