That title may seem to foretell an apocryphal unfolding, made even worse by the fact that END of GROWTH will bring with it the END of TIME, but my impression is that it is more like tearing a poster off a wall only to expose another poster that precedes it, or even the discovery that what was presumed to be the blank face of a wall is a window into another world that had been hidden by the SUBSTITUTE REALITY pasted over it.
That the END of TIME is coming has already been pronounced by Modern physics but the timeliness of a package deal which removes GROWTH as well feels imminent. GROWTH and TIME are cohorts that come hand-in-hand like the slowly building pile of sand in the hourglass. GROWTH happens over TIME within an empty and uninvolved containing space, and it is this empty containing space that ensures that GROWTH is LOCAL.
Of course, while we can make that happen with language, is it really possible to separate the GROWTH of the TOWN on its own, from the LANDSCAPE. Yes, I know, GRAMMAR lets us engineer this separation but if we examine where the TOWN meets the GROUND, there is a blurriness there as to where the TOWN stops and the LANDSCAPE begins.
The quote/unquote “REALITY” we ‘look into’ in our WESTERN CULTURE television NEWS coverage is not our SENSE-EXPERIENCE REALITY since that is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT. In other words, the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM aka the Wave-field aka ‘the Tao’, … is not something that we can represent in words and PICTURES and discuss as if it were a reality viewable on a screen out there in front of us.
However, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS “DO” formulate REPRESENTATIONS that we purport to be ‘of REALITY’ as in our NEWS coverage reporting.
It is important to understand that the REALITY that we can REPRESENT is a SUBSTITUTE REALITY that is NOT the REAL REALITY of or actual sensory experience of inclusion in TRANSFORMATION; i.e. our inclusion in the transforming relational continuum that is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT.
The reason why we generate and employ a SUBSTITUTE REALITY is because it is impossible to capture in LANGUAGE, a representation of the transforming relational continuum we and everything are included in. Kepler notes our voyeur view of the Solar System is based on what he calls ‘raticinative intellection’ while our understanding of inclusion in the Solar System entails ‘intuitive intellection’ which is INEFFABLE since being inside a relational continuum wherein everything is in flux allows us no access to fixed references and no sense of LOCALITY, leaving us with an understanding of reality purely in terms of “intuitive intellection”;
Under these circumstances, it will not have been surprising if anyone who has been thoroughly warmed by taking a fairly liberal draft from that bowl of Pythagoras which Proclus gives to drink from in the very first verse of the hymn, and who has been made drowsy by the very sweet harmony of the dance of the planets begins to dream (by telling a story he may imitate Plato’s Atlantis and, by dreaming, Cicero’s Scipio): throughout the remaining globes, which follow after from place to place, there have been disseminated discursive or ratiocinative faculties, whereof that one ought assuredly to be judged the most excellent and absolute which is in the middle position among those globes, viz., in man’s earth, while there dwells in the sun simple intellect, πῦρ νοερὸν, or νοῦς, the source, whatsoever it may be, of every harmony.” – Johannes Kepler, ‘Harmonies of the World’ [ διανοὶα or ‘dianoia’ = discursive intellection], νοῦς or ‘nous’ = intuitive intellection],
The point is the overall dynamic that we experience inclusion in is ‘the Tao that cannot be told’ aka the all-including Wave-field which is available to our intuition but not to our rational voyeur visual scrutiny.
The world that we look out at as voyeurs wherein is not the world of our sensory experience of inclusion therein but is instead a SUBSTITUTE REALITY that we CAN represent in our DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR constructions.
When we use language constructs such as ‘the TOWN is GROWING, this is no longer the reality of TRANSFORMATION because if it were, we could only speak of the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE in which TOWNING would be a VERB without there being any ‘TOWN’ as a NOUN or NAME implying a LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF, notionally with its own powers of GROWTH. That would then be the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR that Nietzsche is pointing out. By using language to form representations featuring this abstract LOCAL thing-in-itself we call ‘the TOWN’, notionally with its own (grammar-given) powers of SOURCING actions and development (e.g. GROWTH, WE ARE CONSTRUCTING A SUBSTITUTE REALITY that is now EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT whereas TRANSFORMATION which is the stuff of our raw reality of sensory experience therein is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT as is the nature of the Wave-field in which forms are continually gathering and scattering.
