For What Reason?

Cheekiness aside, the reason for reason is self-evident and fractal in nature. Where thoughts converge, reason is present. Gifts of repeatability and the awareness to know better (from worse). If no one is around to tell the story, reason fall silent. So let your words burn, not your planet.

By Pythagoras, Dante, Christine de Pizan, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Nikola Tesla, Peter Shaffer,

Jul 10, 2022
11 min read
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For What Reason?

Reason is immortal, all else mortal.
— Pythagoras (570-495 BC)
As Peter Shaffer put it to Arnold Wesker; THE planksip Möbius

As Peter Shaffer put it to Arnold Wesker; THE planksip Möbius

For What Reason?

Reason is immortal, all else mortal.
— Pythagoras (570-495 BC)

The titled responsion pulls at the reason for reason. What is her survival function? I think we all know the answer, innate and coupled to the forme of life we call humanity.

Cheekiness aside, the reason for reason is self-evident and fractal in nature. Where thoughts converge, Reason is present. Gifts of repeatability and the awareness to know better (from worse). If no one is around to tell the story, Reason falls silent. So let your words burn, not your planet.

The Philosopher of Elea, Pythagoras, lived between the 5th Century BC and 4th Century BC. Pythagoras is famous for his contribution to geometry and mathematics as well as his theories concerning the nature of the universe. Pythagoras believed that there are forces at work in the world that govern everything from weather to human affairs. His major teachings were based on an understanding of these forces, which he called "the modes of things." In other words, they were what made the world what it is, and that is why he formulated what would become the basic principles of mathematics, science, and philosophy.

Pythagoras - planksip
Pythagoras of Samos was an Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of the Pythagoreanism movement.
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Pythagoras was an Ionian Greek philosopher who lived during the fourth and third centuries BC. His religious and political teachings were very popular among the Greeks and were influenced by the teachings of Socrates and Plato. Pythagoras believed that all things were part of a larger whole, which made them equal and that God is always the creator of all things. Pythagoras's teachings also included that there is a balance in everything and that there is always a meaning in things. He held that good and evil are never absolute, but rather are relative. He also believed that we are part of something greater than ourselves, which he called "nature." According to Pythagoras, everything is connected to the earth, and everything in the world is governed by the cycles of nature.

His writings can be found in the library of Alexandria in Egypt, although much of what is available comes from a modern perspective. It was not until the twentieth century that modern scholars were able to completely understand the contents of the books. In fact, most of what is known is based on speculation. Some modern scholars do not believe that Pythagoras's contributions to mathematics were as profound as those attributed to him by early modern Greek and Roman writers. The only reason why there has been so much controversy over Pythagoras's mathematical contributions is that it was so difficult for early men of his time to understand them.

Stoke That Fire With Your Passions

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
— Plutarch (46-120 AD)

The titled responsion moves on from the theatre performance to everyday life. That is, of course, unless your passion is the theatre and then I say to all who can imagine, 'The show must go on'.

Fire is painful as a natural element so why the analogy to something pure? This Promethean origin story transcends Zeuss, who is dead and yet technology, represented by the manifestation of Prometheus lives on. Myth is a powerful thing, just ask David Fitzgerald, he is otherwise know as the Myth Man.

Plutarch - planksip
Plutarch was a Greek biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Plutarch’s surviving works were written in Greek, but intended for both Greek and Roman readers.
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From Shaffer's Soledad, the Flame Ignites

From a little spark may burst a flame.
— Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), book Paradiso Canto I, line 34 (tr. Sinclair). The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Paradiso

The titled responsion reinforces Dante's fire metaphor with the performance from the playwright Shaffer is alluding to.

Dante - planksip
Dante was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later christened Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed
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The Hot and Cold of Ignorance

Condemning all women in order to help some misguided men get over their foolish behaviour is tantamount to denouncing fire, which is a vital and beneficial element, just because some people are burnt by it, or to cursing water just because some people are drowned in it.
— Christine de Pizan (1364-1440)

The titled responsion shows the dark side of fire.

Christine de Pizan - planksip
Christine de Pizan was an Italian French late medieval author. Her most famous literary works are The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City of Ladies.
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As Peter Shaffer put it to Arnold Wesker

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

The titled responsion re-enforces the work that a playwork will do, the ultimate achievement of conveying the ability to feel fire and be burned by it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - planksip
Goethe works include epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and color; and four novels.
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THE planksip Möbius: I would like to begin and end with a thought I first read in George Steiner's Grammars of Creation...

Peter Shaffer put it to Arnold Wesker:
furious, inchoate energy funneled through shape (and only so) reconstitutes itself as furious energy in the brains and psyches of its recipients. Reconstitutes itself because of you. The fire which started in the playwright’s head must get dimmer and dimmer as it grows in the communal imagination of an audience. Your job is to convey sacred flame in a vessel. You can say, looking at that vessel smoking on the stage: “How miserable. I have seen the Volcano, and all I caught is one wretched tongue of fire.” But that tongue properly placed and focused upon is the Volcano. Your power to concentrate fire for an audience will make them feel it, and be burned by it, even though they don’t know the volcano, and never can…. what one writes can detonate in a viewer’s head with the same resonance that it had when one first put it down on paper …

Breath-Taking

O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall, Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.
— Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

The titled responsion aptly takes one's breath away.

