In the quotations thread, fra Obnoxion posted yesterday van Gogh's thought that –
obnoxion wrote:"To express hope by some star, and eagerness of a soul by a sunset radiance. Certainly there is no delusive realism in that, but isn't it something that actually exists?"
I opened the discussion & saw that post right at the point when we were talking with brother Fatuus about stars as the symbols of hope, and despair in relation to their actual physical existence.
Since the Star seems to be quite universal symbol of hope & regeneration, one of the deepest reaches of despair is – I think – the point when this symbolism has been inverted or twisted. Few examples:
1) Lovecraft's idea about the ultimately meaningless, but still occultly "evil" universe, where gods do exist but their whims are not in any synergy or sympathy with human ethics or faith.
2) UFO beliefs where from the starry sky come superior beings to frighten, probe, and dissect helpless people & animals because of unknown & unfathomable reasons.
3) My personal experience when seeing the especially well lit celestial vault lately: a nausea and existential horror "that the material world expands everywhere, trapping all these innumerable atoms (including human beings) into blinded, semiconscious existence practically forever, without a real possibility to escape".
I think that all of these, and similar, psychological effects tell about deep personal/cultural fractures, verily, of the soul's "sickness unto death". (By which Kierkegaard didn't mean something that kills the patient, but something that keeps him eternally alive; cf. Brothers Karamazov citation I chose for the motto of Discordamelior's.)
Kenazis wrote:Kenazis and Kenaz are two different persons (for at least what I'm aware off)
Ah, my apologies... I meant in the Spinozan sense of one substance, of course.