Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)
The rise of fragmented selves (Jeanine speaks)
The rise of fragmented selves
When we began to notice Asher (and other fragmented selves) speaking in our data, members of the inquiry realized these selves had a lot to say. Asher’s revelations about “love, sex, commitment, and desire” were complex and underscored by a Judeo-Christian doctrine for abstinence before marriage that some of the members of the inquiry subscribed to. Although it can be understood as rather didactic, Asher’s communication about abstinence was, to her and Soren, a revelation. A revelation can be understood as an epistemological arrival at the precipice of a wisdom; it is informed by collected knowledge, ways of being, lived experience, imagery, and written or spoken w/Word (where “word” refers to utterances of humanity and “Word” refers to utterances of the Divine). These revelations became guiding principles that were accessed from the literate lives of the members of the inquiry.
They were evidenced by a(n often recurring) declaration or interrogative in relation to a particularly important idea regarding relationship. Revelations are meant to enliven dead (i.e. platitudinous) consciousness, by reforming the parameters of belief and subsequently freeing corresponding actions. Around the end of Phase II of the inquiry, I began to pay attention specifically to the ways members’ statements, ideas, and questions signified the onset of wisdoms through revelations, and how they were presented in tones, accents, and inflections that seemed to be slightly set apart from the common voices of the members, the voices I had come to know...