As Lao Tzu and Modern physics have pointed out, the REAL REALITY is INEFFABLE so that in order to use language to even INFER the reality that is INEFFABLE because in continual flux, we have to construct a SUBSTITUTE REALITY to set up a system of INFERENCE that points to the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT ‘real Wavefield reality’.
The issue being discussed in this essay is that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, while having had to devise an abstract SUBSTITUTE REALITY that is EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT; e.g. ‘the TOWN is GROWING in size and productivity’ in place of ‘the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE, have fallen into believing in the SUBSTITUTE REALITY as if it ‘were real’ which imparts to us certain BELIEFS that we have bundled into the SUBSTITUTE REALITY. For example, while our sensory experience is of inclusion in a TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE wherein everything is in flux, so that we are stuck in the same situation as Heraclitus and Lao Tzu wherein ‘the Tao that can be told is not the true Tao’; i.e. we are stuck with the problem of INEFFABLITY of the reality our our sense experience lives. While we can construct the ‘work around’ using language and grammar to construct a SUBSTITUTE REALITY that “IS EFFABLE”, our WESTERN CULTURE MISTAKE has been to employ the SUBSTITUTE REALITY as if it were the REAL REALITY.
The problems we are generating for ourselves by so doing, which the EAST and Modern physics avoids by sustaining a non-explicit representation, are outlined in terms of SEVEN ABSTRACT BELIEFS which should never have been ‘beliefs’ but which should have remained ‘tools of inference’. But as Emerson noted, the tool of inference has run away with the workman, the human with the divine’ (i.e. the EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT’ has run away with the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICT)
The following SEVEN ABSTRACT BELIEFS derive from the SUBSTITUTE REALITY. The problem lies in our WESTERN CULTURE practice of ELEVATING these SEVEN ABSTRACT INFERENCES (tools that are EFABBLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT for inferring the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT reality) from tools of inference to pseudo-realities.
For example, the concept of GROWTH (instead of TRANSFORMATION) implies the existence of a LOCAL, INDEPENDENT THING-IN-ITSELF that is changing on its own and without being part of the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM. This leads to the GROWTH ECONOMY problem wherein we plow up the Wilderness in the service of GROWING agricultural and industrial production. However, that only makes sense within THE SUBSTITUTE REALITY. In the REAL REALITY, the GROWTH of cultivated land is in conjugate relation with the REDUCTION of Wilderness. So, in REALITY, what is going on is the conjugate of GROWTH of cultivated land and LOSS of Wilderness which is, in other words, TRANSFORMATION of the overall LANDSCAPE. The implication is, that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GROWTH.
As this essay points out, our continued use of BINARY LOGIC hold us prisoner within the SUBSTITUTE REALITY which we are taking to be real; i.e. our WESTERN CULTURE social dynamic orients to the GROWTH of construction and production as if this were ‘reality’ while it is instead an abstract SUBSTITUTE REALITY, and we are increasingly experiencing undesirable consequences of our error.
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Our WESTERN CULTURE SOCIAL DYNAMIC is shaped by the following SEVEN abstract beliefs that set up a SUBSTITUTE REALITY.
-1- The ERRONEOUS BELIEF that GROWTH as something REAL. GROWTH is NOT REAL, there is only TRANSFORMATION. The notion
Marie Antoinette was “born with a silver spoon in her mouth”. She did not know what it felt like to be ‘starving’ and could not be coming from sensory experience when she heard complaints from starving people’ (This is a caricature but the archetype is relevant’).
There is CONFUSION in our society arising from how different people’s behaviours respond differently to the mix of intellectual knowledge and sensory experience.
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have an evident predisposition to putting rational intellection into precedence over sensory experience, in contrast to the EAST, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta.
