OUR WESTERN CULTURE’S CRAZY-MAKING BELIEF IN “GROWTH”
“REASON” –think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.
‘GROWTH’ is a concept that is very much bound up with REASON aka RATIO aka RATIONAL THOUGHT. The following note explores how this business of REASON confuses our UNDERSTANDING as it comes to us by way of INTUITION.
One of the fall-outs of such CONFUSION is the BIPOLAR DISORDER in WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT society which polarizes the social collective into the CONSERVATIVE and LIBERAL camps, both of which employ REASON based on the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR that imputes LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development.
The BIPOLAR DISORDER arises from the unresolvable ambiguity in REASON of the type; ‘Does the hurricane source stirring up of the atmosphere or does the atmosphere source the stirring up of the hurricane?’
While we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS continue to use REASON that can polarize into ‘conservatives (the individual sources action in the social collective) and ‘liberal’ (the social collective sources actions in the individual’, modern physics along with indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta point out that the notion of LOCAL SOURCING is REASON-based ABSTRACTION.
Since there is no LOCAL SOURCING in reality experienced as relational transformation, the BIPOLAR DISORDER of splitting into conservative and liberal polarizations does not arise. In other words REASON aka RATIONAL THINKING engenders the BIPOLAR DISORDER of conservative- liberal polarization. In modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Toaism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, INTUITION is the over-riding source of understanding that is not infused with ambiguity as REASON is.
That is, REASON is troubled by implicit ambiguity when we use it (RATIO) to assert that ‘the TOWN is growing larger’. We could alternatively observe that ‘The Wilderness is shrinking’. We see this polar difference cropping up all the time in our WESTERN CULTURE and polarizing those who promote SOURCING of the GROWTH of industrialization and those who promote the RESTORATION of natural diversity as in Wilderness. As in the Zen parable of wind and flag, BOTH POLARIZED FACTIONS ARE WRONG since what is really going on is TRANSFORMATION that we are all included in.
There is no need to polarize and battle over whether the hurricane is sourcing the stirring up of the atmosphere or the atmosphere is sourcing the stirring up of the hurricane, because all of that TWO-BODY POLARIZATION is RATIO-based (REASON-based) while the reality of our actual sensory experience does not SPLIT INTO TWO as in a FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO configuration. In the reality of our sensory experience, FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE, or as Schroedinger puts it;
“The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist.” – Erwin Schroedinger
The ‘bottom line’ is that REASON based on LOCAL SOURCING without the moderating of INTUITION based on TRANSFORMATION comes with the price of an exposure to ambiguity in the perception of reality as manifests in the conservative-liberal political polarization (the DOUBLE ERROR based abstraction of LOCAL SOURCING opens the polar opposite options of (a) conservative (FIGURE sources stirring up of the GROUND), or (b) liberal (GROUND sources stirring up of the FIGURE). Neither the conservative nor liberal polar opposite versions of SOURCING are ‘correct’ since there is no such thing as LOCAL SOURCING (it is an invention of EGO).
INTUITION as informs us of TRANSFORMATION must therefore be given precedence over REASON.
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The concept of GROWTH is abstract based on the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR, as pointed out by Nietzsche. To say ‘the TOWN has GROWN is to tip reality upside down and lose sight of the REAL REALITY of TRANSFORMATION as manifest in the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE. To simply say ‘the TOWN is GROWING’ fails to acknowledge the conjugate SHRINKING of the Wilderness, and these two conjugates, both of which are grammatical abstractions, infer the ONE REAL dynamic of TRANSFORMATION.
GROWTH of the TOWN and SHRINKAGE of the Wilderness are both FLAT-SPACE ‘VIEWS’ (MENTAL PICTURES) which BECOME ONE if we shift our THINKING from a flat plain to a spherical surface. As with the moldy spot on the apple (as contrasted with a moldy spot on a flat surface, what is going on is TRANSFORMATION wherein, as the moldy spot grows, the non-moldy terrain undergoes a conjugate shrinking.
The REALITY is TRANSFORMATION while the representations in in the BINARY LOGICAL terms of the GROWTH of the moldy-spot or the TOWN and/or the conjugate SHRINKAGE of the un-moldy terrain or ‘Wilderness’ are expedient abstractions forced upon us by the reality that VISION cannot deliver to us imagery of the ‘DARK SIDE OF THE MOON’ at the same time as the EXPOSED SIDE OF THE MOON even though the spherical surface is ONE unbounded surface that is a relational UNUUM, wherein the FIGURE-and-GROUND ONE-ness of the surface is the reality and the FIGURE-and-GROUND-TWO-ness of the TOWN or moldy region and the conjugate LANDSCAPE or Wilderness is a visual APPEARANCE.
