Archive for year 2020
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’.
Figure and Ground as One is TRANSFORMATION
Figure and Ground as TWO is GROWTH as in RATIO and REASON
Negative space as recovery from thinking in terms of Figures as in Figure-and-Ground-as-Two (Darwinism) to Figure and-Ground-as-One-as in TRANSFORMATION.
Nietzsche’s ‘Anti-Darwin’ is ‘anti-Figure-and-Ground-as-Two’.
Figure-and-Ground-as-TWO is LOCKED IN BY DOUBLE ERROR based Language wherein TRANSFORMATION is reduced to GROWTH
Mephistopheles et l’Androgyne (Mircea Eliade) is where ‘the Androgyne’ is split apart into ‘male’ and ‘female’ and the ‘female’ is discarded.
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Why Nietzsche’s Anti-Darwinism is ‘On Target’
The difficulty that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have in visualizing (cognitively connecting with) the artist’s so-called “negative space’ derives from our LANGUAGE-BASED-PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONING which splits the world into FIGURE-and-GROUND as if FIGURE and GROUND were TWO, and then keeps in the foreground of the psyche, the FIGURE, and lets the ‘GROUND’ fall away into obscurity.
This SELF-DECEPTION has been reinforced by Darwin with his ‘Theory of Evolution’ which tries to portray the FIGURE as a THING-IN-ITSELF that ‘EVOLVES’ over ‘TIME’. Such abstraction splits FIGURE-and-GROUND (Inhabitant-and-Habitat) into TWO, and tries to develop a STORY based on the notion that the FIGURE is a LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF that is EVOLVING over TIME.
Note that there the abstract concept of TIME only arises when we notionally split FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE (e.g. as implied in the Tai-Chi symbol) into FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO.
The reason for inventing TIME is that when we notionally split FIGURE-and-GROUND-into-TWO, .. we have to psychologically manage the development of the FIGURE (aka ‘INHABITANT’) as if it were INDEPENDENT of the GROUND (aka ‘HABITAT’). Once we conjure up this SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO, we reduce TRANSFORMATION (wherein figure-and-ground-is-ONE) to GROWTH of the FIGURE as if it were INDEPENDENT of the GROUND; i.e. as if FIGURE-and-GROUND-were-TWO.
This gives the WESTERN CULTURE psyche (it is only in ‘the WEST’ that our language does this to us) a case of BIPOLAR DISORDER because of the conjugate ‘GHOST’ we make the HABITAT into as we allow, separately, the GROWTH of the INHABITANT.
For example, we speak of the GROWTH of ‘cultivated land’ as if that were ‘real’, however, this deployment of the term GROWTH as if it were REAL has us simply ‘forget’ about the conjugate decline in ‘Wilderness’. That is, if the area of cultivated land can be said to GROW, or if the TOWN can be said to GROW, and if that is taken as ‘fact’, then there is no acknowledgement that DECLINE of Wilderness is conjugate with the GROWTH of the cultivated land or the GROWTH of the TOWN.
WHAT GOES MISSING, when we invoke this abstract concept of GROWTH, is the REALITY of TRANSFORMATION wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GROWTH. The concept is ABSTRACT and derives from RATIO aka RATIONALIT aka REASON. We REASON with the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR as Nietzsche has pointed out. The FIRST ERROR is NAMING (e.g. ‘the TOWN’) and we conflate this with the SECOND ERROR of GRAMMAR (e.g. ‘the TOWN is GROWING’) so that we RATIO UP or REASON that there is a LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF with ITS OWN POWERS OF SOURCING actions and developments.
There is never GROWTH without conjugate DECLINE because Reality is
Does the metaphor “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” capture our social scene where political correctness abounds? I should say; ‘our WESTERN CULTURE social scene’ because the indigenous aboriginal culture, for example, does not embrace this ‘political correctness’. In the WEST, observations such as the following by Max Planck do seem to prevail;
The German physicist Max Planck said that science advances one funeral at a time. Or more precisely: “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
There is also the story of Rip van Winkle and in the case of ‘political correctness’, many of us have had the experience of ‘waking up’ to the fact that ‘things have changed’. For example our years of managing to drive safely WITHOUT SEAT BELTS have now been superseded by the powerful force of ‘political correctness’ that is poised to ‘tar and feather’ those who continue to practice behaviours that were perfectly ‘normal’ and socially accepted on a ‘that’s life’ kind of basis.
