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Reflection, feeling

Feeling as the ultimate purpose

lao tseuSensation is the objective, analysis is the means

Scientific observation is not the goal of humanity. It meets and will always meet a limit in the knowledge of truth (the ultimate truth, the truth with a large V).
Example: Today, we can virtually describe all chemical and biological processes at work in the desire to love. We can fill several books of knowledge about this feeling. But none of these books will ever equal the sensation and pleasure provided by the desire to love.

Everything is dedicated to sensation

Theory, analysis, conceptualization sensation or observations are intellectual activities, fundamental for humanity. But they are not meant to themselves; they serve the greater objective of improving human sensations (whose ultimate level is called: ecstasy).
An obvious example is that of psychoanalysis: all theoretical research in this area are intended to increase the sensation of happiness of the individual; the analyst repairs the trauma to eliminate the unpleasant impressions for the benefit of the sensations of pleasure.
And this is the case for all human activities. Technology is designed for human happiness so are scientific research and philosophical work. Social developments have the same vocation. All human activities are used to the end to improve the degree of happiness of humanity.

The intelligence of creative principle

Man wants to discover what is really happening behind the phenomena. He needs to gradually exclude all illusory things forms his gaze; to overpass all reflections behind which lurk deeper realities.
First, this desire is designed to understand our world; to find the logic. But the deeper purpose is to reduce the level of anxiety (of all painful sensations) linked to the unknown.
Any unanswered questions (i.e. which is there after death?) creates physical discomfort in humanity. As long as this will continue, man must face the challenge of these metaphysical questions; he will work tirelessly to elucidate the absolute, infinity, time, God, death...
It is the essential condition for men to reach, one day, the enjoyment of happiness. The research is therefore fundamental for the improvement of the human sensations.

The two knowledge

Science, ecstasy, and God

Sensitive and descriptive knowledge

In summary we may say that there are 2 forms of knowledge:

  • One is descriptive, it observes events from the outside,
  • The other is sensitive; it experiences the phenomena of the interior.

These two forms of anxiety can overlap:
Sensitive knowledge is from the intimate domain; as soon as it is told, it comes out of sensible touch to be intellectualized; it then left the space of pure truth (exclusive domain of the sensation).
Scientific knowledge may propose universal laws behind which everyone can gather. But it simply accesses the phenomenological and practical truths (different from the pure truth).

The Scientist and the Mystic

These two forms of knowledge are necessary to human evolution.
We must analyse the desire for love, but we also have to feel it in our flesh; we need to experiment it in a carnal way to understand completely.
Between these two forms of knowledge, there is a hierarchy: analysis is at the service of the sensitive and not vice versa; in other words, the sensation is premium in humanity.

The ultimate truth would be on the side of sensuality.

Research and happiness

Let us take another example to capture this priority: physical sciences seek for a long time to decrypt large universal laws, but not to claim: "humanity did it".
Above all, it is to reassure men; to bring down whole parts of unknown, therefore parts of anxiety and physical ailments; and to promote instead feelings arising from peace and tranquillity.
The true destination of any search is to access to happiness, not to describe its effects. When humanity is studying the substance, time, infinity, before the big bang... is not only out of intellectual curiosity; it is first to free oneself from the anxieties related to these questions.
To make anxiety diminish among men is today the work of science; in this work, philosophy and religion preceded it.

Religion and feeling

Atma-bodha, Kabbalah, Bible, Qur'an, Bhagavad Gītā... have not been written by pure effect of style. These sacred books were all intended to reassure their practitioners; to give them to feel the effects of these teachings (Bliss, Nirvana).

Ecstasy at the end of the path

The purpose of such a process becomes then clear. Once released from any anxiety, the state of mind of humanity will be necessarily happy; it will naturally immerse in love, tranquility and peace.
To live in a fully serene and quiet spirit gives a sensation of intense happiness; a subliminal and intimate sensation of love and absolute truth. This sensory experience is Ecstasy, Beatitude, and Nirvana.

A mystical feeling

In our view, Ecstasy is the only experience to access to the full understanding of the world; the only practice able to resolve all questions (in disbanding all metaphysical issues).
Still according to us, the "envy of ecstasy" belongs to human genes; it can be met in a corrupted way in our attraction to alcohol or drug products; it can be found in the athletic achievement and in hopes for adrenaline. It is also found in the quest for power, fame and its enjoying sensations (for some); in creative ecstasy *; and of course, in our deep attraction to sexual sensations.

* Let us read this passage from Frederic Nietzsche about creative thinking that illuminates: "never any choice was left to me; a delight which extraordinary tension sometimes resolves in torrent of tears, where pace sometimes unintentionally rushes, sometimes slows; a state of full ecstasy with the most distinct consciousness of thousand chills and delicate thrill to the toes; an abyss of happiness, in which the more painful and the more dismal are not contrast, but forced consequences, an essential element, a necessary shade in such overabundance of light".

This desire for Ecstasy is probably more original than the libido or the will for power *.

* Power desire is one of the major concepts of Frederic Nietzsche. We can find similarities between the will to power and "the envy of ecstasy"; difference would be in the type of feeling related to the real and allowing to reach the truth. For Nietzsche, only instincts, appetites, passions, spontaneous or aggressive forces permit that. For me, these are sensations issued from these primary instincts allowing reaching the sensitive truth, through ecstasy.

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