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Evolving freedom, and the ‘end of the eonic sequence’

February 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Yesterday’s post on Secularism and the eonic effect might profit from looking at one of the strange yet inevitable properties of the eonic effect: the way in which we begin to dissolve the ‘eonic sequence’ as we begin to observe its action, in the past. Or else, it is the case that we have reached the end of this phase of ‘evolution’ and wake up to its action, looking backward. Here is a selection from World History And The Eonic Effect on this point.
End Of The Eonic Sequence

The study of the ‘evolution’ in the eonic effect can be confusing at first because it is not morphological evolution, or organismic development, but the ‘evolution of freedom’, speaking formally.
In fact, another selection from earlier in the book might illustrate the point (don’t worry too much about the ‘deduction’, just look at the paradox of ‘evolving freedom’ versus ‘self-evolving freedom’.
An Eonic Sequence, And A Frequency Deduction

A frequency deduction A system ‘evolving freedom’ cannot cause freedom directly, since the over-determination would be causally closed. But such a system cannot leave action alone, since under-determination would not evolve freedom. Therefore, to evolve freedom such a system might alternate between higher and lower degrees of freedom, in cycles of macro-action, and micro-action left to its own devices. All at once we see that this corresponds to the eonic pattern. Thus, for example, the Axial Age shows a higher degree of freedom, but under eonic determination, while the mideonic intervals show the potential for freedom without the action of the system, ‘real freedom’, or not. The frequency system might terminate at some point to allow the realization of this potential. At the end we will suspect that we are at the end of the eonic sequence since observing the eonic effect probably preempts its future action.

In general the simplicity of the eonic effect is challenged by the need to distinguish between the ‘degrees of freedom’, almost in alternation, during the transitions and at other times. It seems obscure, but the point is absolutely vital.
If we look at the brilliance of the Axial Age and the declines and loss of quality in the continuation after the period of massive innovation we can see that there is an obvious difference, for a reason we can suddly see.
We must therefore be on the lookout in our own time for this phenomenon.
You can see the problem is difficult is you ask yourself why the great achievements of the early modern are hard to match, e.g. the sudden correlated flowering of ‘classical’ music from the seventeenth century to the period of Beethoven. We can see, stunned by the strangeness of the eonic sequence, that these phenomena are not chance developments.

But the ‘end of the eonic sequence’ is a challenge to realize a greater freedom, not the submission to some spurious Spenglerian decline.

Tags: selections · The Axial Age · World History and The Eonic Effect

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  • 1 Stephen P. Smith // Feb 27, 2009 at 12:02 am

    “… At the end we will suspect that we are at the end of the eonic sequence since observing the eonic effect probably preempts its future action.”

    Perhaps this is the primal or panpsychist consciousness, where the apparent tension (say Schopenhauer concept of will) finds its resolution! The tension returns to source, and the Eonic effect finds itself giving support to an innate vitalism where the spirit seeks freedom!

    Sounds like the “end of history!”

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