TRANSFORMATION OF SOUL

Based on Richard Tarnas’ essay:
IS THE MODERN PSYCHE UNDERGOING A RITE OF PASSAGE
Video adaptation & narration by Jason Youngman

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Plotinus – Life and Writings

PLOTINUS TELLS us nothing about his life in his own writings, and all our information about him comes from the biography which his disciple and editor Porphyry wrote as an introduction to the Enneads? Fortunately this is a reliable source. Porphyry seems to have taken care to be accurate, and his account of the six years at the end of Plotinus’s life when he was with him at Rome is based on close personal knowledge…

PLOTINUS – By A. H. Armstrong
Plotinus – Life & Writings (1 of 2)
Adapted for video & narrated by Jason Youngman
Background music: Cello concerto RV 416 – Antonio Vivaldi

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JY

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Plotinus – On Providence

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How can one account for Providence when we live in a world of so much suffering and bloodshed? Perhaps we are failing to perceive nature aright or we are missing the mark as to conducting our lives in accordance to good government? Plotinus reveals much of his thinking process in this treatise. Derived from Intellect through the (World) Soul is the logos, a rational forming principle which helps to maintain order in an imperfect universe. Providence can be discovered in the very fabric of our souls, for the very being of this material universe is Providence itself. For a human-being to reconnect with its being -its very pith- is to realise in a more fuller way one’s destiny or purpose for being, as well as to understand the need for a bodily existence in a world that exists within time and space. This video contains some of the key passages taken from Ennead III, tractate 2 & 3, and is fused with art to help reveal the spirit of Providence; the beginning and sustainer of a wondrous morning mood.

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JY

 

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Platonic Dialogue – For the modern day soul.

Here resides the beginning & end of platonic dialogue. This is philosophy for the everyday person. The trial and death of Socrates is one of the most cherished stories within the western world. It is a classic that remains forever relevant to all generations that come and go. Perhaps we have reached the age for its utmost fulfillment. The future appears precarious and unknown. Our society has reached another pinnacle shift in its evolution and humanity scurries to and fro in search of a fix, a luminous glow, like two dimensional creatures oblivious to what is above and below. This video provides a synergistic interplay of platonic themes with a view to shedding light upon the unseen perplexities of modernity. Even though this piece was written for stagecraft, I’ve decided to share this one scene through video in hopes of receiving constructive feedback as I continue to chip away at this artistic sculpture, a platonic stage play.

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JY

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About Jason Youngman

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Over the years people have been asking about my person. Who is this Jason Youngman? What is his story? So I’ve decided to create a handful of (autobiography) short videos, beginning with this one, to help reveal my spirit & my passion for metaphysical reflection.

Love & Light,

Jason Youngman

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Metaphysical Discourse – On Imagination

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

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JY

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Arthur Schopenhauer – Upanishads – Random Selections

In light of the Upanishads…
The World as Will and Representation – Vol 1 – Random Selections.
By Arthur Schopenhauer.
Translated and edited by Judith Norman, Alistair Welchman & Christopher Janaway.
Narrated & adapted for video by Jason Youngman.

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JY

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Arthur Schopenhauer: In Light of the Upanishads

In light of the Upanishads…
The World as Will and Representation Vol 1 §63 (Eternal Justice)
By Arthur Schopenhauer.
Translated and edited by Judith Norman, Alistair Welchman and Christopher Janaway.
Narrated & adapted for video by Jason Youngman

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JY

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An Introduction to Arthur Schopenhauer

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SCHOPENHAUER – A Very Short Introduction
By Christopher Janaway (2002) Oxford, New York
Narrated & adapted for video by Jason Youngman
Based on chapter one: Schopenhauers life and works

VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS – Oxford University Press
Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious
introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.

In the spirit of Schopenhauer, Janaway digs his feet into the ground of reason to deliver a silver bullet rendition of one of the greatest philosophers to ever will his way out of the herd of absurdity and into a metaphysical domain leaving no gaps unexplored.

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JY

 

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Immortality – Transcendental vs Immanent knowledge

IMMORTALITY: A DIALOGUE
THE ESSAYS OF ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER
STUDIES IN PESSIMISM
Volume Four
Translated by
T. Bailey Saunders
Adapted & narrated by Jason Youngman

Ever wonder why philosophers are stereotypically seen as depressed and sombre individuals who like to find fault in every insignificant detail! Some of you remember Russ from True Detective, a pessimist and a solitary man. His character shone through with his off the wall remarks that got you wondering about it all.

Rust Cohle 2“I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.” Rust Cohle

Anywho, if you’re interested in taking a deeper look into this philosophical mode, then I have just the thing for you! Of all the modern philosophers to come onto the scene, Authur Schopenhauer is probably one of the most relevant & useful. Don’t let the term pessimism put you off. There is an advantage to looking at the dark side of matter. If not to better appreciate the good, then to prepare for the rainy day. In the dialogue on Immortality he conjures up an interesting perspective as to the nature of the individual and how it is that our higher self remains in immortality.

JY

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