A&O – METAPHORS for the UNKNOWABLE

 

 

ART & ORGANISM

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METAPHORS for the UNKNOWABLE

Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.

(Pythagoras quoted by Tyron Edwards 1908:592)

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Sometimes we need a bridge, from what we know to what is otherwise inconceivable.  New ideas get no attention if they are too new … so new that we cannot even imagine a connection.   (Fourth Street Bridge, Scotland)

 

“every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.”–Wordsworth

 

 

 

See Gunther Stent about the problem of new ideas that are “Premature and Unique” (HERE)

EXAMPLES:

Entities and Avatars  Entities that possess incomprehensible dimensions, take comprehensible form in order to communicate with humans 

  • Krishna.  The incomprehensible Krishna took human form to appear to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita.
  • The God of Moses. One day (the 15th of Nissan in the Hebrew calendar) One of Jethro’s shepherds (Moses) was near the foot of Mount Sinai when he was confronted with a thornbush that was burning but was not consumed.  A voice from within the bush called on Moses to return to Egypt and seek the liberation of His people. After seven days and nights Moses was finally persuaded.  This was exactly a year before the Exodus.  During the eventual Exodus, everyone could witness the entity whose name could not be pronounced as a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.  The voice that demanded Job act like a man and in the ensuing dialog persuaded him to never doubt his omnipotent judgement.
  • The Q of Star Trek.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_(Star_Trek)
  • Dad in Contact (1997)  Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Ann Arroway’s dad is an alien taking human form so the SETI scientist could relate to it.

How does … What happens … when the metaphor becomes the thing itself in one’s mind … when the medium becomes the messae, the map becomes the territory.  Is it synecdoche? a fragment acting as a convenient proxy for the entre thing?