The Metalogic of Paul Klee -
"The investigation of functions never ceases, and yet there are still,
even today, plenty of obstacles, thank God perhaps. For in the face of the
mystery, analysis stops perplexed. But the mystery is to share in the
creation of form by pressing forward to the seal of mystery."
>From Earth to Heaven - The Re-enchantment of nature
"Demonstrations of impossibility, whether in relativity, quantum
mechanics, or thermodynamics, have shown that nature cannot be described
"from the outside", as if by a spectator. Description is a dialogue,
communication, and this communication is subject to constraints that
demonstrate that we are macroscopic beings embedded in the physical
Prigogine and Stengers
"Our thinking today has established a more tenacious and oppressive belief
in fate than has ever before existed. No matter how much is said about the
laws we hold to be true about life... at the basis of them all lies
possession by process, that is unlimited causality. But the dogma of
process leaves no room for freedom, whose calm strength changes the face
of the earth. This dogma does not know the man who surmounts the universal
struggle, tears to pieces the web of habitual instincts, and stirs, and
rejuvenates and transforms the stable structures of history.
The only thing that can become fate for man is belief in fate. The free
man is he who wills without arbitrary self will. He believes in destiny,
and believes that it stands in need of him. It does not keep him in
leading strings, it awaits him, and he must go to it, yet he does not know
where it is to be found. But he knows he must go out with his whole being.
The matter will not turn out according to his decision; but what is to
come will only come when he has decided on what he is able to will. He
must sacrifice his puny, unfree will, which is controlled by things and
instincts, to his grand will, which he quits defined for destined being.
Then he intervenes no more, but at the same time he does not let things
merely happen. He listens to what is emerging from himself, to the course
of his being in the world; not in order to be supported by it but to bring
it to the reality as it desires." Martin Buber
I imagined 80% plus of our LO community to know the Buber quote or
renditions of it. I imagine 10% or less to know the Prigogine and less
than 0.08% the Klee quote.
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