The ‘DOUBLE ERROR’ is the ‘trick’ we use to make language based REPRESENTATION of our fluid reality (the Wave-field aka ‘the Tao) possible. The FIRST ERROR is NAMING of a flow-form to ‘isolate it’ from the transforming relational flow-continuum (e.g. ‘DUNING’ which is a resonance phenomenon that we REDUCE to “DUNE”) so that what is actually a NONLOCAL phenomenon is RE-presented as coming from something LOCAL. The SECOND ERROR is GRAMMAR wherein we impute to the LOCAL thing-in-itself that we create with NAMING, ITS OWN notional power of SOURCING actions and developments (e.g. the DUNE is growing higher and longer and is shifting across the desert floor).
Thanks to our application of the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR, we have REDUCED (but only in our language-stimulated intellectual abstracting) the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT resonance phenomenon of “DUNING” to something EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT.
Within the actual Wave-field, everything is fluid and forms are relational and resonance-based. So, there is good reason why EASTERN CULTURE’s ‘Zen’ recommends adding an ‘ing’ suffix to all NAMES (nouns) to remind ourselves that FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE, … NOT TWO as in “EITHER DUNE” “OR DESERT”, or “EITHER HUMAN-INHABITANT” or “HABITAT’ (i.e. there is DUNING and HUMANING within the transforming relational continuum).
In other words, we have TWO CHOICES of LOGIC for constructing our representations of REALITY, the WESTERN CULTURE habitual EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO, … and the Quantum physics BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE.
DUNING is a feature within the TRANSFORMING Wave-field space. Because it is NONLOCAL (resonance based and thus purely relational) and IMPLICIT), it is INEFFABLE; i.e there is no ‘IT’ there as we can’t find a beginning and ending of it; it is as if the land is SMILING or WRINKLING or TRANSFORMING so that while we can use language to speak of ‘a LOCAL SMILE’ or ‘a LOCAL WRINKLE’, the overall transforming landscape is what is the most basic REALITY. “WRINKLING” of the land is how TRANSFORMATION manifests and while we can use the NAMING and GRAMMAR DOUBLE ERROR capability of language to reduce ‘what is going on’ to “‘the DUNE’ that is growing higher and longer and is shifting across the “DESERT FLOOR”, all of this is abstraction concocted for the purpose of reducing the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT to the EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT.
What the hell is the ‘DESERT FLOOR’?
AUTHOR’s PROLOGUE: Western Language-Induced Bipolar Disorder
This essay has been written from the point of view that popular WESTERN CULTURE investigation of ‘psychological disorder’ HAS ITS LADDER UP THE WRONG WALL, as suggested by Cochrane and Sashidharan among others;
From the outset it will be clear that most of the research in this field has followed the conventional epidemiological or medical paradigm by focusing on mental ill health as the dependent variable. It is, therefore, not surprising that there is a lack of empirically grounded research on mental well-being or the psychological resilience and survival of minority groups in this country” — R. Cochrane (University of Birmingham) and S. P. Sashidharan (North Birmingham Mental Health Trust) in ‘Mental Health and Ethnic Minorities’
That is, if the investigation orients to ‘what is wrong with this person?’, it is unlikely to deliver answers to the larger question of ‘what is wrong with us?’ (as a social-relational collective). Jill Astbury raises the same question in ‘Crazy for You: The Making of Women’s Madness’ in her inquiry into the World Health Organization study showing that women have twice the incidence of ‘affective disorders’ (depression, bipolar disorder etc.) as men;
“The research stemming from this viewpoint had a systemic blindness. It could literally not see what it was doing, as the normative quality of its own presuppositions had made them invisible.” – Jill Astbury
In other words, by orienting the investigation to … ‘what is wrong with these ‘canaries’, we are doing the equivalent of investigating what is wrong with the oddly behaving miner’s canary out of the context of the variations in the ambient conditions (e.g. the web of relations) they are included in. So long as we pride ourselves on our ability to push on forward no matter how our actions may be cultivating a more toxic ‘normal’ ambiance (“when the going gets tough, the tough get going”), the more sensitive among us will progressively experience ‘breakdown’ (made less visible through pharmaceutical “numb-down”), a signal that should give us cause for reflection on ‘where we are going’ so that we do not put our children on a bus trip to hell.
