What does COVID 19 have to do with the U.S. Presidential Election?

Question: When is a Pathogen (COVID-19) NOT a Pathogen?

Answer: When we trade out Newtonian phy sics (the EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium) for Modern physics (the BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium).

Here we are dealing with the difference in perception as to what is TRANFORMATION and what is GROWTH.  The concept of GROWTH is based on RATIO (‘rational thinking) where we measure the difference in the dimensions of a notional THING-IN-ITSELF at an earlier and later TIME. GROWTH is where the latter measurement is greater than the former (REDUCTION or SHRINKAGE is the simple opposite of this BINARY relation).


NOTA BENE: Because we IMPOSE this BINARY JUDGEMENT as to whether a thing is ONE or the OTHER, we EXCLUDE from consideration a natural THIRD option which is acknowledged in QUANTUM LOGIC, the BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium.

This EXCLUSION is implied in Goedel’s Theorem of the INCOMPLETENESS of all finite systems of logic proposition.  In other words, there is an implied INCOMPLETENESS in all finite systems of REASON.  For example, if we observe an erupting volcano and note that the conical structure is GROWING in size, REASON aka RATIO-based thinking will support our proposition that THE CONE IS GROWING IN SIZE, but WAIT A MINUTE! … because the bigger picture is that subduction zones are taking in matter from the exterior into the interior of the sphere of the earth (SHRINKING the volume of the exterior rock) where it undergoes ‘melt-down’ and adds to the volume of the fluid interior).

Our intuition informs us that our words EXTRUSION and INTRUSION as we associate with the words GROWTH and SHRINKAGE are a clumsy way of linguistically INFERRING the REAL sensory experience-affirmed dynamic of TRANSFORMATION, which transcends the representational capability of RATIO-based language capture (i.e. transcends the representational capability of REASON).   INTUITION is called for in order to transcend the limitations of BINARY LOGIC aka RATIO based (REASON-based) THINKING stimulated by imposing EITHER/OR propositions, so as to understand the phenomenon of TRANSFORMATION, wherein we can now understand this phenomenon not in terms of TWO TIME-SEQUENTIAL LINEAR DYNAMICS of GROWTH AND SHRINKAGE, but in terms of ONE phenomenon wherein the TWO phenomena of (a) RATIO-based increase in size aka GROWTH: A SPHERE GROWING LARGER (due to extrusion based augmentation, and (b) RATIO-based decrease in size aka SHRINKAGE: A SPHERE SHIRINKING SMALLER (due to subduction based diminishment).

NO MORE RATIO-based (REASON-based) BINARY LOGICAL abstractions of “GROWTH” and “SHRINKAGE”, JUST the intuition of TRANSFORMATION.

The DISAPPEARANCE of the BINARY LOGIC based DUO of GROWTH and SHRINKAGE that comes about through its SUBSUMATION by the UNIFYING dynamic of TRANSFORMATION amounts to a displacement of the SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO, by the SENSORY-EXPERIENCE-BASED REALITY in which FIGURE-and-GROUND-are ONE.

In other words, we no longer need to THINK in terms of an empty containing space populated by LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF as needed to make the abstract ‘RATIO-NAL’ concept of GROWTH appear feasible.  Reflection shows that this RATIO-based abstraction of GROWTH is simply a means of SIDE-STEPPING the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL reality of TRANSFORMATION wherein the BINARY LOGICAL DUALITY of GROWTH-and-SHRINKAGE vanish because they are no longer needed.

INSTEAD OF FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO, TRANSFORMATION understands FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE.  The WESTERN CULTURE popularized notion of an EMPTY GROUND inhabited by LOCAL THING-IN-THEMSELVES FIGURES thus fades into the background as TRANSFORMATION resumes its NATURAL primacy.  Acknowledgement of the pervasiveness of the energy-FIELD wherein ‘forms’ are concentrations of energy (as in modern physics) opens the way to understanding Nature’s dynamic in FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE terms.

NOW, the volcanic EXTRUSIONS and the terrestrial SUBDUCTION are no longer TWO separate things, but are simply the APPEARANCE of TWO which we objectify with language and grammar so as to be able to treat of them using our habitual BINARY LOGIC based RATIO-nality aka REASON.


Our INTUITION says that TRANSFORMATION is what is ‘really going on’ even though it is out of reach of our BINARY LOGIC based language capture.

In acknowledging the REALITY of TRANSFORMATION that is all-including (as in the Wave-field aka the Tao), we acknowledge that reality is beyond capture in language architectures that depend on the notion of LOCAL BEING as is the case with the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR which builds REPRESENTATIONS of ‘reality’ based on the BINARY LOGICAL splitting of the Tao (FIGURE AND GROUND AS ONE) into FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO where the FIGURE is portrays as a LOCAL, independently existing THING-IN-ITSELF situated in an empty space of infinite extent.

If we imagine a spherical earth that is, at the same time, extruding magma and subducting crust, we can intuit that this language that we are right now employing, which is imputing action to the spherical earth (i.e. we say that it extrudes and subducts) is WRONG because such linguistic formulation has built into it the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR.  This abstractly renders (in the psyche) “THE EARTH” as the “NOTIONAL JUMPSTART LOCAL AUTHOR” of “ITS OWN ACTIONS OF EXTRUSION AND SUBDUCTION”.  Such abstraction is possible in language and grammar-based REPRESENTATION but it is not supportable by our sensory experience of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum.

