Epiphenomenon

This blog has focused on simulacra which are false alternative realities that are difficult to discern as false. There is another alternative reality that may not be false, but simply disconnected.

An epiphenomenon is a separate but included reality that has its own integrity and is not false. We can be engaged in an epiphenomenon and mistake it for a false sim. Such a moment may seem like a dream, a psychic disconnect.

Since this blog is also about the search for authenticity, I believe there is a revealing connection here. If one looks at art historically, it seems to often exist apart from or in the midst of destructive or unsupportive times. Whether the caves of Lascaux, or the Renaissance, or individual histories of artists, the creative moment and the resultant “art” is immune to the prevailing and often negative surroundings of the “artist”. I think the moment of personal creativity is a divorced, but authentic moment within an individual’s life that is a detached and isolated epiphenomenon.

There is no telling from where or when a creative moment may come. It is suddenly just there. Most artists or “creators” in science or mediums of various kinds will tell you that such moments exist out of time and place. It is a magical transformation. One exists outside of one’s everyday. But I would make the case that it is still connected to one’s own integrity and not a false simulacrum. It may be the very refuge from the false simulacra that this blog so reviles. It emerges wholly from within. It may be influenced by unconscious flows or lost memories, but it is integral. It is the fullest flower of personal authenticity, though it seems to exist in dislocated time and place. It would be well described as an epiphenomenon.

This adds a new component to our search for truth, self and authenticity. The very sense of detachment within an epiphenomenon may be the immunity we seek from false scripts imposed by others. This may be our internal refuge from “lifeastheater”. These “creative moments” should not be solely seen as moments of genius by select visionaries. They may reach to those heights. But they also exist for us all as truthful moments of self-inspection and honesty wherein we see ourselves and reveal ourselves with insights heretofore unseen.

The avenues to these moments are unpredictable and often surprising. They can occur in night dreams, day dreams, staring at clouds or seascapes, meditating or eating a Madeline. But they are treasures to be found and nurtured. Beware the dreaded simulacrum, but watch for and embrace the fecund epiphenomenon. It’s the epiphenomena in your life that may be the reservoirs of your authentic Self. Watch for them; live them; collect them; embrace them!

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2 thoughts on “Epiphenomenon

  1. An inspirational post indeed. You are right to point out and remind us all of the preciousness of our own creativity. It seems lost in the recent times amidst texts, face booking and the obsession with the pointless tedium of social media in every waking moment. I think there will come a time that artists and people boycott this way of life and perhaps creativity will spring forth again. You are also right to point out that we can have these moments at anytime and not to be dismissive. Was it Mozart who would wake up with an entire symphony composed in his head after a good nights rest? Sometimes I think we over think creative moments and believe they are not important if they just show up or come to us easily. We think it needs to be the parting of the Red Sea to be real or valid. But history tells us it isn’t so. We should believe in and enjoy these moments , as you mention they could be the holy grail of authenticity. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Yes it was Mozart who apparently carried fully composed symphonies and concerti around in his head and when money and need imposed he could quickly note them down. I agree, creativity may be as close as we can get to personal authenticity. And it need not be esoteric or artsy. It can also be Joy and her mop!

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