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The descent of one into the one on Dr John Dunn.

Illustration for John Milton's Paradise Lost by Gustave Doré (1866). The spiritual descent of Lucifer into Satan

Beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking

We are all born fallen (Fallen angel tempted Adam and Eve)

Death, comes before life

The cosmic Beginning is the metaphor for man’s own Beginning

Again I reiterate, in archived blog Beginning, always 2, a point that I have settled upon throughout my philosophical/theological writings, and that is: the Beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking.

In the afore mentioned blog I compared the state of falling away from active thinking to that of the fallen angel, the Devil and the Devil’s children who live amongst us today.

Adam and Eve were tempted to fall too, with the result that we are all born fallen.

What are all these falling metaphors driving at? The answer is that to exist outside of the constant, active, creative, Beginning, is to be subsumed into the one, i.e. the interminable equilibrium that comes before the Beginning, the state of objectified ‘reality’, the ready-made nature into which we are seemingly dropped.

The saving grace is that this state of subsumption, this death, comes before the awakening, this life.

The cosmic Beginning is the metaphor for man’s own Beginning.

© John Dunn.

From the archive: Violation, disruption and overturning

The Mythology The Mythology
First in the Mythology is Love: variously Logos, God, the Word, the Cosmic Jesus, living thought.
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Just a thought: An ultra-feudalist, usurious world order was part of a sweeping change in the balance of power in Europe, following Venice’s successful exploitation of its control over the Fourth Crusade (1202-04) and the eventual sacking of Byzantium. John Dunn (Renaissance: Counter-Renaissance)

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 3 The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 3
Further additions to the project, starting with the Buckingham to Newport Pagnell leg of Ogilby's 1675 Oxford to Cambridge route.
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Motorcycling Days on Dr John Dunn. New podcast episode

My recent investigations into the possibility of a north-south Roman Portway were prompted by a motorcycle ride that I felt I just had to communicate to others. I describe it as having no grandiose landscapes, no famous landmarks, no bikers’ cafs, just sunshine and a few thousand years’ worth of history under my very wheels at every turn, to make an ordinary ride special.

Upon reflection I think that I rather understated the immense consequences of that short ride in the Oxfordshire countryside, because what I had stumbled across turned out to have the grandiose features that I played down in my initial reflection.

The grandiosity is a Roman road, parts of which were established upon much older roads, that stretches from Silchester in the South to near Daventry on Watling Street in the North.

It was my ride along a short stretch, that I later discovered had the name of Port Way, which drew me into the further investigations during which the existence of the north-south Roman Portway became apparent.

But it all had to start somewhere, and that somewhere was just after I turned off Akeman Street to follow the eastern side of the Cherwell Valley with the views that ‘gladdened the heart’.

It is this start and this somewhere that prompted me to make the podcast. Hear it if you choose. Search your podcast platform with the title ‘Road, history, nature and a motorcycle’.

© John Dunn.

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