“Flirting” was one of those things, but as a Saturday Night Live satire points out, a male had better be handsome and confident in order to pull off ‘flirting’ without his face slapped or having the police called to arrest him.
So Planck’s observation on how scientific understanding changes, is pretty much on target for how social-relational understanding changes.
The ‘Rip van Winkle’ who cares deeply for others and has cultivated his driving skills to protect the safety of children when they are passengers in his vehicle, may be surprised if he ‘wakes up’ in a new era where he is regarded as a nasty criminal because, in the interim, seat-belt technology has arrived and laws have been passed criminalizing those who drive without ensuring that both passenger and driver are secured by seat belts.
What I am trying to bring forth for consideration here is this WESTERN CULTURE JUDGEMENTAL ATTITUDE termed POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.
What I want to share is the understanding that our WESTERN CULTURE SOCIAL DYNAMICS are falling progressively into the trap described by Systems Sciences pioneer Kenneth Boulding in the terms ‘The name of the DEVIL is SUBOPTIMIZATION.
This is dysfunction which comes from thinking what Nietzsche terms the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR. Thanks to the DOUBLE ERROR, we can construct representations such as ‘the TOWN is GROWING’ which is NOT REALITY since such logical propositions, while TRUE in an innately incomplete way, fail to acknowledge the reciprocal SHRINKAGE of the Wilderness.
Our WESTERN CULTURE language based representations of reality are replete with DOUBLE ERROR conceptualizations. We say that TOWNS GROW in size and population and production’ but this is a FALSEHOOD based on RATIONAL THOUGHT. We use RATIO whenever we say that some THING like the TOWN “IS GROWING”. The RATIO-based representation serves up a SUBSTITUTE REALITY which avoids having to deal with TRANSFORMATION of the LANDSCAPE.
TRANSFORMING is the basic reality of our sensory experience (we are included in the transforming relational continuum) but it is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT (relational).
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS could employ the SUBSTITUTE REALITY as a tool of inference of the INEFFABLE TRANSFORMATION which is ‘going on everywhere at the same time’. The LANDSCAPE IS TRANSFORMING as the “towns grow” and the “wilderness shrinks” and while TRANSFORMATION is the REALITY, our WESTERN CULTURE habit is to stick with RATIO based terms such as GROWTH of LOCAL things-in-themselves, because RATIO-nality aka REASON is a convenient (but abstract) tool for SIDE-STEPPING the fact that TRANSFORMATION is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT.
THAT IS WHY THE TITLE OF THIS COMMENTARY is NONLOCALITY is REAL, to remind us that that we use the DOUBLE ERROR base concept of LOCAL things-in-themselves with their own (notional) powers of SOURCING LOCAL actions and developments to construct something that is EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT; e.g. the TOWN has DOUBLED its size over the past ten years. This has an explicitness that is lacking in the statement of the indigenous aboriginal that ‘The Landscape is transforming’, … a statement that does imply that the creatures of forest and meadow are going missing etc., a reality that is NOT CAPTURED in ‘The TOWN is GROWING’.
Thus, “The TOWN is GROWING” is not representing the REALITY OF OUR SENSORY EXPERIENCE, it is constructing a SUBSTITUTE REALITY based on RATIO. See this ‘before’ picture of the TOWN and see this ‘later’ picture of the TOWN. Is that not PROOF of the GROWTH of the TOWN?
Nietzsche identified the DOUBLE ERROR in language, which meanwhile plays the FOUNDATIONAL ROLE in Socratic logic. For example, we can explore the TRUTH of the logical proposition ‘The Town is Growing’ or ‘The Boy is Growing’ and we say we can establish truth or falsehood in this case by MEASUREMENT, but in order to MEASURE the GROWTH of the TOWN or the Boy, we must know the LIMITS of WHERE THE TOWN STOPS and the COUNTRYSIDE BEGINS, or WHERE THE BOY STOPS and the ENVIRONMENT BEGINS.
Thus, to establish the GROWTH of a FIGURE, we must assume that FIGURE and GROUND are TWO. This is an abstract LOGICAL assumption which conflicts with our INTUITION that FIGURE and GROUND are ONE (e.g. mitakuye oyasin means ‘everything is related’) and that our visual perception of the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM lets us select-and-NAME transient formings, whether hurricanings or humanings, that are continually outwelling (emerging) and inwelling (subducting), at which point we can use NAMING and GRAMMAR to RECAST these NAMING-instantiated THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES as having their own GRAMMAR-given powers of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development.