Consider the different concepts of JUSTICE in the EAST versus the WEST. In the EAST, the emergence of dissonance is understood as NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (relational) while in the WEST, the emergence of dissonance is understood as LOCAL and EXPLICIT (causal). Should we expect to be able to solve for a LOCAL source of a disturbing experience? In WESTERN JUSTICE, YES, … In EASTERN JUSTICE, NO! The difference between INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE and SENSORY EXPERIENCE (CARNAL) KNOWLEDGE comes into play here since our sensory experience informs us that life’s interactions can be like the circus game of Bumper Cars where a local Perpetrator-Victim duo can be LOCALIZED by making those two intellectual designations though the real source of the dissonance is NONLOCAL and UNKNOWABLE, as David Bohm affirms is the message of Modern physics
This note explores the peculiar option of WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS which elevates the explicitness and certainty of INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE into an UNNATURAL PRIMACY over the innate uncertainty of SENSORY EXPERIENCE.
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Language is an immeasurably useful tool but of course it has to make compromises in capturing a REPRESENTATION of reality and this note homes in on the nature and impact of such compromises.
REPRESENTATION of how humanings in the Wave-field (the Tao) aka ‘humans’ ‘fit in to the overall fluid dynamic’ can be constructed if we invoke the use of binary logic based terminology to figuratively SPLIT APART “FIGURE” and “GROUND” so that we can address ONE THING AT A TIME. This gives us a picture of the INHABITANT within a separate and independent HABITAT which lends itself to the language based system of NAMING and GRAMMAR. With this type of LANGUAGE, we can notionally LIBERATE relational FLOW-FORMS and set them up, in language and thus in the PSYCHE as notional LOCAL things-in-themselves, notionally with THEIR OWN LOCAL powers of SOURCING actions and developments.
With this DOUBLE ERROR system, as Nietzsche has pointed out, we can build langauge-based REPRESENTATIONS of the dynamic world of our sensory experience. Thus, for example, the HUMANINGS in the flow (i.e. in the Wave-field aka the Tao) which is the transforming relational continuum which are RELATIONAL FEATURES WITHIN THE FLOW can be SPOKEN OF, … that is to say, be given a language-based representation, .. in the abstract terms of LOCAL things-in-themselves with GRAMMAR-given powers of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development. That is, this reduction that language capture performs, allows the construction of representations in terms of LOCAL things-in-themselves, notionally with their own LOCAL SOURCING powers of movement and growth.
THE RISE OF THE PATHOGEN CONCEPT IN WESTERN CULTURE
The MALE ASSERTIVE EGO, when it rises to IMBALANCE over FEMALE ACCOMMODATING RECEPTIVITY, is the embodiment of PSYCHOLOGICAL BIPOLAR DISORDER. This DISORDER finds expression in the one-sided MALE ASSERTIVE ABSTRACTIONS of GROWTH and PRODUCTION, which are NOT REAL but are the PETITIO PRINCIPII that imply “LOCAL” SOURCING agency that conjures up a SUBSTITUTE REALITY that takes the place of the NATURAL ANDROGYNOUS REALITY OF TRANSFORMATION which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (i.e. ‘relational’) and conformant with the WAVE-FIELD of Modern physics.
While the ANDROGYNOUS WAVE-FIELD dynamic of TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT such that we must ‘pass over it in silence’, the SUBSTITUTE REALITY that is a REDUCTION to “to the POLE” of MALE EGO-ASSERTING CONSTRUCTION opens up a rhetorical avenue for abstract LINGUISTIC REPRESENTATION in terms of NAMING-instantiated LOCAL THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES with notional powers of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments. This one-sided MALE ASSERTIVE SUBSTITUTE-REALITY is characteristic of WESTERN CULTURE ‘operative reality’, and is an ABSTRACTION based departure from the EASTERN CULTURE’s embrace of the ANDROGYNOUS reality of RELATIONAL TRANSFORMATION which is REAFFIRMED as the REALITY of our sensory experience by MODERN PHYSICS.
