“Transcendence” means “going beyond”, and “self-transcendence” means going beyond a prior form or state of oneself. Mystical experience is thought of as a particularly advanced state of self-transcendence, in which the sense of a separate self is abandoned. The Spirit rises beyond the physical universe and perceives the spiritual or aesthetic universe. When an artist creates, one often enters a state of transcendence in which aesthetic or spiritual creation is achieved without regard to the limitations of the physical universe. Beauty, in any form, is a manifestation of spiritual creation.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s son, Adrian, is interviewed about this father’s 35 year investigation into the subject of life after death. (1968)
“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt. It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it. If I were asked to prove that there is a life after death, I might find some difficulty in it, and yet I am quite certain of the fact.”
— from the new book by Lawrence R. Spencer, SHERLOCK HOLMES – MY LIFE
Here’s a Tom Waits video featuring Margrite-esque imagery and anti-Luce-ian-Time Magazine-style-war-mayhem-chaos-bankster-commercialism. For me it’s an instant-classic Waits-bash of the Apocalyptic post-American Dream. Whatever it means for you is what is means for you. Only Tom knows for sure, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t give a shit about opinions in general. Selling albums and doing your art is all anyone usually needs or wants.
Are you as disgusted by hypocritical, double-standard, two-faced, holier-than-thou, war-mongering, totalitarian-socialist, corporations-rule, money-is-god, American-is-the-best-imperialist-british-look-alike-military-police-state-on-Earth, Christian-Jewish (same things), selfish, stupid, greedy, egocentric attitudes of so-called American “Christians”? If not, let Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, bring you up to speed. Oh, and don’t forget, the Nazis were “Christians” too….