Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

Transcendence as a Universal Paradigm

Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

Transcendence as a Universal Paradigm

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The theme I am here analyzing is a delicate one, indeed. My meditation appears to be more as a series of questions and hypotheses, offerring no definite solutions and certainties, so that I sould not attempt at convincing you but rather at making you meditate a little on the problem. First of all, I want to express my gratitude to the host of this University, Professor Vasile Bur lui, President of Apollonia University, who, for several years, has been interested in my intellectual labour - which challenges me not to disappoint my audience. I am also indebted to my colleague, Professor Mina Rusu - the most indicated person to provoke me to a disscusion upon transcendence, as the author of a PhD thesis treating the poetics of the sacred.


Nowadays, the idea of transcendence has been overchallenged, so that, from a problem initially related exclusively to God, it acquired numerous new meanings, in quite various domains: films, novels, jazz albums, corporations, game companies, poems, sites and blogs on the internet, the name of most varied doctrins and/ or philosophical currents - to cite here only the transcendent meditation, which agitated the communist bureaucracy of the 80'ies. Faced with such an inflation, the only solution is to take distance and to develop a manner of thinking capable of understanding its very source. Prefix trans itself is now largely used in all fields: transport, transmission, transformation, transplant, transparent, to transgress, the English term translation itself also includes particle trans, transdisciplinarity, a.s.o., a.s.f.


Where does prefix trans come from? Obviously, from Latin. It is a prefix rich of significance, meaning beyond. It is followed by a Latin verb, scand-o, urn, ere, meaning what? Meaning to ascend, to mount, to climb. Immediately, this reminds us - in any case, it reminds me - of childhood, when my most ardent passion was to climb the iron gate of our courtyard, fences, trees, pillars, as any child does, once in full possession of its arms and feet. The image of the child delighted by the simple action of climbing up, of mounting in any way, going up, ascending, crawling to reach the top should be always present in our minds if we want to really grasp the hidden meanings of transcendence. We should necessarily realize the extent to which the need for transcendence comes from the depth of the human being, from its entire heredity and long history.


Returning to prefix trans - how can one explain this need of going beyond? It expresses the unrest, the dissatisfaction, the ardour, the curiosity of the human being. Man is never satisfied with his life, he always wants more, eager to reach farther, lofty places. The verb derived from it suggests the action of rising. There results from here that the decison of acting is motivated by one's anxiety. The disquiet condition expressed by prefix trans is always followed by the decision of acting for satisfying this impulse and, implicitly, risk taking, once known that climbing a pillar, a fence may be dangerous - one may fall down, get hurt, etc. Why children's knees are always scratched? Apart from risks, some failures are always possible. However, people do not give up, they insist on experiencing this endeavour for physical rising, a unique aspiration possible at the level of their understanding and feeling things. Consequently, it is the need to go beyond and no other abstract need, completed by such type of action, as well as the possible failures accompanying it.


Why all these impulses? Are they urged by a blind need of competition or by the deep desire of understanding both the world and our own self. This is the great alternative, once known that some human beings transform such actions into a work made for its own sake, with no lofty scope in view, simply a blind competition for the sake of competition. …

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