Gnosophobia

I have recently named a particularly interesting and weird phenomenon I’ve been observing in some people I know in the past years: an incredible dislike and disdain for gnosis (“knowledge” in Greek). Therefore I have named it gnosophobia.

A gnosophobic is someone who, for some obscure reason, reacts with astonishment , repulsion, sometimes even hatred to any thought, question or discussion about ontological, metaphysical or spiritual matter.

A most natural reaction for a human being in this world would be to ask himself questions about who he is, what he is, what is all that around, why is it and how it came to be. For a gnosophobic, it is not.

A gnosophobic resembles quite a lot to an atheist. In fact I suppose one cannot be gnosophobic without being atheistic. It is a choice already made, unlike in the case of an agnostic, who believes he cannot know what things really are, yet without being distraught by the mare idea. On the contrary, one can of course easily be an atheist without being gnosophobic.

A gnosophobic does not want to know, does not want to think and does not want to feel. He has already chosen the Maya he lives in as the ultimate truth and reality. He doesn’t want to hear anything that would contest or shatter his belief and that would show him that he lives in an aestheticised reality, as theorized by Mike Featherstone. His reality is as strange and unnatural as are most gnosistic visions: huge buildings, clothes, planes, gadgets, paper money, mechanics, and the list is huge. That is his religion.

Some gnosophobic believe in their religion so firmly that it is not unfrequent to hear them say words like: “I never really thought about it…”.

On the other side, a gnosophilic believes that he can know something about something, is always open to new thoughts and ideas and is constantly searching for new information and understandings.

So which one are you: gnosophobic or gnosophilic?

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Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Script Forum 2010

has ended yesterday and was one of the most inspiring and creative events of the year so far.

In Warsaw, with a quite uncommon heat wave, in the beautiful old-fashioned buildings of the Warsaw University, close to the old town.

Hearing about films in a serious  and professional way is always a great passion and fun but it wasn’t so much the actual lectures and meetings with such meaningful people as Tadeusz Chmielewski, Linda Seger, Kazimiera Szczuka, Joanna Kos-Krauze and David Kavanagh (witty funny) that were so inspiring as the overall atmosphere: in the last couple of days I came up with three new screenplay ideas.

I have also made a few acquaintances; two of them might be fruitful…

But two events really made my week:

The meeting with author Tomasz Piątek; whom I’ve been a fan of for at least 6 or 7 years (read one book and a half and listened to his show on the radio every week a few years ago) and whom I almost saw two times in the past months but whom I missed each time.  It turned out we have a mutual friend… In case I had forgotten, he reminded me how clever and witty and funny he was.

The surprise lecture given by Oscar-winning (for “Milk”) Dustin Lance Black; apart from the fact that he is one of the most beautiful and good-looking people on the planet, his lecture about homosexuality, gay rights, Harvey Milk, the Warsaw Uprising, the Mormons and his relationship to his Mom was incredibly moving, inspiring and powerful. He really made an impact.

I am really grateful to the organizers of the Script Forum and now let’s make all the ideas into written words!

Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 9:24 am  Leave a Comment