The PATHOGEN concept is ABSTRACTION born from BINARY LOGIC wherein TRANSFORMATION is DECOMPOSED into the BIPOLAR OPPOSITES of HERO (BENOGEN) and VILLAIN (PATHOGEN), the IMPUTED AUTHORS of a combination of CONSTRUCTIVE and DESTRUCTIVE WORKS. This EFFABLE binary logic based LOCAL DUALITY is something we substitute for the INEFFABLE dynamic of NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION, giving us a means of constructing a SUBSTITUTE BIPOLAR REALITY that IS ARTICULABLE; i.e. where CONSTRUCTION and DESTRUCTION provide a crude means of INFERRING TRANSFORMATION.
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The reality of Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake”) is one in which an authority protects the status quo regardless of issues of rising imbalance. Response to imbalance entailing the shifting of provisions from areas of surplus to areas of deficiency (i.e. balance-restoring actions) which are basic to NATURE, are in WESTERN CULTURE, recast in terms of the ‘work of a PATHOGEN’. The tales of Robin Hood and Jean Valjean bring to the surface this clash between WESTERN CULTURE rational judgements which identify as PATHOGENS, the balancing agents that arise naturally in the world.
Here we seem to have a conflict between NATURE and WESTERN CULTURE since WESTERN CULTURE has a DOUBLE ERROR based belief in the LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments which sets up the icons of PATHOGEN and BENOGEN in which EGO plays the KEYSTONE role. That is, if the individual’s EGO informs him those things which are NAMED such as himself, are the LOCAL SOURCE of powerful GOOD WORKS, then the ‘geometry’ is established and sitting there waiting for the psyche to ‘fill in the blanks’ and come up with a LOCAL SOURCE of powerful EVIL WORKS.
“LOCAL SOURCING” is ABSTRACTION. It is the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR ABSTRACTION as Nietzsche points out. However, in the common belief of us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, ‘LOCAL SOURCING’ fires up the EGO and the EGO instills the BELIEF in the “REALITY” of “LOCAL SOURCING”. And while the WESTERN CULTURE individual may condition his psyche with the DOUBLE ERROR to the point of believing he is the LOCAL SOURCE of wonderful, beneficial actions, … this very thought opens up the possibility that LOCAL SOURCING OF EVIL ACTIONS is just as possible.
Thus, in a perverse way, EGO ‘locks into place’ the concept of the PATHOGEN, the LOCAL SOURCE of EVIL ACTIONS.
FORWARD: This account of the PHANTOM CONCEPT of the PATHOGEN is bound up in the psychological games induced in our psyche by language and grammar. Chief amongst the tricksters, for us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, is BINARY LOGIC which we invoke by our manner of using language. A primary example is where we invoke the notion of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development by means of the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR (pointed out by Nietzsche). This DOUBLE ERROR plays the foundational role in BINARY LOGIC. For example, imagine that there is a long ant-like queue of climbers ascending the flanks of Mount Everest on their way to reaching the summit. When the summit is ‘socked in’ by clouds, the flow of climbers ‘backs up’ and the base-camps GROW large, and when the sun shines, the climbers continue on to the summit and then descend and depart. As the flow continues, the base-camps once again shrink.
Our language based formulations typically employ this kind of binary logical foundation as in GROWTH and REDUCTION, and such abstraction has become ‘invisible’ and ‘taken for granted’ so that, for example, we speak of ‘the base camps ‘growing’ and ‘shrinking’ in size. BUT DO BASE-CAMPS REALLY “GROW” and “SHRINK”? THAT IS, ARE THEY THE AUTHORS OF THEIR OWN GROWING AND SHRINKING? EVIDENTLY NOT!
The ON and OFF cloud cover serves as a GATING influence that alternatively shuts down (and ‘backs up the flow) and re-opens (and re-establishes) the flow of climbers to the summit, therefore we cannot impute the GROWTH or SHRINKING of the base-camps TO THE BASE CAMPS, but that is exactly what the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR has us doing, so that IT SOUNDS LIKE the BASE-CAMP-IS-THE-AUTHOR-OF-ITS-OWN-GROWTH-and-SHRINKAGE.
