There are no ‘people’, peopling is an appearance within the holodynamic (the Tao).
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-1- The world of our sensory experience is an energy flow-field; it is a transforming relational continuum that has been termed the Tao (Lao Tzu) and/or the Logos (Heraclitus).
“The Tao that can be told is not the true Tao” – Lao Tzu
The world is an ineffable flow-continuum; i.e. a holodynamic. As Wittgenstein observes,
“Of that which we cannot speak, we must pass over in silence” (“Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen”), — Wittgenstein
-2- The world as a flow-continuum (holodynamic) cannot be captured by language since language consists of names or nouns and names signify persisting existence and there are no things with persisting existence in the Tao. Since the flow continuum cannot be captured DIRECTLY by language since everything is in flux, the work-around is to use the names and animating verbs as ‘Wittgenstein ladders’ to conjure up an impression of the transforming flow-continuum (holodynamic)
6.54 My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.
He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly.
“7. Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
— Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus
-3- Western culture reality is unique in its use of sorcery IN AN EXPLICIT SENSE. In the transforming relational continuum; i.e. in reality understood as the transforming relational continuum, there are IN THE REALITY OF OUR SENSORY EXPERIENCE no name-instantiated ‘things-in-themselves’ with powers of sourcing actions and developments; i.e. this is the ‘double error’ of language and grammar as pointed out by Nietzsche. This language and grammar based double error conjures up a psychological impression of a ‘thing-in-itself’ that ‘eclipses’ and ‘occludes’ the understanding of our natural experience wherein there are only relational forms without persisting being’ (as expressed by ‘mitakuye oyasin’).
Western culture is a crazy-maker, as R.D. Laing author of The Divided Self succinctly points out.
The pseudo-reality promoted by Western culture as the ‘operative reality’ is based on the ‘double error’ that is chronic in Western culture thinking, as pointed out by Nietzsche;
First Error: Using ‘naming’ to impute the persisting existence of a thing-in-itself
Second Error: Conflating the first by imputing powers of sourcing actions and developments to the name-instantiated thing-in-itself
This double error of language and grammar conditions the intellect so as to think of dynamics NOT IN TERMS OF RELATIONAL TRANFORMATION as implied by our sensory experience, and as constitutes the ‘reality’ of modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Buddhism/Taoism and Advaita Vedanta, … but in terms of ‘sorcery’.
The world experienced through our sensations of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum is ECLIPSED by language and grammar stimulated intellectual construction that reduces reality by means of the double error to synthetic terms of picturable things and the notional actions and developments of these things, eclipsing our sensation based understanding of reality in terms of the all-including Tao or Logos or ‘field’, and substituting in its place, an empty space locally populated by name-instantiated ‘things-in-themselves’, intellectual abstractions arising by way of the ‘double error’.
Naming makes a powerful impression on the mind. For example, the name ‘Poland’ (see ‘The Changing Borders of Poland’ ) does not depend on the existence of some explicit entity since ‘naming’ creates, in the mind, the notion of a ‘thing-in-itself’ that can then be used in language and grammar based ‘story-telling’. The ‘boil’ in the ‘flow’ has us thinking of the ‘boil’ as a real ‘thing-in-itself’ but the boil is simply the way that ‘flow’ appears to us; i.e. the boil is an ‘apparition’. The same is true for the hurricane and the same is true for the human and for all name-instantiated thing-in-themselves abstractions.
Western culture continues to foster belief in sorcery, whether in the systems sciences terms of the ‘producer-product dynamic, or the old fashion alchemical sense of ‘sorcery’. In either case, it is pure abstraction ungrounded in the reality of our actual sensory experiencing of inclusion in the ineffable Tao, the ‘field’ of modern physics.
‘Sorcery’ is sustained in the Western psyche by the ‘double error’ of language and grammar (Nietzsche) and it abstraction that presents to the psyche in two mutually opposing ways captured in the title ‘Mephistopheles et l’Androgyne’ (English title ‘The Two and the One’) by anthropologist Mircea Eliade.
