FEBRUARY 2011

 

 

Charlie Perelli – Buenos Aires / Argentina

 

Which form of intelligence do you consider most reliable: intellectual or emotional?


Both forms of intelligence function on the basis of our feelings, and our feelings result from our conditioning. So therefore they can be deceptive, and as a result, intellectual and emotional intelligence can give us both reliable and unreliable views on reality. Someone who wishes to get a better understanding of reality first has to consider the fundamentals of our thoughts, and second, on how our perceptions are formed. They then realize that we perpetually use our thoughts to maintain a very limited view of reality, and that the only way to change this is to radically alter our thought patterns. Only when we no longer assimilate new knowledge to the conformity of the old, do we become open to new ideas. We then become more receptive to all forms of beauty, and this no longer falls under just intellectual or emotional intelligence, but unites and transcends both of these to achieve a much greater intelligence; our spiritual intelligence.



 

Friedrich Müller – Berlin / Germany

 

Philofiction is a genre that merges philosophy and literature; shouldn’t there be a clear distinction between reality and fiction in order to avoid confusion?

 

This is a good question, one which can cause divided opinions. Let’s start by clarifying the definition of both these genres: a philosophical text is an unbiased reflection on all things; it shouldn’t contain imagination or elements of fiction. This means that characters may not be created and events may not be imagined. On the contrary, a literary text is usually a by-product of both imagination and feeling, meaning that fictitious elements, events, and imagined characters may be created. Now, let’s look at the difference the public makes between philosophers and writers: philosophers are usually known for their incomprehensible jargon, and for reasoning in a way that most people cannot follow. Literature writers, on the other hand, are seen as artists, as creative souls who do not really belong to the academic world. But what exactly is the difference between philosophy and literature? Is it the same difference as between a philosopher and a writer? A writer can have much more in common with a philosopher than with another writer. In this case the differences between two individuals within the same genre can be far greater than those between individuals of two different genres. As a result, we can describe philofiction as a literary genre that brings together both philosophy and literature by blurring the borders between intelligence and feeling, with the objective of permitting the reader to know no boundaries. Philofictional dialogues describe events and meetings between partially real and partially fictional characters who reason and interpret, but also clarify or contradict, all kinds of thoughts and statements, enabling readers to deepen their knowledge. Philofiction appeals to both our intellect and our imagination simultaneously, and therefore is no different from the manner in which each of us experiences life.




Guillaume Nothomb – Liege / Belgium


What do you think of coincidences that have an element of mystery and leave us perplexed as to how to interpret them?

 

Every coincidence, like every event, is full of meaning; and every one of us puts more weight on certain events than on others. A mysterious coincidence is an event that seems to have a hidden meaning. Because such an event is characterized by its synchronicity, it easily grabs our attention. We can differentiate amongst several types of synchronicities: those that are classified in time are called premonitions, those that are classified in space are called clairvoyance, and those that appear simultaneously in the minds of two people as thoughts are called telepathy. All these synchronicities give us access to a reality outside the boundaries of the physical dimension, and clarify the existing unity between all people and all things. Coincidental events not only broaden our vision and our understanding of the universe, but also have a creative element to them; the meaning a person gives to a coincidence they experience leads them to inevitably alter their life in some way.



 

Bryn Chrisman – New York / USA

 

People distinguish themselves from all other living things by their capacity for rational thought; does this mean that only humans have a conscience?

 

First, we must make a distinction between what actually is and what we perceive. The numerous material manifestations we observe are characteristics of the conscience, but the conscience itself isn’t reserved solely for humans – it is much more than that. The conscience is a universal power that penetrates through reality and transcends all human attributes. Humans are but one of the many manifestations of the conscience; all living things being also from this conscience. But humans are a special manifestation because they have the capacity for rational thought. Thinking is a development of the conscience which is without a doubt both valuable and useful, but is also extremely partial, and possibly dangerous, as it has the tendency to allow the mind to develop its own theories and isolate itself from the conscience. Mankind isn't privileged because he is the only being aware of reality; he is privileged for the potential of reflection that this awareness brings, and the ability to reach a state of higher consciousness, from which everything emanates.