(continues from...... https://openmindsforum.forumotion.com/t382p775-family-in-a-fishbowl-princess-0-reality-show#29755)
AB summarized his views, presumably in contrast with the BPWH.......
He focuses on the Logos, modulo the Resurrection and Omega.
In the BPWH, the cosmic Self/Person stands in for God, but that does not prevent us from using the terms interchangeably.
It must be understood that the Self is essentially social or Trinitarian..... there can be no Creator without Creation.
Thus the Logos is Seminal...... it is tantamount to the Golden Rule, which, stated proactively, is the Big Love.
Let’s focus on the R&O........
My claim is that R&O are essential to any understanding, at all.
The basic idea is that Creation must be finite. It must be defined, bounded and coherent.
It cannot be open ended....... acosmic.
Only love can be infinite...... not space or time or anything else.
The infinity of love, the big love, can only be located within individuals, however. It is not some other entity.
There is a ‘transpersonal’ psychology, but no transhuman entity.
Even, especially, the Monad is personal...... we can and do engage with it, personally....... known by some as the living word, or living christ, if you will.
The human potential at the core of every person is infinite. It is our cosmic lifeline.
Where does the Omega come into all this......?
The Omega is the Big Love....... is the cosmic Attractor at the end of the world....... the counterpart of the Alpha or seminal logos.
The seminal logos is deeply embedded, anchored, hidden in plain sight in history as the incarnation....... and in every one of us.
This is the Multiverse...... awaiting its Resurrection into the Monad/Omega/Source.
Without our individual link to the infinite...... our souls to the Spirit, we are nothing.
Everything is linked in this manner, mainly at the ‘atomic’ level, rather than the personal....... all is linked to the Monad, in the End.
This is the one electron/one soul ‘theory’ of Being. There is only one Being...... one cosmic Consciousness.
Is this Parmenides vs Heraclitus? It is Parmenides&Heraclitus.
Our egos are the illusion. The shells are burned off to find the pearl of great price, within each of us and within history...... as we move toward the light.
This is the quickening of history that we see all around us.
Understand that every second of this movement is embedded in Eternity. The river of Heraclitus necessarily flows to the Sea of Parmenides.
Cosmic consciousness is our Resurrection.
Nothing else makes a lick of sense...... does it, AB?
And understand that the Princess has donny wrapped around her little finger...... whether she speaks to me, or not. I’m quite happy under the bus.
At best, the Millennium was going to be an artificial hold. Should we have time to catch our Breath/Spirit?
I suspect we’ll manage quite well, thank you.
Just be careful what we are wishing for, when we go to the Well.
The main opposition to the BPWH comes from Science and Buddhism......
1.) Science with its doctrine of materialism
2.) Buddhism with its doctrine of anatta
The basic claim is that both of these doctrines are incoherent.
Of course, neither Science nor Buddhism put any stock in coherence.
My further claim is that persons seek coherence, and seek coherence, often over survival.
Love is synonymous with coherence, in this regard.
Both S & B, however subscribe to an implied Telos, which is crucial to their understanding....... a Telos which is virtually synonymous with the big love.
Science has only ever been about our understanding and welfare.
Buddhism has only ever been about our achievement of nirvana.
This is exactly what the BPWH is about.
Both of these imply that the individual is correlated with the Cosmos.
How strong is that correlation, and how does it manifest in our lives?
The BPWH provides the only comprehensive engagement with that question.
Yes, Science imports, by subterfuge, an infinite Telos....... the notion of infinite progress.
This Telos applies equally to our own efforts and to Nature through evolution.
Science gives lip service to the accidental nature of existence...... life is an absurdity in a meaningless universe. But scratch that superficial bit of political correctness, and the omnipresence of teleological thinking is overwhelming.
Science is a massive exercise in surreptitious teleology.
Philosophers point this out, but scientists eschew philosophy, as if it were going to be a pox on Scientism...... which it will be.
Many point out that science is a religion unto itself...... in its splendid isolation.
Many moderns find science and Buddhism to be congenial, if not even collegial. Both are equally opposed to philosophy...... to coherence.
For the past seventy years, philosophy proper has been seeking to disentangle itself from analytical philosophy. The struggle continues.
That philosophy maintain an analytical core is simply a matter of political correctness.
Certainly, we wouldn’t want to pollute impressionable young minds with any notions of coherence.
Buddhists avoid philosophy nearly as religiously as do scientists...... may God have mercy on your soul if you should think rather than meditate. Thinking is to be done only in service to the mundane. The transcendental is not to be polluted with human thought...... thank you very much.