Grendel’s Laundry List: In The Dust

If mysticism historically speaking aims for a total union of the division between self and world, then mysticism today would have to devolve upon the radical disjunction and indifference of self and world. If historical mysticism still had as its aim the subject’s experience, and as its highest principle that of God, the mysticism today–after the death of God–would be about the impossibility of experience, it would be about that which in shadows withdraws from any possible experience, and yet still makes its presence felt, through the periodic upheavals of weather, land, and matter. If historical mysticism is, in the last instance, theological, then mysticism today, a mysticism of the unhuman, would have to be, in the last instance, climatological. It is a kind of mysticism that can only be expressed in the dust of this planet.

Eugene Thacker, In The Dust Of This Planet


One response to “Grendel’s Laundry List: In The Dust

  1. It seems to me that Thacker sets up the paragraph to say at the end,
    “in the last instance… ecological” ; i.e. “climatological” is less well
    supported by the context, and insufficient in itself. However, as
    improbable as his comment seems, it agrees with my experience.

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