"There’s a bouncing back and forth between what we call ‘the universe’ and the actual universe. Abstractly we can assent to a totality of ‘it all’ but in reality, in all of its particularities, it’s always infinitely more than we can conceive of. The lived existences and dynamics in their particular instances infinitely exceed the lived existence and dynamics of our one life, our lives together, and even life itself, for all we know.
An explanatory system is never sufficient to match the realities of the universe in all its variety, instances, and complex dynamics. ‘…in fact the universe is not simply explanatory system [sic]; its existents [sic] and its occurrences diverge nonsystematically from pure intelligibility; it exhibits an empirical residue of the individual, the incidental, the continuous, the merely juxtaposed, and the merely successive….’ (Lonergan, 1957/2000, Insight, p. 369)
‘This is not a universe’ – so to speak."
-Fragments of Memetica, No. 17 
Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter writes philosophy and poetry. Teaches at a public university in North America. Consults/coaches (executive, life, creative).