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“So…the movie ‘ends’ outside of the movie”

November 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

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mybrainisafleamarket said,
November 22, 2009 at 10:14 am ·
So…the movie ‘ends’ outside of the movie.
“The world as representation begins and ends with the consciousness of the individual representing subject. At the moment of death, all representation comes to an immediate abrupt end, after which there remains only thing-in-itself. An individual’s death is not something that occurs in or as any part of the world as representation. “

To be fair to Schopenhauer he never drew the conclusions from his own thinking that result in this kind of insight. But that in fact increases his credibility. He had no axe to grind, or any wish to resurrect religion, god, or spirituality, but created from Kantian/Platonic assumptions a perspective that is secular and yet resembles the Upanishadic view of things.

I think Schopenhauer can help us to see where scientism is going wrong, and how we can broaden our perspective with spiritual mythology.

It is important to consider Schopenhauer platonism carefull here, since the ‘movie outside the movie’ shows the treacherous thinking that arises from the consequences of transcendental idealism. The nature of existence outside of space and time must be taken in a very careful, almost experimental fashion.

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