Being Unsatisfied as an Expression of Possible Existenz
This is more Karl Jaspers, my last posting on him was Experience Cannot Broken Down Into its Components. This guy says so much in so few words he blows me away – at one point I nearly passed out in a restaurant, dripping sweat and with snot dripping out of my nose – as I related in A Basic Realization Can Be a Terrible Shock.
Lately, I have been spending some time with my siblings – something unusual in itself because we have not been close for a long time. Without really wanting to, we have gone back to the subject of religion – the curse of our early lives. My brother and his wife have been going through a difficult period: they have left their own life to serve the church – something that has happened many times in the history of our family, going back for over a hundred years. The results have not always been pretty – as my immediate family knows all too well.
This morning, I am reading the section Being Unsatisfied as an Expression of Possible Existenz – the title of this posting. He speaks of the need each of us has to have our own origin. We have to live and act in the mundane world, but that world is never enough in itself. I quote:
The choice of my tasks and my striving for accomplishment are simultaneous manifestations of another origin…While I devote my empirical individuality to my finite tasks, my possible Existenz is more than that empirical individuality, and more than the objective, realistic impersonality of my political, scientific, or economic achievements.
Although its essence is realized solely by this participation in the historical process of mundane existence, Existenz is at war with the lower depths of the encompassing world in which it finds itself. It is against those depths that, failing in the world, it seeks to hold its own in the eternity of intrinsic being.
I could go on, there is a wealth of meaning here, but what I want to give you is the flavor of his thought.
Religion is part of the search for ultimate meaning – but except for the exceptional few, it has not delivered what it promised.