When we say ‘the Town is GROWING’ or ‘the Boy is GROWING’ we make two errors;
FIRST ERROR: Using NAMING to impute THING-IN-ITSELF BEING to a dynamic form within the transforming landscape.
SECOND ERROR: Compounding the FIRST ERROR with GRAMMAR that imputes to the NAMING-instantiated notional LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF, its own powers of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments.
REASON aka RATIONALITY is based on this DOUBLE ERROR as an EXPEDIENT for reducing NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION to LOCALLY incipient actions and developments, … which is why Nietzsche asserts that our belief in REASON is a crazy-maker.
“Reason” in language!—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
Psychological studies reveal how ‘the places we were born into’ and the ‘times we were raised in’ are, not surprisingly, shapers of ‘who we are’, hence the title of this note, ‘We ‘ARE’ Where we Were’. There is more to this than ‘meets the eye’ in the sense that there is both a ‘kid in the candy shop’ aspect that brings forth and develops our masculine assertive behaviour as well as a feminine ‘choiceless awareness’ of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum (i.e. the Wave-field continuum aka the Tao). Reflection suggests that our acculturation from infancy shapes what we take to be ‘REALITY’ and that there are very different options for perceiving REALITY that divide us into the cultures of EAST and WEST.
As is discussed in the following text, we can conceptualize ‘GROWTH’ as in ‘the GROWTH of a TOWN’ in terms of (a) a LOCAL thing-in-itself-that is RATIO-ing up in size and development as in RATIONAL or REASON based psychological conceptualizing, OR, … we can understand the very same dynamic in terms of (b) the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE within which “THERE IS TOWNING” such as the ant-like GATHERING-and-SCATTERING of social collectives. As it turns out, because TRANSFORMATION, which is the REAL dynamic that we have sensory experience of inclusion withing, is INEFFABLE or in other words, not capturable in EXPLICIT language terms) since transformation is purely relational (implicit and nonlocal), our habit has been to employ a SUBSTITUTE REALITY that ‘is effable’.
The TOWN-that-is-GROWING is NOT REAL but is a DOUBLE ERROR (NAMING and GRAMMAR) based intellectual construction, which we psychologically SUBSTITUTE for the INEFFABLE because continually TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE in which there is TOWNING.
Psychological explorations such as “theconversation.com/how-where-youre-born-influences-the-person-you-become” only get to the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in regard to this question since it is an exploration WITHIN WESTERN CULTURE, however, it supports the suggestion that ‘We ‘ARE’ Where we Were’. This essay examines how ‘who we are’ is shaped by ‘where we were’ in our earliest and ongoing development, including how the masculine and feminine ‘shaping’ comes into play through infusion of language and culture.
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When we were infants, we had no choice but to submit to the infusions of teachings of our parents and others who tended to us, who had in turn been infused with the understandings particular to the Culture they were raised in. Early on, we were OPEN and naturally gifted with CHOICELESS AWARENESS in the sense of the feminine, the choiceless awareness of the vagina as it opens up to full-fillment with asserting content. In the realm of language, discrimination comes after the initial loading that teaches us how to discriminate; i.e. what to accept and what to reject.
This ‘bootstrapping’ of an information filtering screen has been operative in establishing the GREAT DIVIDE between the Cultures of EAST and WEST and it is no ‘accident’ that children raised in the EAST acquire a distinctive EASTERN CULTURE understanding while children raised in the WEST acquire a distinctive, but very different WESTERN CULTURE understandings since children come into the world with the open-ness of the intellect, the open-ness of choiceless awareness, while the ability to discriminate between ‘signal’ that we accept and ‘noise’ that we reject comes through our cultural conditioning.
That this system ‘works’ manifests in the evident differences across cultures, not only in the behavioural manner and dress, but also in differing ways of understanding ‘REALITY’.
The title of this note, We ‘ARE’ Where we Were aims to draw attention to how we are infused with CULTURE-specific ‘bootstrapping’ tools that become, in the realm of language based intellection, part of a CHOICELESS AWARENESS which is like an automatic right of free passage of external offerings into the psyche without having to stop and submit to inspection that discriminates whether or not admission is justified.