Labyrinthine Path and Daedalean Experience

The “Labyrinthine Path” is the physical road that takes a traveller from the entry of any labyrinth to its exit. So, any path is considered to be labyrinthine once the road from start to finish is complicated enough – with a number high enough of misleading roads – to put the traveller under the risk of getting totally lost while seeking the exit.

 

The risk of getting lost on this “Labyrinthine Path” is so high that, to such an extent, the very life of the traveller could be in jeopardy. It is worth mentioning that complicated does not mean impossible. So, there is an actual way of reaching the exit of the labyrinth if the traveller selects the right path to the exit.

 

The “Daedalean Experience” is the psychological state of mind of the traveller who is being submitted to uncertainty, as soon as he steps over the threshold of the entry of any labyrinth. So, any experience is considered to be Daedalean once a human being is under total uncertainty as to whether or not he is ever going to find the exit of a given labyrinth.

 

The “Daedalean Experience” is the anxiety in the mind of the traveller who wonders if the journey undertaken can successfully be completed.

 

As Professor Defrenne puts it, those two expressions are the “emblematic resource expressions of Uncertainty”. His long analysis of the subject of uncertainty led him to the conclusion that those two expressions convey two concepts that can be characterized by three adjectives:

 

ü Erratic – the traveller finds himself in front of an erratic journey and has to deal with erratic thoughts along the way

 

ü Complex – the traveller can testify to the reality of uncertainty through complex thought and does express that complexity by calling on paradoxes and metaphors

 

ü Fractal – the traveller is continuously submitted to change along the way and that change does occur in a fractal manner

 

 

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