"the literal truth"

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from Earthseed (Parable of the Sower):


God is Power --
Infinite,
Irresistible,
Inexorable,
Indifferent.
And yet, God is Pliable --
Trickster,
Teacher,
Chaos,
Clay.
God exists to be shaped.
God is Change.

I met David in the department computer lab yesterday. "So, you don't believe in authenticity, do you?"

Nice to meet you, too! :-)

Of course I do. Authenticity is, for me, an experience not a label, a lived moment of phenomenological alignment when the energies that compose "me" merge in concordance with the energies of a situation and other involved persons, ideas - the context. I think of "peak experiences" and the experience of "flow."

My authentic moments usually won't match anyone else's, in substance or in timing - everyone will experience their own authenticity distinctly. This is why shared moments are so powerful (hmmm, which is why I am so interested in them as events with the potential to change reality - see problematic moments - and so drawn to them personally as a source of incredible nurturance. I want more!)

As I muse on this, I think there may be two "categories" of phenomenological authenticity, one that is dialectically structured and one that is dialogically intentional. The former is reactive to social structure (see a negative example of coming into alignment based on a valence (intra/interpersonal attractive force) to soak up a certain strand of environmental and communicative dynamic interaction) and the latter is empowered, coming from a deliberate and conscious turning or utilization of recognized valences into a force that acts back on the dialectical conditioning.

(btw - I'm in a thick swamp attempting to distinguish dialogical from dialectical. Neither process has control over the outcome, but to subsume "dialogue" under "dialect" is to accept a singular structuration for all of human society. No, thanks.)

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