Such is the straight-forward message we put into words and grammar and it is a BINARY LOGIC based (EITHER IS GROWING OR IS NOT GROWING) message which implies LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development. BUT IN REALITY, as in an amplifier circuit, the atmosphere is a THIRD PARTY in the game, that GATES the flow of climbers that we DO NOT MENTION when we speak in terms of the GROWTH and SHRINKAGE of the base camps in terms that implicitly credit the CAMPS with their own powers of GROWTH or SHRINKING. That is, our VISUAL FOCUS is on the CAMPS as if they are THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES with their own POWERS of GROWING and/or SHRINKING because this is something EXPLICIT THAT WE CAN VISUALLY OBSERVE. So with our standard language usage, we CREDIT the base-camp with GROWTH or SHRINKAGE without mention of the OVER-RIDING GATING ROLE of the varying atmospheric dynamic which alternates between opening and closing down the flow of climbers. This GATING is NONLOCAL and IS NOT IN THE PICTURE when we are focused on the camps ‘themselves’ and it is only this SECONDARY VISUAL EFFECT in the changing size of the camps that suggests LOCAL GROWTH or SHRINKAGE of the camps (in reality, everything is in flux).
TO CREDIT THE BASE-CAMP with its own LOCAL POWER to GROW or SHRINK is what our language and grammar constructs do which is a BINARY reduction from the THREE-COMPONENT REALITY (which includes the atmospheric gating action).
It is SIMPLER for us to visually observe the movements into and out of the base-camps and capture these in the simple terms of the GROWTH and SHRINKAGE of the base-camps as if the BASE-CAMPS were the LOCAL AUTHORS of “their own growth or shrinkage”.
The “REAL” REALITY is NONLOCALITY which is not directly and explicitly VISIBLE and it is without LOCAL VISUAL PICTURABLE content. This NONLOCAL REALITY gives us nothing that is capturable in EXPLICIT language. BUT, just as the drunk searches for the watch he lost on the dark stretch of road under the streetlight “because the search conditions are better there”, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS employ representations of a reality that is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT, in terms that are LOCAL and EXPLICIT because the latter re more easily VISUALIZED and ARTICULATED.
As Johannes Kepler observed in regard to such simplification-enabled language capture of complex phenomena, we school ourselves to use such reductions of reality, not because they are ‘more true’ but because they are ‘more easy’ to share;
“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’
THE PATHOGEN is a case in point, and it is a very important ‘unreal binary logical simplification’ responsible for the confusing of the WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT mind-based modeling of “reality”. For example, we are obliged by the symmetry of binary logic, once our EGO invents the abstraction of LOCAL SOURCING of BENEFICIAL actions and developments, to admit to the LOCAL SOURCING of DETRIMENTAL ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS, even though THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “LOCAL SOURCING” (it is an intellectual abstraction deriving from the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR).
The ABSTRACT (UNREAL) CONCEPT OF “PATHOGEN” has come to play a foundational role in WESTERN MEDICAL-CONCEPTUAL and FORENSIC REPRESENTATION. Hence the ABERRANT quest to ELIMINATE PATHOGENS is pervasive within the SUBSTITUTE REALITY based on the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR which blocks us from understanding based on relational transformation, by inserting in its place the surrogate BINARY reality featuring the interplay of BENOGENS (sourcerers of BENEFICIAL actions and developments and PATHOGENS (sourcerers of MALICIOUS actions and developments).
IN SUM: “PATHOGENS ARE UNREAL ABSTRACTION” that have us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS ’tilting at windmills’, and distracting us from the real world challenge of cultivating and sustaining relational balance and harmony.
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We continue to be in the hey-day of the abstract and UNREAL PATHOGEN concept with the COVID 19 Pandemic. THE VOICES OF TRUSTED AUTHORITIES on the topic of PATHOGENS such as Dr. Anthony Fauci orchestrate our actions in defending ourselves (immunizing ourselves) against the attacking COVID 19 PATHOGEN and its emerging variants.
