Topic One in a “Subject Clearing” course from https://vinaire.me/2021/06/03/subject-clearing-step-1-selecting-a-subject/
Vinaire’s Step 1 offers a list of some broad subjects that one may consider for subject clearing:
Universe, Physics, Religion, Philosophy, Mathematics, Human Condition, Mindfulness.
I chose “Human Condition” as my First Topic as it relates to my current situation.
The next step is to look up the words and try to understand the meaning. I found a book called “The Human Condition” by Hannah Arendt first published in 1958, the year in which I was born incidentally. Hannah is of German descent and stayed in Prussia for a time, the same Kingdom where my grandmother Maria Gawronska was born and lived until 1920.
Although Hannah’s book is said to lean more towards the vita activa (active life) rather than the vita contemplativa (contemplative life), I think her book is the perfect place to start.
I read the Wikipedia entry and at the end, it gives a good summary of where we stand today in regards to acquiring Knowledge.
Quote: “Galileo’s discoveries also have implications for the ‘vita activa’ and ‘contemplativa’. That he made the discoveries with a telescope, with a product of human work, signals an important change in science. Knowledge is acquired not simply by thinking, but by making. Homo faber (Latin for “Man the Maker”) and the life of work were thus exalted over the life of contemplation. Indeed, the model of scientific inquiry, the experiment, is one in which the scientist unleashes a process by which the scientist produces results. This way of doing science is naturally understood in terms of work processes. The philosopher has consequently been relegated to a position of relative insignificance, merely puzzling over what the scientists have shown. But in the end, Homo faber ceded primacy to animal laborans. The life of labor became the central concern because all of these developments took place in a Christian society that valued life far more than others have. After secularization, this vestigial preoccupation with life as the central value dominates our activities. It has made us into a society of laborers. Judged by the historical significance of what they do, the people most capable of action now are perhaps the scientists, but unfortunately, they act into nature and not human relationships, and thus their action cannot be the source of meaningfulness that illuminates human existence. Action is still possible in free societies, but fragile.”
🤔 Thoughts on Quote: “the people most capable of action now are perhaps the scientists, but unfortunately, they act into nature and not human relationships, and thus their action cannot be the source of meaningfulness that illuminates human existence.”
Something popped in my head that I was reading last week on the English court case decision against Scientology not being considered a religion for the charity status that they had applied for in the UK. The organisation didn’t come up to scratch for the two stage test.
- Is the organisation in question a trust “for the advancement of religion?”; and
2. If the answer to the first question is “yes”, do its activities advance religion “for the public benefit”?
The court ruling and their understanding of The Church of Scientology’s Raison d’être was that the organisation was more focused on the core development of the individual’s advancement and their own survival, on a one to one counselling basis, rather than the advancement of the public good as a whole. Perhaps “Religion” will be my Second Topic for consideration in Subject Clearing.
The full context can be found here: https://lawandreligionuk.com/2013/12/17/scientology-religion-and-charity-law-an-analysis-of-r-hodkin/