30.1.19

Moving into the Phenomenological Theme

Let’s presume that, from the egoistic point of view (since this state can pop up in a person’s experience at unpredictable times, or for sustained periods), the question, what is most important right now?  is bound to have a merely personal answer.

Such a personal answer is bound to have almost nothing to do with the issue of finding the theme of universal and maximal importance within the present moment of consciousness, which is what that question is asking.

The personal answer most likely pertains to some kind of idiosyncratic preference, a desire, a hope, a fear -- a fixation with yet another detail or fact -- rather than a thematic at play within that person’s consciousness, or, of that consciousness itself.

By being attracted to and using the word theme we have already intuitively realized that real importance could not be ascribed to something merely personal and factual (such as somebody loving their wheels), just a random fact, or any facts within that fact. The word theme traces an impersonal frame of mind.

Instead of a fact, we know that what is most important will be on the order of a theme -- and we must add that it will be a universal theme. So, what is most important right now is not factual, but universal, and this we can know because a personal or egoistic point of view is not dominating the thinking.

(This has been a kind of sketch or portrait of the phenomenological reduction: the movement from knowledge of relative facts to the objective theme of consciousness itself, which is of the most importance in any moment, anyway!)

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