The impression of THE GROWTH of the moldy spot comes from our RATIO-NAL THOUGHT which is in terms of the EXPANDING OF THE SPOT RELATIVE TO ITSELF. There is no acknowledging, in this THOUGHT, of the greater reality of TRANSFORMATION of the LANDSCAPE (or the APPLE with the moldy spot). That is, the VISUAL FOCUS is on THE SPOT or THE TOWN and our comparing its area RELATIVE TO ITSELF as in RATIO-based THOUGHT, or as we commonly refer to it, RATIONAL THINKING.
RATIONAL THINKING allows us to MAKE SENSE (ABSTRACT SENSE) of activity as if it were LOCAL and EXPLICIT; e.g. the SPOT or the TOWN, so we say, has GROWN from one unit in diameter to THREE units in diameter. There is no mention in this RATIO-based de-PICTION, of the changing percentage of the overall surface area of the PLANET that the TOWN is spreading over, or of the overall surface area of the APPLE that the MOLDY SPOT is spreading over.
THUS, the concept of GROWTH of the TOWN or GROWTH of the mold spot is UNREAL ABSTRACTION since the REALITY includes the conjugate diminution of the Wilderness and the diminution of the non-moldy LANDSCAPE.
It is EVIDENT, then, that GROWTH is an ABSTRACT FLAT-SPACE (or EUCLIDIAN SPACE) concept that GIVES WAY, IN SENSE-EXPERIENCE REALITY, to TRANSFORMATION.
Nevertheless, RATIO-NAL talk aka REASON, is based on BINARY LOGIC wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO (In quantum physics logic, the BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED MEDIUM, FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE, as is consistent with our sensory experience.
However, in our WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENCY, our language-based THOUGHT is predominantly fabricated from REASON based propositions such as ‘the TOWN is GROWING’ and ‘the MOLD SPOT IS GROWING’ which has us thinking in this DOUBLE ERROR mode of NAMING and GRAMMAR as if the TOWN and the MOLD SPOT were THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES with their own (GRAMMAR-GIVEN) powers of SOURCING actions and development.
HERE WE HAVE THE COMPONENTS THAT ENABLE US TO CONTRUCT AN “ABSTRACT” REALITY BASED ON “REASON” BASED CONCEPTS SUCH AS “GROWTH” FEATURING SUCH PHENOMENA AS ‘THE TOWN THAT GROWS LARGER AND MORE POPULOUS OVER TIME”. WAIT A MINUTE! There is no mention of any TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE here. It is as if ‘THE TOWN’ existed in-its-own-independent right with a notional void, an empty space of infinite extent such as the ABSTRACTION of Euclidian space.
IN REALITY, THERE IS NO “TOWN-THAT-GROWS” just as THERE IS NO “MOLD SPOT-THAT-GROWS”, these GEOMETRICAL language-stimulated VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS are IMPOSED by the THINKING, ABSTRACTION-FORMULATING MIND and we then exploit them in SUBSTITUTE REALITIES whose contents are LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT and thus EFFABLE. Such ABSTRACT SUBSTITUTE REALITIES are stand-ins for the reality of our inclusion in the transforming relational continuum wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-ARE-ONE, as in the modern physics QUANTUM LOGIC which is NOT BINARY as is the case with the standard EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium, but is instead based on the BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium where TOWNING and LANDSCAPE are ONE. ‘TOWN’ becomes ‘TOWNING’ in this ‘quantum logic’, acknowledging the basic reality as relational transformation wherein everyTHING is in flux, as our real-life sensory experience affirms, as does modern physics with its Wave-field reality aka ‘the Tao’.
REASON is thus a CRAZY-MAKER because it locks our understanding into reality seen in terms of LOCAL things-in-themselves with THEIR OWN powers of SOURCING actions and developments, as exemplified by the THOUGHT that is elicited in our mind by expressions such as ‘the TOWN is GROWING larger and more productive’, or ‘the MOLD SPOT is GROWING larger and more smelly’.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE “REAL REALITY” of TRANSFORMATION?
Because TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL (purely relational as is the nature of the Wave-field dynamic), it is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT. Our INTUITION has no problem with this but because we have LANGUAGE, we like to capture and document our sensory experience in LANGUAGE-based records.
