A team with an abundance of creative and operational talents were responsible for an agricultural development and production which was largely funded by income from the first development phase which was the clearing of the forested property (logging and milling of lumber and the production of an assortment of ‘wood products’.). The cleared lands were subsequently used for producing wheat.
This agricultural development was a huge success, financially and socially, employing and developing a new skills and income base for more than 200 people.
As often happens, people are divided over whether the success of an enterprise came more from the will and commitment of the overall workforce, of more from the ‘design’ intelligence and insight of the management directing the operation.
A strong split in how employees perceived the source of the successful operation arose in the design phase of an employee profit sharing plan. Roughly half of the employees believed that the insight and intelligence of the founder and senior management should be accorded most credit for sourcing such a successful venture, while the other half believed that the source of their success derived from the overall synergy of the full body of staff and management contributors.
As discussions on how to design the profit-sharing plan continued, a division on how to allocate credit for the sourcing of their success, became increasingly evident, exposing the familiar schism between those with a more ‘conservative’ outlook — wherein ‘One good man at the top makes all the difference between success and failure’ (or conversely, ‘One bad apple can source rotting of the whole barrel), — versus —- the polar opposite coming from those with a ‘liberal’ outlook whose understanding was that “it takes a whole community to raise a child”, who favoured attributing the source of the successful operations to the workforce ‘community’ as ‘a whole’, supporting a profit sharing plan on that basis.
PREFACE: Our WESTERN CULTURE makes much use of the abstract language based concepts of LOCAL SOURCING as in GROWTH and PRODUCTION which effectively SUBSTITUTE for the physically real relational TRANSFORMATION which is meanwhile NONLOCAL and therefore INEFFABLE. The utility of having a spoken language is so great that SUBSTITUTING NAMING-instantiated LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING along with GRAMMAR instantiated power of SOURCING actions and developments is a small DOUBLE ERROR price to pay for putting at our disposal a means for sharing a crude but EFFABLE-because-LOCAL allusion to our INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL sensory experience of inclusion in the Wave-field aka the Tao.
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, while we benefit from our employing of the language and grammar tool that lets us construct a SURROGATE reality with its abstractions of GROWTH and PRODUCTION, experience a negative backlash through our banishment of the real world dynamic on NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION. We praise and reward on the basis of belief in the abstraction of perceived LOCALLY SOURCED GROWTH and PRODUCTION of desirable actions and developments and critique and punish undesirable actions and developments. What’s in common is the BELIEF in the LOCAL SOURCING of GROWTH and PRODUCTION, a belief that holds us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS in its sway, but whiich in modern physics as in EASTERN CULTURES, understood as language and grammar stimulated abstraction invented for the purpose of stimulating an INTUITIVE LEAP to the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL.
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The EAST and modern physics understands reality in terms of an all-including Wave-field whose forms are in a FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE relation, as in the Tai-Chi (yin/yang) symbol. Movement in this understanding of reality is NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION as distinguished from LOCAL GROWTH.
WHERE DOES THE CONCEPT OF LOCAL GROWTH come from; e.g. we say that the cultivated land (e.g. the area planted with wheat) is GROWING. That gives us the impression of GROWTH of an area. That is deemed to ‘make sense’ in WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT thinking, but in modern physics and in the EAST, the SHRINKAGE of the Wilderness is reciprocal to the GROWTH, and overall, what is going on, always, in nature, is TRANSFORMATION which is neither GROWTH nor SHRINKAGE because both GROWTH and THINKAGE are based on DOUBLE ERROR thinking (Nietzsche) which we construct from NAMING (to impute LOCAL thing-in-itself being) and GRAMMAR (to impute the power of SOURCING actions and development to the naming-instantiated LOCAL thing-in-itself).
TRANSFORMATION is purely relational and NONLOCAL and something that our sensory experience informs us of our inclusion in. So, as relational forms in Nature, we are under no obligation to invent a language to talk about this, but language based sharing of experience is very useful, even if language can only work by substituting LOCAL abstractions (since TRANSFORMATION is real and NONLOCAL, that which is “LOCAL” is not “REAL”) and animate them with GRAMMAR. This substituting of a DOUBLE ERROR based pseudo-reality is very useful for ‘sharing’ crude effigies that are suggestive of the gathering and scattering relational forms in the NONLOCAL TRANSFORMING flow-continuum aka the Wave-field aka the Tao.
Just as schizophrenia is not resolved by getting the multiple personalities to cooperate with one another, the conflicts among races and nations are not resolved by ‘improving relations’ among these self-declared ‘independent entities’. They are resolved by an awareness that these divisions DO NOT EXIST, or as Schroedinger puts it; ‘Subject and Object are only ONE”
This perspectival overview comes from exploring the clash in what EAST and WEST, respectively, hold to be ‘REALITY’ and how this very basic difference in understanding derives from language and grammar. At the core the divide is how that which is perceived as GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT in the WEST is understood as TRANSFORMATION in the EAST. A ‘side-effect’ of the WEST’s casting of dynamics in terms of GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT is the imputing of LOCAL SOURCING which is also the source of EGO, PRAISE and BLAME, whereas the EAST’s understanding in terms of TRANSFORMATION derives from INSPIRATION, the difference having been captured in the adage; “INSPIRATION fills the heart, EGO swells the head’. While these influences shape the social dynamics of both EAST and WEST, there is a question of precedence that informs the difference in EAST and WEST ‘psychology’.
PRIDE associates most strongly with the ‘DOUBLE ERROR’ of language and grammar and it this DOUBLE ERROR that comes into play in, for example, clear-cutting 160 acres of Wilderness land replacing it with biological monoculture such as fields of wheat. By contrast, there is inspiration in living in a co-sustaining interdependent matrix of biodiversity in which ‘humanigs’ are just one of the interdependent participants. As F. David Peat observes in ‘Blackfoot Physics, ‘indigenous aboriginals’ planted a mix of corn, beans and squash (the ‘Three Sisters’) to sustain harmony within natural biodiversity.
