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    ← 072 Is everything relative?Index
    A characteristic of subjectivity and relativism is a hermeneutic, a style, of going backwards, retreating, being weak, defeated, like Jesus was on the cross, in opposition to objectivity that, instead, is characterized by power, can even be considered a synonym of power, inexorability. Our death will be the final completion of these paths about weakening. However, this hermeneutic is at risk of being misinterpreted as something too much general, universal and even absolute. It is a good thing to realize that this problem is related to our past made of metaphysics, with its tendency to treat concepts in absolute, universal, ways, that anyway cannot be deleted or ignored. Instead, we carry on with the positivity made possible by subjectivity, in an endless becoming, in dialogue with metaphysics, trying to endlessly create new styles of living that are able to be humanly perceived as going backwards against the power-oriented metaphisics. Weakness, the cross, etc., can’t and mustn’t be self destruction. As a consequence of these ideas, what we’ll look for is not some kind of static weakness, but, rather, paths of elaborations, researches about styles of going backwards, against the objectivation of subjectivities that tends to transform, to convert, to degenerate subjectivity into an instrument for power. These paths have even some degree of objectivity: they don’t need to be necessarily understood by other people, because they are, they exist and produce their effects as facts. Every subjectivity already does all of this by nature, we just add, when possible, our awareness, involvement, creativity. The work of elaboration of going backwards is nothing but walking, or, we can say, art. In this sense, it helps for awareness in living paths as elaborations of retreats that mediate between subjectivity and objectivity. So, at the end, spirituality is cultivation, care, or even contemplation, of awareness in the practice of paths. In other words, it is living hermeneutics of retreats in mediation between objectivity and subjectivity.

    A particular case of subjectivity against objectivity, liable to criticism, is the victimism and severity expressed by Jesus, because it can be revealed, at the end, as a permit to hatred. The alternative is not some kind of stoicism, like some pretence to never be emotionally involved. Rather, the alternative is a permanent work of progress and studying in depth, making comparisons, cultivating dialogues and attempts for always new syntheses. A good synthesis can be just this one: elaborating and living hermeneutics of retreats in mediation between objectivity and subjectivity. We can also say new art, art of living, art of spirituality.

    In this context, that highlights the importance of a dynamic way of proceeding, we can incidentally notice that the dilemma between killing and being killed, receives an efficient clarification: it suffers normally of being put in a static mentality, that looks for a static, conclusive answer.

    A way of subjective mediation is adopting narrative languages, from noticing what happens when we dream: in dreams there’s not abstraction, but only particular narratives, concrete elements. Abstraction, instead, could be treated as a bridge between the various levels of our dreaming our existence. From here it follows that a human criterion is to adopt artistic languages, but being careful to never totally abandon metaphysics and criticism.
    Last edited by Angelo Cannata; 14.05.2020, 12:06.

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