By John Warden
Describing using symbols in philosophy and faith, this book connects the Taoist image of the self—the diamond body—to the tetrahedron, besides as to the 4 valences of the carbon molecule, the root of all existence. Following those principles additional, the dialogue information the shut correspondence among the traditional knowledge of Lao Tsu and the symbolism of Jungian psychology—and additionally conjectures in regards to the risk of a extra image-oriented view of technology.
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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’, Christmas hymn. * T H E W O R D mystery combines, perhaps, the banal conception of paradox with that of the numinous, which requires a sense of wonder. The most striking example, to my mind, is the first, childhood, experience of self-consciousness, what Gabriel Marcel called ‘The Ontological Mystery’. This can affect a lifetime’s thought and attitude. For some it is closely bound to the mystery of God. For many also it is closely bound to the mysteries of morality and love.
The great artist sees his objects (and this is true whether they are sad, absurd, repulsive or even evil) in a light of justice and mercy. 18 Again her language appears to need interpretation to me. By ‘self ’ she means selfishness, the narcissistic ego or shadow, and by ‘nature’ 30 The Diamond and the Star human nature. By ‘outward’ I think she is intending a penetration of self-concern. What she actually describes is, in Jung’s terms, an act of extraversion: In a sense therefore extraversion is a transfer of interest from subject to object.
For Jung we can say it was the vision of the desecration of the cathedral. For the others we can only speculate. NOTES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Gabriel Marcel, The Philosophy of Existence, Harvill Press (first published 1948). G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Collins, 50. Job, 40, 4. G. Jung, Answer to Job, Routledge, 7. , xvii. , 61, 64. , 312. , 314. Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, Routledge, 1. , 93. Typology changes over the years according to experience.