Very rough, very early outline of upcoming issues in the Argument from Beauty series (personal notes made via a mindmap)

  • Rational analysis allows for indifferent creators, but one way is driven by fear, and the other by courage to believe in the beautiful
  • No beauty without suffering
    • Micro suffering, like working in an office
      • Armchair philosophy or theology vs trench philosophy or theology
    • No empathy without suffering
  • What would Jung say about The Beautiful
    • The whole field of aesthetics
    • What did Plato say about the beautiful
      • Platonic aesthetics
  • Choosing what you believe
    • The ubermensch
    • Scripture as a divine evolutionary rorschach test
      • A lot of scripture and life to support this
    • Haireo heresy
  • The beautiful is also the good, the truth, the life, and Love itself
    • God is: the logos, Agape, a burning fire, what else? Also the many Jewish names for god
      • Fascinating that Bible doesn’t say Jesus is God. Back to the element of personal choice and haireo heresy
      • Burning fire as metaphor or as panentheistic. Cf gnostic gospels with Jesus saying panentheistic things about himself. Also eat my flesh and drink my blood
      • Does the Greek also say love is God?
    • Eternal life is a quality of life that transcends what we think of as life
    • Aletheia is unforgettable because it is beautiful
  • The fundamental problem of philosophy
    • The need for other sources of knowledge (emotion/intuition/BEAUTY)
    • In light of relativism, but distinguished from relativism
  • Mentions of beauty in scripture
  • The opposite of beautiful
    • Beauty wealth success
    • Our cultural obsession with beauty
    • So what is truly unbeautiful?
      • Indifference
        • Beauty is a passion
          • People seek meaning, experience of being alive, or is it all beauty we’re after?
          • Empiricism and rationalism take passion out of knowledge
          • Nihilism.. Removing the beauty from the cosmos
          • Christians take passion out of love
    • Humble
    • Jesus was not physically beautiful
    • Buddha is a shit stick
  • The philology of beauty
  • Whatever is lovely, think on these things
    • Corinthians love verse as meditation on the beautiful
    • How little we meditate on beauty that isn’t skin deep
  • Love as the glue of the universe
    • The unforgivable sin
      • Unforgiveness as unforgivable
        • On the surface, blasphemy seems less grave Than torturing someone to death, for example
        • Forgiveness comes from seeing the good
          • Love doesn’t take evil into account
    • Beauty as the connecting or ordering principle in cosmos
      • Logos as connecting ordering principle
        • When meaning becomes desire in the Buddhist sense
          • Our purpose driven life obsession doesn’t seem biblical
        • Meaning, beauty, suffering as ultimate subjectives
          • Subjective meaning as haireo
            • As many paths to God as there are subjective beings
        • Logos as story or meaning
      • Most beautiful arrangement per heraclitus
  • Idolatry
    • A life purpose
    • Everything Pursuit but perfect love/beauty
      • The beauty in the love of Mary magdelines TWO annointings
        • Jesus wagered his life on his conviction that love conquers death
      • Only those conquer death
      • Only those are separate from egoic construed self
    • Romantic love
    • Beauty you can see eidol
  • Beauty, like love, conquers the good/evil duality
    • God created, then “saw” that it was good
      • Goodness, beauty, completion, perfection, bride,
        • The finished work
          • The ache of the unfinished
            • Longing
            • Gestation
            • Labor pains
  • Eye of the beholder and:
    • beauty and suffering as most objective things there are
  • Biblical theology can go either way, but only one way is beautiful
  • Love is the only thing that makes things beautiful
    • If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me
    • Sans love, all is grotesque
    • The innocence and purity seen in pets/animals in contrast to humans (think sneebles and phoebe), combined with realization that it is because of love; otherwise, they are grotesque
  • Faith, the substance of things not seen. The evidence of things hoped for
  • God is the only thing there is… Thus, the restoration of all back into god
    • The passion of a God who:
      • Weeps because the people were like sheep without a Shephard
        • Pursues beings across eons to rescue them from samsara… Their eons of suffering… Of being alone
          • Death being mercy to beings who have no rest, who ruin their souls, who need a new start.. A new morning/day
            • Like sleep is mercy from the day’s weariness
          • Song of Solomon
        • Expedient/skillfull means. Upaya
        • Hangs naked on a cross asking only for the forgiveness of those who know not what they do (also, beautiful) … Perish lack of knowledge
        • The people perish for lack of knowledge
  • Upside Down
    • Spiritual economics of scarcity
      • Scarcity is manmade
        • Economics of scarcity is perpetuated by the economists of rational self interest
          • Self interest is death
        • Man is not rational
          • The.commodification of reason
          • The repression of depth psychology (yes, irony)
          • The pathologizing of emotion
          • Rational self interest and scarcity are like holding only to classical physics when we’re in the cusp of post quantum physics
        • Man is to blame for spiritual scarcity
        • Nature has scarcity, but man is made to conquer it
    • Twitter follow ratio (Twitter rewards people for having “followers” whom they do not follow back. In other words, it rewards the having of “followers”, rather than “friends” or “connections”)
  • Finished Work
  • ETTMT (Pragmatic, but:

By their fruit you will know them) text the spirits.. You know not of what spirit you are