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS speak of the GROWTH of LOCAL farmland under monocultural cultivation, but what of the reciprocal LOSS of Wilderness biodiversity that comes with it, the two not really being “two” but being co-included in the overall context of NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION.
This short PERSPECTIVE entitled WESTERN CULTURE: Psychologically Hijacked by The DOUBLE ERROR, delves into how WESTERN and EASTERN minds differ in their views on how GROWTH and TRANSFORMATION fit into ‘reality’ and how the psychological reality of the ‘The EAST’ accords with the NONLOCAL-TRANSFORMATION based understanding of modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, while the psychological reality of the ‘WEST’ continues to accord with the LOCAL-SOURCING of actions and developments (LOCAL GROWTH) based understanding of pre-modern (Newtonian) physics thinking.
Note that GROWTH is a back-handed way of asserting that FIGURE and GROUND are TWO, while TRANSFORMATION casts FIGURE and GROUND as ONE. Ambiguity arises where FIGURE and GROUND are TWO as to whether the FIGURE sources change in the ground or whether the GROUND sources change in the FIGURE. This is the BIPOLAR DISORDER that plagues WESTERN CULTURE which is absent in EASTERN CULTURE where the understanding is that FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE.
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As Emerson puts it, ‘the tool has run away with the workman, the human with the divine.
Today’s reality has been deeply shaped by the development of LANGUAGE which is hugely useful in that it allows us to widely share (crude representations) of our experience so that we don’t all have to repeat the same mistakes or repeat the many unsuccessful trials that contribute to the development of valuable action and development approaches.
We don’t all have to be ‘pioneers’ and ‘get arrows up the arse’ in our quest for advancing our understanding. LAGUAGE-based sharing, while hugely valuable, is no substitute for sensory experience, and the shortfall can and IS the source of psychological confusion that is driving us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS CRAZY Why “JUST” WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS and NOT EASTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS? This is what this note is about, and the ‘short answer’ is that while EASTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS employ the reduction of sensory experience to intellectual language-based abstraction as a ‘Wittgenstein ladder’ to BOOTSTRAP or in other words ‘make an intuitive leap’ to understanding of the INEFFABLE that lies beyond the EXPLICIT reach of language, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are employing language-based abstraction, as if it were a competent REALITY SURROGATE.
If the WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT says that his farm has GROWN from a 2 acre spread to its current 160 acre expanse, the EAST (and here I include modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta) will object, pointing out that the purported “GROWTH” of the cultivated land area, is in reality associated with the reciprocal “SHRINKAGE” of Wilderness area such that TRANSFORMATION is what is ‘really’ going on.
In other words, there is no such thing as GROWTH since the GROWTH of a ‘thing’ implies that that ‘thing’ is separate and independent of the rest of reality as in the logic of FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO, whereas in the ‘real reality’ of our sensory experience, the world is given only once and FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE so that in the case of the cultivating of the land, what is going on is TRANSFORMATION and the notion of GROWTH is intellectual abstraction that is part of the CRAZY-MAKING belief system of us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS. Because we encourage GROWTH of industry, towns, etc. as if such GROWTH were ‘real’, we leave the condition of the Wilderness flapping like a loose sheet in the breeze.
In short, WE BLIND OURSELVES TO THE REALITY OF TRANSFORMATION.
The title of this note; WESTERN CULTURE: Psychologically Hijacked by The DOUBLE ERROR is to further highlight the point made by Nietzsche, that we use the tool of the DOUBLE ERROR to notionally break up into pieces, the transforming relational continuum (the reality of our sensory experience). This is what makes the INEFFABLE EFFABLE, by way of substituting something new that appears to be LOCAL, thus seeming to overcome that which is INEFFABLE-BECAUSE-NONLOCAL.
The FIRST ERROR is NAMING which imputes LOCAL thing-in-itself-BEING to a relational form-in-the-flow, and we conflate this with the SECOND ERROR of GRAMMAR to impute to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself, the notional power of SOURCING actions and developments. In place of an atmosphere that is hurricaning, we beget ‘the hurricane’ which GRAMMAR endows with ‘its own power of SOURCING actions and development.
This DOUBLE ERROR thus serves as to substitute a NEW language and intellection-based REALITY that replaces our INEFFABLE SENSORY-EXPERIENCE REALITY. What we gain from this is an ability to render EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT, that which is INEFFABLE-because-NOLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT.
What is going on here is NOT simply finding a means to EFFABLE-IZE the INEFFABLE, but fabricating an EFFABLE SUBSTITUTE PSEUDO-REALITY that can serve as INFERENCE of the real INEFFABLE sensory experience reality that lies beyond reach of the limited capabilities of the effable-izing tool of language.
What is a CRAZY-MAKER for us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS is that we have fallen into the habit, after saying good-bye to poetic expression, of doing a direct substitute of our DOUBLE ERROR language based construction, for ‘reality’; i.e. we have traded out our sensory experience reality which is ineffable-because-nonlocal, for another pseudo-reality that is effable-because-local. The DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar is the device we use to condition the intellect into making the jump from the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL to the EFFABLE-because-local.
-1- “NAMING” is an abstract device for imputing LOCAL, THING-IN-ITSELF BEING.
-2- “GROWTH” is a back-handed way of implying “LOCAL SOURCING OF BEING”.
-3- “PRAISE-and-REWARD” and “REBUKE-and-PUNISHMENT” as well as “FORGIVENESS” are backhanded ways of implying that a “LOCAL BEING IS SOURCING ACTIONS and DEVELOPMENTS”.
