Meta-Oxy, Mission drafts

Meta-Oxymoron / drafts /

  1. To establish that the “fair love” and “dark love” of Shakespeare’s sonnets form a meta-oxymoron.

    Original Contribution
  2. To establish that that meta-oxymoron recapitulates the primary struggle of Christian epistemology: between Scholastic “Realism” and heretical nominalism: Authority vs. Experience

  3. To relate the idealism of the “fair love” sonnets: first, to the Christian orthodoxy of the second millennium AD with its origins in medieval Scholastic Realism; then to the more general, largely unexamined, idealism of large scale organizations like civilized societies of which Scholastic Realism remains the apotheosis.

    Original Contribution
  4. To relate the “realistic”-seeming “experience” of Shakespeare’s “dark love” sonnets to modern science’s medieval ancestor: heretical nominalism, the hounded antagonist to Scholastic Realism.

    Original Contribution
  5. To analyze medieval Scholastic Realism as the principle source for the medieval Ladder of Love, the medieval Ladder of Love as the principle source for Renaissance sonnet sequences.

    Orthodox Review Combined with Original Contributions
  6. To read Shakespeare’s “fair love” sonnets as both an example of and a departure from that heritage.

    Orthodox Review Combined with Original Contributions
  7. To review the sonnets first as two-dimensional pasteboard caricatures, related to early-Renaissance out of medieval esthetics; then, if pageant, as cybernetically corrective, thermodynamically active pageant: the golem come alive and ready for anything.

    Original Contribution:

Ammended Mission

Revised and Expanded

  • To go beyond recognition of the supremacy of Shakespeare’s sonnets as love poems by revealing them to be a thermodynamic pageant of our enduring epistemological pathologies.

  • To characterize the ideals encouraged by kleptocratic institutions such as churches, governments, schools and media. The old Church’s authority was unimpeachable, however fake. The new “churches” fake their empiricism.

  • To appreciate that though Shakespeare showed us no way out of the grinder (unless we follow Hamlet, Othello, Iago …), he certainly did show us where we are. Not just entertainingly: movingly. The bar for profundity remains where he set it.

    All of course Original Contributions
  • There are people who vault that bar pretty high in prose if not in poetry: Gregory Bateson, Jared Diamond, Ilya Prigogine. And though I never expect any line of mine to approach Shakespeare’s “salad days,” what bars I too have cleared have a little something to do with knowing Shakespeare’s work.

    2012 08 25 As I iterate, I started saying all this in 1964. You, your teachers, your children, your grandchildren haven’t likely heard more than a fraction of it. The jobs I’ve been fired from, never got in the first place, have plummeted down the social scale, reaching economic zero a long time ago. Once you realize that you’ve missed the boat, that your murderers, potential specicides, took the cream and wasted it, when do you get to sue them?
    Right after you make the Temple, the Romans … empire pay for Jesus: and the Church abase itself for defrocking Illich (not to mention for not supporting Illich and my internet of 1970, again ignoring God’s invitation.

    on Shakespeare’s Sonnets Menu

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    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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