Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Being Or Godhood As Supremely Evolved Object or Objects (reblog from Sept. 2011)
Transcendence is another word for evolution
I do not think we should feature the “principle” of substance, called “form” by Aristotle, who thought form was the highest principle of substance. This is how religion and philosophy veer off beyond reality, beyond the object, beyond the truth of the object. Truth is an object first, a principle second.
Godhood or Being should not be envisioned as form or principle or abstraction but as a Supreme Object or Objects, a Supermaterial Object of substance, or super-substance.
The Spirit-Will is the acting animator of being, all the way to Godhood, whereupon Godhood is transformed into the next cosmic Godhood containing the animating Spirit-Will within each being.
For St. Thomas, Being is act, not substance, which would be like saying God is Spirit-Will (although the Spirit-Will is an acting substance). The Spirit-Will is not Being or Godhood, the action of the Spirit-Will is part of Godhood, Being is a Supreme Acting Object.
To Heidegger, Being is also not causality or actuality but the radiance of what shows itself to us (Caputo, “Heidegger and St. Thomas"). But Being is the Zenith of Causality and Action, more than “mere” radiance which is “only” a property of the Object Supreme Being.
Truth is found in objects, in things, which are then seen and described by minds. Minds require bodies, just as the Soul and Spirit-Will require bodies. A Divine Mind exits in the Divine Body of Being.
Transcendence is another word for evolution, the transcendence of being to Godhood is evolutionary, and the transcendence or transformation of Godhood is evolutionary.
As to proof, describing this ontology and metaphysics corresponds to Heidegger's preference for the poet's way of naming Being, as poets and thinkers who have been touched by It (in older words, faith and intellectual intuition). I am waiting for more concrete “scientific” proof, for example, proof of the Supreme Substance of Being and proof of the evolution of beings to Being or Godhood, which will come in the future.