The double error is the language and grammar technique we Western culture adherents are employing that sustains the illusion of ‘sorcery’, the same sorcery as believed in in the Western culture’s medieval era, which has never ‘gone away’ (Newton ‘embedded it’ in Newtonian physics); i.e. modern Western culture continues to cultivate belief in ‘sorcery’ that feeds the ego.
The belief in sorcery divides Western culture adherents into opposing camps that we call ‘conservatives’ and ‘liberals’. ‘Sorcery’ does not arise in modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, all of which understand reality as a relational energy field or flowing continuum (the Tao).
How we can switch from being part of the problem (of Western Culture’s Descent into Psychosis) to becoming part of the solution.
The core of the problem is our (Western culture adherents’) belief in ‘sorcery’, which as Nietzsche points out, is built into our language and grammar by the ‘double error’ i.e. by; (first error) believing in the ‘existence’ of name-instantiated ‘things-in-themselves’ and conflating this by (second error) imputing powers of sourcing actions and developments to the name-instantiated thing-in-itself.
How Western Culture “being-based reality” Usurps The Natural Primacy of “relational resonance-based reality”.0
RESONANCE based reality:
Three levels of experiencing resonance;
-1- sensory experiencing of resonance as in inclusion in vibration,
-2- visualizing resonance as in wave motion (e.g. duning as rippling), … and
-3- intellectually ‘snap-shotting’ visual imagery of transient ripple-forms so as to ‘capture’ them in a picture and identify the ‘picture’ with a ‘name’ (e.g. the name ‘dune’).
Sensory experience of resonance (1) is ‘ineffable’ in that it is innately beyond visual or other explicit means of capture and representation,, … however, (2) resonance manifests ‘indirectly’ by way of visible form as in duning where sand flows like ‘waves’ within the resonance (the duning waves are secondary to the resonance; i.e. they are NOT ‘the resonance’ but ‘infer’ the deeper reality of a resonance field that is inducing the rippling or ‘duning’ that makes the not-directly-visible wavefield manifest (e.g. as in a Kundt’s tube demonstration), … , … (3) ‘Snapshotting’ the ‘image’ of a rippling allows us to examine ‘a ripple’ as if the ‘ripple’ or ‘duning’ were a fixed entity existing as a ‘thing-in-itself’, a psychological impression that language allows us to abstractly concretize by ‘naming’.
Language and grammar are devices that stimulate psychological impressions, and Western culture adherents use ‘naming’ to impute abstract ‘thing-in-itself existence’ (i.e. persisting existence) to resonance based forms such as ‘ripplings’, hence the naming of an intrinsically evanescent but visually persisting long enough for snap-shotting and naming ‘dune’ puts the wielder of language and grammar in the position of being able to RECONSTRUCT resonance from the reduced basis of snapshot images that have been ‘name-labelled’ and RE-presented as ‘things-in-themselves’ whereupon they can be ‘re-animated’ with grammar so as to give the intellectually active mind (stimulated by language and grammar) an intuitive understanding of the ineffable phenomenon of ‘resonance’ in terms of language-and-naming instantiated ‘things-in-themselves’ conflated with grammar-instantiated powers of sourcing actions and developments.
The latter (in italics) is the ‘double error’ that we Western culture adherents are in the habit of making which Nietzsche identified as a chronic source of aberrant thinking in Western culture adherents.
This reduction of resonance as in ‘duning’, by means of language and grammar, to notional ‘things-in-themselves with powers of sourcing actions and developments’, opens the door to INVENTING REALITY (intellectually in the mind) in a reduced ‘mechanistic’ visual picturable ‘double error’ based representation, dropping out the fundamental reality of ‘resonance’ (which comes with sensory experience but which is ineffable and not capturable in visual picture form).
Our Western culture adherents’ employing of this ‘dumbed down’ visual picturable ‘double error’ based version of reality, while useful to us for purposes of crudely (linguistically) sharing our experience, is, where (MIS)taken as the ‘operative reality’, the source of delusion and social psychopathology.
