Friday, June 5, 2020
being of the point in a life
“What’s the point?” is at least implicit to any focused attention (though commonly explicit), yet also implicit to unfocused interest, like the intrinsic curiosity of children and older explorers: What’s implicitly “there” to be discovered? What’s interesting? What’s satisfying?
And “So, what?”: What’s important? What’s worthwhile?
Pursuant to interest and satisfaction, intrinsic purposefulness of a life is implied by the ordinary goals and objectives (implicit and explicit) that orient any good day.
Particular intentions imply the intentionality intending—be it fidelity to openness that derives a point of telic appeal; or be it the orienting clarity of a given point serving a life’s large-scale designs. That intentionality is altogether the Point of being one’s life ongoing.
A notion of intentionality expresses a nebulous holism of individuated life whose mindfulness is oriented by its life-general purposes. More than a matter of “mind,” it’s a matter of importantly minding that one’s life be well (even flourishing) in its ownmost way.
Being absorbed in pursuing a point—being in the flow of activity—at best forgets that it’s pursuing a point, like playing an instrument excellently gets itself fully immersed in being there, being the point in its moment—as if being momentousness.
(Proper humility happens afterward.)
“It was phenomenal,” you may feel (afterward about being there—There)
—or they say that.
Phenomenal time, in an awesome sense, is implied, in principle, by merely laudable experience, or distinctive, precious experience, thanks to one’s given degree of interest, desire, or engagement.
Being the point is a possibility for-and-in ordinary curiosity, interest, desire, pursuit of an importance, or feeling of worthwhile time.
And all of that is implied, in principle, by simple phenomenality, depending on your degree of curiosity, interest, desire, or engagement.
So, what about phenomenality as such? I’ve discussed that some, but I want to do so more formally—which is not yet aiming to be rigorous (e.g., conceptual science), let alone formalistic (never, e.g., logocentric philosophy). I want to share a focus on phenomenal appeal more conceptually than I have earlier. Phenomenal appeal always implies preceding curiosity, interest, desire, and/or engagement of oneSelf in a world of one’s life.
Preceding interest is especially true for an inquiring mind: Consider an appeal of nebulous forms.