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Eureka!!! Eureka!!!
by Leah Sellers
2013-02-18 10:26:02
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Eureka !
Behold !  The Energetic Explosiveness of a Great Idea !
The Energetic Inspirational and Aspirational
Electro-Magnetic flow and surge
Of an Idea
As It touches and charges through each Mind, Heart, Body and Soul it is Exposed to and absorbed by (or expelled by)
An Idea conjures and moves Individuals, Tribes and World Cultures
Toward Innovation and Ingenuity
Toward the Wheel
The Wagon Wheel
The Water Wheel
The Grist Mill Wheel
The Wind Mill
The Cotton Gin
The Combustible Engine
The Manned Spaceships
The Telegraph
The Telephone
The Television
The Satellites
The Computers
The Nano-bots, Auto-bots, Ro-bots………….
Great Ideas Create Our Perceptions and Impressions of the Internal and External Worlds within Us and around Us.
At times, They can even supercede and overcome Our Environments
Great Ideas Move Us toward other Ideas - those We embrace and those We Choose to discard or place on hold
We cling to Ideas and Seek other Ideas throughout Our Lifetime to Prove
Them out, and/or make Them a more Meaningful and Deeper part of OurSelves and the Selves We want to Be
The Selves We Work to Be
We long to Be or are afraid to Be Touched and Moved toward Divinity by a Great Idea
No Money can buy an Individual’s Great Idea
The Great Idea came before the Invention and Innovation of Money
Money is ItSelf an Idea breathed to Life and Use by the Inspired and Activated Mind
A Great Idea Walks with You
Creating some parts of You
Destroying other parts of You
With every Step You take
Making You Brighter, Bolder, more Courageous, Adventurously Experimental and Alchemical, Productive and Awakened
Forming You
Completing You
Constantly Re-Minding You
Of Who You Really are
Who You Truly are
Flaws and scars BeCome the nutritional Fertilizer and Life’s Lessons
Leading to Your Growth Walk
Toward and With the Idea Energizing
What is Best
What is Most Inspirational
What is Highest within You
Great Ideas give Birth to and outlast World Leaders, Governments, Religions, Laws, Institutions, Bureaucracies, Economies
And Individual and Collective prejudices, bigotries, pettiness, selfishness,
Vanities, greediness and short-sightedness
Nothing is more Energetically Powerful than a Great Idea
Which Resonates throughout and Evolutionarily Permeates the Ages
Behold !  The Energetic Explosiveness - the Genesis
Of a Great Idea !
Eureka !!!
 

  
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Emanuel Paparella2013-02-18 13:42:12
Well done Leah. An inspiriting peroration of great ideas and the Eureka moment.

Every great thinker knows when the inspiring Eureka moment has arrived. Plato calls it a visitation of the gods that possesses the whole being of a person who has discovered a new idea. Many of them have celebrated the moment with the art form most resembling life: by dancing in joy. Afterward the moment is recorded in history books and is taught by the professors, but that is a simulacra; the moment with all its existential freshness is forever gone; it can only be repeated as a stale reinvention of the wheel.

Nietzsche danced after completing his book on Greek tragedy and the idea of the Dionysian and the Apollonian. Indeed this is especially true for philosophy which is a great conversation over many centuries of the great ideas of humankind.

But there is a caveat and it is proposed by Daniel N. Robinson, a distinguished philosophy professor, author of more than forty philosophy books, who has taught at Georgetown University and Columbia university and is currently teaching at Oxford University. He has a series of 60 masterful half hour video lectures titled The Great Ideas of Philosophy which I utilize from time to time in my philosophy classes at Barry University and Broward College. In the lecture on Thomas Hobbes he makes a startling insightful comment which if it is not a Eureka moment, comes pretty close to it. After explaining in all its particularities Leviathan, the work where Thomas Hobbes presents his social philosophy, Robinson utters this statement: this too is a great idea worth studying and reflecting upon, a pernicious idea but a great idea nonetheless. What Robinson is saying is that not all great ideas are beneficial, even when they are labeled “politically correct” or “progressive,” some of them may well be regressive and even harmful. It is the task of philosophy to make that important distinction. After all "philo-sophia" literally means “love of wisdom.”


Emanuel Paparella2013-02-18 14:03:17
P.S. If I may add an after-thought to the above comment: one way to propagate great but bad ideas is that of reducing all of them to their lowest common denominator. In philosophy this phenomenon goes by the name of “reductionism;” that is to say, one takes what is higher, let’s say Eastern philosophy, or Western philosophy or Christian or Buddhist doctrine for that matter, and reframes it, or better, one reduces it to business management or paradigms of the same. Or, not unlike Hobbes, one takes a complex being like a human being which is composed of matter and spirit and reduced him/her to nothing else than an aggregate of atoms or perhaps nothing else but an animal that needs to survive like all other animals in the jungle out there. A great idea, indeed. Pernicious, but a great idea.