The “ticket’ for such a “bus trip to hell” by way of Bipolar Disorder’ comes in the form of a ‘Declaration of Independence’ , the WESTERN CULTURE EGO-DEFINING ABSTRACTION which ‘makes sense’ only where intended in a relational context wherein the INDEPENDENCE is in terms of relational associations within the ONE Great Harmony (the Wave-field) where FIGURE and GROUND are ONE and NOT in the EGO based abstract sense of FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO where the FIGURE is DECLARED INDEPENDENT of the GROUND, a conceptualization of reality which builds BIPOLAR DISORDER into WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENCE.
When does an ILLUSION become a DELUSION? … ANSWER: When we employ it as our operative reality.
Nietzsche’s example the “DOUBLE ERROR” of ‘LIGHTNING FLASHES’ and Nishitani’s example of ‘FIRE BURNS’ illustrate how we can use language and grammar to construct representations that ‘BREAK INTO’ the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL dynamics of Wave-field reality (aka ‘the Tao’, aka ‘the transforming relational continuum’).
As David Bohm points out, our sensory experience is of inclusion in THE TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM (the Wave-field) which is an experience that language can only imply but CANNOT EXPLICITLY CAPTURE since the Wave-field is in flux everywhere-at-the-same-time.
That is, the Wave-field “IS” TRANSFORMATION which is purely RELATIONAL so in order to use the reductive tool of language to even approximately capture TRANSFORMATION, we employ language in a REDUCTIVE, DOUBLE ERROR mode, using notional NAMING-instantiated things-in-themselves with GRAMMAR-instantiated powers of SOURCING actions and developments. This DOUBLE ERROR mode of language captures EFFABLE-because-LOCAL representations of the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL dynamic of TRANSFORMATION.
For example, ’DUNING’ is a resonance phenomenon which is NONLOCAL which our INTELLECT can reduce to LOCAL geometric forms that we call DUNES, opening the way to our INVERTING of the dynamics of REALITY with language and grammar, imputing LOCAL BEING with the word “DUNE” and notionally endowing this intellectually-fabricated abstraction with “ITS” OWN POWERS of movement and development as in the language and grammar construct; ‘The DUNE is growing higher and longer and is shifting towards the ocean’. This is the DOUBLE ERROR in action; i.e. in its intellectual-representation-conditioning action.
We can’t build a city in the same Wilderness twice for the Wilderness is not the same Wilderness and the city is not the same city.
(Shifting understanding from Euclidian space to Spherical space)
The proposition “We can’t build a city in the same Wilderness twice for the Wilderness is not the same Wilderness and the city is not the same city” flags a difference in how we understand reality associated with differing conceptualizations of space. (Spherical space is not the same as Euclidian space; i.e. In the (spherical) space of our sensory experience, as the cultivated area grows, the Wilderness area reciprocally shrinks; i.e This is NEITHER GROWTH nor SHRINKAGE per se (i.e. GROWTH and SHRINKAGE are both flatspace concepts), it is TRANSFORMATION (‘TRANSFORMATION’ is a more ‘dimensionally-competent’ spherical space conceptualization).
BOTTOM LINE: Based on the testimony of our real-life sensory experience, there is no such thing as GROWTH, there is only TRANSFORMATION.
‘GROWTH’ depends on the abstract concept of LOCAL (i.e. a locally existing thing-in-itself as the ‘stub’ that is undergoing ‘GROWTH’.
‘GROWTH’ is simpler than TRANSFORMATION because it makes an abstract splitting between content and container or ‘inhabitant’ and ‘habitat’ which conjures up the abstract concept of LOCAL existence so that we can develop a simpler system of language and grammar to represent change LOCALLY as with the INHABITANT without having to deal, AT THE SAME TIME, with simultaneous changes in the HABITAT as is the case with TRANSFORMATION.
That is, because we can notionally SEPARATE AND ISOLATE the FIGURE from the GROUND as if they were TWO separate things (i.e. as if the INHABITANT and the HABITAT were TWO separate things), … we can reduce the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL to the EFFABLE-because-LOCAL.
TRANSFORMATION is IMPLICIT and INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL. Our sensory experience is of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum (the Wave-field/the Tao). TRANSFORMATION implies FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE.
