Two other things spring to mind while I'm here. One is the quality of responsiveness. When reality changes from becoming an inanimate machine working out its cause and effect computations, to becoming something responsive, that communicates with you, plays with you, assumes new guises. The Internet is interesting in this respect, because it often gives people this sensation, in various different ways. I think with the Internet there is always an ambiguity over whether it is God or the Antichrist. Alive or a devious simulation of life.
For me this sense of responsiveness is not ever present, but I only feel half alive in the periods of my life when it's not there.
The other thing is the sense of narrative and I think this is what people mean by initiation. The sense of being inducted into a series of ever grater mysteries. This can have an addictive quality and so be quite dangerous. Always wanting the next thing.
Theres this massive church near me thats open 24/7 and Ill stop in at night if Im near by for this exact experience. Architecture really sells spirituality"Today I again cycled around the whole of the city and visited countless churches. I discovered a beautiful church that bestowed a now very rare experience of presence on me. The church is rather small. Once you enter, you find yourself immediately under a dome. The dome is decorated in patterns formed by octagons. These decrease in size towards the centre of the dome, so that the dome creates a strong optical upwards pull. Light bursts in through windows arranged around the peak of the dome, where the depiction of a golden dove floats. The whole forms a sublime other with a vertical pull that effectively made me float in space. I was lifted up. That’s when I understood what the holy spirit is. It is nothing other than the other. It was an exhilarating experience, the experience of presence, right inside a holy object."
Byung-Chul Han: “I Practise Philosophy a
Yeah, there's enough there that I'm intrigued, but he can be a bit embarrassing. I've read bits and pieces and a few interviews and, for all his push back against the digital, he feels like an Instagram philosopher.Not sure about this byung hun chal guy. I read his book and it was filled with stylistic faux pas- think he compared cell phones to 1984 several times for example