Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

By Jonathan Carroll

In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, 5 those who stay within the related New England city nod off one evening and all percentage a similar hyper-realistic dream. a few of these humans understand one another; a few don’t.

When they wake tomorrow them all recognize what has occurred. All 5 have been at one time “mechanics,” a type of cosmic repairman whose task is to maintain order within the universe and freshen up the messes made either by way of sentient beings and the definitely fearsome but inevitable Chaos that periodically rolls via, wreaking mayhem at any place it touches down—a type of infinitely strong, cruel twister. as the task of a mechanic is grueling and arduous, after a definite interval them all are retired and despatched to various components of the cosmos to stay out their days as "civilians." Their thoughts are cleaned and new identities are created for them that healthy the areas they visit reside out their common lives to the tip.

For the 1st time all retired mechanics are being introduced again to responsibility: Chaos has a brand new plan, and it's no longer taking a look strong for mankind...

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Whitehead locates the freedom of decision on the microcosmic level of concrescence. There is the initial indeterminate situation peopled by the multiplicity of past occasions, each functioning as a causal factor. There is the subjective aim of the occasion in terms of which it seeks to unify that multiplicity. There is finally the activity of modification and integration, fitting the multiplicity into the unity aimed at, and modifying the aim to fit to the recalcitrant multiplicity. This process takes time.

Granted that "temporal" applies technically to the succession of occasions, might there not be another kind of succession, a sense that is internal to the self-development of occasions? If so, it would be temporal in some more ordinary sense that takes all metaphysical processes of succession to be temporal. What could the elements of internal succession be? Clarke denies that Whitehead's "phases" in the process of self-development of occasions are temporally successive. IS He tells us that It would be ...

This in tum requires that the divine, and in fact all, concrescence be nontemporal. If step two were true, step three would follow, though it would probably be compatible with a temporally ever-growing satisfaction such as proposed by Marjorie Suchocki. 24 But the primary difficulty is with an interpretation of the first step which allows the second. Relations between God and the world are not those amenable to mutual prehension, such as size or spatiotemporal relatedness. If God's relationships are not causal, they would be projective, and these are not ultimately satisfactory for Whitehead's purposes.

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