Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
* FYI, theurjism is the term for my unique neologisms.
You may have noticed that I use a few terms that are not in the dictionary, that I've made up to get across a meaning that is also not in the dictionary. So let me clarify at least two of them for the moment. Kennilingus* is one such term. It is a take on the word “cunnilingus” with which you are already familiar. The “kenni” part refers to Ken Wilber, so it's a sort of play on one who licks Wilber. This of course is metaphorical, not meaning one who actually gives head to him, although that most certainly could be included, especially since his “suck my dick” comment to critics, which comment it seems acolytes take literally. It's more like those who unflinchingly accept his work verbatim without much, if any, criticism. We all know the type, who when speaking of “integral” will use the exact same language as Wilber, not only in content but often in the same style with the same prejudices. I also use it to refer to the source from when the language comes, to Wilber's own dogma. To make it more akin to fellatio I have another variation for the object of worship in kennilingus, Ken Wilber as Kennilingam. (See this for a definition of lingam, which includes penis but goes into its religious meanings as well, a fit symbol of the AQAL religion.)
To distinguish the alternative integral movement from kennilingus I use the term “intergraal.” “Inter” comes more from the interrelations of the elements of AQAL instead of their rigid distinctions. Granted the elements should be separated out to gain invaluable analysis and clarity. Nor should they be reduced to each other in some form a overarching, dominant and relativistic mush of equality. But neither should they be so distinct as to not see how they relate, for it is in the relationships that any sense of a whole emerges from which the parts participate. And said whole is not THE whole, just a particular whole relative to a particular focus in a particular context. And this doesn't have to be reduced to another form of relativism, since it can also accommodate qualitative distinction and make value judgments so to which wholes are better in which circumstances. Also said parts do not have to be entirely subsumed in any given whole, since they retain their own agency and participate in other wholes in other contexts.
The “graal” of intergraal is the Old French spelling of the term “grail.” We often associate grails with the Holy Grail, the cup that caught the blood of Christ on the cross, and which nectar is purported to induce in one communion with the divine. Hence from such cups in religious masses where wine is transubstantiated into the blood of Christ we are washed of our sins by partaking in this ritualistic cannibalism. But again metaphorically it symbolizes more that communion with the big Other. We can demythologize that other from some metaphysical divinity to a more humane other, to focusing more on humanity in the here and now in this world and in this context, in our present embodiment and interactivity with our environment and other human beings. It is a transforming and perhaps even transubstantiating conversion from our isolated agency to a balance with our human communion through the emerging next wave of development in P2P networks. Hence intergraal is in distinction from the typically more agentic, individualistic, authoritarian, capitalistic and intellectualized kennilingus.
* Aka AQALingus for those more sensitive snowflakes offended by kennilingus. They'll probably be offended by this more innocuous version too though.
At FB IPS Balder posted the Intro to the new MetaFoundation book on metatheory, attached. My response with a new name for what comes after metatheory, postmetatheory.
I appreciate that Murray's last chapter was valued for 'prepositioning' metatheory itself, something I've long harped on in the relationship of image schema to differance. Also how it anchors abstract metatheory in the body, for without that it's just more 'complex' but less 'real,' more metaphysical and less postmetaphysical. Perhaps we might call it postmetatheory?
Of course it we use metatheory's usual definitions and assumptions then postmetatheory would transcend and include and thereby supersede metatheory, thereby outmeta-ing the meta. Poetic justice, that.
The word of the day is amanuensis (\uh-man-yoo-EN-sis\
1. a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.
So one engaged in kennilingus could be called an akenmanuensis, akenman for short, since all they do is repeat verbatim with no thought of their own.
While this thread is for my unique theurjisms, this one by Stephen Colbert deserves mention. Colbert introduced us to the term truthiness, which means something that feels true but has no actual basis in truth. Now he introduces Trumpiness, where it doesn't even feel true; it just feeds our feelings of fear, hate and rage. Welcome to good ole, down-home American fascism fueled by a demagogue.
Colbert's contribution here is much beyond clever word play. He shares much wisdom that resonates with the apparently emerging reality of a post-truth society. Here's some of his text:
“Truthiness is believing something that feels true, even if it isn’t supported by fact. Truthiness comes from the gut, because brains are over-rated. Truthiness has to feel true, but Trumpiness doesn’t even have to do that. In fact, ‘many Trump supporters don’t believe his wildest promises – and they don’t care.’ [actual article from Wash. Post] …If he doesn’t ever have to mean what he says, that means he can say anything. Truthiness comes from the gut, but Trumpiness comes from much further down the gastro-intestinal tract…
These legitimately angry voters don’t need a leader to say things that are true or feel true, they need a leader to feel things that feel feels. And that is why I believe Donald Trump is a leader for our times. An emotional megaphone for voters full of rage at a government that achieves nothing; an economic system that leaves them behind; and politics that elects people unfit for the job. And if you don’t share their feeling that you don’t recognize your country anymore, trust me: if Trump wins, you will. And that’s the word!”
Meta(sta)size: When metatheory as incessant categorization and stereotyping breaks free from its embodied roots and metastasizes like cancer, thereby destroying said body.
And for those that think the term kennilingus is just designed to taunt Wilber and his followers for sucking his dick (which is only a small part of its meaning), synnilingus could be interpreted as even more disgusting on the sexual front as those that lick and suck the most sinful of places imaginable. And not just on human beings! Ewww!
Correction: a model (amodal) of hier(an)archical synplexity.
Amodal hier(an)archical synplexity is thus an image-schematic, pre-positional folding together of the actual via virtual hier(an)archy. This isn't Kansas (or kennilingus) anymore Toto.