Showing posts with label PHILOSOPHY Tarot against "The Law of Attraction" extremism. Justice and the Other. Abou Ben Adhem's angel.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PHILOSOPHY Tarot against "The Law of Attraction" extremism. Justice and the Other. Abou Ben Adhem's angel.. Show all posts

Friday, 23 August 2013

The Big Bang Theory of Tarot: it is NOT the Law of Attraction

Question One: 'Why know? Why is there a problem? Why philosophy?' - Emmanuel Levinas, Otherwise Than Being or Beyond Essence, trans. A. Lingis (Duquesne University Press, Pittsburgh, 2002, my emphasis), p. 157)

Question  Two: '...why does the other concern me?' (ibid, p. 117, my emphasis)

Answer: 'In the proximity of the other, all the others than the other obsess me, and already this obsession cries out for justice.' (ibid, p. 158,  my emphasis)

Perhaps you believe in the Law of Attraction and think that other people should a) be able to attract their own health, wealth, and ideal partner? b) that if they fail to do so, it's because they were either not thinking "correctly" or else "chose" this vale of tears before they were born? c) you are worried that you may "attract" their "negativity"? In short, putting all three together, that there is nothing you either could or should do to help? Does the Other not concern you?

Is there a problem here? We need to know more about this, and can philosophical scrutiny unveil the logic? Does the Law of Attraction constitute an all-too-human theory with a thoroughly Western appeal?