GROWTH is EXPLICIT and EFFABLE-because-LOCAL. Our intellectual representations are constructed from visual observations that reduce the NONLOCAL to the LOCAL (e.g. DUNING which is resonance that is inherently NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT is reduced to DUNE which is LOCAL and EXPLICIT) by the FOCUSING power of visual closed-form perception concretized by NAMING, and re-animated with the intellectual conceptualizing of GRAMMAR which imputes the POWER of SOURCING of GROWTH and MOVEMENT to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself, ‘DUNE’. This is the “DOUBLE ERROR” of language and grammar pointed out by Nietzsche where we reduce TRANSFORMATION wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE to GROWTH wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO.
Out of this DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR arises the abstract intellectual splitting of DUNING (FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE) into DUNE-and-DESERT (FIGURE and GROUND as TWO). The ONE dynamic of TRANSFORMATION is thus intellectually RE-presented by way of the DOUBLE ERROR as TWO separate DYNAMICS; that of “THE INHABITANT” and that of “THE HABITAT”. Note that in modern physics, as in indigenous aboriginal cultures, INHABITANT-and-HABITAT-are-ONE (i.e. The ONE is the all-including Transforming Wave-field continuum aka ‘the Tao’).
THE DOUBLE ERROR as the source of AMBIGUITY
Not only does the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR reduce the NONLOCAL-and-thus-INEFFABLE TRANSFORMATION to the LOCAL-and-thus-EFFABLE LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments, it does so AMBIGUOUSLY.
A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably. –-Wittgenstein – Philosophical Investigations.
Positive assertions such as “FIRE BURNS” establish the “localness” of actions and developments, as in the DOUBLE ERROR combination of NAMING and GRAMMAR. It is a DOUBLE ERROR, as Nietzsche points out, because NAMING imputes LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING (an abstraction which is not supported by sense-experience reality) and GRAMMAR is a device by which we impute the power of SOURCING actions and developments to the NAMING-instantiated LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING. What began as TRANSFORMATION as in seasonal desiccating of the vegetation-laden landscape and its breaking out in a rash of lightning-ignited patches of combusting vegetation, is REDUCED, thanks to the DOUBLE ERROR, to a NUMBER of LOCAL FIRES that ‘are BURNING’.
To say that FIRE BURNS or that LIGHTNING FLASHES or that I GROW is a DOUBLE ERROR as Nietzsche has pointed out which imputes LOCAL BEING based SOURCING of actions and development, abstract constructions that we SUBSTITUTE for the relational transformation we experience inclusion in. Notice how TRANSFORMATION which is INTRINSICALLY “NONLOCAL” and thus INEFFABLE is replaced by the abstract “LOCAL” and thus EFFABLE by the employing of the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar.
“I AM GROWING” is an effective “DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENT LOCAL BEING” that ABSTRACTLY (in our intellectual constructing of reality) SPLITS US OUT OF the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM and GRAMMATICALLY endows us (in the intellectual constructions of our mind) with our own LOCAL powers of actions and development. Within this DOUBLE ERROR, not only do we make ourselves out to be LOCAL and INDEPENDENT BEINGS, we make ourselves out as having our own POWERS of LOCAL SELF-SOURCING of actions and development.
Nietzsche delves into this as follows in ‘The Will to Power’;
Modern physics informs us that reality is inclusion in the transforming relational continuum which is like living within a hologram; i.e. living within TRANSFORMATION (the Wave-field).
Note that what is intended here is NOT ‘living within a ‘continually transforming world’, because THERE IS NO “WORLD”, there is only TRANSFORMATION. In other words, TRANSFORMATION IS THE WORLD.
If we FIRST presume there is a WORLD that contains many things, including ourselves, then we are screwing up all possibility of getting to an understanding of reality as in modern physics and indigenous aboriginal cultures.
FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE, … is the basic reality of the Wave-field (and hologram), while FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO is the abstract REPRESENTATION we construct with language and grammar based DOUBLE ERROR. The FIRST ERROR is NAMING which imputes (within the intellect) the LOCAL existence of a thing-in-itself (e.g. DUNE) and the SECOND ERROR, which conflates the first, is GRAMMAR that imputes to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself, the power of SOURCING actions and developments. (e.g. the DUNE is growing higher and longer and is shifting across the ‘desert floor’).
