Philosophy Is Immortality

The child laughs: “My wisdom and love are the game”.

The youth sings: “My game and wisdom are the love”.

The old man is silent: “My love and game are the wisdom”.

Lucian Blaga, Poems

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We used to say that it was not in our power to choose our parents, that they were given us by chance: but we, the philosophers, are allowed to be born as we wish. The most famous personalities form families: choose the one you want to be part of. You will receive both their praise and possessions that you will not have to keep them for your greed or pettiness. These will increase the more you share them more.

They will open you a path to eternity and raise you to a place where no one has collapsed. This is the only way to overcome the mortal state and even turn it into immortality.

Honors, monuments, all the verdicts given by the ambitions or all the works made by it are falling apart soon; anything can be ruined or collapsed by long ages. But to those whom wisdom consecrated, it cannot touch them anymore.

Therefore, the life of the wise man will take a long time. He is not closed in the same boundaries as the others. He alone is freed from the laws of mankind. All centuries obey him as a god.

Is it about a past time ? The wise man will include it through his memories. The present ? He uses it. How about the future, he already enjoys it. Uniting all these moments makes his life longer.

from Seneca, The Eulogy of Philosophy

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Life in Mystery and Revelation

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In “nature”, man is of course a simple animal endowed with the greatest intelligence, but this sentence seems to us to be so irrelevant as if we were to say that in its “nature” and perspective, a statue is a simple chiseled block of stone.

The comparasion highlights enough the sin that biology is guilty of when it attacks the human problem, accepting to look at things from a slightly pointed and irremediably narrow perspective. From the biological-naturalistic angle, the problem of the differences between man and animal can not find the ample solution that characterizes it. And it is a surprise that Bergson did not know how to find other prespectives from the fog he was in, when the theoretical situation of the century he lived invited him to turn to the mystery of man.

Surley the animal, as a being in which a consciousness flashes, exists in a visible way linked to “imediately”. Animal consciousness does not leave the realms and the contours of the concrete. From this perspective, human intelligence is characterized by accentuated complexity, being a gradual difference between man and animal, because the animal is alien to the mistery and revelation.

Existence in mistery and revelation is an eminently human way of life. Specific human beings will therefore be all the consequences that result from this way of life, that is man’s creative destiny, its impulses, accsessories and barriers.

Man is captured by a creative destiny in a truly wonderful sense, being able to give up, sometimes sacrificing himself, the advantages of his stability and security.

With the man appeared in cosmos the “creative subject”, in the full sense of term. This situation, due to a decisive ontological mutation, could have the very meaning that man has completed the evolution that works with biological mutations, and that beyond man no longer a superior species is possible. However, Nietzsche’s philosophical conception of the ubermensch  (superman)  as a future evolutionary possibility was too rushed built, without taking into account  the qualitative singularity of man and his exceptional position in the nature.

Man is a terminus; in man the potentials of biological mutations have been extinguished because they had been fully realized and because in man a decisive ontological mutation was made.

Man’s creative destiny appears as a complicated way, like a paradoxical intersection with the finality. Man’s creative destiny is a warp whose are shaped in various ways. This creative destiny is, beneath its positive side, the expression of a native deepening of the very existance of man.

The creative destiny of man is through its acts a magnificent fulfilment of a promise that man makes himself when he becomes a  “man” and which lasts as long as man remains  “man”.

from  Lucian Blaga, Geneza metaforei si sensul culturii

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