Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mulling Wittgenstein

I stumbled across the following in some stuff I'd saved some time back. I got it from here.

Ludwig Wittgenstein had a lifelong interest in religion and claimed to see every problem from a religious point of view, but never committed himself to any formal religion. His various remarks on ethics also suggest a particular point of view, and Wittgenstein often spoke of ethics and religion together. This point of view or attitude can be seen in the four main themes that run through Wittgenstein's writings on ethics and religion: goodness, value or meaning are not to be found in the world; living the right way involves acceptance of or agreement with the world, or life, or God's will, or fate; one who lives this way will see the world as a miracle; there is no answer to the problem of life--the solution is the disappearance of the problem.

Some random, idle thoughts:

How could you not have a lifelong interest in religion or spirituality or some manifestation of awareness of the Beyond if the ultimate questions interested you at all?

Do the ultimate questions encompass every problem? ("human problem" is assumed)

Ethics doesn't need religion, but religion needs ethics.

Goodness, value, meaning: all outside of the world? Isn't that "ultimate" value, goodness, meaning? All kinds of stages before ultimate can be found here in the world.

Acceptance = Surrender = Giving Over of Self. It's called for in all religions. As Jerry Garcia--yes, the Grateful Dead guitarist--said: "To forget yourself is to see everything else." Not only does it lead to living the right way, it's the only way to live right.

Is living the right way the only way to see the world as miracle?

There is no solution to the problem of life: the solution is the disappearance of the problem.
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