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PREAMBLE: The grammar-stimulated concept of ‘production’ (‘producer-product’ dynamic) is intellectual abstraction implying ‘sorcery’ [the logic of figure-excluded-from-ground]. By thinking in these terms, we obscure the reality of transformation [the logic of the figure-included-in-ground]. Thanks to ‘grammar’ that incorporates ‘figure-excluded-from-ground’ abstraction, the concept of industrial development and production takes on a seeming ‘reality’ even though, in reality, there is only relational transformation. Once one believes in the abstraction of ‘industrial production’, ‘industrial pollution’ will eventually raise its ugly head, the ‘shadowy’ secondary aspect of the ‘double error’. That is, ‘sorcery’ aka ‘production’ is an abstract concept arising from the invoking of a name-instantiated thing-in-itself (first error) notionally with the power of sourcing actions and development (second error).
We say that ‘factories produce products‘ which is approved as ‘correct’ (i.e. ‘approved for reality-constructing grammar service’) by the Western culture adherent intellect, however, in the reality of our sensory experience, there is only relational transformation. Yet, after our mind is ‘gotten to’ (‘pre-occupied’) by the abstract concept of ‘production’, we cannot see the transforming landscape for the factories or ‘industrial centres of production’ that keep ‘popping up’ as if ‘SEPARATE THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES WITHIN THE LANDSCAPE’. These factories, with (grammar-equipped) God-like powers of sorcery, take on ‘thing-in-itself’ status in our intellect because of the double error of language and grammar. Understanding in terms of the transforming landscape is ‘eclipsed’ by our language and grammar abstraction that splits apart ‘figure’ and ‘ground’ (factory and countryside) and imputes the God-like power of sorcery to the ‘factory’ as if it were an ‘independently-existing thing-in-itself with its own powers of sourcing the development of products (i.e this is ‘double error’ abstraction that language and grammar impress on the intellect).
Even though, in our deeper level of understanding, we acknowledge the ‘ineffable’; i.e. that everything is included in the Tao (transforming relational continuum), … we keep using language BECAUSE of its utility in reducing the ineffable to effable, to inform our intellect, for example, in the reduced, double error terms of ‘beings’ with powers of ‘sorcery’
“In Reason’ in language! … Being is thought into and insinuated into everything as ‘cause’; from the concept ‘ego,’ alone, can the concept ‘Being’ proceed. … – oh what a deceptive old witch it has been! I fear we shall never be rid of God, so long as we still believe in grammar.” – Nietzsche, ‘Twilight of the Idols’
‘Man-sourced pollution goes together with man-sourced production; i.e. both arise from the abstract reduction of transformation to ‘sourcery’. There are no ‘factories on the hill’ as in the common language-and-grammar inferred ontological duality, there is only relational transformation. The Western culture producer-product dichotomy is schizophrenia-cultivating.
If I say “the producer produces’, I have posited the producing once as an activity and a second time as a subject, and thus added to the event a being that is not one with the even but is rather fixed “is” and does not become ‘ this is the double error of which we are guilty. (after Nietzsche)
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THE DOUBLE ERROR REDUCTION OF THE INEFFABLE TO THE EFFABLE
The ‘climate change’ issue is just one ‘issue’ that is cropping up as part of the more fundamental issue that arises from the huge conceptualizing gap between classical and modern physics (the shift from ‘being’ based reality to ‘flow’ based reality); an intellectual re-conceptualizing that has been brought forward by David Bohm, Nietzsche (whose influences include the ‘modern physics’ anticipating works of Roger Boscovich), Wittgenstein and others.
Thus, there is a ‘fundamental issue’ that we need to address which is that the established Western culture adherent understanding of ‘reality’ that serves as the globally dominant ‘operative reality’ falls radically short of the ‘modern physics reality’ which is largely consistent with the indigenous aboriginal, Taoist/Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta reality. As David Bohm pointed out, the indigenous aboriginal culture is already there where modern physics is trying to take a reluctant Western culture collective.
A few months before his death, Bohm met with a number of Algonkian speakers and was struck by the perfect bridge between their language and worldview and his own exploratory philosophy. What to Bohm had been major breakthroughs in human thought — quantum theory, relativity, his implicate order and rheomode – were part of the everyday life and speech of the Blackfoot, Mic Maq, Cree and Ojibwaj.” – F. David Peat, ‘Blackfoot Physics’
Bohm pointed out that our normal Western languages (English, French etc.) were missing the essential dimensionality necessary for capturing the reality of our experiencing of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum (the ‘ineffable’ Tao).
SUMMARY: There is a connection between the so-called ‘fall from grace’ and the reduction of the ineffable to the effable. In fact, these labels are references to the self-same reduction; i.e. the reduction of our sensory experience of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum, to the re-casting of ourselves as name-instantiated ‘independent things-in-ourselves’ notionally vested with powers of sourcing actions and developments, as in the ‘double error of language and grammar’ pointed out by Nietzsche.