WAIT A MINUTE! There is no such thing as a “PATHOGEN”, but there is relational imbalance
The ‘Boiled Frog’ adage is the story of a frog who jumps into a pot of cold water on a stove and as the water gets warmer, the frog that is basking in this warmth gets lazier and more comfortable and as time passes, while he thinks about making the needed change, he delays his summoning up of energy to enjoy a wee bit more basking in what is now a VERY relaxing hot tub. When he finally discerns that he MUST make the needed move or perish, it is too late as he can no longer summon the needed energy.
In SYSTEMS terms, this is known as being LOCKED IN BY HIGH SWITCHING COSTS. When we invest so much in converting so many of our applications to the Microsoft PC, as it becomes evident that the Apple or the UNIX system offers a better platform, by that time the resources needed to back out of Microsoft and ‘port’ to a new superior system will have become gargantuan so that we will have no choice but to accept the unfolding Microsoft-dependent future that we have trapped ourselves in.
Where we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are as a social collective, generally, is in this sort of situation because of our commitment to GROWTH. The WESTERN CULTURE commitment to GROWTH in our constructive developments is exemplary of being LOCKED IN by HIGH SWITCHING COSTS. We are ADDICTED TO GROWTH and this has us TURN OUR BACK TO THE REALITY of TRANSFORMATION.
Our grandchildren stand to PAY BIGTIME for our insistence on our pretending we don’t see what’s really going on, which is TRANSFORMATION and NOT “GROWTH”. GROWTH is a RATIO-based concept wherein something LOCAL is said to increase in magnitude. GROWTH is an abstract LOCALIZER of dynamics (to LOCALIZE is to EFFABLE-IZE), but REALITY remains NONLOCAL since REALITY IS TRANSFORMATION. That is, RESONANCE is the REALITY but it is NONLOCAL and thus INEFFABLE. GROWTH is LOCAL and thus EFFABLE but it is only REAL within a SUBSTITUTE REALITY.
(The end of GROWTH is coming! indigenous aboriginals and Taoists/Buddhist have been patiently waiting).
GROWTH implies coherency that creates a BINARY DIVIDING relation between that which is LOCALLY GROWING and the ‘CONTAINING SPACE’ it is expanding into. There is a sense of an increasing RATIO between the earlier and later expanse of that which is GROWING. This suggest the passage of TIME along with RATIO-based increase or diminishment.
GROWTH creates a SUBSTITUTE REALITY since it is ‘psychologically enabled’ by the BINARY LOGICAL notion of LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF expansion and CONJUGATE ABSOLUTE “CONTAINING SPACE”.
In other words, GROWTH implies an ABSOLUTE SPACE as the CONTAINER for the GROWING CONTENT.
Thus, GROWTH is an ABSTRACT CONCEPT that is NOT REAL since ABSOLUTE SPACE is NOT REAL and ABSOLUTE SPACE is the “ENABLER” of the ONE-SIDED GROWTH CONCEPT.
In the reality of our sensory experience there is only TRANSFORMATION. For example, where WE SAY there is GROWTH of Cultivated land, there is CONJUGATE SHRINKAGE of Wilderness land and thus an overall TRANSFORMATION.
FORWARD: Both the EAST and Modern physics understand ‘health’ in the body and ‘health’ in the social collective in terms of NONLOCAL relational resonance, while understanding illness in terms of NONLOCAL relational dissonance. This understanding employs the ‘quantum’ BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE (“inhabitant” and “habitat” are ONE). Illness is understood as the falling out of relational resonance and remediation is the restoring of resonance.
Conversely, both the WEST and Newtonian physics understand ‘health’ in the body and ‘health’ in the social collective in terms of LOCAL production of beneficial outputs and conditions, and illness in terms of the production of pathological outputs and conditions. This understanding employs the EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED MEDIUM wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO. Illness is the attack of pathogens and remediation is the neutralizing of pathogens.
