The Eyes are the Moons 

Why differentiate between will and free will? The statement “out of my own free will” is a linguistic convention we may make use of; and we may do so, to presuppose (and therefore solidly suppose) the actuality of the linguistic convention “of before origin.” But there is nothing before origin. Therefore, “even if there didn’t happen to have been a remote chance of there having been a ‘before origin’,” even, that is, if a ‘before origin’ could happen to have been only something conceivable within a linguistic expression/domain, then, “I would have still chosen to have been here and to have done this,” even if it had to happen that this too would have amounted to have been nothing more than another linguistic statement. But, you see, there is no free will; it just happens to be so.

In the beginning was the Word; but, you see, the Word was not a word. Suppose we break the mystery of this riddle John set before us by supposing the word John was seeking was the word ‘love’, then, Love, it is fairly easy to contend that the word ‘love’ is not a word. Indeed, the word ‘love’ is the Word which is not a word. The word ‘love’ is the Word.

for without memory the gaze of our thought has no object to return to, and without love it has no reason to return to it

AUGUSTINE 2003: 157

A representation is anything taken from the world, a piece of the world, something we can hold. Hence the reason why Man later would be duped and would think that a representation ought to be a copy of.

‘The photographic’ is the alterity of that thing. ‘The photographic’ is the alterity of a representation. (An awareness that comes about through the knowingly holding a thing). 

Had we not discovered photography, we might have very easily missed the world altogether.

Michelangelo c.1533. The Dream of Human Life. [chalk on paper]

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AUGUSTINE, cited in TESKE, Roland. 2003. ‘Augustine’s philosophy of memory’. In Eleonore Stump & Norman Kretzmann (eds.). The Cambridge Companion to Augustine. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 148-158.