‘Reality’ that is not based on ‘resonance’ (wave dynamics) is NOT ‘reality’ but intellectual contrivance that serves only to construct a shareable, but greatly ‘reduced’ (simplified) INVENTED REALITY. By ‘greatly reduced reality’, I am referring to the fact that the ‘double error’, imputes ‘thing-in-itself’ based ‘sorcery’ to be the animating agency of reality, (rather than relational transformation). Because there is an innate ambiguity in sorcery-based reality invention, it divides people on the basis of whether the ‘source’ is the ‘individual’ (conservative) or the ‘collective’ (liberal). This is an argument that divides Western culture sorcery-believers (Western culture is built from belief in sorcery aka ‘product-product abstraction). Since there is no such thing in the reality of our actual experience as ‘sorcery’ (i.e. language and grammar can be used to serve up an abstract ‘intellectual’ impression of ‘sorcery’). This intellectual abstraction is also termed the ‘producer-product dynamic’. The Western culture social division and argumentation set up by this (a) belief in the abstraction of ‘sorcery’, and (b) division of belief in ‘sorcery’ into two camps, one which believes in the individual as the source and another which believes in the collective as the source. Both sides of the argument; conservative and liberal, are ‘tilting at windmills’ since there is no such thing as ‘sorcery’ in the reality of our actual experience.
It’s not like this ‘double error’ has not been publicly and openly ‘brought to light’; it has been clearly stated by Nietzsche along with the pitfalls associated with it. The following two quotes from Nietzsche (a) point to the basic ‘double error’ problem, and (b) how this error impacts our psyche and gives rise to ego as associates with belief in one’s ‘power of sorcery’;
“Our judgement has us conclude that every change must have an author”;–but this conclusion is already mythology: it separates that which effects from the effecting. If I say “lightning flashes,” I have posited the flash 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 event but is rather fixed, “is” and does not “become.”–To regard an event as an “effecting,” and this as being, that is the double error, or interpretation, of which we are guilty.” – Nietzsche, ‘Will to Power’, 531
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“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 faculty. Today we know that it is only a word.” – Nietzsche, ‘Twilight of the Idols’
The points to remember here are;
See also, in this trilogy, in addition to this article ‘Overview of How Western Culture Breeds Psychosis;
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In plain terms, the source of aberrant thinking derives from ‘the double error’ (Nietzsche) of language and grammar that is ‘built in’ to Western language and grammar. This double error has us believing in ‘sorcery’.
Instead of understanding reality as in modern physics, through experiencing inclusion within the transforming relational continuum, reality in Western culture is understood ‘intellectually’, through everyday language and grammar discourse, in the ‘double error’ terms of name-instantiated things-in-themselves, notionally with powers of sourcing actions and developments (‘sorcery’).
In reality as understood NOT as in the Western culture mainstream’s ‘operative reality’, but in modern physics, indigenous aboriginal, Taoist/Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta cultures, visible, tangible ‘forms’ are NOT understood as local, solid material ‘things-in-themselves, but as relational features in the flow (Tao) which can be thought in the same sort of sense as sand ‘duning’. Language and grammar allow us to reduce the intrinsically relational phenomenon of ‘duning’ to terms of ‘dunes’, notional things-in-themselves that are no longer resonance based features in the overall flow (transforming relational continuum).
WHAT THIS IS ABOUT: (i.e. ‘A Concise Account of how Western Culture Breeds Psychosis‘)
The world dynamic is characterized by many tensions arising from political, religious and philosophical differences. This note is to introduce a philosophical discussion entitled; “A concise account of how Western culture breeds psychosis”
The viewpoint aligns with modern physics and is thus very different from the viewpoint that evidently dominates in shaping current Western culture social dynamics. For example this viewpoint conforms with the understanding of reality found in indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. The language and grammar stimulated source of this difference in the understanding of reality is explored in the article.