While the EAST view accords with the modern physics supported reality, the WEST mistakes NONLOCAL phenomena for LOCAL phenomena, both in the case of beneficial outputs and pathological outputs. In the WEST, dissonance arising from imbalance (e.g. in race relations) although NONLOCAL in essence, is misinterpreted as a LOCAL ‘attack of pathogens’. NONLOCAL dissonance is not resolved (and may be exacerbated) by attempts to eliminate “LOCAL” pathogens while short term superficial relief may be gained at the expense of long term deepening of the problem.
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(This note was formerly titled “A Cynic’s view of Popular Models of Reality”)
The masculine assertive model of ‘reality’ is very popular in our WESTERN CULTURE. It makes it appear as if we are ‘in control of our own destiny’. I am pondering this as my nephew, who was due to fly to England today to join his girl friend was bitten by a dog while on a morning jog. Will he still make his flight? We’ll see. As Robbie Burns allowed, The best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’.
My university’s motto is Tuum Est, ‘It’s up to you’. I never did like that motto. For me, it gives out too much of a born-with-a-silver-spoon-in-one’s-mouth allusion. Why not, instead, ‘It’s up to us’.
WESTERN CULTURE ARCHETYPE IN THE MIST OF INFERENCE: Whazzamatta ghetto-boy, don’t have what it takes? Just read MY biography while I play the Frank Sinatra favourite ‘I did it my way’.
The Tuum Est model of reality works especially well for ego-inflation-prone WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS like many if not most of us WCAs, but there are other models of reality. There is the Sophie’s choice model of reality where’s its ‘up to you’ to determine whether your first born or second born child will be ‘taken’.
There is also the Paleface choice when you find yourself in a desperate situation and your buddy Tonto says to you, ‘what you mean ‘we’, white man?
As Newton complained, there are no solutions to dynamic situations involving more than two bodies. “An exact solution for three bodies, exceeds, if I am not mistaken, the force of any human mind” – Isaac Newton
Trouble is, … life’s full of such interferential relational complexities where three or more bodies are simultaneously influencing the unfolding reality.
When one is being chased by a bear, survival is not determined simply by how fast you can run, but by how fast the others you are with can run.
But language still allows us to say; ‘I am a survivor because I set my mind to it and escaped from the attacking bear’ (left unsaid; ‘the others weren’t so fortunate’) One statement may be logically true but it simply brings forth recall of Goedel’s theorem which proves the INCOMPLETENESS of all finite systems of logical propositions. Keep your eye on the trickery in the simple masculine assertive propositions we employ all the time, like those which employ the word GROWTH, which obscures the reality of TRANSFORMATION. Nietzsche pointed out the DOUBLE ERROR problem in this regard, where we say stuff like ‘the TOWN is growing larger and more populous and productive’ which makes NO MENTION OF THE REALITY of the conjugate SHRINKAGE of Wilderness and its diversity.
Barack Obama ‘On Trial’
Was OBAMA as BAD as conservatives believe or was he as GOOD as liberals believe?
Clue: OBAMA did nothing about the following;
The U.S. penal population of 2.2 million adults is by far the largest in the world.”Just under one-quarter of the world’s prisoners are held in American prisons. The U.S. rate of incarceration, with nearly 1 out of every 100 adults in prison or jail, is 5 to 10 times higher than the rates in Western Europe and other democracies. — The Growth of Incarceration in the United States
But then again, neither did TRUMP.
The salient feature of WESTERN CULTURES, which puts us AT ODDS with MODERN PHYSICS, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta is that WE CULTIVATE AND DEFEND BELIEF IN SORCERY.
By SORCERY, I am referring to what Nietzsche identifies as ‘THE DOUBLE ERROR OF NAMING AND GRAMMAR’ which is also known as “REASON”.
“REASON” is over-simplistic abstraction which is otherwise known as RATIO-NALITY and/or GROWTH. For example we REASON that ‘the TOWN is GROWING larger and more populous and productive’ (we can ‘smell’ the abstract concept of LOCAL SOURCING in this statement). In the REALITY of our sensory experience, we understand that we and the TOWN are included in TRANSFORMATION, which is ‘everywhere-at-the-same-time’.