2012 Thing on Thursday #11
A key concept introduced in the original “What is Humanistic Paganism?” post was the Five +1. It refers to the five empirical senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch), plus the additional “sense” of introspection. It’s a way of conceptualizing looking within, which can be a strange proposition to some. By analogy to the traditional sense organs, introspection becomes a sixth sense. To avoid paranormal connotations, the term Five +1 was introduced.
The problem is, the “Five +1” has garnered almost no response at all, despite discussion and a meditation designed around it. I wonder if the term just doesn’t resonate with people. Some other term might be better.
That’s why I need your help.
Please rate the appeal of the term from 1-5, with 1 being least and 5 most.
Then please share your suggestions for alternative terms in the comments.
The importance and roots of the concept are briefly explored after the poll.
Importance of the concept
The concept behind the term is solid: if you hold that the effects of ritual and magic are subjective, then being able to “look” inside and witness subjective thoughts and feelings is pretty much essential. This is something many are not accustomed to doing, or doing accurately, so it requires development. That makes a term to help conceptualize this process indispensable.
Roots of the concept
The concept was inspired by the Buddhist ayatana, or six sense doors. It also has roots in the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and others. Ayatana might invite too much additional Buddhist baggage, however, and phenomenology has never spurred much more than abstract philosophizing. Some other term seems necessary to make the concept feel comfortable in practical Western spirituality.
Have you encountered the same concept in other contexts? What do they call it there? What other possible terms can you imagine?
Please share your suggestions in the comments.
About Thing on Thursday
Each week from the Autumn Equinox until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday explores a new controversy. Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better. Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word. We value all constructive opinions.
There are only a few rules:
- be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
- be respectful – no rants or flames
Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.
So please make your voice heard in the comments!