Why would anyone label a subject unknowable?
What purpose would that mental construct serve?
Do we use the term unknowable so we could claim plausible deniability for our actions as we move through this journey called life?
Or do we claim unknowable so we can surrender our will to something or someone outside of us?
Or are we under a spell that compels us to surrender our power?
Maybe it’s the latter. What we believe to be unknowable allows us to believe we are separate from it.
At times, we choose to see each others as unknowable – even our loved ones. Sure, we may know their habits and how they behave in certain situations but don’t we sometimes wish they remain unknowable?
This way if we can’t see them, we can create them in our image.
To test this theory, think about the last time you gave someone a gift. Is it something your loved one wanted or is it something you wanted them to have? Does your gift tell the world more about you than the recipient?
To love someone is to know them. Not the who you’d wished them to be but the actual being before you. This is how unknowable serves us in intimate relationships and it extends in other areas of our life too.
However, a subject can only be unknown. Once it’s contemplated, it moves to the “to do” category for understanding its nature.
Contemplation of a concept or element excludes it from the unknowable category.
Now, you may decide not to spend your time in pursuit of understanding a subject’s nature but that does not render it “unknowable”.
From Merriam-Webster, “Unknowable” first used in the 14th century
: not knowable; especially: lying beyond the limits of human experience or understanding
Since the word “unknowable” is defined that opens it up to investigation. The sentence provided using the word – says the nature of a G-d is unknowable.
“a G-d whose nature is unknown and unknowable”
Notice: the capitalization of god – this is how it’s written on the m-w.com website. Not “the” but “a”, indicating there are quite a few gods that are considered proper nouns.
But I digress.
If we refer to the definition then we must cross human experience off the list and throw out the scriptures in which, the G-d of Abraham reveals Itself through words.
More on words in a bit.
If unknowable was first used in the 14th century, then that is the century also credited with Buddha becoming a Roman Catholic Saint, Josaphat; the beginning of Renaissance in Europe; a great many men, versed in the language of Latin, practicing Necromancy (dark magic involving the dead) and an estimated 200 million dying due to the Black Death, just to name a few activities.
“Magic doesn’t come from talent; it comes from pain” -The Magicians
Maybe that’s when the “unknowable” spell was cast and we saw ourselves as separate in our body, from each other and everything in the world.
Is it a coincidence that most of us get our understanding of religious icons and symbols from the 14th century, specifically Dante’s Divine Comedy by Durante degli Alighieri (aka Dante)? Not even an atheist can escape its influence.
The true magician is the writer.
“The most powerful magic trick a magician can perform is to see through the illusion. Break the spell.” ~The Magicians
“Verbum significatium, verbum omnificum, verbum perdo.”
For those who have read Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol these words may be familiar.
“The word that is the sign, the word that creates all.”
The antagonist chants these words as if they will give him all the world’s power. This is fiction but maybe the power is in his words.
If you are familiar with the Judeo-Christian text, you’ll find similar words in 1st chapter and verse of the Book of John.
In the beginning was the logos and the logos was with G-d, and the logos was a god.
Or from the 33rd chapter and 6th verse of the book of Psalms
By the logos of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath (pneuma) of his mouth all their host (dynamis)
Here’s where the scriptures refer to the G-d of Abraham as being able to create everything with his word and breath.
I’d like to go into more of how a word is the expression of a thought and coupled with divine wisdom and breath = Logos which is consciousness. I’d be overstepping my pay grade, however, because my experience and observation is not yours.
Here’s an experience you may have had to illustrate the point.
Thought is expressed in word and when we breathe life into it, we manifest our creation. Something as simple as a kiss ignites a fire, a desire to pursue oneness with another. That desire sometimes creates a life journeyed together or even another life in the form of a newborn.
“Great truths are simple” and this is simplest illustration of consciousness /imagination (logos) for creation.
The gift of breath allows us the power to create and manifest; including discovering the nature of anything by imagining yourself to be one with it.
“While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that THE ALL is in All. To him who truly understands this truth hath come great knowledge.” — The Kybalion.