These three language and grammar abstractions come together in what Nietzsche calls ‘THE DOUBLE ERROR’; an infusing of conceptual abstraction into the psyche that enables the REDUCTION of INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT TRANSFORMATION, … to EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT MATERIAL CONSTRUCTION.
The relational resonance that manifests as DUNING or HURRICANING is NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT TRANSFORMATION. We can experience inclusion in DUNING and HURRICANING but in order to EFFABLE-IZE DUNING and INCLUSIONAL EXPERIENCE, we have to overcome the NONLOCALITY that characterizes relational resonance (aka ‘Wave-field phenomena).
Our EFFABLE-IZING of the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL is achievable by way of the DOUBLE ERROR wherein the FIRST ERROR is to use NAMING to impute LOCAL BEING to the NONLOCAL resonance feature, and the SECOND ERROR of GRAMMAR conflates the first by imputing the power of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments to the NAMING-instantiated LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF (BEING).
GRAMMAR is an intellect-conditioning tool that facilitates the imputing of ACTIONS (e.g. “the DUNE is shifting towards the coast”) and DEVELOPMENT (e.g. “the DUNE is growing higher and longer”). With the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR, we are able to ‘do an end run’ around the INEFFABLE-ness of relational resonance that manifests as NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT relational TRANSFORMATION.
The over-ripe tomato ‘sphere’ undergoes TRANSFORMATION wherein features like ‘continents’ arise or extrude (figuratively speaking) in conjugate relation with subsidence or ‘seafloor spreading’, giving the appearance of ‘continental drift’, although to use the DOUBLE ERROR ‘continents drift’ is over-simplification that REDUCES TRANSFORMATION to the LOCAL MECHANICS of notional THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES. Consider also Nietzsche’s example of ‘Lightning flashes’ and Nishitani’s ‘Fire burns’ where transformation is reduced, with this DOUBLE ERROR, to LOCAL SOURCING.
WESTERN CULTURE: DEFINED BY OUR DENIAL of NONLOCALITY
As Nietzsche points out, we inject into the psyche, the concept of LOCAL SOURCING by way of a DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar.,
“In its origin language belongs in the age of the most rudimentary form of psychology. We enter a realm of crude fetishism when we summon before consciousness the basic presuppositions of the metaphysics of language, in plain talk, the presuppositions of reason. Everywhere it sees a doer and doing; it believes in will as the cause; it believes in the ego, in the ego as being, in the ego as substance, and it projects this faith in the ego-substance upon all things–only thereby does it first create the concept of “thing.” Everywhere “being” is projected by thought, pushed underneath, as the cause; the concept of being follows, and is a derivative of, the concept of ego. In the beginning there is that great calamity of an error that the will is something which is effective, that will is a capacity. Today we know that it is only a word.” – Nietzsche, Chapter 5 (Reason in Philosophy) of Twilight of the Idols.
The DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR is used to INVENT the concept of LOCAL BEING and notionally infuse within this invented LOCAL BEING, LOCAL SOURCING POWER, so as to comprise a system of communication that can OVER-RIDE the reality of NONLOCALITY.
For those cultures wherein language is acknowledged to be a poetic device, limited to INFERENCE that is useful for IMPLYING the NONLOCAL reality that lies beyond its EXPLICIT reach, we could keep our sanity, but our WESTERN CULTURE approach has been to abandon the use of the EXPLICIT-because-LOCAL in its role of INFERENCE of the IMPLICIT-because-NONLOCAL, and simply deploy the EXPLICIT as the basis for an OPERATIVE REALITY, ignoring and substituting the EXPLICIT and LOCAL for the IMPLICIT and NONLOCAL. For example, it is one thing to invent ‘the DUNE’ for the manifesting of resonance based DUNING since resonance is NONLOCAL and we would be talking forever to capture the full story of the transforming relational continuum that such resonance belongs to, … but it is quite another thing to use ‘the DUNE’ as a reality substitute and, having thus ‘broken the NONLOCAL’ down into local pieces, reconstitute the dynamics of reality with GRAMMAR so that within a NEW, ABSTRACT (synthetic) pseudo-REALITY, we invent GRAMMAR to re-animate the pieces we have linguistically (and psychologically, by the impression that language induces in the psyche) BROKEN OUT.
Thus ‘the DUNE’ becomes a manageable, in the sense of EFFABLE, ‘piece’ of the INEFFABLE ‘DUNING’ that we can manipulate with GRAMMAR, imputing to it, its own LOCAL action and development SOURCING power.; e.g. “the DUNE is growing higher and longer and is shifting across the desert floor. Voila, the reduction of the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL ‘DUNING’ to the EFFABLE-because-LOCAL ‘DUNE’.
Nietzsche spends more time in exposing this DOUBLE ERROR than in addressing the problematic ramifications of this synthetic reduction of the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL to the EFFABLE-because-LOCAL, … than BOHM, since BOHM is in the business of formulating mathematical models which hope to capture ‘reality’ in an ‘unreduced’ manner, if there is a mathematical language that would allow it. It would have to be a mathematical language that was capable of handling both relativity physics and quantum physics.
In terms of a language that could deal with REALITY AS FLOW, Bohm had proposed (but not developed) ‘RHEOMODE’ but discovered that such a language had already been invented and was in use by indigenous aboriginals (e.g. Algonquin). But one might say that a language is not ‘the whole story’ because the indigenous aboriginal languages have a design that facilitates the bringing into connective confluence, a multiplicity of perspectives wherein the ‘interference pattern’ constituting the OMNI-PERSPECTIVAL view which is no longer a subject-object splitting ‘view out there’ but is a holographic UNDERSTANDING in which one is included.
