September 14, 2015:
For a long time, I’ve had a nagging sense that we, as a human race, don’t really know who we are, where we came from, or where we’re going. That is not to say there aren’t standard answers to these questions – there are, many of them. But to me they seem like provisional, temporary, as-best-as-we-can answers. How long will we remain at this stage? When will our this-is-the-best-we-can-know answers become…better? I don’t know how, but I feel that my life should be given to just such a venture: to help push our human self-understanding one or two marks higher toward (or across) a new threshold of self-transcendence – a higher phase of evolution.
To contribute to such a thing, I would need not to write more words about things, which is what is being done ad nauseum in this phase of our psycho-cognitive evolution. Sure, growth in knowledge is happening, but it’s caught in a certain collective solipsism we can’t seem to break out of. Nor can I write words about words (language), for that leads one into the many conundrums bedeviling philosophy, theology, and linguistics today. No, I should rather write about the The Word, the ontological language of God, the LOGOS, the Cosmic Christ, the Universal Grammar, because that is only truth that could lift us up to a new rung in our ascent to deification and the fulfillment of divine incarnation. What we need is a new, better grasp on that which underlies EVERYTHING and unites it all in LOVE.
So help me, God.
September 17, 2015:
When I speak about ‘divine language’ or a cosmic ‘word’, it is only by analogy with human language, for surely God does not have a brain, lungs, throat, teeth, and lips with which to produce linguistic sounds. Yet the anlaogy between human language and divine language is a real one, that is, a sacramental one. What I mean is that just as the eucharistic bread and wine symbolize the body and blood of Jesus, they also actually constitute them in part – they are both sign and instance of the thing they signify. Likewise, human language can be seen as a sacrament of divine language: it both represents it and is part of it at one and the same time.
The language of God – LOGOS – is the COSMOS unfolding toward a climax. The Creator is speaking, narrating…articulating physical reality. Whereas the anatomical mechanisms by which humans produce speech are known, the mechanisms by which God produces reality are still largely unknown. Perhaps divine articulatory phonetics has something to do with the laws of physics and the quantum field. Just as we exhale air and stamp all kinds of vocalic and consonantal on it to make meaningful sounds, God emits primal energy and channels it into all kinds of material forms such as we see in the world around us. It is therefore no coincidence that light is understood as both wave and particle…or that speech is both a continuous vocalization and meaningful segments – this is the nature of reality where the primal energy of PNEUMA carries forth myriad meaningful forms through the LOGOS.
The Grammar of God, then, is the structure of created reality. As such, physics, chemistry, mathematics, genetics, and cosmology are all inquiries into the language of God. They are all branches of an ontological linguistics, a theological syntax, a metaphysical morphology, and a spiritual semantics.
The reason why human language makes such an apt analogy for divine language is that, in terms of creative-evolutive development, human language is the most recent and most sophisticated instantiation of divine language. In human speech, divine speech is reflected, represented. Divine speech is also reflected in all the rest of reality, from cosmological evolution, to evolution geological, biological, and neurological. But only in the speaking person is a crucial circuit finally completed: divine speech is fully incarnated in creation. In the self-conscious, language-d person, made and enlivened by the PNEUMA, the LOGOS can finally speak…in the flesh.
Self-awareness is God-awareness.
Other-awareness is God-awareness.
Linguistic self-awareness is LOGOS-awareness.
I and YOU are the primal relational poles out of which language evolved in the first place (both of which, not accidentally, are required for LOVE to be present) – the I and YOU made explicit in grammar create the perichoretic (mutually interpenetrating) structure in which LOVE thrives, in a recognition that I and YOU are separate in one sense but the same in another: the first person pural INCLUSIVE – all life is ‘we all’ as well as YOU and I.
When we speak, our ability to do so is both a result of the LOGOS and an instance of the LOGOS. Unless and until we grasp the simple power of this fact, we as a race will remain entrapped in epistemic solipsism (cul-de-sac).
Human language is a self-conscious outpouring of divine language that is based on the same material base (air molecules, body molecules, paper molecules, light from pixels, etc.) as the rest of the world – they both utilize matter unavoidably but go beyond it. In the cognitive-linguistic human being, the creative God sees godself in the mirror of creation. Then Creation, for God, moves from being merely an IT to being a YOU and a WE – a WE ALL.