“If we consider lower space as a chamber, then meanings might be thought of as echoes which sound out its walls. But in fact the echoes not only sound out, but actually define those walls.” Time, Space, and Knowledge, 102.
We might well ask whether there is an alternative to this kind of echo-location ‘reality’. Or are we bound to a landscape that we map out through the propagation of meanings each of which define themselves in terms of other meanings. Are we even capable of replacing this meaning-bound life with a more open kind of experience?
Two collaborating aspects of our predicament are identified: “We are not able to get outside ourselves for a good look, and we do not want to.”
The TSK vision not only exposes the limitations of our ordinary way of living, but provides an alternative perspective which in itself can alter that experience. The TSK vision does not urge us to discard the ego’s echo chamber of mutually-referring meanings, nor the web it weaves as its domicile. The TSK strategy is never one of direct confrontation. Instead we discover that we can view our experience from both inside and outside. Like a spider who notices that it can see through its web into the open realm beyond, we can continue spinning in space while appreciating the time that makes this possible. Instead of replacing our existing habits with more enlightened ones, we can look through the familiar into a larger world.
We don’t have to throw out the bathwater–with our baby-ego clinging onto the basin for dear life. We can splash water over our face while gazing through the bathroom ceiling at the stars.
This is a familiar spiritual theme: we can penetrate the boundaries of our ordinary reality and discover that—just as it is—a wider, deeper, more open realm shines through. Knowledge can open up the time and space needed to develop a healthy relationship with our life, just as it is.
The TSK vision is empowering because it helps soften the conviction that our lives are irredeemably hemmed in by invincible limitations. We usually only see—from inside–the echo-chamber that has defined these walls, and we therefore inhabit a world confined to that interior. But if we view our lives from both sides of those walls, as the TSK vision allows us to do, then the one who seems to be “trapped” inside becomes free to step out into a wider, more open world.