At the heart of symbolism

Who am I ?

Who is I ?

The saying “know thyself”, attributed to Socrates, comes from the very old days and nobody can boast to be the author of such a truth. Any truth is always simple, from anytime and anywhere: it belongs to no one. Only faults are an individual concern. This explains the use of we instead of I within texts related to traditional forms. Not as a sign of majesty, but of respect regarding what is not our possession.

Socrates' teaching is part of a long lineage of oral tradition reserved for spirits enamoured of Wisdom. It has nothing in common with today's written communication concerning philosophy and other disciplines. The oral transmission did not have cognition as object. It did not address the mind or the reason, but the Spirit, the being in his totality.

The only real voyage is an inner voyage. It leads the being onto the discovery of mysteries, silence and inner peace.
The true Holy War is a fight against our own inner devils, not against the external world

Through a long inner preparation resting on the understanding of symbols, the being was driven towards states beyond the rational knowledge, to spiritual states proper to intuitive intelligence and opening onto the discovery of Mysteries. Etymologically, mystery means total silence. Leading people in the direction of silent states, of inner peace, was the goal of Socrates' teaching and many others before and after him. Silence is meditation, a state of no-mind. A natural state we have lost. Look into a child's eyes and you will see tremendous silence, pure innocence. We were all born meditative, but then had to learn the ways of the mind through language, concepts, calculation etc. At any moment however, the lost paradise can be regained. At any time, a little digging may bring us back to the source of still waters.

Here, it would be wiser for me to shut up; assuming that the Wisdom state has been reached. However, love of Wisdom (etymology of philosophy) is not Wisdom yet. The journey is quite long before achieving it. I (but who is I ?) remember that when I was sixteen (to day, I am a sixty-one man typing this text), I set myself three goals in life: to not get married, to not have children and to spend all my existence close to the same woman. Well, I failed completely. So, I do not consider myself to have reached the age to shut up yet (whenever, it will happen) and wish to share this Wisdom aspiration with others.

René Guénon and the late discovery of his books was the release mechanism. Through reading, I enter into resonance (as others enter monastic orders) with this world beyond, lying deep in ourselves. Sharing the little I have discovered on symbols led to the creation of this site. If the understanding of symbols overcomes the reason, it does not exclude, but incorporates it. The Wise does not ask anybody to become stupid, on the contrary. Understanding symbols signifies to manage achieving to fully comprehend them, understanding all their meanings, from the most common to the deepest. Just like ourselves. We are all made of so many facets and none of them should be ignored. In forgetting our darkest inclinations to become completely detached from the world here below, we are running a considerable risk of not becoming better, but worse, as Michel de Montaigne, among others, reminds us in his Essays. First, let us start by becoming human.

At this stage, I can only pay tribute to René Guénon without whom I would not be where I stand. Some people think that it would be better, but things are as they are.

My gratefulness goes to Anne Heaslip and Annette Slot who were so kind to revise the English of a Frenchman, which is not better than the French of an Englishman. I am also grateful to excellent English magazines such as “.net” (“net” today), which have largely contributed to the site construction. Thanks also to the authors of the softwares used to construct the site, mainly:

The last four tools are excellent and on top of that freely accessible.

Besides, we have to mention the last excellent books of the creator of Alsacreations:

  • CSS avancées. Vers HTML5 et CSS3 (Advanced CSS. Towards HTML5 and CSS3) by Raphaël Goetter, Eyrolles Publisher, 2011;
  • CSS3. Pratique du design web (CSS3. Web design practice) by Hugo Giraudel and Raphaël Goetter, Eyrolles Publisher, 2015.

See no symbol hereDue to their depth, clarity and pedagogy, they are as good if not better than the equivalent works in English.

At last, I find pathetic the shameless people who copy the texts of this site and forget to mention the source.

Last but not least, I want to particularly thank my wife and companion in life for letting me build up this site without hassling me more than is sensible.