Note that in imputing ontological independence and the power of independent movement to ‘the DUNE’ (or ‘HUMAN’ or ‘TOWN’ or etc.) we invoke BINARY LOGIC as in FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO independently existing ontologies wherein the FIGURE can roam about in the GROUND or in other words the INHABITANT can roam about in the HABITAT.
That, as Nietzsche points out, is a DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar. It is also the birth of SORCERY in the sense that this DOUBLE ERROR imputes the independent action and development (growth) of the FIGURE that is perceived as independent of the GROUND.
In modern physics, as in indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, FIGURE -and-GROUND-are-ONE, as is also the case with the hologram, hence Bohm’s Holographic Universe.
This is the CULTURE-DIVIDER wherein us WESTERN CULTURE adherents hold that FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO as in PRODUCER-PRODUCT dynamics while the EASTERN CULTURE, along with modern physics, holds that FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE as in TRANSFOMATION.
Our WESTERN CULTURE fosters belief in SORCERY. This belief in SORCERY comes with the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar, described by Nietzsche, the FIRST ERROR is the use of NAMING to impute local thing-in-itself existence to whatever relational feature in the transforming flow-continuum is given the NAME; e.g. person, nation, corporation, bacterium, virus etc. The SECOND ERROR is GRAMMAR that imputes the power of LOCAL SOURCING to the NAMING-instantiated (notional) thing-in-itself, hence ‘LIGHTNING FLASHES’ (Nietzsche) and FIRE BURNS (Nishitani).
This DOUBLE ERROR allows us to use language and grammar to LOCALLY JUMPSTART ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS; i.e. to ‘break into the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL flow-continuum’ aka the Wave-field aka ‘the Tao’ and reductively render it in EFFABLE-because-LOCAL terms. For example, the familiar resonance phenomenon that manifests as DUNING is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL but we can use the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR to reduce it to “the DUNE’ that ‘grows higher and longer and shifts across the ‘desert floor’” which is EFFABLE-because-LOCAL.
Now we have something LOCAL to attribute development and actions to; “This DUNE X-34 centred at latitude X and longitude Y developed in the sandstorm that started yesterday and has grown to several metres in height and about 50 metres in length, and has been steadily shifting towards the coast”.
Note how the DOUBLE ERROR allows us to shift from the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL (resonance) to the EFFABLE-because-LOCAL (mechanistic).
The world as understood in modern physics is a transforming relational continuum. This is the fluid world of Heraclitus, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta wherein developments are INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL and where FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE.
The world as understood in classical physics is a world of material objects in empty space wherein developments are EFFABLE-because-LOCAL and where FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO.
SORCERY as a locally incipient birthing of being is a concept that is impossible in the world of modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta where ‘everything is in flux’ (where TRANSFORMATION is the basic reality aka the Wave-field dynamic aka the Tao)
Our WESTERN CULTURE obsession with SORCERY brings with it the associated superior social status for those believed to be major contributors in the SOURCING of VALUABLE actions and developments and the associated inferior social status for those believed to be lesser contributors in the SOURCING of VALUABLE actions and developments and/or contributors to the SOURCING of negative actions and developments.
Nowhere is this SORCERY based values systems stronger than in the UNITED STATES where those seen as SOURCING valuable actions and developments are treated as HEROES while those seen as SOURCING little of worth are ignored and those seen as SOURCING disruptive or destructive actions and developments are perceived as VILLAINS.
In modern physics as in indigenous aboriginal cultures, reality is understood in terms of relational transformation (LOCAL SOURCING DOES NOT ARISE). Actions and developments may be DESCRIBED as manifesting LOCALLY as in LIGHTNING FLASHES and FIRE BURNS but these expressions are DOUBLE ERROR reductions of the NONLOCAL RELATIONAL TRANSFORMATION that is the primary reality.
The point is that SORCERY is not REAL but is a language and grammar DOUBLE ERROR based EFFABLE-IZING device useful for INFERRING the INEFFABLE. “NAMING” establishes a LOCAL thing-in-itself existence while GRAMMAR equips the LOCAL thing-in-itself with the notional powers of SOURCING actions and developments.