Gerard Manley Hopkins - planksip
Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ was an English poet and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. Two of his major themes were nature and religion.
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The Superman myth has the deity from another sun leaping mountains with ease. Gravity is no longer consistent among human forme. Breath-taking awareness that our words (Logos) can metaphorically move mountains is a statement in itself. The irony is that nothing moves that isn't material. This a fact for which we all should orient towards, leveraging the utility of the a priori. Slowing progress is the only final point worth discussing. There is a nod to Aristotle here with his final causes. Whichever way you think about it, a Grand Narrative emerges. Academics should participate enough with this hokey pokey of one foot in, one foot out, with fears of contaminating the orthodoxy of objectivity. It's all about risk, reward, and the distribution of the wisdom that emerges.

The Fuel for this Fire is Epiphenomenal

The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next to a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.
— Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

The titled responsion simply adds more fuel to the fire for the projections that we can't help but order.

Imagine an invasive species of sorts dominating the world through an experiential form of replication and adaptation. Sound familiar? This Promethean perversion is a Gestalt on the individual level, and, it's been argued, on the cultural level. Ubehim!

Have you ever noticed that you are always able to be in the same room as someone who has a Fire Breathing Passion? What is so special about this passion?

Love and passion go hand in hand for a very long time, but it does not mean that you have to take things for granted. It will be a challenge for you to become a person who can truly feel what it is to live with love.

Nikola Tesla - planksip
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of modern alternating current electricity.
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To become a passionate person, you must start learning to understand your love. Love is not something that you can think about, like an emotion. It is something that you have to experience first.

Some people who have a passion can see it before anyone else. They feel it, and they know exactly where it is coming from. For others, the feelings are very vague. When people with a Fire Breathing Passion feel close to it, they do not even want to miss out on it.

Many people are afraid of becoming too attached to their passion because they fear losing it. If you become attached to a passion, it may never leave you. The good news is that you can keep it if you want. To learn how to keep your passion alive, you have to know how to let go.

If you do not like the feeling that you have when you are near someone who has a Fire Breathing Passion, you can change them. You just have to be willing to take some risks.

The most important thing you can do is stop thinking of the passion itself. If you think about how you feel, it will only make you feel more connected to it. It may feel so good to see your love again, but it will not last forever.

To help you get over your Fire Breathing Passion, you should listen to your heart, do things that make you happy, and surround yourself with people who make you happy. Remember to keep moving forward.

Once you get over your feelings, you will also have more energy. You will notice that you are not as tired as often. People who love to laugh and have fun have much more energy than those who just want to sit around and feel sad all day. They take risks a lot more.

One thing that people who have a Fire Breathing Passion tend to do is practice being spontaneous. They do not wait until something bad happens to make a decision. They take chances and enjoy the process. They also take the time to feel the moment.

You cannot do this if you want to experience love. it in your life. It will not come naturally and will not happen overnight, but it will happen over time.

Your love will not last forever. Just like your passion, it will wane over time. If you are unwilling to give it your all, you will see it is time to move on to other people.

When you are in love, you will be in danger of losing it and getting hurt. In this case, it will not be your relationship being hurt but you. It will be something that you have taken for granted, and now you are missing out on the true joy that comes from your love.

Fire breathing may seem like a great concept at first. It gives you the feeling that you have a chance to get more energy and enjoy more things, but in the end, you are not doing anything worth the effort.

Love is something that is meant to last forever. It is not easy to do, and it is not easy to get rid of. Once you have love, you will feel this way because you were never meant to go through the trials of love.

Instead of breathing in the middle of the fire, find ways to create new flames. that will lighten the load off of you and make you feel better. Make sure your heart is filled with love and let go of that fire breathing.

THE planksip Möbius: I would like to begin and end with a thought I first read in George Steiner's Grammars of Creation...

Peter Shaffer put it to Arnold Wesker:
furious, inchoate energy funneled through shape (and only so) reconstitutes itself as furious energy in the brains and psyches of its recipients. Reconstitutes itself because of you. The fire which started in the playwright’s head must get dimmer and dimmer as it grows in the communal imagination of an audience. Your job is to convey sacred flame in a vessel. You can say, looking at that vessel smoking on the stage: “How miserable. I have seen the Volcano, and all I caught is one wretched tongue of fire.” But that tongue properly placed and focused upon is the Volcano. Your power to concentrate fire for an audience will make them feel it, and be burned by it, even though they don’t know the volcano, and never can…. what one writes can detonate in a viewer’s head with the same resonance that it had when one first put it down on paper …
As Peter Shaffer put it to Arnold Wesker; THE planksip Möbius

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