Embeddedness and transcendence (potential)

„Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.“

Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Diderot

There is definitely something to this statement (attributed to radical thinker Denis Diderot)—though the ideal of “freedom” is either an abstract Utopia or an individual inner state of mind.
Conservatives (of different branches) assume that there will never be a time/space (= historic social situation) where there is no “king”/”ruler” etc. and no “god”/religion. Religion and the need for “rule” (directly in small ‘social’ circumstances and abstractly on the bigger ‘societal’ level) arising from

– the need for orientation -> rule. Order and established political “values”.
– and as the (in current post- and post-postmodernity) still predominant answers to the search of (a/”the”) meaning of life -> religion. All kinds of direct-deistic, spiritual and secular forms of religions. As “traditional” (the previously established) forms of religion or as (from time to time and spirit of the age) updated “substitute” religions.

To transcend the boundedness to religion and rule one could only individually reflect, deconstruct and renew his worldview and make himself open to different perspectives and possibilites. The (theoretical) possibilites and (practical) ways of thinking, seeing the world(s) and giving an order to them.

But transcending your societal [abstract society] and social [concrete environment] embeddedness is not easy to be achieved, at least in the routine(s) and hamster wheels of everyday life—the former [transcending/going beyond the societally given ways of thinking] is probably seldom to happen at all. You can reflect and philosophize, and that is good. But to be in a state of permanent deconstruction and “revolutionizing” against (internal and social) establishing-/hardening-processes would overstrain everyone. Sooner or later (and maybe more or less) everyone needs a certain fundament (order, worldview etc.) to rest upon and built upon his life and decisions. And besides your own perspective you’re also bound to (even embedded in) the societal standards and norms of your time and location.

But if you achieve to stay relatively open for new perspectives and if you’re still (after all these years of frustrated idealism etc.) differentiating between individuals (no matter from which walk of life they’re coming and which societal perspective they may have)—not artificial “groups” or “classes” etc.—then you have the chance to preserve inside you: a spirit of openness and reflection (of yourself and of the social and societal circumstances you’re living in).


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