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Freedom and the Judgment

Freedom and judgment have one thing in common, they are words we are using in reference to something that supresses us, even when we believe freedom doesn’t supress. With suppression I mean anything that questions our purpose, worth, station or valour and seek to control these realms if they are found to be outside the accepted norms of some moral or social law.

We find here a polarity between freedom and judgment. I believe we all want to breathe in freedom – save for those who judge and set the laws – that seeks to restrict. In the will to freedom and its restriction we find the cosmic pulse of life and death, and between the beats life goes on. And here in the offbeat – what we know as life – it is all about acting and reacting so we can understand the soul hidden deep within the stone of philosophical possibility.

In this offbeat we live out our lives and question everything, but as Derrida commented knowledge is a fickle thing, because we can never be sure that what we know really corresponds to what is, because our participation in the cosmic drama is limited to our own very limited and infinitesimal small drama which turns any certainty into ‘fictional forms’.

Now, I see little escape from this premise, but how we approach this premise can make a difference, so continuing the reasoning of Derrida and the ‘fictional form’ which is our life, I dare say this invites immense possibilities, because fiction is rooted in life.

If we accept this premise we can see opportunity and possibility and excel in this or we can grow weary in the illusion the premise presents.

For the modern man, the reaction to this premise somehow goes down to Bakunin (1814-1876) who reacted upon an archontic and tyrannical social climate stating that:

"Let us put our trust in the eternal spirit which destroys and annihilates only because it is the unsearchable and eternally creative source of all life - the passion for destruction is also a creative passion!" (Reaction in Germany, 1842)

This observation, along with Nietzsche’s’ existential questions gave form to what we know as nihilism and nihilism is commonly defined as:

“the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. It is often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical scepticism that condemns existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no loyalties, and no purpose other than, perhaps, an impulse to destroy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/nihilism/).”

It is certainly tempting to pursue the greater projects of Nietzsche and Derrida in this scope, but if we limit this potentially enormous discourse to the premise of philosophy – to be able to entertain an idea without judging it as anything else than an exercise in ‘truth’ – we are left with the exercise of ‘truth’. And while truth will forever be a white dressed maiden resting in the deepest parts of a well, she still influences us in our pursuit for meaning, freedom and judgment.

And what I see is that in this exercise, in this offbeat between life and death, what we know as existence and our life and world light and darkness do moves us in bitter and sweet steps in this tango we make, wanting or not. And as we dance through our ‘fictional form’ we often raise fingers to one another, to ourselves, to history and to ideas and things. And what happens here in this process of multiple judgments? First off we are losing freedom but more severely we understand our self in relation to negations and condemnations and reactions to something that challenges our free spirit. The act of judgment brings more judgment and restricts our social cage, because in judgment we expose the tyranny that rules a profane society void of hope and full of greed loosing perspective of whether this is the world we wanted or not and becomes reactants and marionettes in that beat of death that announces the end of the beauty of our ‘fictional form’ where we merges with the repressive and suppressive.

Oh yes, I am using broad strokes here, because every brush is made up of single strains of hairs that together can mark the world, for good or for bad. If the brush is stringed with reactions to the picture made it will be tied to the present form and its freedom will be restricted. In the same way, when you judge, you react and restrict yourself and in some cases even invite in the restriction to shape your life, because no matter if you believe or like the Christian mythology, the phrase in Our Lord’s Prayer do hold a profound message:

And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.


This part, do speak of judging and forgiveness so we can be free from our own judgment and of the judgment of others and even more from the worst judge of all, our selves. Because I believe nihilism and antinomianism is natural for the adolescent, but as this phase is passing and we have destroyed what needs to be destroyed and dropped our pointed fingers in the chaos of forgetfulness we can approach this ‘fictional form’ we are and see ourselves as we are and not in relation to what we reject or judge – and in this a first step of freedom can be made as we realize that chaos is a myriad of lights that seeks the original harmony. 

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