In our WESTERN CULTURE, the deservedness of the allocated socially requisite praise and rewards for SORCERY achievements is often highly controversial. The correction sought has been with respect to the relative equitability of deservedness of SORCERY credits; e.g. are males and whites being given more rewards and praise than females and blacks, for the same feats of SORCERY? Equitability corrections are in progress, but the deeper problem remains untouched by this WESTERN CULTURE social initiative since the root of the problem is that there is no such thing as SORCERY aka the PRODUCER-PRODUCT dynamic, there is only TRANSFORMATION.
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Our common WESTERN CULTURE use of language conjures up representations in terms of the LOCAL SOURCING OF ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS by NAMING-instantiated things-in-themselves. This is a DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar (Nietzsche) and it is the source of a general craziness in our WESTERN CULTURE, as is the topic of this note. This ‘general craziness’ includes the polarizing division into politically opposite factions termed ‘conservatives’ and ‘liberals’. This Polar Division associates with a basic ambiguity infused into the WESTERN PSYCHE by the DOUBLE ERROR That is; ‘is it the individual’s thinking that sources the group’s thinking or is it the group’s thinking that sources the individual’s thinking? . ‘Does the man source the times or do the times source the man?’ Did Hitler source WWII or did WWII source the rise of Churchill?
I keep using words that imply that SORCERY is a real dynamic, but it it, really? Nietzsche says NO! What ‘sorcery’ (the notion of LOCAL SOURCING OF ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS) is, is a DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar as where we say LIGHTNING FLASHES and FIRE BURNS. The first error is NAMING that imputes LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING, and the second, conflating error is GRAMMAR that imputes the power of sourcing actions and developments to the NAMING-instantiated LOCAL thing-in-itself.
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are schooled in the belief in an ‘individual’s powers of SORCERY of EITHER good OR evil actions and developments. In fact, such powers of SORCERY can be credited to anything we care to NAME such as a person, nation, animal, insect, corporation etc. This notion of having the personal power of SORCERY gives rise to EGO.
There is no SORCERY in the transforming relational continuum aka ‘the Wave-field’ aka ‘the Tao’ aka ‘the reality’ of modern physics., there is only TRANSFORMATION.
What we call ‘normal’ is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience.” — R.D. Laing
I am using the English language as the vehicle for sharing conceptual understanding that lies beyond the direct and explicit representational capabilities of this type of language. The limited concept conveying capabilities of this European NAMING and GAMMAR based language is a problem that has been identified by David Bohm and others in that because it employs an EXPLICIT form of representation, it cannot represent the fluid, flowing reality of the Wave-field; i.e. reality as understood in modern physics. This fluid reality requires a more comprehensive (higher dimensional) representational capability. That is, the reality of TRANSFORMATION wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE cannot be captured in a language whose basic conveyancing architecture is in terms of FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO representations.
For example, “DUNING” and “DESERTING” are NONLOCAL resonance-based phenomena that are INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL (included within the transforming relational continuum so that we would have describe the entire NONLOCAL continuum in order to give meaning to anything “LOCAL”).
So, in order to ‘EFFABLE-ize’ the ‘INEFFABLE’, the trick is to employ the DOUBLE ERROR (Nietzsche) of language and grammar to ‘chop out’ a LOCAL piece of the transforming relational continuum for descriptive purposes. For example we figuratively CHOP OUT a LOCAL ‘DUNE’ from the NONLOCAL resonance phenomenon of DUNING in order to render EFFABLE-because-LOCAL, the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL “DUNING”. In this DOUBLE ERROR ‘chop-out’ reduction, the FIRST ERROR is NAMING which imputes LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING, and we conflate this with the SECOND ERROR of GRAMMAR which imputes the power of SOURCING actions and developments to the notional NAMING instantiated LOCAL thing-in-itself. Make no mistake about it, … the natural phenomenon is NONLOCAL RESONANCE which is unbounded in SPACETIME, while our chopped out “DUNE” that we LOCAL-ize with “NAMING” and animate with “GRAMMAR” is abstracted into a notionally SEPARATE ‘absolute SPACE’ and absolute ‘TIME’ ‘operating ground’. Instead of FIGURE-and-GROUND-as ONE, … such abstraction gives us FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO.