Excerpt from; http://goodshare.org/wp/from-lao-tzu-to-modern-physics/
The reductive tool of language and grammar, however useful, in its raw state, for ‘sharing’ reasoned perspectives on ‘reality’ is innately ambiguous and incomplete;
“La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure’ – Lafontaine.
The individual reason-based perspective is innately incomplete (Goedel’s Theorem of Incompleteness). This is the shortfall in visual perspectives such as Jean Valjean ‘stealing a loaf of bread’. It fails to expose the larger ‘relational transformation’ dynamic wherein Jean Valjean was moving bread from regions of surplus to regions of deficiency, by giving the bread to a starving child. The single perspectives of Western rational judgements, backed up by DNA tracing and super-scientific crime-scene-investigation (CSI) constrains itself to single perspectives and thus blinds itself to relational transformation, which requires the omni-perspectival view.
There is only a perspectival seeing, only a perspectival ‘knowing’; the more affects we are able to put into words about a thing, the more eyes, various eyes we are able to use for the same thing, the more complete will be our ‘concept’ of the thing, our ‘objectivity’.– Nietzsche
But in the WEST, the tool DOES run away with the workman, the human with the divine, and that is the PROMINENT feature THAT DISTINGUISHES THE CULTURES OF THE EAST FROM THE CULTURES OF THE WEST.
The language-based reduction of the ineffable Tao enables an effable reduction that opens the way to sharing a reduced but effable semblance; e.g. non-local resonance (wave-field dynamic) that manifests as ‘duning’ is ineffable in that it is inextricably included in the Tao (it is a nonlocal phenomenon). Language can reduce it from a NONLOCAL to a LOCAL phenomenon; i.e. to a ‘dune’ which grammar can notionally re-animate in a local sense (‘the dune is growing larger and moving south). Now we can get down to sharing understanding of ‘reality’ (or some crude reduction of it) by talking about local, explicit things-themselves and their explicit actions and developments via the ‘double error’ of language and grammar. This will be an abstract constructed reality good enough for sharing some crude reduced sense of reality, but certainly not qualified as a substitute for the Tao.
The WESTERN culture craziness lies in SUBSTITUTING LANGUAGE BASED (DOUBLE ERROR) REDUCTION OF THE TAO FOR THE TAO, THE EFFABLE FOR THE INEFFABLE. THE EAST USES THE REDUCTION MERELY FOR INFERENCE AND NOT AS A SUBSTITUTE REALITY; I.E. IN THE EAST, THE TAO REMAINS THE PRIMARY REALITY
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are thus DEFINED BY OUR DENIAL of NONLOCALITY
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The EXPLICIT and the IMPLICIT: vis a vis The WEST and the EAST
David Bohm’s exploration of the EXPLICATE ORDER vis a vis the IMPLICATE ORDER is not just an exploration of the ORDER OUT THERE IN THE WORLD, but it is at the same time and exploration of how we come to understand the world, and how language influences our understanding.
For example, in understanding reality as an all-including Wave-field as suggested by modern physics, and by the philosophical impression reality of Heraclitus, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, there is no “I” as a LOCAL thing-in-itself with its own powers of SOURCING actions and developments. We are included relational forms in the NONLOCAL flow (the ineffable Wave-field aka the transforming relational continuum aka the Tao). Schroedinger comments on how this understanding has remained largely in the EAST and has been ignored in the WEST. My view is that this difference in understanding reality DEFINES WEST and EAST. In Shroedinger’s words;
… In Christian terminology to say: ‘Hence I am God Almighty’ sounds both blasphemous and lunatic. But please disregard these connotations for the moment and consider whether the above inference is not the closest a biologist can get to proving God and immortality at one stroke.
In itself, the insight is not new. The earliest records to my knowledge date back some 2,500 years or more. From the early great Upanishads the recognition ATHMAN = BRAHMAN (the personal self equals the omnipresent, all-comprehending eternal self) was in Indian thought considered, far from being blasphemous, to represent the quintessence of deepest insight into the happenings of the world. The striving of all the scholars of Vedanta was, after having learnt to pronounce with their lips, really to assimilate in their minds this grandest of all thoughts.
Again, the mystics of many centuries, independently, yet in perfect harmony with each other (somewhat like the particles in an ideal gas) have described, each of them, the unique experience of his or her life in terms that can be condensed in the phrase: DEUS FACTUS SUM (I have become God).
To Western ideology the thought has remained a stranger. – Erwin Schroedinger, ‘What is LIfe’, ‘Epilogue: On Determinism and Free Will’
This ‘modern physics’ view, which coincides with the EASTERN view, is where we are ONE-WITH-EVERYTHING; i.e. wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE as in the BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium which has been termed Quantum Logic.
This ‘quantum logic’ is not a logic that delivers understanding in terms of “things-and-their-dynamics’, but rather a logic that delivers understanding in terms of “dynamics and their things”.
This title; WESTERN CULTURE’s OBSESSION with VISUAL OBJECTIFICATION is intended as a pivot for getting to the core discussion on how relational TRANSFORMATION is obscured by the reduction to abstraction inherent in WESTERN language and grammar constructions. TRANSFORMATION is the greater reality and it is BEYOND VISUAL CAPTURE as it is NONLOCAL
The attempt to capture ‘reality’ in one’s mind, NOT BY INTUITION which is innately relational, but by way of intellectual constructions that can be perceived in the mind VISUALLY, must necessarily fall short, for the same reason that, as Goedel’s theorem shows, all finite systems of logic are innately incomplete. The EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium which shows FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO is able to LIMIT by LOCALIZING a portion of the NONLOCAL transforming relational continuum. When applied, for example, to the relational resonances that manifest as DUNING, when we impose NAMING such as ‘the DUNE’ which reduces our VISUAL FOCUS to the NAMING-constrained visual form, giving us the sense of something LOCAL and EXPLICIT (“existing-in-its-own-right”) although if we were ever put to the test, we should have difficulty in being EXPLICIT as to the binary boundary between NOT-DUNE and DUNE.
