Self consciousness presupposes language – Psychoanalysis
The community that composed the book with the title of John in the Christian scriptures were ignited by the belief that the message of Jesus, the first century rabbi, had universal implications.
They had a desire to share these valuable insights into god, love,the other, grace and an overall change in subjectivity with those outside their community. The community they identified with had initially presupposed that this message was about who owned it.
Is this not the apparent error of presumption in fundamentalism?
They over identified these truths with themselves. This is the issue here, we don’t own truth, it owns us, in a traumatic sense. The community of john were saved from most of this approach. They wanted to open this up to the other, to the Greek.
Employing Greek ideas was a tool for engaging with the other, for speaking into their context. Something American politics still has yet to learn.
One of the major concepts was that of the Logos. The Logos, in the simplest sense, is what animated all of reality, holding it together, inspiring it, drawing the strands of purpose into a whole. This is how some approach the meaning behind the choice to use such a foreign concept when relating it to the claim that Jesus of Nazareth is god.
I want to take a different approach, a linguistic one. There is a theory in psychoanalysis that self consciousness presupposes language. What if the phrase: and the WORD became flesh has nothing to do with claiming Jesus as god but rather is a claim about gods subjectivity?
Meaning that before god was flesh, god was unconscious. That for god to be conscious he had to be human. That her human experience is the entrance into her conscious self. That for god, to become is also becoming, god as the word, still journeys with humanity in discovering himself.
That consciousness presupposes language means we subject to language. That language speaks through us, that language speaks through god. That is why god had to descend into language to become subject to to it. So, what of the resurrection? It is the WORD with holes.
Language with lack. Jesus with scars. Violence occurs because of the over approximation of language, believing in it too much. Hence. Jesus experiences that first hand.
And much like the philosopher Rorty who claims that language has to be re used out of its initial context to continue on. Also, Jesus, after the resurrection can materialize through solid objects.
Jesus is essentially virtual. Language is essentially then, virtual. It can only represent reality. Once it is spoken, language is a limitation on both experience and reality.
The fact that god embraced the same finite experience, is something that should be taken seriously. That our subjective experiences are incredibly valuable and an insight into our divine reality. That the way to overcome our humanity is by becoming human.