Via negativa toward second-order beauty

These questions would have to be asked of oneself during meditation or during a philosophical conversation.

I

What is not movement?

What is at rest.

What is not rest?

What is in movement.

Then, what is neither in movement nor at rest?

What dwells. All-encompassingness.

Spiritual Exercise: To be all-encompassing. To be whole.

II.

What is not dependent on this?

Whatever is dependent on that.

And what is not dependent on that?

Whatever is dependent on this.

And what is neither dependent on this nor on that?

Whatever is dependent on these.

And what is not dependent on this, that, or these?

Whatever is dependent on those.

And what is neither dependent on this nor on that nor on these nor on those?

What is: independence.

Spiritual Exercise: To be independent.

III.

What is not proper, i.e., bounded in power, measure, or responsiveness?

What is unbounded in power, measure, and responsiveness.

How shall we call ‘what is unbounded…’?

Dilation.

Spiritual Exercise: To dilate.

Remark

Second-order beauty encompasses (is wholeness), is independent (is itself), dilates (is expansiveness). Hence, second-order beauty welcomes.

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