The following is a brief introduction/overview of the article;
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According to modern physics, reality is a dynamic relational field (‘the Tao’), a transforming relational continuum including everything, ourselves included. This field may be thought of in terms of ‘resonances within resonances’ and we, ourselves, may think of ourselves as resonance within ‘the Resonance’ (the Tao).
Reality, as thus understood, is in continual flux and is ‘ineffable’ i.e.
“The Tao that can be told is not the true Tao” – Lao Tzu
“Of that which we cannot speak, we must pass over in silence”. – Wittgenstein
This ‘reality’ is ineffable; i.e. it is relational transformation wherein ‘everything is in continuing flux’ (Heraclitus). Because language makes use of explicit terms (‘names’) that signify things-in-themselves with persisting existence (forms that are NOT in flux, or ‘structures’ rather than ‘processes’), such linguistic utterances, being explicit, cannot directly refer to ‘reality’. Words signifying ‘things-in-themselves’ (abstractions in a world of flow) can only serve as expedients which can, with the help of grammar’, indirectly allude to ‘flow’ and thus to the basic reality as understood in modern physics.
This note is a summary of the findings of the psychological investigations that have been shared on this ‘Aboriginal Physics’ website.
Warning: Understanding how language and grammar, as used in Western culture, is at the bottom of this ‘Culture Against Man’ phenomenon (as Jules Henri put it) requires the reader’s close vigilance since the language that is hiding self-deception within it, is the same language I am using herein to explain Western culture language and grammar based self-deception.
“REPRODUCTION” is pure abstraction that has no place in the reality of our actual experience
There is no such thing as ‘reproduction’, it is language and grammar invoked intellectual abstraction. Experientially, there is only relational transformation. ‘Production’ refers to ‘products’ understood as ‘structures’. There are no ‘structures’ in ‘process’ where ‘process’ is a transforming relational continuum. ‘Structures’ are the intellectual abstractions; artifacts of language and grammar.
The following DISCUSSION develops the conceptual background needed to explore this mistaken belief in ‘reproduction’. The distinction between ‘structure’ and ‘process’ plays a key role. ‘Reproduction’ refers to the ‘replicating of a particular structure’ but ‘structures’ are intellectual abstractions that do not ‘really exist’ in a fluid, process based world. The world as understood in modern physics is a transforming relational continuum; i.e. a world without ‘structures’ since it is a world where everything is in continuing relational flux wherein ‘structures’ are NOT REAL but are abstractions based on ‘snapshot visual appearance’ of relational forms-in-flow. Visual ‘snapshotting’ ‘freezes’ the flow-forms and plays the same role as ‘naming’; i.e. the name persists in the psyche and keeps repeating the same definition over and over again to us, just as a visual ‘snapshot’ keeps repeating to us the same ‘thing-in-itself’ image to us over and over again.
Once we name the continuously transforming flow form (hurricane) ‘Katrina’, the persistence of the name ERRONEOUSLY implies the persistent ‘being’ of a structure where, in fact, there is only ‘process’. We conflate this first error of name-instantiating the abstraction of a local thing-in-itselfness by a second error of grammar that erroneously imputes to the first error (the name-instantiating ‘existence’ of a thing-in-itself structure ), its own powers of sourcing actions and development.
This ‘double error’ is embedded in Western culture language usage so it it difficult to escape from it within Western culture language using social collectives since we keep repeating this ‘double error’ to ourselves over and over again.
The remembrance of war, … the tragedy, the suffering and sacrifice, the joy and celebration of re-establishing peace and harmony is, like all things, open to understanding in terms of either substance or process*, the material facts or the relational unfolding, … where ego swells the head over our victory as the good defeating evil, or where inspiration fills the heart as dissonance transforms into harmony. [* https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/process-philosophy/]
Remembrance of war brings out Culture-based differences in psychological interpretation that divide West and East — Christianity/Judaism/Islam and Western secular belief, …. from indigenous aboriginal, Taoist-Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta Eastern belief. The nature and ramifications of this difference between understanding reality by way of process versus substance in the case of ‘Remembrance’ is the topic of this note.