International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture » Ethics and Aesthetics of Architecture and the Environment
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
THE ANSWER TO LIFE PART THREE
There is a web in the world and the mind. It is a network of significant experiences. The more experiences are signfiicant, the more the world makes sense, and the less fragile the web. Each person who achieves a significant life is like a web unto him or herself. This is often because these people are giving to others of their best experiences. The effect is often selfish. Nonetheless, the effects on other people serve a symbolic purpose. They are potential doorways from insignificane onto significance. Sometimes the difference is only an animal reality. And after animal reality is the God reality. After God reality might be the functional reality. After the functional reality might be the emotional reality. No matter which reality one is in, one wishes to pass through these doorways, and enter onto greater significance. And one's range of experiences determines the tools most appropriate for gaining access to that significance. In the first stage, one wants to be told that one is a survivor, a philosopher, a seeker, a professor. In the second stage one wishes to find things that are 'genuinely transcendent', 'special', 'cute', 'idealistic', etc. In the third stage one wants to be left alone to do the most meaningful work. In the fourth stage one opens up to the world and finds meaning in immediate experiences. These are the stages and the modes which correspond to the web of doors, and the pursuit of ultimate meaning for most people, and it is the functions and dysfunctions of these stages that largely define human psychology.
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