Emanuel Paparella2013-02-18 15:08:29
P.S.S. For anybody following this thread, one clarification may be in order: reductionism ought not to be confused with paradoxical thinking. For example one can conceive of the paradox (composed of seemingly contrary ideas and at first blush illogical) that God can be both transcendent outside of time and space and immanent within history. I have written a whole 300 page Ph.D. dissertation on such a paradox as found in Vico’s New Science. However, to say that God is nothing else but everything that exists in the universe is not a paradox but mere reductionism, that is to say, the idea of God as a transcendent spiritual being outside of time and space and even beyond human rational powers is jettisoned and reduced to the mere material within pantheism. Similarly to declare that man is nothing else but an aggregate of atoms, the same atoms that exist in the sun, is to be guilty of reductionism. The same applies to taking religious systems that attempt to symbolize the transcendent and the unfathomable and reduce them to the purely immanent, to nothing else than business management functions. That is reductionism of the worst kind.


Emanuel Paparella2013-02-18 17:55:42
A relevant note on the subject of reductionism vis a vis science comes from Dostoyevsky's The Broethers Karamozov. It may perhaps prove to be more illuminating of the issue than a reductionistic logical postitivistic position.

“Secular science, which has grown into a great force, has investigated, particularly during the past century, everything that has been handed down to us in the sacred books. That is something you must always remember, young man. After their thorough, merciless analysis, there was nothing sacred left in the hands of those secular scholars. That was because they analyzed only the parts and failed to study the whole, showing thereby a truly astonishing blindness. And the whole still stands today, firm and unassailable before their eyes, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Hasn’t it survived nineteen centuries and isn’t its existence apparent today in the spiritual emotions experienced equally by individual men and by masses of people? And in the hearts of the very atheists who are trying to destroy everything, that spiritual emotion lives on to this day. This is so because even those who have renounced Christianity, even those who rebel against it—even they, in their essence, were created in the image of Christ and have remained in His image. Their combined wisdom and their desperate efforts to create a nobler man with greater dignity, the ideal set by Christ, have come to naught.”

Food for thought!



Leah Sellers2013-02-19 22:57:45
Dear Brother Emanuel,
Sir, in the strongest Spiritual Sense, I do Love the Workings of your Mind and Soul.
However, being a True Cock-eyed Optimist, I must say that Christ's Teachings (despite His and his many 'Believers in the same Ideas' crucifixions, assassinations, and lion's dens' annihilations) Live on and struggle to be Realized throughout the Ages.
You do not have to be a member of the Christian religion to recognize the Greatness of His, and many other Great Minds, Hearts and Souls Ideas: Benevolence, Compassion, Just,Fair and Equal Treatment, Tolerance, Liberty, Mercy, the Golden Rule, Inclusion, Caring, Universal Love, Grace...etc. for All Living Creatures and the marvelous Planet Earth.
These conversations and contemplations are very important for all of us to Share and Explore Globally, because this Cock-eyed Optimist Believes that they will eventually get Us closer to living within Heaven right here on this glorious Planet Earth.
Eureka !!!


Emanuel Paparella2013-02-20 10:41:17
Leah, I am all for heaven on earth, as was also Karl Marx. His mistake however was that he made it heaven on earth an ultimate end. We know the results.

Speaking for myself, being a bit more skeptical and less of a wide-eyed optimist than you, alas, I look at what was brought about in in the former Soviet Union, the so called “workers’ paradise” and what we in the West may be going toward with our denial even of science and the confusion of happiness for fun at Walt Disney, and I am a bit less sanguine than you are.

Don’t get me wrong, I think we ought to continue striving for penultimate ends and for justice and solidarity here on earth, what Silone called “the conspiracy of hope.” but always with the sober wide eyes realization that Utopia literally means nowhere on earth and cannot be found in any edeology; what approximates is love for one another. To insist on establishing heaven on earth right now or in the future is to end up with dystopia and tyranny and ideological fanaticism. China ought to have learned that much from the Soviet Union.

Besides Leah, even if we could live forever on earth, don’t you think that it may get just a bit boring? Of course playing the harp on a cloud too can get quite boring. Perhaps we really don’t know what heaven is despite Dante, why Augustine called the universe an idea in the mind of God, but I am fairly sure, despite the pursuit of happiness advocated by our founding fathers, that it will not happen here on earth; it did not happen in the garden of Eden. We may attempt to return to that garden but that too will be penultimate not ultimate. Hopefully the second time around, having arrived at the place we left, there will be no snake in it; for if there is then the story is being repeated ad infinitum and is never ending repeated as in the perfect circle of Nietzsche, and that too could get quite boring after a while. Eureka?


Mirella Ionta2013-02-26 17:08:15
Well-done, Enjoyed this poem!


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