Friday, February 10, 2017
Subject, object, and turning religion right side up
The "subject" doesn't have primacy over the "object" even if the mind is the subject which sees the object. The object which can be known by the subject is more powerful than the subject. The object is essentially the primary activation of the material will or Spirit-Will existing in the whole body, in every cell of the body, which is not even acknowledged by modern or postmodern thinkers---other than Freud and his unconscious, who learned much from Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
The object/Spirit-Will not only dominates the intellect and consciousness it made possible the previous evolution of consciousness as the means to aid material life toward the ultimate goal of evolving to supermaterial Godhood, which is the zenith of material evolution and is ultimate success in material survival and reproduction.
Oddly and perversely Schopenhauer, like Buddha long before him, thought that the Will is a yoke which must be overcome if the intellect is to attain its fullness, when the opposite is the reality: it is the Spirit-Will which has the goal of activating life from within, including the intellect and consciousness, to evolve toward real Godhood in the material world.
But Schopenhauer's image of the intellect being a lame sighted man riding on the shoulders of the blind strong Will remains valid. The subject/self/intellect has a working relationship with the Spirit-Will whether it knows it or not, but the subject needs to continue to learn more about the will/object which drives it, the tip of the iceberg intellect needs to know as much as possible about the much larger Spirit-Will beneath the surface.
I have called the blind/object/Spirit-Will a Super-Id, which is not a beast but is the civilizer of the beast---that is, if the sighted/subject/intellect can discover the truth and the goals of the Spirit-Will and work along with it. This activation of life toward Godhood requires turning religion right side up while not rejecting religion.