Our INTUITION has no need of the BINARY LOGICAL BREAKDOWN into EXTRUSION and SUBDUCTION as it acknowledges what is going on as relational TRANSFORMATION although it is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT.


The invention of this ICONIC SUBSTITUTE REALITY is not a bad trick providing that one does not FORGET to make the leap from what the SUBSTITUTE REALITY INFERS such as LOCAL EXTRUSION and LOCAL SUBDUCTION or GROWTH and SHRINKAGE, back to INTUITION-capable NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION.

The problems that can arise with TRANSFORMATION-DENIAL (obstinate LITERAL deployment of GROWTH/PROFIT and SHRINKAGE/LOSS) are briefly explored in the fallowing paragraphs and in the essay.

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The concept of a PATHOGEN comes from simple BINARY LOGIC which supports the notion of GOOD versus EVIL and the associated challenge to amplify GOOD by eliminating EVIL.

GOOD and EVIL are concepts based on the abstraction of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments, which as Nietzsche points out, derives from a DOUBLE  ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR.

In reality, there is no LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments, there is only NONLOCAL relational TRANSFORMATION which embodies ‘quantum logic’; the BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium, as contrasted with BINARY LOGIC: the EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium.

Binary logic is based on ‘how things appear to be polar opposites’ while Quantum logic exposes this as ‘appearance’, in the manner that the Tai-Chi symbol of Yin/Yang in Taoism makes the same point; i.e. that which appears to be in polar opposition may be a kind of Janus-face illusion.  For example, the Hurricane appears to be the source of the stirring up of the Atmosphere to some who we might call Conservative, however, the Atmosphere appears to be source of the stirring up the Hurricane to some who we might call Liberal.

As Zen informs us; THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS LOCAL SOURCING, therefore, as implied in the Tai-Chi symbol, the basic dynamics of Nature are wave-like wherein the ASSERTING MALE and the ACCOMMODATING FEMALE are conjugate aspects of ONE DYNAMIC

The Expression EAST is EAST and WEST is WEST and never the twain shall meet boils down to just this; while the EAST understands FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS understand FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO, and it is the latter that delivers up BINARY LOGIC while the former delivers up QUANTUM LOGIC.

FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO of BINARY LOGIC opens the door to the concept of GROWTH since the FIGURE is ‘allowed’ to develop independently of the GROUND.

FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE of QUANTUM LOGIC opens the door to the concept of TRANSFORMATION since the FIGURE and GROUND are conjugate aspects of the one dynamic of TRANSFORMATION.  For example; in reciprocal conjugate to the GROWTH of cultivated land there is SHIRINKAGE of Wilderness land.  This is a clumsy way of describing TRANSFORMATION .  TRANSFORMATION is NOT clumsy, it is the aesthetic and beyond capture in terms of GROWTH since GROWTH is based on RATIO (aka REASON) wherein we assume the existence of some LOCAL THING and then use GRAMMAR to ‘RATIO up’ the magnitude of the LOCAL THING.

The SIMPLICITY offered by this RATIO-NAL approach is that we never have to address the CONJUGATE REALITY as in the case of the GROWTH of the cultivated land without addressing the LOSS OF WILDERNESS.

“GROWTH” never addresses what is going on with the Wilderness space that the GROWTH is pushing into.  The implicit assumption is that such space is EMPTY as if the GROWTH were pushing out into a Euclidian space reference frame.

But the REALITY is that real-world space is NOT EUCLIDIAN and thus as GROWTH of the cultivated land pushes out into the Wilderness, what is going on is TRANSFORMATION and NOT “GROWTH”.

In the case of TRANSFORMATION, BINARY “EITHER/OR” logic is no longer sufficient and quantum BOTH/AND’ logic is needed.  Binary logic assumes FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO so that if there is GROWTH of the cultivated land, that’s fine, so be it, that’s all we need to know.

Quantum logic, on the other hand assumes that FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE so that if there is GROWTH of the cultivated land, there is reciprocal REDUCTION of Wilderness land, which as we know means TRANSFORMATION, as we are now experiencing with our GROWTH of agricultural and industrialized and residential development lands which comes at the price of CONJUGATE LOSS of Wilderness land.

If we live in a EUCLIDIAN SPACE, GROWTH would be REAL, but we live in a SPHERICAL SPACE where THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GROWTH, where reality is TRANSFORMATION and GROWTH is ABSTRACTION that, meanwhile, continues to be spoken of AS IF IT WERE REAL.

Using the abstract UNREAL concept of GROWTH as a guide to our social actions is driving us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS nuts.

Not only is this believing in BINARY LOGIC as something real showing up in the casting of COVID-19 as a PATHOGEN rather than relational dissonance in the microbial assemblage (as quantum BOTH/AND logic would have us understand it), it is showing up in the Conservative – Liberal polarization where both of these artificial classifications (stemming from EGO based belief in LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments) and their advocacy groups continue to tie up their intellects in arguing with one another, even as we continue to put ourselves on the GROWTH-BASED road to ECONOMIC BOOM AND BUST as discussed in the prior essay.

The Localizing of the Nonlocal: From Transformation to Growth

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