As Wittgenstein points out in his TRACTATUS LOGICO-PHILOSOPHICUS, because reality is fluid, and because language is based on things with fixed and persisting meaning called ‘NAMIES’ aka ‘NOUNS’, our language based representation of fluid reality, which is forced to build representation up from NAMES with persisting meaning, must approach this throwing up a matrix of NAMES in order to establish webs of relations which ARE ABLE to at least INFER a fluid-relational reality. The key is to avoid getting ‘mesmerized’ by our DOUBLE ERROR ploy of NAMING and GRAMMAR that is merely an expedient to simulate the purely relational and fluid reality.
This schema of using NAMING and GRAMMAR to set up a matrix of relations to INFER fluid reality is outlined by Wittgenstein in his final two propositions in TRACTATUS LOGICO PHILOSPHICUS;
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.
7.0 Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. (“Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen”),
–Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
This approach, necessary when trying to REPRESENT a fluid reality starting from a base of words with persisting meaning, is called (by philosophers of modern physics such as Geoffrey Chew and John Wheeler) BOOTSTRAPPING (aka the Wittgenstein ladder approach) where, in spite of being forced to use a base of words with fixed meaning to try to get to something intrinsically fluid (the Wave-field), one can deploy such words in a manner so as to suggest a purely relational (fluid) dynamc;
Geoffrey Chew]: “when you formulate a question, you have to have some basic concepts that you are accepting in order to formulate the question. But in the bootstrap approach, where the whole system represents a network of relationships without any firm foundation, the description of our subject can be begun at a great variety of different places. There isn’t any clear starting point. And the way our theory has developed in the last few years, we quite typically don’t know what questions to ask. We use consistency as the guide, and each increase in the consistency suggests something that is incomplete, but it rarely takes the form of a well-defined question. We are going beyond the whole questionandanswer framework.”
THE BASIC IMPLICATIONS OF THE ABOVE:
STATEMENTS such as ‘THE TOWN IS GROWING LARGER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE’ and/or ‘the MOLDSPOT is GROWIING LARGER AND SMELLIER … SUBSTITUTE AN ABSTRACT PSEUDO-REALITY FOR, and thus OBSCURE the REAL REALITY of the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE.
This oversimplistic SUBSTITUTE REALITY is the product of REASON or RATIONAL representation and its constructions are SO COMMON and so much IN USE in our WESTERN CULTURE dialogue, that we are in the habit of using such REASON based CONCEPTUALIZATION as our OPERATIVE REALITY such that we may commit our efforts to the GROWTH of a TOWN without accessing our INTUITION that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE GROWTH OF THE TOWN (that is an abstraction based on RATIO aka REASON), there is only TRANSFORMATION.
Our LANGUAGE; i.e. this language that I am right now using, IS NOT CAPABLE OF DIRECTLY CONVEYING ‘TRANSFORMATION’ BECAUSE TRANSFORMING IS NONLOCAL AND IMPLICIT AND THUS INEFFABLE.
BUT TRANSFORMATION AS IN THE TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM AKS THE WAVE-FIELD AKA THE TAO, … IS THE REALITY WE ARE INCLUDED IN.
INTUITION INFORMS OF THE REALITY OF OUR INCLUSION IN THE TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM, BUT,…. WAIT A MINUTE, … REASON DELIVERS US UP TO A PSEUDO-REALITY BASED ON FIGURE-AND-GROUND-AS-TWO, WHERE THE FIGURES, SUCH AS ‘TOWNS’ AND ‘MOLD SPOTS’ ARE “SEEN” TO BE GROWING LOCALLY IN THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT RIGHT, WHICH WE CAN ‘MEASURE’ BY WAY OF THEIR ‘CHANGING RATIO’ IN “LOCAL SIZE” (AREA AND POPULATION).
WHEN WE START USING LANGUAGE BASED CONSTRUCTIONS OF REALITY IN TERMS OF ‘GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT’ OF ‘LOCAL NAME-INSTANTIATED THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES’ WE ARE IN THAT DOUBLE ERROR BASED (ABSTRACTION-BASED) PSEUDO-REAL WORLD OF “REASON”.
ALL IS NOT LOST! WE STILL HAVE INTUITION THAT WILL GROUND US IN TRANSFORMATION.