NOTE that THERE IS NO PHYSICAL BREAK-OUT of ‘the DUNE’ from the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM, BUT ONLY A NAMING-inspired MENTAL-VISUAL BREAK-OUT, and thus no REALITY grounding for the DOUBLE ERROR inferred BEING and SOURCING powers with which we dress up ‘the DUNE’ (the ‘DUNE’ existing only as a visual picture in our mind). That is, we use the DOUBLE ERROR to impute LOCAL BEING and the power of SOURCING actions and development; e.g. “the DUNE is growing higher and longer and is shifting towards the coast”.
While ‘humaning’ instad of ‘human’ delivers the same ‘exposé’ as ‘DUNING’ instead of ‘dune’, it may be more challenging for us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS to ‘swallow’ because of our lifetime of EGO-conditioning (DOUBLE ERROR conditioning) where we use NAMING for the imputing of LOCAL BEING to OURSELVES.
VISUAL OBJECTIFICATION in concert with NAMING allows us to REDUCE, ‘EFFABLE-ize, ‘LOCAL-ize’ and ‘EXPLICIT-ize’ the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT, as characterizes the transforming relational continuum aka the Wave-field aka the Tao. But this reduction of the INEFFABLE to EFFABLE is only a CRUDE reduction which is nevertheless of immense information sharing value, … GET THE “PICTURE”? Sharing that GIVES US “THE PICTURE” is no substitute for sensory experience because sensory experience is of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum. No matter how much detailed knowledge is possessed by the virgin with the Ph.D. in sexual relations, VISUAL instruction is incapable of reproducing the conjugate scatter-gather experience.
Gathering-Scattering in a spherical sense comes in the form of the complex conjugate relation as in the Wave-dynamic where GATHERING with respect to one antipode is SCATTERING with respect to the conjugate antipode. The ambiguity derives from our imposing of this model. What is going on is TRANSFORMATION any way you look at it, and it is OUR SIMPLIFYING REDUCTION of TRANSFORMATION to the bipolar SCATTERING-GATHERING that introduces the ambiguity, and at the same time reduces the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT to the EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT. As students learning how to master such complexity, our tendency is to leave our ‘deeper’ schooling behind once we have mastered the superficial EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT.
“As regards the academies, they are established in order to regulate the studies of the pupils and are concerned not to have the program of teaching change very often: in such places, because it is a question of the progress of the students, it frequently happens that the things which have to be chosen are not those which are most true but those which are most easy. And by that division in things which makes different people form different judgements, it so happens that certain people are in error contrary to their own opinion.” – Johannes Kepler, ‘Harmonies of the World’
As it turns out, it is our WESTERN CULTURE ADHERING social collective as a whole, that has opted for the ‘low road’ of KISS (keep it stimple, stupid) which has us make the DOUBLE ERROR based simplifying reduction (of NAMING and GRAMMAR), … BUT INSTEAD OF EMPLOYING IT AS A ‘WITTGENSTEIN LADDER’ TO BOOTSTRAP AN INTUITIVE LEAP TO THE INEFFABLE-BECAUSE-NONLOCAL-AND-IMPLICIT, … WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS ARE FORE-GOING THE ‘INTUITIVE LEAP’ AND EMPLOYING THE LOCAL-EFFABLE-AND-EXPLICIT AS THE ‘OPERATIVE REALITY’. So when we say John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln, we mean it in the same “DOUBLE ERROR’ sense as “LIGHTNING FLASHES’ AND ‘FIRE-BURNS’.
SO, FOR US WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, IT’S “GOODBYE TO REALITY AS THE INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT, and ‘HELLO TO REALITY AS THE EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT’ which means the end of understanding our own participative contribution within relational dynamics that can be harmony or dissonance cultivating, and the beginning of labelling DOUBLE ERROR agents as EITHER BENOGENS (responsibles for the genesis of beneficial actions and developments) OR PATHOGENS (responsibles for the genesis of destructive/pathological actions and developments).
Of course this DOUBLE ERROR, binary logic dysfunction is a CRAZY-MAKER that will never work in the primary reality constructing role we are giving to it, but even though binary logic is screwing up our reality constructions, we continue to use binary logic to try to dig ourselves out of the hole that binary logic is digging us into. As Bohm discerned, we need a new and more capable logic, and we have a new logic; i.e. the modern physics non-binary BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE and which supports discursive rhetoric dealing with reality that is NONLOCAL, INEFFABLE and IMPLICIT.
NOTA BENE: WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT conservatives and liberals BOTH have their ladders up the wrong wall with their assumption that the LOCAL, EFFABLE, EXPLICIT is capable of capturing the primary reality, setting us all up (we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS) for an insane and inexorable tilting-at-windmill pathogens while putting us in denial of our inclusion in relational flow (in denial of mitakuye oyasin)
Our characterizing of COVID 19 as a pathogen (rather than relational dissonance) is a current manifestation of our rejection of the natural primacy of the NONLOCAL, INEFFABLE, IMPLICIT and our natural need for cultivating relational harmony therein.
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As Heraclitus observed and modern physics reaffirmed, SCATTERING-GATHERING is ONE dynamic, there is no such thing as EITHER scattering OR gathering, as we can see, … or rather, as we can intuit, since our vision is limited to FLAT-SPACE perspective, although our intuition has no such limitation.
