Publication Year: 2012
In his new book, John S. Dunne asks: “So what is eternal consciousness? It is, I take it, consciousness of the eternal in us. If time is ‘a changing image of eternity,’ as Plato says, the changing image of the human being is like The Voyage of Life, four paintings by Thomas Cole, showing childhood, youth, adulthood, and age. The eternal in us is the person going through these phases. It is the vertical dimension of the life, as in the title scene of War and Peace where Prince Andre lay on the battlefield looking up into the peaceful sky, perceiving peace in the midst of war. If the horizontal dimension is time and the vertical dimension is eternity, then eternal consciousness is awareness of the vertical dimension. What is more, the vertical dimension carries through the horizontal, as the person walks through life upright instead of being dragged through in ‘quiet desperation.’ Willingness and hope, accordingly, is willingness to walk through upright with hope in the face of death and darkness.” —from the book
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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“How quiet, peaceful, and solemn, not at all as I ran,” says Prince Andre lying on the battlefield at Austerlitz in the title scene of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, “not as we ran, shouting and fighting . . . how differently do those clouds glide across that...
“We can know more than we can tell”
“I’m outside my heart, looking for the way back in.”1 These words from a story can describe a spiritual problem of our times. We are outside our heart, looking for the way back in. I believe it is because among the traditional three lives, action...
Is Matter a Dimension?
Space is three-dimensional, and time is a fourth dimension, and matter is thought to be situated in space and time. If we say matter itself is a dimension, though, then what is situated in space and time and...
If “we all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence,” as Dag Hammarskjöld says in his brochure for the Meditation Room at the UN, the surrounding silence can be interpreted as the surrounding...
Words and Music
“You must love the music, not master it,” a Chinese grandmother advised one of my students who was feeling frustrated, trying to play a difficult nocturne by Chopin on the piano. “Music must be treated as all things that are...
Story and Song
“In the beginning is the song,” Michel Serres says in his Genesis, and he contrasts this with “In the beginning was the Word,”1 but I think the Word can be the Song, as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis tell the story of...
Eternal consciousness is an answer to “quiet desperation,” as in Thoreau’s saying, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” 1 And I suppose this is what Kierkegaard meant saying “If there were no eternal consciousness...
A Note on Mind and Matter
Index of Names
Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 797816840
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