PART TWO.I have discovered something. From somewhere in my gut my body has concluded that I haven't stopped searching when I watch films. What it is I am searching for, I haven't ever quite known. This has made the search rather strenuous.
Back up. Let's start easy. How many thoughts can you hold in your hand?
Thought #2: God created man in His own image.
Thought #2.2: Okay, God created man in His image, but what the bupkis does that mean? God the Father does not have flesh and bones as we do. So what does it really mean? You can easily say, we have souls --- but that just leads me to want to know what a soul is. It seems darn-near undefinable. We know this: the animal kingdom was not created in God's image. From that pretense then, we should be able to find the soul easily by finding what makes us distinct from the animals.
Thought #3: The separation of animal and man is a concept that gives me theological migraines and can even cause searing cuts of doubt if I dwell on it too long. Hippos mourn their dead. Dolphins have been proven to rape their own kind for pleasure. I read about a monkey with a bad smoking habit. And dammit, my dog loves me! The line that distinguishes man from beast seems excessively foggy to me. For every physical argument for those things that make us distinct, there's some gorilla walking around with a pet kitten all her own. Stupid Coco.
Thought #4: I'm no Plato expert, but I admit I've been dabbling my brain into a few of his works recently. Now, perhaps I've misunderstood, but I've come to see his theory of forms in this way: as ideal infinites that are the most basic, and perfect form of all things. There is a form of the number 4, just as there is a form of the ideal of 'chair'.
Thought #4.3: For Plato, forms flowed from the ultimate Good. I'll rename that Good, God.
Hopefully your hands are full enough --- Now to loop it all in with movie watching.
Here it goes.
If Plato is right:
-Learning is recollection
-God made man in His image, or to write it out another way: God has indwelt every person with His image.
-Every human being has great, great value, since they reflect God's image.
-All the forms flow from God
-Forms can be beyond the limits of language.
-God being infinite can extend existence to an infinite number of forms.
-Forms flowing from God and being perfect, must therefore also reflect an aspect of God's character.
-Forms could then = aspects of God's character/will.
-Every person could be indwelt (also I like the term 'impregnated') with a form.
-Being past the boundaries of language, we recollect these forms in other ways, namely art.
-When we get glimpses of these forms through art, we distinctly hold onto them, as they give us something tangible to relate our formnesses to.
That was sloppy and long -- but I admit the concept excites me, mostly for three reasons.
- It helps me to consciously remember the great value of every individual
- It elevates the purpose, function, and existence of art
- In my mind, it helps bridge the gap of how to connect with the supernatural (maybe more on this one later).
So, am I a heretic?
P.S. I'll write Part I later.