If we imagined space to be a flat plane of infinite extent rather than a spherical surface, we could then see SCATTERING and GATHERING as TWO distinct and separate dynamics. However, in the space of the real world of our actual sensory experience on the surface of a spherical earth, SCATTERING and GATHERING are ONE DYNAMIC which we know as TRANSFORMATION.
Of course, this is a ‘relational understanding’ wherein relations are in an innate and natural primacy over the abstraction of LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING which we know (as Nietzsche has pointed out) derives from the DOUBL ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR as for example, ‘KATRINA is GROWING LARGER AND STRONGER and is DEVASTATING the city of New Orleans. In contemplating this DOUBLE ERROR construction, we lose touch with the larger reality of relational TRANSFORMATION.
THE DOUBLE ERROR: The FIRST ERROR of NAMING establishes abstract LOCAL thing-in-itself existence and we conflate this with the SECOND ERROR of GRAMMAR in imputing to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself the notional power of SOURCING actions and development.
So far, this is all VISUAL, … and all this VISUALIZATION based talk is distracting us from the basic reality of relational TRANSFORMATION.
WHY DO WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE DISTRACTED ‘from the reality of our sensory experience of inclusion in TRANSFORMATION’? Why do we JUMP SHIP from the IMPLICIT-because-relational (or in other words, NONLOCAL), to the EXPLICIT-because-LOCAL?
WHAT YOU MEAN ‘WE’, WHITE MAN?
INTRODUCTION: In the Wave-field reality, everything is in flux and thus reality is the IMPLICIT order in the world while the EXPLICIT comes only by way of REPRESENTATIONS as in language and pictures. The pictures of a child ‘growing up’ is a language based Trojan Horse that fools us into thinking that “GROWTH” is something ‘real’ and that NAMING-instantiated ‘things-in-themselves’ such ‘the child’ are also ‘real’, however, the statement ‘the CHILD GROWS’ is a DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR that imposes a substitute reality in the psyche that we employ IN PLACE OF the sensory experience reality of inclusion in relational TRANSFORMATION. This substitute reality based on the LOCAL and EXPLICIT gives us a means of INFERRING the “real reality” of the NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT. In the EAST, as in modern physics, it is not forgotten that the IMPLICIT-and-NONLOCAL is the natural but INEFFABLE reality while the EXPLICIT-and-LOCAL is the abstract but EFFABLE intellectual surrogate reality.
While the EAST and modern physics employs the EXPLICIT-LOCAL abstract reduction of reality merely as a tool of INFERENCE of the IMPLICIT-NONLOCAL relational reality, the WEST employs the EXPLICIT-LOCAL abstract reduction as the intellectual ‘operative reality’. This article explores how and why our WESTERN ‘reality’, because it INVERTS the natural order by putting the EXPLICIT in an unnatural precedence over the IMPLICIT, is a CRAZY-MAKER.
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As Kipling opined;– EAST is EAST and WEST is WEST and never the twain shall meet.
This is true in a certain sense; e.g. I am now an EAST thinker whereas I was raised as a WEST thinker and this is to share that sense.
It is easy to point to the difference, but not as easy to ‘embody’ the difference within one’s behaviour. It concerns how we understand ‘reality’ and it is easy to intellectually specify the difference; i.e. if we are raised in the EAST’s tradition (modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta we will understand FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE (which is the understanding that I have come to embrace’), whereas our WESTERN upbringing has us ‘construct reality’ on the basis of FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO.
FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE is where our distinguishing of form is IMPLICIT whereas FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO is where our distinguishing of form is EXPLICIT. If we, for example, experience inclusion in a windblown sandy landscape AND IF we can suspend the NAMING and GRAMMAR that we have trained ourselves to reduce our experience to, we will experience inclusion in the resonance field of the duning phenomenon wherein TRANSFORMATION is in precedence over ‘things’ and ‘what things do’. That is, TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT and it is the stuff of our prelingual sensory experience and it is only when we invoke intellectual talk in terms of LOCAL and EXPLICIT DUNES and THEIR GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT and MOVEMENT, and cast this as the PRIMARY reality, that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS part ways with the EAST. The EAST never lets go of the understanding that the NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (and thus INEFFABLE) is the primary reality.
That’s it in a nutshell! While the EAST preserves the natural primacy of the IMPLICIT and NONLOCAL over the EXPLICIT and LOCAL, the WEST elevates the EXPLICIT and LOCAL into an unnatural primacy over the IMPLICIT and NONLOCAL. Of course, the ramifications of which of those very different understandings of reality serve as the ‘operative reality’ can be many and varied.
For example, in the indigenous aboriginal tradition, as in modern physics, ‘everything is related’ (mitakuye oyasin) so if ‘someone misbehaves’, this is understood as an emergent ‘relational dissonance’ that develops within the web of social and physical relations. The required action is thus the restoring of relational harmony and there is no assumption that the individual through whom the relational dissonance ‘channelled’ is the SOURCE of the dissonance.
But as we well know, our WESTERN CULTURE tradition is to assume LOCAL SOURCING of the ‘relational dissonance’ which means that the action required to attenuate or eliminate the dissonance will ADDRESS the LOCAL SOURCE.
Note that in an indigenous aboriginal culture, even though the person is simply a conduit for the emergence of conflict that derives from relational dissonance, and even though the community may understand the problem in terms of a relational dissonance that is innately NONLOCAL, a person who is a habitual ‘lightning rod’ may be ‘taken out’ NOT because he is assumed to be the SOURCE of the violence/dissonance but as an emergency measure while the community seeks to resolve the deeper, relational source.
There may even be an ‘apology’ to the ‘lightning rod’ by those ‘taking him out’, acknowledging that while he is NOT the SOURCE of the dissonance, he is a persistent channeler of the dissonance. In other words, shutting down the channel is an expedient, short-term solution, pending the addressing of a deeper and more endemic ‘sourcing’.
