Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Openness

We are here, wide open, expecting to be able to go away with more clarity about what we are looking for, through having experienced it, because something of what we are looking for has happend to us. We know it's what we were looking for because it happens. But to expect it, and to recognize it when it happens, since we don't know what we're really talking about, what openness, what wide-openness is needed in each one of us! Being open to all the possibilities: this is the true attitude of man, which coincides, not with just any feeling, but with the category of possibility, the supreme characteristic of reason. In front of this question, nothing is more reasonable than this longing -- since we don't know what answers it and we are not the measure of what exists and what can happen --, of being open according to the entire category of possibility. We know it's not simple...It's not simple to be open, wide open, because... skepticism begins to take root in us and the measure begins to become our own. From the time when we were children, and had all our curiousity wide open, how often we now discover in ourselves the narrowing of that total openness! (from "What Are You Looking for?" Exercises of the university students of Communion and Liberation, Julian Carron, p. 5)

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Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."