Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Decoding Philosophy - Jim Morrison & The Triumph Of Poetics, Faith & Music

"Cogito Erlo Sum - I think therefore I am" 

"The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely for the acquisition of knowledge" said Rene Descartes.

Years later......Martin Heidegger writes......

"The most thought provoking thing in our thought provoking time is that we are still not thinking."

"Was heisst denken? What is called thinking?"

Thus, Philosophy yet remains an unending story, a lingering thought and an unanswered existential question.


Philosophy is an essential enquiry, a quest and incessant questioning of the truth that one believes or not believes. This eternal quest of man that provokes thinking, contemplation, introspection, judgement and his final conclusion, is the core of man's philosophical existance, his thought process the birthplace of  his ideations and ideologies
Whether its the question of nature and the behaviour of a being or about the being itself.
Martin Heidegger puts it as Dasein ( the being for whom being is a question ) in his magnum opus 'Being and Time' bringing forth an old existential question but with an alternate perpective, thinking otherwise
'Being and Time' explores this primeval search of the self rather than matters surrounding the self, the very origin of the self that is the very question of - what it is to be ? The definition of a being and its experience as a being
how does it feel to be? or
what is the essential feeling of being?

"Why there is Being at all and not much rather Nothing? That is the question."

Though the above work investigates this alternate theory of 'the being itself' rather than matters concerning the being. It yet remains unfinished, as Heidegger could not complete the second part of book on the Destruktion or deconstruction of philosophy something that I am attempting now through this article to break down to that single fragment of truth that gives existence its very meaning resolves one's questioning and soothes philosophical disposition.

Away from philosophy, Heidegger now seeks through poetics in his 'Poetry, Language and Thought' emphasizing the role of art and poetics in particular. Making a doorway in the search for truth by turning towards poetry and arts as the embodiment of truth. In the seven part collective refencial study of The Thinker As The Poet, The Origin Of The Work of Art, What Are Poets For?, Building, Dwelling, Thinking, The Thing, Language and lastly "......Poetically Man Dwells......" Delving and discussing in depth the origin, nature, essence and importance of poetics as an artform, as The Thinker As A Poet Commences with the following lines

"Way and weighing
Style and saying
On a single walk are found

Go bare without halt
Question and default
On your single pathway bound.

When the early morning light grows quietly above the mountain
The world's darkening never reaches the Light of the Being
We are too late for the gods too early for the Being, Being's poem, just begun, is man
To head toward a star-this only
To think is to confine yourself to a single thought that one day stands still like star in the world's sky."


"The world is my representation "

Turning to Schopenhauer man is born with an urge or desire an unsatiated will which he seeks to satisfy contrary to Hegel's concept of Zeitgeist ( der Geist seiner Zeit or the spirit of the time ) which reflected the idea of collective consciousness  as a driving force for the individual's choices or actions, Schopenhauer maintained on the individual consciousness or one's self will to live ( Wille zum Leben ) as the force governing his preferences and decisive actions.  In his work The World as Will And Representation, he blames the inconsistent human will as the root cause of all suffering and believes in ascetic piety and the wisdom of the Vedas and the Upanishads as the solution in search for truth similar to the sublimation process adopted by Peter Wessel Zappfe, a Norwegian philosopher & successor influenced by his ideation.

In his search for truth, Schopenhauer gives enormous importance to music as the ultimate embodiment of human will free from plagiarism in its original innate nature. Reigning  highest among other artforms, it emancipates the senses appealing to all its partakers or listeners. Hence, dissolving the outward seperatedness unfying oneself with universal consciousness merging the subject and the object into one single unified Whole, as he states the effects of music in the section 34 of  The World As Will and Representation-

"One can thus no longer seperate the perceiver from the perception."

As for Schopenhauer, music is the sole artform that is stated "Pure, will-less, timeless...". It is not subjected to the Principle of  Sufficient Grounds rather embodies the human will as individual object based on personal experiences,  emotive faculties, talent, a Catharsis, purgation through creation of a muscial composition owing to it pure, timeless, ageless and universal nature.


"Revelation is marked by mystery, eternal happiness by suffering, the certitude of faith by uncertainty, easiness by difficulty, truth by absurdity; "

Kierkegaard bases his search for truth on faith, theology and individual consciousness as he believes God comes to each individual mysteriously and that one should attempt in establishing a personal and individual relationship with God rather than following a collective faith manipulated by dogmas and dictums. For Kierkegaard truth essentially lies in an absolute unadulterated surrender to God by developing an unperturbed and unflinching faith realising Him from within one's own self as he states,
"An action in the eternal transforms the individual's existence."

Through constant study and introspection, Kierkegaard negated the Hegelian prospect of mediation and adopted his own individual inference and experience concluded that it is only love towards God which emerges higher than any mediation or logical rational reasoning . Thus, rejecting logic for ethics.

"The how of truth is precisely the truth....."

"Every human being is spirit and truth is the self-activity appropriation of it...... "

"There is no work not a single one, not even the best one about which unconditionally dare to say : The one who does it unconditionally demonstrates love by it.
It depends on how the work is done."

For Kierkegaard, its the aesthetics of poetry, beauty and most importantly love and faith which embodies the truth in its purest form.

"O, can I really believe the poets when they say that the first time one sees the beloved object he thinks he has seen her long before...
That love like all knowledge is recollection,
That love in the single individual has its prophecies, its types, its myths, its Old Testament.  "


The poetics for Heidegger, music for Schopenhauer and the faith for Kiekegaard emerge as self embodiment of the Absolute manifesting itself into different forms expressing its eternal nature through various mediums as introspected and felt by different individuals in their own thought, their own ways in their own ideations in search of the Truth.

Jim Morrison's personal study of philosophy, his thought patterns, poetic creations, musical compositions and over all unified consciousness makes him the Ideal in the search for Truth.

Traverse the lines to reach its meaning

Lines intersect and entwine

Conjoin their meanings to retrieve the subject

The subject only reveals itself w/the pure eye...

                                                           - Monalisa

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