the interpretation of
the interpretation of cultures.
The Interpretation of
Dreams is the discovery of meanings in dreams
meaning in the meaningless
forces become meanings
instincts express themselves symbolically
symptoms are a mysterious language
signs needing interpretation.
The body is an utterance
Man is a Logos, a word, to be interpreted
a code to be deciphered
not a machine to be manipulated.
Libido speaks, desire speaks,
It is the unspoken meaning
Like the Delphic oracle
It does not say but signifies.
Recovering the original meaning of semantics:
A theory of signs and wonders
Oh wonder of wonders!
The dumb things speak.
Interpretation is translation.
Every sentence is bilingual, or allegorical, saying one
thing and meaning another.
Every sentence is translation.
Translation, or hermeneutics.
Hermeneutics, the form of philosophy today
the form of theology
the search for meaning.
Hermeneutics from Hermes,
the god, Mercury--
Hermes the Thief, the original trickster, shape shifter--
Hermes Trismegistus, Thrice Greatest Hermes, the greatest magician--
Translation is metamorphosis
"Bless thee, Bottom, how thou art translated!"
A secret art, a hermetic language
There is always hiding, as well as seeking
And we never say what we mean.
Even psychoanalysis is a hermetic language
not to be taken literally.
Hermes the interpreter
interpres divium, interpreter of the gods,
inter: he is the go-between
He is psycho-pomp, conductor f souls,
Between two world
as above so below,
Interpreter between macrocosm and microcosm
between our own thoughts
and our own bodies
between Consciousness and the Unconscious.
And on the battlefield
Hermes is the herald that comes between the combatants
the herald, or angel, or messenger,
The herald voices say, Peace
on earth, good will to man.
Interpretation mediates between languages
undoing the consequences
of the Fall
the Tower of Babel
re-membering the unity of human language
restoring human communication.
A language that makes peace
A language that make love not war
And therefore it does not argue
argumentation is the
logic of contention
based on separate identities
Interpretation seeks a class-less
consciousness; it does not classify.
And does not criticize.
Susan Sontag didn't say what she meant
(she needs to be interpreted)
The new sensibility is not
against interpretation but against criticism
It says, Judge not
And it says, Forgive us
For we know not what we do or say.
And we are all in the same boat or body.
Here Comes Everybody.
Going beyond the I-Thou
The interpreter is the third person, the mediator.
Instead of the representative who fights on our behalf
The mediator who unifies the whole scene.
It is a synthesis.
It is the third person who makes it a crowd
A community of interpretation.
A Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons; nor
dividing the Substance.
Josiah Royce, forgotten voice of American idealism, says:
Interpretation seeks a city out of sight, the homeland where,
perchance, we learn to understand one another.
Interpretation seeks consent rather than conviction
discovering what you meant all along.
A language of listening rather than assertion
(there is always another meaning)
discovering another's meaning
Just being an interpreter
Surrendering a bit of the asserting ego
Listening to the voice of the other
This listening is the philosophy
of Husserl the epoche:
A suspension, a pause
A suspension of hostilities,
Which is also an epoch, the beginning of a new era.
Stop, look, and listen.
Thinking is writing
The psalmist says expectans expectori
I have waited waitingly.
Heidegger says Thinking
is in every instance a letting
be said of that which shows itself, and accordingly an answer
to that which shows itself.
Let it speak, let it show itself
The Freud it instead of the Freudian ego
The impersonal id
The collective unconscious
The language: let it speak to us.
Thinking is not a statement but an answer
saying it again another way
an echo; amen, even--
Poetry call us to respond
Till all the woods do answer
and their echo ring,
O may I join the choir invisible.