Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Comment at P2P-Foundation about Self-Understanding

Personally I believe that our self-understanding will go astray without awareness of God.
The builders of Florence, especially those building from about the year 1000 A.D. to 1500 A.D., lived and worked with an unshakable belief in God. As one looks at the works that came from their hands, God is everywhere: in the paintings now hanging in the Uffizi, in the Baptistery, in San Miniato, in the life and death of Beato Angelico living in his cell in the monastery of San Marco. For them, every stone was a gift to that unshakable belief in God they shared. It is the belief, the unshakable nature of the belief, its authenticity, and above all its solidity, which made it work effectively for them. We, in our time, need an authentic belief, a certainty, connected with the ultimate reaches of space and time — which does the same for us. – Christopher Alexander, The Luminous Ground, page 42
The self-understanding of modern man has made itself manifest in modern architecture. All that it say is: Look at me, look at me!

The Middle Ages was the peak of European history and culture. Because of their self-understanding as part of something much larger than themselves. In our individualistic ego-culture we have lost this perspective entirely. Indeed, we are the ones that live in the dark ages!

Self-understanding through peer to peer and the commons

2 comments:

  1. Interessante tanker og nettsider. - Selv om det minner meg litt om 1970-tallet og Gateavisa/Stein Jahrving-tida. :-)

    Siden du tar opp Guds-tanken; jeg antar du ikke tenker så mye på en himmel etterpå, men å samarbeide med "skaperen" om en "himmel" her.

    - Har du vært borti Bertram D. B.?
    http://www.samfunnsliv.no/

    Med «Kunsten å lese bibelen» som en god innfallsport:
    http://www.samfunnsliv.no/kunst-01.htm

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  2. Hei!

    Hyggelig når det kommer inn en kommentar en sjelden gang. Ellers leste jeg bibelen mye før, men har gått over til å lese Christopher Alexander, for så å skrive essay med utgangspunkt i hans tanker. Denne bloggen er mer som et lager for flyktige ideer, sitater og annet stoff jeg kommer over. Samt at jeg arbeider ut artiklene mine her før jeg sender dem til andre blogger.

    Christopher Alexander er definitivt mest opptatt av å skape "himmelrik" på jorden!

    Nei, jeg har ikke vært borti hverken Bertram D.B eller samfunnsliv. Takk for tips!

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