Saturday, December 17, 2016

Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

Ha, this reconciliation at the heart of kennlingus and the model of hierarchical complexity is merely mythic, not even rational. Isn't it ironic, don't you think? Then of course there is amodal hier(an)archical synplexity.

Quote :According to leading expert on linguistics and cross-cultural mythology Lévi-Strauss, in every mythic system we will find a constant pattern: a persistent sequence of binary discrimination's (as between interior/exterior, individual/collective, spirit/matter, etc.) - followed by a ‘mediation’ (reconciliation) of the paired categories thus distinguished. The most basic function of a mythic belief-system, then, is not just to attempt this mediation of what is sensed as irreconcilable but to establish the possibility of reconciliation itself. So much so that for any given “mythic” structure of meaning and social belonging (e.g. conservative Christian, liberal-progressive, New Age pagan, secular-atheist, Western Buddhist, etc.) it is much more important to believe in the possibility of a solution (a reconciliation of opposites in higher synthesis) than ever to find one in actuality.
In other words, the function of a mythic belief system is to tell stories that eliminate the uncanny, the absurd, the bizarre and the dissonant from our self-understanding, with the all too human dream of a final pattern that makes everything make sense.

There is, however, another kind of story that functions in a way that is radically otherwise to a mythic belief-system: a parable - or a paradox formed into story (e.g. the parables of Jesus). This different kind of story doesn't so much bring about a reconciliation of opposites as it derails the very edifice of one's social, political and religious landscape.

Simply put, if myth is the agent of order and stability, a parable (poetics of paradox) is the agent of rupture, disequilibrium and (hopefully) transformation. These paradoxes can are consistently found at the heart of the parables and short stories of the historical Jesus, and they are always a somewhat unnerving experience. You can usually recognize a paradox because your immediate reaction will be something along the lines of “I don’t know what you mean by that story but I’m certain I don’t like it.” (Crossan, "The Dark Interval")

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