I’m a researcher at heart. I’m looking for answers to the question “where does meaning come from?” It’s important because every individual on the planet should lead a meaningful life. Meaning is important to me, more than happiness, more than contentment or felicity. When you get meaning, you get why things happen the way they do. And you can act. With meaning comes agency and responsibility. With meaning comes a life you can call your own.
Meaning is everywhere under siege. Critical thinking is all too often outsourced to ideologies in which facts are fed and opinions cranked out. Intellectual prêt-à-porter has become the rule.
If society is to progress and prosper on all levels (human, economic, political) we must refuse the easy way out, the unchallenging, the complacent and the destructive. We must strive for meaning.
I believe that there is a great deal of meaning to be found in bridging the gap between secularism and religion.
Bridging the gap between religion and the secular world is my goal, and I propose to do it through consilience.
Bridging the gap is no easy task, and finding meaning requires sacrifices. Meaning hidden deep in all that mankind has produced: literature, religion, the arts, the sciences, music, and the rest.
These are my primary materials, what I look at to find the origins of meaning, the place(s) where it all comes from, the knot where the strings meet and the light turns on, making living more bearable.
This is a vast endeavour, but I believe it needs to be undertaken. I’ve chosen to divide this large project into smaller ones: Dis-Incarnation, and Towards Quantum Thought: Photography and Literature. Focusing on only two projects for the moment will allow me to channel my efforts and resources more efficiently in order to achieve results. Different projects will come in the future.
You can read about my projects in more details below, and find out how you can get involved.
I want to prove that the fundamental aporia of photo-literature is that it stands in a space of dis-Incarnation, a liminal space between life and death in relation to language, text, body and meaning.
We need fiction and narratives in the face of chaos so that we can deal with it and navigate through the valley of the shadow of death. I argue that fiction is made possible by the emergence of abstraction, and that abstraction itself was made possible by the emergence of monotheism.
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