Concatenating Correctly

Concatenatius was a 12th century Montenegrin philosopher. Born Andro Mihajilo, he showed an intense innate curiosity and it’s the one thing that drove him to draw connections and inferences in the most radical and unconventional ways. Growing up, he was rumored to see the pale pink blossoms of the wild pea plant and work out the Genetics. While his thesis on that subject is lost to time (and Mendel is credited with with the discovery of the science of genetics) he never seemed bothered with his lack of notoriety in whatever subject revealed itself through his “science of connection and inference”. One cold, clear Winter night, he laid under the stars and saw how each burned brightly and stood out “like diamonds on velvet” and intuited the molecules (assuming there were any) in the exosphere would be heated with the sun while the air around the would be freezing. His hypothesis would prove true as science eventually caught up. But it was his training in philosophy coupled with the aforementioned drive that he felt was his greatest strength. He was known for answering statements that pointed to the incredulity of his reasonings with “Don’t you know anything?” So often did he utter this pointed expression of disdain at his fellow philosophers that he became somewhat of a recluse in middle age as a result.

The year after his watershed conclusion on molecules he had what he thereafter referred to as “The Rainbow Connection”. It came at a time when he felt he had exhausted what details in his surroundings (he was bedridden in his early forties for the greater part of six months with an acute case of malapropia) showed him what was and is and was to come. On August 15th, 1117, Mihajilo saw “through the membrane”. It could be argued that he was in a state of delirium but he knew. Again, the fact that he had exhausted what his senses revealed to him coupled with the temporary failure of his body and the closing of his mind led him to seek the Lord. The same Lord, he said, that he had been feeling—and drawing him—throughout his life. It was after this event that all the words made sense (“they gelled”) and the colors, he said, held a deeper hue—hence the reference to the rainbow. One thing, however, that he continued to struggle with was the inherent truth to some of the associations he continued to draw. Montaigne is said to have taken his “Que sais-je? (lit. “What do I know?”) catchphrase from the works and life of Mihajilo.

Canonized when he was only forty-nine years of age (a singular event in the history of the Catholic church), he sought to explain the link in everything back to God. A main theme of his later writings was, after the Connection, not the unraveling of his former philosophical concerns and postulations, but a fuller understanding of what his innate gift showed him prior to meeting God. He held as a banner the scripture from the psalms (Psalm 119:96): “I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad.” He continued asking and seeking and connecting up till his early death at age 65.

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Josh Ingram

I started writing a blog in the Summer of 2011 and I find myself many years later, doing the same thing. Really, I found myself somewhere in the aforementioned process and so now it’s just polish and refinement. I write whenever the Spirit moves me. In other words, uh, hebdomadally. Okay, word. Word.