Miracles and the Spiritual Unconsciousness of Technological Culture

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Abstract

The unconscious can be understood in terms of a constriction of possibilities of relatedness which occurs within a specific historical construction of the human context. Van den Berg argues that our technological world, in its having become secularized, has constellated a spiritual unconscious. In a similar vein, Havel suggests that respect for the miracle of being moves beyond technological rationality making possible the “self-transcendence” sorely needed in the postmodern era. Van den Berg's and Havel's theses are amplified in terms of an analysis of two popular films. These films present belief as a non-technological, non-functional disclosure of things. When we believe, we let things be miracles by respecting the obligations they place upon us.

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