This comment elaborates on how “REALITY” can be constructed differently depending on our intellectual habits. I have referred to the major split as EAST versus WEST in this regard and would include in ‘EAST’, modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. Included in ‘WEST’ are Newtonian physics and the WESTERN CULTURE ADHERING belief system. These are general ‘groupings’ that can be more definitively described in terms of the relative priority (in ‘reality constructing’) given to TRANSFORMATION versus ‘PRODUCTION-and-CONSUMPTION’. TRANSFORMATION is a NONLOCAL dynamic (i.e. it is a WAVE-FIELD dynamic) and since it is going on everywhere-at-the same time’, it is INEFFABLE.
Language and grammar equip us for intellectually splitting TRANSFORMATION (wherein FIGURE and GROUND are ONE which is why TRANSFORMATION is INEFFABLE) into TWO SEPARATE components; PRODUCING (creating/extruding) and CONSUMING (annihilating/subducting) wherein FIGURE and GROUND are TWO (i.e. where we imagine that there are TWO separate ontological entities). The splitting of TRANSFORMATION into two separate parts succeeds in re-rendering (reducing) the ineffable-because-NONLOCAL, to effable-because-LOCAL That is, we can ‘talk about’ FIGURE AND GROUND when we conceive of these as TWO as if, for example, the INHABITANT were INDEPENDENT of the HABITAT and was able to roam around on its own accord exploring and exploiting the PERCEIVED AS SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT “HABITAT”. This is part of the WESTERN CULTURE belief system that distinguishes the WEST from the EAST, since the EASTERN belief, which accords with modern physics, is that INHABITANT and HABITAT are ONE, … or in geometric terms, FIGURE and GROUND are ONE, this latter understanding is supported by the Wave-field conceptualizing of reality.
The point being made by Nietzsche and Nishitani is that the DOUBLE ERROR of “LIGHTNING FLASHES” (Nietzsche) and “FIRE BURNS” (Nishitani) is an expedient for reducing TRANSFORMATION which is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL (something we must remain silent about, as Wittgenstein puts it) to something EFFABLE-because-LOCAL such as CREATION and EXTINCTION as with FIRE BURNS and FIRE is EXTINGUISHED. The reality of our sensory experience, meanwhile, is that we share inclusion in a seasonal world wherein what we are included in cycles through hot periods where everything gets dried out and becomes like gunpowder ready to burst into flames. This is TRANSFORMATION but because TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL we can’t do our usual trick with language and grammar to render it in LOCAL terms until the opportunity for a LOCAL approach to reality capture opens up for us, as where we can say FIRE BURNS. Likewise, when relations are such as to grow the relative difference between regions of surplus and regions of deficiency (rich and poor), we are still in the realm of relational TRANSFORMATION.
TRANSFORMATION continues as the operational dynamic even while, at some point, the ‘rebalancers’ like Robin Hood and Jean Valjean ‘come out of the woodwork’, a development which is met IN OUR WESTERN CULTURE by labelling the emergent agents of rebalancing PATHOGENS aka CRIMINALS aka THIEVES. We do this LABELING by way of DOUBLE ERROR constructions akin to FIRE BURNS, such as THIEVES STEAL which ignores the RELATIONAL TRANSFORMATION that is steadily developing (which is INEFFABLE but just because we can’t ‘lingualize’ and articulate it doesn’t mean we don’t experience it; i.e. WE DO EXPERIENCE the INEFFABLE relational TRANSFORMATION that we are all included in, and it is this experiencing of being included in rising relational imbalance that induces Robin Hood and Jean Valjean’s rebalancing actions).
The point is that our being included in TRANSFORMATION is an INEFFABLE EXPERIENCE and we sweat our way through the long hot summer as we walk through forests that are becoming more and more desiccated and turning into fire-bombs-in-waiting, and all through this we say nothing until, … LOOK!, THERE’S A FIRE BURNING OVER THERE!.
That’s how PATHOGENS like COVID 19 get INVENTED, as an EFFABLE COVER for INEFFABLE TRANSFORMATION. Such DOUBLE ERROR EFFABLE-IZING TOOL can be highly useful since it allows us to share our experiences and observations and coordinate our actions, but it can be a CRAZY-MAKER when we, as we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are prone to doing, ‘let the tool run away with the workman, the human (LOCAL) with the divine (NONLOCAL).