Chief Maquinna of the Nootkas did not see the world dynamic in a producer-product LOCAL SOURCING context, but saw humans as humanings within the Great Harmony. Meanwhile, immersion in the Great Harmony aka the transforming relational continuum aka the Wave-field, is ineffable-because-nonlocal. In this understanding, because there is nothing LOCAL, there is no ATTRIBUTION of actions and developments since ATTRIBUTION is the inferring of a LOCAL SOURCE.
“ATTRIBUTION” — the action of regarding something as being caused by a person or thing.
In indigenous aboriginal (Potlatch) society, NON-ATTRIBUTION prevails as naturally associates with NONLOCALITY.
“Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house; they told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to take care of, and that by-and-by they got it back, with interest. We are Indians and have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by-and-by they return them, with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our potlatch is our bank.” [for the full letter and associated context (jailing of first nations people for continuing with the potlatch tradition) see ‘First People First Voices’, edited by Penny Petrone, University of Toronto Press, 1991]
ATTRIBUTION is foundational to the WESTERN CULTURE social system which ‘rewards good’ and ‘punishes bad’. This assumes that there are ‘good actions and developments’ that can be ATTRIBUTED to specific individuals and ‘bad actions and developments’ that can be ATTRIBUTED to specific individuals. This is not supported by modern physics nor by indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, all of which understand reality as inclusion in a transforming relational continuum.
There can be no ATTRIBUTION in a transforming relational continuum. ATTRIBUTION comes into being by the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR; e.g. FIRE BURNS! John Wilkes Booth kills Abraham Lincoln.
* * * PREAMBLE: —While reality as the transforming relational continuum (the Wave-field aka the Tao) or simply TRANSFORMATION, is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL, Nietzsche points our that our WESTERN CULTURE habit is to employ the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING-and-GRAMMAR to inject into the psyche the EFFABLE notion of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development. Thus, for example, TRANSFORMATION experienced pre-lingually as NONLOCAL resonance (‘DUNING’) is reduced by NAMING to the LOCAL ‘DUNE’ which is psychologically abstracted from FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE into FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO and animated with GRAMMAR; e.g.. ‘the DUNE’ is growing higher and longer and is shifting across the “Desert floor”. It is one thing to use this DOUBLE ERROR abstraction as a tool of INFERENCE to jog the intuition into reviving an experience of inclusion in TRANSFORMATION (as is the understanding in the EAST), … and quite another (as in the WEST) to take this DOUBLE ERROR abstraction LITERALLY and in the process, construct a pseudo-reality that is innately ambiguous and which cultivates a ‘BIPOLAR DISORDER’ that has become the defining ‘trademark’ of WESTERN CULTURE. That is, when FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO and the dynamic of nature is no longer understood as TRANSFORMATION (wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE), is it then the FIGURE that sources change in the GROUND or is it the GROUND that sources change in the FIGURE? (does the movement of the flag source movement or the air or does the movement of the air source movement of the flag?).
WESTERN CULTURE IS INFECTED by BIPOLAR DISORDER arising from this DOUBLE ERROR based ambiguity, the invention of NAMING and GRAMMAR that construes FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO; i.e. as INHABITANT and HABITAT when understood by way of the EITHER-OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium. The EAST, supported by modern physics, understands FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE as in a holographic Wave-field reality wherein the ‘quantum’ BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium prevails and where we, as INHABITANTS are not separate from the HABITAT but relational features within it as with the boil in the flow.
BIPOLAR DISORDER in WESTERN CULTURE comes with the DOUBLE ERROR based splitting of TRANSFORMATION into the binary opposites of PRODUCTION and CONSUMPTION. Once ‘PRODUCTION’ is ‘broken out’ as an abstract ‘action-in-itself’, and since we attach value to PRODUCTION as if it ‘were real’ (as implied by the DOUBLE ERROR), we blind ourselves to the ‘real’ reality of TRANSFORMATION aka the Wave-field aka ‘the Tao’. By substituting the one-sided abstraction of PRODUCTION as a pseudo-real substritute for TRANSFORMATION, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS REWARD, CELEBRATE and give STATUS and ACCLAIM to ‘SUPERIOR PRODUCERS’, a BIPOLAR DISORDER infusing dysfunction when it draws attention away from the REALITY of TRANSFORMATION. That is, the GROWTH of PRODUCTION involving at the same time, the SHRINKING of Wilderness, the overall REALITY being TRANSFORMATION.
“What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival” — Chief Seattle
At issue is NOT simply the abstract binary choice between the GROWTH of PRODUCTION and the LOSS of Wilderness, but the WESTERN CULTURE cognitive BIPOLAR DISORDER wherein the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR serves up abstract intellectual reduction that SUBSTITUTES for the sensory-experience reality of all-including TRANSFORMATION aka the Wave-field aka ‘the Tao’.
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This note re-explores how “EAST-is-EAST-and-WEST-is-WEST-and-never-the-twain-shall-meet”
EAST (and modern physics) is EAST! …. and, … WEST (and classical physics) is WEST, …. and never the twain shall meet.
Because the EITHER/OR logic of the WEST is ‘smaller’ than the BOTH/AND logic of the EAST, while the EAST can understand the WEST, the WEST cannot understand the EAST.
The WEST traps itself in the belief that FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO, a concept that brews up ambiguity and bipolar disorder, while the EAST accepts that FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE which fails to incubate such ambiguity and bipolar disorder.
The WEST leans on NAMING and GRAMMAR based propositions that deliver EXPLICIT constructions, which is a CRAZY-MAKER (because we are included in a transforming relational continuum). Belief in EXPLICIT local sourcing gives rise to EGO-based “lock-in by high switching costs”.
