Ritual and Return
-Gregory Shaw, "The Sphere and the Altar of Sacrifice"
So is the sacred the result of thought, or rather at its origin? In many modern theological models, it is assumed in philosophy that the human mind is fundamentally independent from the sacred, and thus at its origins begins in the darkness of unbelief, and must ascend, through the dim light of reason, towards the truth. For these Neoplatonists, wisdom itself is divinely given, and it is not purely a rational exercise in the dialectic. At its heart is culture, religion, and ritual. Western philosophy may have gotten its start not in an all-too-human contemplation sealed off from forces superior to itself, but as itself a part of a series of rituals to return to the Divine. Perhaps that is why we face the postmodern impasse in philosophical thought now; not because of a flaw in first principles, but rather because we have separated ourselves from the Divine Play of the cosmos and ritual