The LOCALIZING abstractions of ‘FIRE BURNS’ and ‘PATHOGENS ATTACK and KILL’ (e.g. COVID 19, clostridium difficile etc.) are great communication aids but, like FIRE BURNS, they are only up to the job of INFERENCE of something innately more profound that is going on, which is TRANSFORMATION, … something that is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL. So, thanks to the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar, we are able to reduce the NONLOCAL to the LOCAL as we are doing when we speak in terms of “FIRE BURNS” and “COVID 19 KILLS”, as if the relational world of NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION of our sensory experience could be reduced by our language based intellectual constructions, to a world of LOCALLY SOURCED ACTIONS and DEVELOPMENTS, which is what the DOUBLE ERROR does; …. thank you very much ‘FIRE BURNS’ and ‘COVID 19 KILLS’, because you (the reductive DOUBLE ERROR) are a VALUABLE TOOL for enabling at least a REDUCED version of the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL “TRANSFORMATION” to be put in a form that is EFFABLE-BECAUSE-LOCAL [*The ‘DOUBLE ERROR’ identified by Nietzsche is (first error) ‘NAMING’ to impute LOCAL thing-in-itself being, conflated with (second error) GRAMMAR to impute to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself the power of SOURCING actions and developments)*].
IF ONLY WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS DIDN’T let the tool run away with the workman, the human (LOCAL) with the divine (NONLOCAL) , and instead, like our EASTERN CULTURE and MODERN PHYSICS cultures, hold in perspective, the reality that such reductions to the LOCAL are only good for INFERENCE of the ineffable and are not good for direct employment as a notional EXPLICIT (pseudo-) REALITY feature. For example “FIRE BURNS” cannot be construed as a REAL LOCAL phenomenon because the real phenomenon is NONLOCAL relational TRANSFORMATION that, because it is INEFFABLE, we do not talk about. Though we can’t break TRANSFORMATION down into LOCAL agency, we know that we are included in some overall process that is sucking the moisture out of the once-green moist grass and shrubbery and transforming this vegetation into an easily triggered explosive while we ourselves are funnels for water coming in and evaporating out of our pores even as we turn brown and sunburned, much like the grass without the extreme desiccating that can convert shrubbery into easily detonated explosives. WE ARE FIGURES INCLUDED IN A GROUND that is NOT INDEPENDENT OF OURSELVES, and we can’t escape from the TRANSFORMATION that characterizes the transforming relational continuum aka the ‘Wave-field’ aka ‘the Tao’ that is all inclusive and that includes us (i.e. FIGURE and GROUND are ONE).
So, the expressions ‘FIRE BURNS” and “COVID 19 KILLS” are convenient DOUBLE ERROR abstractions that we can use for purposes of reductive EFFABLE INFERENCE of the INEFFABLE TRANSFORMATION that we share inclusion in. Such REDUCTIONS are good only for INFERENCE and not competent for use as EXPLICIT REPRESENTATIONS of REALITY, however, that is what is currently going on in our popular WESTERN CULTURE psychological reality constructing practice. ‘FIRE BURNS’ and ‘COVID 19 KILLS’ come with the archetypal sense of LOCAL SOURCING OF ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS that, in the psyche of us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, USURPS the reality-furnishing role of our INTUITION of NONLOCALITY that is innate in TRANSFORMATION.
Where this gets confusing is that we don’t know from a person’s language, if they are ‘coming from the EASTERN understanding or ‘coming from the WESTERN understanding’ because WESTERN language and grammar is ambiguous in this respect. If a person uses the DOUBLE ERROR and says ‘my farm is growing larger and increasing its production’, such language usage does not mention that ‘the Wilderness lands’ are growing reciprocally smaller. This ‘incompleteness’ is the same incompleteness of all finite logical constructs as pointed out by Goedel’s theorem. In other words, our normal WESTERN logic is the EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED MEDIUM wherein FIGURE and GROUND are TWO (note that the medium is excluded when we talk in terms of the GROWTH of a LOCAL ‘NAMING-instantiated-thing-in-itself such as ‘a farm’).