The ‘fall from grace’ is what part of the ‘coming of age’ program that Western culture adherents administer to their children, convincing their children that part of ‘growing up’ includes ‘passage’ from the non-responsible era of childhood to the ‘responsible era’ of adulthood. This is how ‘sorcery’ is introduced to children in our Western culture adhering society. When we are 16, … or is it 18 or 21 ‘years of age’, … the so-called age of maturity, we are then, according to Western society norms (a very unnatural ‘normality’) capable of assuming responsibility for the ‘consequences of our own actions’.
This is where ‘sorcery’ gets injected into our psyches; i.e. by way of language and grammar which allows us to ‘pinpoint’ the ‘source’ of an action or development with the help of the ‘double error’. Language allows us to use ‘naming’ to infer ‘local, thing-in-itself existence’ and grammar allows us to conflate this first error with the second error where we impute the power of sourcing actions and development to the name-instantiated thing-in-itself.
FORWARD: This commentary addresses that which is impossible to ‘admit to’ by the custodians of Western culture, because Western culture adherents are supporting an INVENTED REALITY that is so far from the reality of our actual sensual experience that it would be a huge ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ exposure to overtly ‘burst the bubble’.
Western culture is in a situation akin to Pinocchio. It’s nose has already grown so large that it has become an embarrassment to everyone one of us who daily pretends as if it is just a ‘normal’ nose’.
In terms of the figure-and-ground of Gestalt psychology, our psyche’s are ‘split’ by the dichotomous issue of whether ‘the moving figure’ is the source of the ‘movement of the ground’ (does the flapping flag source the wind) or whether the moving of the ground is the source of the movement of the figure (does the gusting wind source the flapping of the flag?). The ‘double error’ of language and grammar is implicit here, and arises from combining the abstraction of name-instantiated things-in-themselves with the abstraction of powers of sourcing actions and development. Experiential reality is instead, our sensory experience of inclusion in relational transformation (reality based on sorcery is the abstract double-error based artifact of language and grammar).
When we turn on the TV and/or access internet reviews of ‘where the world is at these days’, … we are tuning in to, or prepping ourselves for constructing an ‘INVENTED REALITY’ based on ‘the double error’ of language and grammar. The popular ‘INVENTED REALITY’ that is publicized and regarded as our Western culture ‘operative reality’ is a crazy-making scam. That is, the pictures of ‘The American Sniper’ can be ‘couched’ in language that cultivates the notion of a heroic feat, or alternatively, a mass murdering spree. The INVENTED REALITY pivots from the abstract concept of ‘sorcery’ which is innately ambiguous in a figure/ground sense (does the man source the times or do the times source the man?, does ‘one rotten apple spoil the barrel’ or ‘does it take a whole community to raise a child?’). Sorcery is a language and grammar based abstraction (the double error) that breeds schizophrenia. As Nietzsche points out, we use the double error of language and grammar to impute to name-instantiated (abstract) things-in-themselves the powers of Creation; “I am afraid we are not rid of God because we continue to believe in grammar” — Nietzsche
However, because we have built our global social dynamic on the ‘back’ of this double error based INVENTED REALITY, everything that is being pushed as ‘reality’ is a scam. What is, ‘reality’ is the ineffable Tao. This has not changed with the arrival of language. What has changed is that the surrogate pseudo-reality that we have invented (the INVENTED REALITY) as a tool to ‘get by’ the ‘ineffability’ of the reality that we are ‘really’ included in, aka ‘the Tao’ that cannot be told’ (it is ineffable). Using ‘double error’ based language and grammar as a tool that renders the ineffable Tao ‘effable’ (in a radically reduced form) allows us to construct an effable, double error based INVENTED REALITY. This is the ‘tool’ that as Emerson has noted, has ‘run away with the workman, the human with the divine’.
We Western culture adherents have thus, thanks to the double error reduction, come up with an effable surrogate ‘pseudo-reality’. It is today’s Western culture ‘operative reality’ or INVENTED REALITY, and it is certainly NOT the equivalent of the ineffable reality aka ‘the Tao’ (inclusion in the transforming relational continuum). Our Pinocchio nose is grown so massive that it is unthinkable to draw attention to it. The whole social superstructure of Western culture is built upon the façade of sorcery that gives rise to ego that serves to preserve and protect the crazy-making belief in double error based sorcery.
As R.D. Laing observes, in ‘Knots’, we are ‘locked in by high switching costs’; i.e. ‘blowing the whistle’ has the potential to bring a lot people in high places (elevated by the rewards and recognition that Western culture hands out for ‘sorcery’) crashing down, but such potential remains merely a potential so lang as the whistle-blowing remains at a low enough level to be ignored. Naturally, individuals who blow the whistle exposure themselves to being ‘discredited’ by the stalwart supporters of the sorcery-based INVENTED REALITY;
They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.” – R.D. Laing
Or, as Henri Laborit expresses this dilemma in his intro to ‘La Nouvelle Grille’; pioneers who try to bring in new understandings that undermine established reward and recognition standards. expose themselves to ‘getting arrows up the arse‘;
We’ who explore such topics, cannot easily share them because (a) they do not fit into the typical dinner conversation format of our present culture, since to express them takes a lot of relational connections that can’t fit into a rapid-fire repartee, and (b) because the humanism implicit in trying to share them is not seen as “a humanism of real worth” since it undermines, besmirches or topples the esteemed icons, pillars of society, founding fathers, and celebrities of the culture-in-place. – Henri Laborit, ‘La Nouvelle Grille’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Laborit
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Modern physics employs ‘quantum logic’; the logic of the included medium wherein the distinction between ‘boil’ and ‘flow’ (figure and ground) is only by appearance and not by substance.
