Friday, September 26, 2014

Writing it down for you, like it or not


This picture was taken by myself, sometime between the fall of 2008 and the rise of 2009, in Alppila. We lived in a small cave on the ground floor. It was really halfway inside the rock, below the street. The bookshelf shows you many of those introduced in an earlier post (see January 2008), but also some books not mentioned before. Like The Book of Sophia ("Sofia"), begun in the summer of 2007, and still not quite finished. Or The Book of Goetheanum from 2008, which I have kept waiting. In the middle of the back row, with black covers, is The Book of Angels & Men ("Enkelit ja Ihmiset"), brought to me by Jussi Matikainen from Old Riga in 2005. It was ready before Easter 2010. And on the left, front row, the very small book lying down there, called The Book of Koli, was thrown away in 2011. I have saved the notes elsewhere. Below it one can see another very small and unnamed book from 2007. I bought it in Tallinn just before our visit to Greece, and it worked as a travel note book. From September to October 2007 I also used it as a note book on a lecture series. After graduating from the University of Helsinki (the department of Cultural Anthropology) I began another kind of study, or actually, continued on a path I had found long ago. The questions I had been asking since the nineties were making way, with some answers, to new questions. They could be summed up in three words: Anthropos, Logos & Sophia.

The anthroposophical themes may sound radical and looney-tooney, but I have tried to maintain a scientific and even sceptic (in the good sense of the word, referring to "objectiveness"!) approach to the topics. It is an unfortunate truth that these themes have been neglected and despised in the official scientific fields of research, and no good will come out of that kind of progress. I think many bad things have already happened because of the attitude problems in the academic world. It is crucial that honest research is being done also concerning the spiritual. But I do not consider myself an expert. And I have faith in the old-fashioned humanist tradition, at least if it is understood in a certain way. The questions are there, and they are truthful as can be, but for the real answers there are no standards in any of the official sciences today. We need to save these quest(ion)s for the centuries to come.

  
O chosen love, O frozen love
O tangle of matter and ghost
O darling of angels, demons and saints
And the whole broken-hearted host
Gentle this soul
-L.C. / The Window