What we need, as Bohm and Nietzsche and others have pointed out, is a more comprehensive language which employs what has been called ‘quantum logic’; i.e. the BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium where FIGURE and GROUND are ONE. In this case, there is no such thing as the GROWTH of ‘the FARM’, there is only relational TRANSFORMATION which comprehends as ONE, BOTH the “GROWTH” of the farm AND the SHRINKAGE of ‘the Wilderness’. Not only does TRANSFORMATION do away with the abstract concept of GROWTH (which comes from the DOUBLE ERROR), it does away with the abstract concept of ‘LOCAL’ which, together with the abstract concept of ‘GROWTH’, usurps understanding in terms of TRANSFORMATION. The only place that the GROWTH of things (such as FIRES that BURN) could be possible ‘on its own’ is within an absolute space of infinite extent, something that is not available to our real-life sensual experience.
Just because TRANSFORMATION is INEFFABLE doesn’t mean that it is NOT REAL. It is the DOUBLE ERROR constructions such as “FIRE BURNS” and “COVID 19 KILLS” that are NOT REAL, and take us inside an abstract absolute space based pseudo-reality notionally populated with NAMING instantiated LOCAL things-in-themselves with GRAMMAR-given (notional) powers of SOURCING actions and developments. This DOUBLE ERROR bullshit is fine as a tool of INFERENCE of an ineffable reality but used as an EXPLICIT reality-substitute rather than IMPLICITLY, it is a CRAZY-MAKER and that is the current plight of those of us who are WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS or ‘WESTERN CULTURE FELLOW TRAVELLERS’.
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What we have in the world today are TWO different strains of language architecture. As David Bohm pointed out, modern physics needed a new and more comprehensive language to capture ‘reality’ that would overcome the limitations of our European languages. The needed language architecture was one wherein there was no hard dependency on the abstract concept of LOCAL things-in-themselves, as in the European languages which are based on the NAMING and GRAMMAR which creates LOCAL things-in-themselves that facilitate a LOCAL, bottom-up construction of representations of reality.
Isaac Newton (somewhat cautiously) affirmed the correctness of this approach to linguistic-conceptual representations of the reality of our experience (as separate things-in-ourselves) in Nature, justifying it on the basis that it fit the way God would have done it in the CREATION;
The fertile mind of Isaac Newton turned to this concept, in his 31st Query, one of a number appended to his work on Optics. Newton published certain of his thoughts, each in the form of a Question, “because I am not yet satisfied about it for want of Experiments.” He launched into considering this Query by writing:
“Qu. 31. Have not the small Particles of Bodies certain Powers, Virtues or Forces, by which they act at a distance, not only upon the Rays of Light for reflecting, refracting and inflecting them, but also upon one another producing a great part of the Phænomena of Nature?”
After speaking of chemical reactions, and various musings on attraction in different circumstances, several pages later he proceeds as follows:
“All these things being considered, it seems probable to me, that God in the Beginning form’d matter in solid, massy, hard, impenetrable, moveable Particles, of such Sizes and Figures, and with such other Properties, and in such Proportion to Space, as most conduced to the end for which he form’d them; and these primitive Particles being Solids, are incomparably harder than any porous Bodies compounded of them; even so very hard as never to wear or break in pieces: no ordinary Power being able to divide what God himself made one in the first Creation.”
Newton quotes from Opticks (1704, 2nd ed., 1718), 350 & 375-376
For a very different perspective on where Newton got the foundataional basics for his Natural Philosophy, see Benjamin Whorf’s investigations that show that Newton’s extracted his laws of physics from the already existing European language and grammar, the basic building block in which is the DOUBLE ERROR (Nietzsche) of NAMING (to conceptually establish in the intellect a LOCAL thing-in-itself), conflating this with GRAMMAR ( to impute the power of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments to the NAMING instantiated thing-in-itself.
By contrast, indigenous aboriginal cultures along with Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta grounded their language in the understanding that ‘everything is in flux’ (Heraclitus) wherein reality is inherently NONLOCAL in the manner of a fluid flow or Wave-field dynamic and THAT WHICH APPEARS TO BE A LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF is instead a persisting RELATIONAL GATHERING AND SCATTERING like the ‘BOIL’ in the river FLOW and the DUNING in the DESERTING.