Re: Derrida, Death and Forgiveness by Andrew J. McKenna by Debashish on Fri 10 Nov 2006 08:35 AM PST Profile Permanent Link
Autopoesis implies that the "system" is self-manifesting its integrality and individual will is becoming a participant in this self-manifestation. But freedom of choice at the center of the "system" implies that if the "system" is trying to manifets its integrality on the one hand, it is also trying to deny its integrality on the (equal) other and the individual will is left free to choose the one or the other.
In choosing to be faithful to integrality, the individual will is aligning itself with the first of the two cosmic wills, that of Deva as against that of Asura. In persisting in this faithfullness, it solidifies integrality in itself (systasis) leading to internal realization or stabilization of the intuition of integrality. This is tantamount to the coming to the front of the psychic being, where the individual becomes a consistently fatihful channel of the will to the self-becoming of 'system' as truth or integrality, or a perfect channel of Deva.
This is the first of the three ontological changes according to Sri Aurobindo, the psychic transformation. In this ocndition, the individual finds itself pitted against the will to the denial of integrality and its engagement with this will remains incomprehensible to it except as "the Will of Deva." Aspiring to greater identity with the self-becoming of "system," it experiences a rupture, a discontinuity of being and recognizes itself as Deva itself, not just an instrument or channel of Deva. This is the second or overmental/spiritual transformation. At this point (and this is key) it realizes that the "system" has not offered it any privilege of power as will to integrality over its opposite, the denial of integrality. The cosmic Deva is pitted equally against the cosmic Asura and is destined to struggle eternally against its potential to deny the integrality of 'system.' Cosmic autopoesis does not prioritize the self-becoming of the 'system." Schemes which do not sufficiently accout for the equality of "good" and "evil" in the cosmos as Schelling does, prioritizing the operation of "system" as primordial freedom are missing something. What then is its utility of Deva in the universal economy? Its utility is only to keep the possibility of psychic idenitification alive. The realization by the psychic of identity with Deva (with Indra, if you will, the Lord of the Overmental Gods or Krishna, self-delegated from the Anandamaya plane to oversee the Cosmic Becoming), awakens it to
(a) cosmic relativity and helplessness of "system" at the cosmic level to self-manifest and
(b) its own freedom to transcend this helplessness and arrive at a power of "system" where its self-becoming it not relativized by its opposite - ie. Supermind. It is only here, in Supermind with its self-manifesting Power, the higher or Divine Maya that autopoesis as the self-becoming of truth can be spoken of in an effective way. At the cosmic level, it can be spoken of, but its equality with its opposite needs to be acknowledged along with it. It needs to be spoken of as a myth of Sisyphus, a doomed and compromized self-becoming unless the individual freedom to transcendence as psychic will at its center is activized beyond it.