The Impossible Machine
TRANSCENDENCE OF ILLUSION
Buddhism is the most
popularly known example of a
enlightenment, and historically
dates back to about 450 B.C.E.,
although Buddhists do not
seem to consider time as the
most important factor, since
supreme wisdom is wisdom of
eternal and timeless truths.
Transcendence of illusion may be considered in
several ways. One of them is to make illusions
maleable; that is, to find the eternal by seeing through
the false and changeable. Although this sense of
illusion and its transcendence may be the source of
contemporary beliefs in subjectivity, it seems to me
that it actually entails a movement away from
selfishness and temporary gain, towards an awareness
of what is ultimately good; a life that is good absolutely
and holistically, rather than depending on constant
reassurance from the world.
To remain situated in truth while illusion passes away
like a river (the usual Buddhist motif) requires a kind of
special knowledge which the wise have not called
subjective. For if the knowledge were subjective,
it would depend on experience, and depending on
experience it just as easily would pass away.
To have a knowledge that constantly changes is also to
have a knowledge that is someday gone, if it does not
return to itself. Yet returning to itself, it is just as
though it has not changed.
Ultimately an awareness that is "in the now" must
either eternally forget, or become eternal.