The EAST understands language and grammar as a Wittgenstein ladder or tool of inference that is only good for cultivating an intuitive leap to the IMPLICIT reality (the transforming relational continuum) that lies innately beyond capture in EXPLICIT language terms.
(EXPLICIT: – fully revealed or expressed without vagueness, implication, or ambiguity : leaving no question as to meaning)
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Jill Astbury’s book titled “Crazy-For-You: The Making of Women’s Madness” points, implicitly, to BIPOLAR DISORDER /SCHIZOPHRENIA that is built into the intellectual foundations of WESTERN CULTURE.
That is; WESTERN CULTURE is A BIPOLAR-DISORDER-LADEN CULTURE but since it is the NORMAL base-case for us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, we cannot see the DISORDER because this BIPOLAR DISORDER is the NORMALITY “we are coming from”. That is, the conservative-liberal psycho-political split IS BIPOLAR DISORDER on a culture-wide scale and we live with it and accept it as NORMAL.
Astbury’s suggestion that Women ‘take the hit’ within the BIPOLAR-DISORDERED WESTERN CULTURE can be expanded to ‘the sensitive miner’s canaries’ ‘take the hit’.
SO WHAT IS THE “HIT”?
INTRODUCTION: Systems Sciences Pioneer Kenneth Boulding is the source of the statement; ‘The Name of the Devil is Suboptimization’. This refers to the reality that we live within a world of relational interdependencies that our WESTERN CULTURE has turned a blind eye to in our anthropocentric suboptimization where we shut off acknowledging the essential reality of ‘all is related’.
NAMING plays a key role in this abstract anthropocentric ‘declaration of independence’. That is, NAMING is a language based DECLARATION of the LOCAL, INDEPENDENT EXISTENCE of the NAMED phenomenon, no matter how NONLOCAL and INTERDEPENDENT it may be. Suboptimization is encouraged by NAMING a ‘system’ that is NOT REALLY a LOCAL, INDEPENDENT SYSTEM-IN-ITSELF but is in fact a resonance-sustained confluence of relational interdependencies Suboptimization, because it MISTAKENLY assumes the INDEPENDENCE of the subsystem being optimized, can induce the degeneration of overall systemic resonance into dissonance, the price paid for ‘suboptimizing’ an assumed-independent-system which is, in reality, relationally interdependent. Shakespeare’s metaphor of the ‘POUND OF FLESH’ in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a kind of ‘archetype’ for the WESTERN CULTURE practice of ‘suboptimization’ as in monocultural agriculture, where we carve a square plot out of a complex mutually supporting ecosystemic landscape, inserting in its place a geometric, monocultural wheat-field. We may even kill the diversity with herbicide to make way for the monoculture.
Such suboptimization is a radical departure from multiculture-diversity-sustaining development characteristic of nature, and from the land cultivating approach of indigenous peoples which acknowledges that natural life lives in the intersecting confluence of mutually-supportive relational diversity. F. David Peat, modern physics co-researcher with David Bohm, in his book Blackfoot Physics, points out how indigenous cultures acknowledged that ‘everything is relationally dependent’ (‘mitakuye oyasin’), employing agriculture in a multicultural approach; e.g. the Mohawk people’s cultivating of the Three Sisters; beans, squash and corn in acknowledgement of the importance of relational synergy deriving from diversity.
Suboptimization assumes that it is possible to split FIGURE (subsystem) and GROUND (system) into TWO, however, in Nature, FIGURE (subsystem) and GROUND (system) are only ONE, and so it is also in the Wave-field understanding, SELF-and-OTHER (SUBJECT and OBJECT) are only ONE, which implies that sub-optimizing environmental supportive conditions for our wrongly-presumed ‘independent’ (mono-cultural ‘human’) self, creates problems for our ‘real self’ which is inextricably, relationally included in the overall Wave-dynamic aka the Tao. The understanding that the relational dynamic of Nature does NOT split into separate and independent subsystems as NAMING and GRAMMAR so easily portray it, is foundational in Boulding’s aphorism; ‘The Name of the Devil is Suboptimization’. Suboptimization is an abstract concept that we have given a foundational role to in our WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT social dynamic, leading to psychological confusion that manifests in ‘anthropocentrism’ and ‘racism’.
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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you… This could be compared to the ‘source-receiver duality in Newtonian physics. It’s what we come up with in language and grammar based on FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO (i.e. SELF-OTHER-as-TWO)
Taken literally, it is an IMPLICIT way of infusing belief in an abstract binary structure of reality. It is like ‘forgiveness’ which is a back-handed way of reducing NONLOCAL relational dissonance to LOCAL SOURCING of PATHOLOGICAL actions and development.
In the reality of our sensory experience, FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE as in modern physics (i.e. SUBJECT-and-OBJECT-are-ONE, … and SELF-and-OTHER-are ONE).
“The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist.” – Erwin Schroedinger
Therefore, the behavioural ethic becomes, … move within the transforming relational continuum so as to cultivate relational harmony (move so as to dissolve the cultivating of relational dissonance). We do this in the flow of freeway traffic when the traffic is heavy and the relative moving of vehicles becomes our fluid guide rather than the fixed guide-lines painted on the ‘roadway’. We can sustain harmony in this relative fluid sense whether driving in a fleet of dune-buggies over the desert or wherever.
In general, our moves can only be relative. Therefore, we do not ‘have your own moves’ and there is only the NONLOCAL while LOCAL has no meaning. This NONLOCALITY which is the ‘real reality’ is not capturable ‘as-is’ in language (language makes use of LOCAL concepts which fall innately short of capturing the NONLOCAL). That is, the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL can be REDUCED and made language-effable using the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR where NAMING is used to establish LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING and GRAMMAR is used to impute the LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments.