WHAT IS ECSTATIC TRUTH?
I first learned about this very intriguing term when I stumbled across a link to the German writer/movie director, Werner Herzog. His name has become synonymous with the concept of ecstatic truth.
By my personal definition, ecstatic truth is the deeper, timeless cosmological truth that lies beneath the pragmatic realities of everyday life. Another person may have a slightly or even more than slightly different definition. For now at least, this one works for me.
In fact, there are deeper truths at play even in the most mundane of human circumstances. Most of the time, for most of us, truths at that level are not part of our awareness. One has to seek ecstatic truth, and the process of seeking, combined with one’s knowledge and life experience, shapes what one sees.
A physicist named Werner Heisenberg got a Nobel Prize for illuminating a deeper truth he called ‘The Uncertainty Principle’, which in essence is that the very process of observing impacts what one observes. For nearly a century, cosmological theory has evolved with Heisenberg’s uncertainty as a core principle.
Ecstatic truth lies on the other side of uncertainty, and it presents a unique face every time it is observed.
I wonder what Herr Herzog would say about my interpretation of his grand idea.
Here is a video that features Werner Herzog explaining ecstatic truth…