Symbols: Heaven / Hell

from Iona Arc, … Teaching / K Symbols 2009 08 2

Heaven / Hell
The more important the word the harder it is to define, the more complex the semantics, the more the culture will resist clarification. If “god” is a tricky word, or “love,” so too will be words associated with either concept: god or love.
On a given morning I might wake up thinking I’m clear as clear on some concept, like “heaven,” only to discover by the second cup of coffee that I’m simply adding more tangles to ancient skeins.

Nevertheless, here’s my this-mornings thought on my old semantic war horse: “heaven” (routinely paired in the culture (as well as in my practice) with “hell”).

Heaven is the direction (along a spectrum of course) of semantic clarity. “God” is the linguist in command of the mic for the moment who is most dexterous at shifting the semantic labels from moment to moment: At Time 09.08.27:10:35.53 the symbol-using-entity pk said “heaven” meaning that neighboring symbols clarify more than obscure. Therefore “god” for that moment successfully opposes the attempts of the obscurantists to obscure. The magicians’ false deals don’t succeed quite as well as they do normally, the cards spill at the fast shuffle.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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