Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: PANPSYCHISM, 06-03-14
Posted on 06/03/2014 8:38:38 AM PDT by Salvation
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A theory that everything in the world is animated. All things are said to be alive or even conscious. Among its proponents the best known was Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). (Etym. Greek pan, all + psyche, soul.)
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“...All things animated.”
Even rocks? I understand man, animals, plants that grow.... they are all animated, brought into created-state and alive-ness. But rocks too? If so...then you are as mystic as a Jew. Very interesting.
(In Kabbalistic and Chassidic/mystical Jewish philosophy, G-d constantly ‘creates’ the world. He stops maintaining the creation, G-d forbid, then we go poof. Ergo, even a rock has an essential vitality...)
The parallels are interesting to me, though not surprising.
No really I bellieve traffic lights are alive and psychic. They always know when you are in a rush to get somewhere. They also know when you WANT to stop like to hock a loogie or get something that fell on the floor.