The deploying of language and grammar in such a manner (in the Western culture manner) of AMBIGUOUSLY SPLITTING into two separate entities, as in Newtonian physics; FIGURE and GROUND (e.g as also in gestalt psychology and/or inhabitant and habitat) is SCHIZOPHRENIC where we interpret this ‘two-in-one’ as ‘two separate entities’. That is, we are splitting what is really ‘one’ in modern physics, into ‘two’.
Western culture ‘reality’ is based on ‘the double error’ (Nietzsche) which ‘over-rides’ and ignores (within the psyche if not in ‘reality’) the ineffable character of relationally transforming nature by using ‘naming’ (language)’ to (first error) impute ‘thing-in-itself being’ to ‘figure’ and conflating this (second error) with grammar by imputing the power of sourcing to the naming-instantiated (notional) thing-in-itself. The ‘double error’ thus ‘liberates’ the ‘figure’ from the ‘ground’, opening the way to constructing an INVENTED REALITY that is ‘all-figure, no-ground’ , as in the ‘producer-product’ abstraction.
This ‘double error’ is the basis of Western culture belief in ‘human beings’, name-instantiated notional ‘things-in-themselves’, notionally with ‘powers of sourcing actions and developments’; i.e. this is mental abstraction implanted by language and grammar, and it conflicts with the modern physics understanding of reality in the ineffable terms of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum.
“I am afraid we are not rid of God because we continue to believe in grammar” — Nietzsche
I doubt that the reader who is already a Western culture adherent such as myself will (at least initially) agree with these following findings from my (and others’) philosophical investigations, which point to why ‘East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet’.
Nietzsche’s above quote, along with his identification of the infusing into the Western intellect of ‘the -double error’ speaks to a psyche-prepping-intellectual-‘habit’, a habit that has long ago dropped below the coverage of our Western culture intellectual radar screen; i.e. the VISUALIZING apparatus of our intellectual reality constructing has hijacked center stage, while our sensing of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum (which is beyond voyeur visualization) has been ‘eclipsed’ by the strong visual impression characteristic of language and grammar based INTELLECTION. What ‘goes missing’ in this hijacking of understanding triggered by language and grammar-based visualization is the ineffable (intuitive) understanding of the all-including relational transformation (the Tao) that defies visual representation.
OVERVIEW of TWO VERY DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO ‘CONSTRUCTING’ AN ‘EFFABLE’ VERSION OF OUR INEFFABLE REALITY, SHOWING HOW THE ‘DOUBLE ERROR’ OPTION THAT IS IN COMMON USE IN WESTERN CULTURE IS A CRAZY-MAKER.
OPTION 1: INEFFABLE TO EFFABLE REDUCTION: THE RELATIONAL INFERENCE (modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta)
OPTION 2: INEFABLE TO EFFABLE REDUCTION; THE DOUBLE ERROR OPTION (the Western culture ‘standard’)
HEREDITY IS A ‘FOLLOW-UP LIE’ THAT KEEPS AFLOAT THE FIRST TWO LIES OF ‘BEING’ and ‘CREATION’ (GENESIS).
***N.B. For us as Western culture adherents who accept ‘reality’ in terms of the abstractions of ‘things-in-themselves’ with powers of sourcing actions and developments, this note may be summarily dismissed due to it’s basic rejection of ‘beings’ with notional producer-of-product powers, which set up the intellect for belief in ‘being’ with powers of ‘creation’ which in turn sets the stage for the derivative concept of ‘heredity’. There is no ‘heredity’ in a transforming relational continuum, the reality of modern physics. The abstract concept of ‘genesis’ is set up by a ‘double error’ of language and grammar, as Nietzsche points out. There is no ‘genesis’ in the ‘Tao’ of Taoism/Buddhism, or in the ‘Great Mystery’ of indigenous aboriginal cultures, there is only the wave-field aka the transforming relational continuum. Our concept of ‘genesis’ derives from the ‘double error’ of language and grammar. ***
How the hell are we supposed to explain the orderly nature of the world once we invent the intellectual abstract notions of ‘being’ and ‘genesis’? This problem does not arise if we start off assuming the Tao, the world (our experiencing of reality) as inclusion in a transforming relational continuum, … but once we jumpstart an intellectual-conceptual reality based on ‘genesis’ of ‘things-in-themselves’ such as ‘human beings’ with notional powers of ‘sourcing actions and developments’ (the ‘double error so-called by Nietzsche) then we have abandoned our understanding of reality as inclusion in a transforming relational continuum, … AND, … we have as a result, as Pre-Socratic philosophers point out, inherited ‘the burden of concreteness’.