Ten Theses Toward the End of the Flesh-Spirit Dichotomy
or, Radical Spirituality
is Radical Sensuality
or it is Nothing
Feral Ranter1. The religious concept of spirituality tells us that spirituality is the denial of the flesh.
2. A spirited being is a "wild" one, one who is full of passion and, as much as possible, acts on it. A dispirited being is one who is empty, who has no energy to go on living, whose fires of passion have been quenched. Thus, spirit is obviously the totality of the passions and their energies.
3. Passions have their basis in the desire of the flesh.
4. The denial of the flesh is the denial of the passions and hence the denial of the spirit.
5. The religious call to deny the flesh must always become a call to deny the entire self, a call to make oneself not into a spiritual being, but into nothing. It is a call to self-annihilation.
6. God is said to be absolute spirit, and yet totally without flesh. This is impossible. If god is absolute spirit, god must be absolute flesh. If god is without flesh, god is without passion. If god is without passion, god is without spirit and so is nothing.
7. Since most religions are adamant about god's fleshlessness, I must conclude that god is nothing.
8. The attempt to be godly is the attempt to be nothing.
9. Being nothing is the way of the dispirited.
10. Spirit is flesh actively pursuing its desires. To be spiritual, or as I prefer to put it, spirited, is to be fully and unrestrainedly passionate, sensual, fleshy, erotic. The eternal life of such sensuality is the fullness it gives each moment, making each moment the "deep, deep eternity" for which our passions call.
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