BUT OUR WESTERN CULTURE IS STUCK IN THE MODE OF PUTTING REASON INTO AN UNNATURAL PRIMACY OVER INTUITION. THAT IS A CRAZY-MAKER. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL SPLIT AND ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE AND JUSTICE (KILL THE PATHOGENS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SOURCE OF OUR ILLS… NOT! (OUR ILLS DERIVE FROM RELATIONAL IMBALANCE AND “NOT” FROM THE ‘ATTACK OF PATHOGENS’ THAT GO BY NAMES OF “COVID 19” OR “SCURVY” OR “CRIMINALITY” OR WHATEVER.
Modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta HAVE THIS FIGURED OUT, however, the set of ideas and practices which has risen to dominate in WESTERN CULTURE organization is based on REASON whereupon INTUITION is demoted to a support role. Many of us intuitively feel that putting REASON into precedence over INTUITION is a CRAZY-MAKER, but that is the defining characteristic of us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS.
INFORMALLY, we can still go with INTUITION first as is the natural way, but FORMALLY, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have implements a system of GOVERNMENT based on putting REASON into an unnatural primacy over INTUITION. That why we are encouraging continuing GROWTH our PRODUCING ECONOMY leaving TRANSFORMATION flapping like a loose sheet in a windstorm.
The DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR gives us the impression that GROWTH of such things as cultivated land is REAL so that we continue to rip out and burn natural multicultural diversity and replace it with monoculture as with vast fields of wheat etc. and because we are so much in RATIONAL or REASON mode, we orient to GROWTH without acknowledging that what is REALLY going on is TRANSFORMATION. That is, the TOWN is not a REAL LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF that is GROWING and SOURCING PRODUCTION, it is “A TOWNING” within the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE. The DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR does not OVER-RIDE the reality of relational TRANSFORMATION just because TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (relations) and thus INEFFABLE.
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are suffering from a runaway take-over by REASON, with its base of BINARY logic (EITHER/OR Logic of the excluded medium wherein FIGURE and GROUND are taken to be TWO). Since FIGURE and GROUND are taken to be TWO, we can understand the TOWN as being able to GROW in its own right, and not in the sense of in reciprocal relation with the shrinking of the Wilderness as in the real world case of TRANSFORMATION.
It is not easy to break us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS out of our addiction to REASON because REASON is what inflates the EGO because REASON is where we get the notion of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments that we substitute for TRANSFORMATION since TRANSFORMATION is INEFFABLE because-nonlocal-and-implicit.
REASON is what gives us the social collective BIPOLAR DISORDER that manifests as the polarizing division into CONSERVATIVE and LIBERAL views of “REALITY”, both of which derive from EGO and the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR that supports the notion of LOCAL SOURCING POWER. Once we assume LOCAL SOURCING, we are in LALA LAND which splits into TWO polar opposing views of reality as exemplified by (a) CONSERVATIVE where the hurricane is sourcing the stirring up of the atmosphere and LIBERAL where the atmosphere is sourcing the stirring up of the hurricane. WAIT A MINUTE, there is no such thing as SOURCING in the TRANSFORMING relational continuum, the modern physics and sensory experience affirmed reality.
REASON is where we get ‘off the rails’ with this notion that there is such a thing as GROWTH which is where a notional LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF (the product of NAMING) is said to deploy its own power of SOURCING actions and development, … thanks to GRAMMAR. REASON SUPPORTS the ABSTRACTION OF GROWTH and once we do this with REASON, there is no longer any need for us to struggle to give language-based representation to TRANSFORMATION that is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT.
In other words, REASON is the deploying of RATIO which is based on a LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF with GRAMMAR-given powers of SOURCING actions and development. Thus, ‘the TOWN is growing larger and more populous’. This is a SUBSTITUTE for the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE, however, the SUBSTITUE is not qualified for REPLACING the reality of the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE, the SUBSTITUTE is only qualified for use as INFERENCE of the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT reality of TRANSFORMATION which lies beyond the reach of RATIO based constructions aka REASON.
In order to avoid CRAZY-MAKING confustion, REASON must remain subservient to INTUITION.
This is the finding of Bohm and Krishnamurti which may be somewhat obscured by ambiguity in our use of REASON aka RATIO-NALITY. REASON based CONSTRUCTIONS such as ‘the TOWN is GROWNING LARGER and more PRODUCTIVE’ can be used as INFERENCE of REALITY-as-TRANSFORMATION but not directly and explicitly as REALITY.
“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
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are IN CRAZY-MAKING MODE because we are letting the tool of REASON aka RATIO-NALIZING run away with the workman, imputing LOCALLY INSTANTIATED GROWTH to ourselves, our TOWN, our NATION and our BUSINESS, and substituting such abstraction for TRANSFORMATION.
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