“We must know where to doubt, where to feel certain, where to submit.”
This theorem of the French mathematician and philosopher of religion Blaise Pascal may well define the triple principle of my doctrine.
We must know where to doubt …
In the beginning, there is human philosophy. Philosophy asks questions with the quest to find responses. As for wisdom, it does not suspend any method of reason in order to achieve its results. Reason is its first and supreme principle. Within reason, philosophy has educated multiple directions and doctrines, and only our proper disposition will decide which we personally represent the corresponding; every true philosophy is reasonable, just as every true reason is philosophical.
… where to feel certain …
Science as an exact discipline claims its right where the goal is to achieve cognition by empiric means. Unlike philosophy, it has to follow the paths of intelligence only. Nature is its first and supreme principle. Its main task is to find out the logical causal nexus of the natural order and to search for its laws concealed; therefore, it serves for the Enlightenment of man and his emancipation from a blind and substanceless faith. However, its teleology must be exact and its legitimation stops at that point where it is no longer capable to achieve exact cognition and where philosophy enters the realm of abstraction and speculation.
... where to submit.
Theology and accordingly faith attempt to give responses, where science and philosophy are unable to give reasonable responses. Its method is intelligence as much as reason. God is its first and supreme principle. Its main task is to reconcile the human being by the faith of a supreme and intelligent creator with the animalistic part of our soul as well as our transitory and mortal nature. Besides, it helps us to beware from superstition, nihilism, atheism and the specific human absurdity and frustration in consideration of metaphysic (theodicy quest) in general.
“We know truth not only by the reason, but also by the heart.”
Poetry eventually adds that forth dimension of sentiment to the trinity of Pascal. Inside, all boundaries and contradictions of philosophy, science and theology get dissipated and turn, by the instigation of sentiment, into poetry. Phantasy is its first and supreme principle. Just as much as philosophy, poetry has created a numerous species. For my poetry is called specifically romantic, it is necessary to define the essence of romanticism. Its substance is the yearning, its accidents are the past, the nature, the mysticism; in an allegoric process, the substantial so becomes a symbol for the spiritual, way of a poetic transubstantiation: the yesteryear turns into futurity, nature into arts and mysticism refers from a substantial and perishable world to a yonder spiritual and imperishable world of eternity, whose deepest innerself remains nameless and secret; as a symbol for this vision figures the “Blue Flower” of Novalis.