A Mystical Panorama of Life
Defining the Area of Similarities
Talking about the most important things carries with it the danger of saying too much. In a sense, this is a necessary evil, of which one needs to constantly remind oneself. This concerns both spiritual matters, and music. Talking about the “inexpressible” is a perpetual temptation and, at the same time, an experience of helplessness. Yet, perhaps, this makes it authentically human, and thus close to our hearts and needs? In this, our main experience is that of humility which, like a golden thread, links all our authentic and sincere strivings, and these become more effective as new questions arise, abundantly emerging from that “little” that we have succeeded in knowing. It is a profound truth about humankind’s existential situation and destiny that we are forever seeking without being satisfied. This corresponds to the mood of St Augustine’s Confessions as well as St Benedict’s advice on making sure that one “really seeketh God”6.
From that space emerge all kinds of possible kinships between the diverse threads of reality. It is both a space of synthesis and encounter. They seek each other and realise themselves most fully in symbols, that is, in areas which have their own specific laws, although they are open to all kinds of connections. Symbols are like the nodes in a network of modules. In them our relationships focus and cross, and different worlds are mutually explained. Our deliberations will follow that trail of symbols. A line of associations marked out in...
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