Marie Antoinette was “born with a silver spoon in her mouth”. She did not know what it felt like to be ‘starving’ and could not be coming from sensory experience when she heard complaints from starving people’ (This is a caricature but the archetype is relevant’).
There is CONFUSION in our society arising from how different people’s behaviours respond differently to the mix of intellectual knowledge and sensory experience.
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have an evident predisposition to putting rational intellection into precedence over sensory experience, in contrast to the EAST, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta.
Consider the different concepts of JUSTICE in the EAST versus the WEST. In the EAST, the emergence of dissonance is understood as NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (relational) while in the WEST, the emergence of dissonance is understood as LOCAL and EXPLICIT (causal). Should we expect to be able to solve for a LOCAL source of a disturbing experience? In WESTERN JUSTICE, YES, … In EASTERN JUSTICE, NO! The difference between INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE and SENSORY EXPERIENCE (CARNAL) KNOWLEDGE comes into play here since our sensory experience informs us that life’s interactions can be like the circus game of Bumper Cars where a local Perpetrator-Victim duo can be LOCALIZED by making those two intellectual designations though the real source of the dissonance is NONLOCAL and UNKNOWABLE, as David Bohm affirms is the message of Modern physics
This note explores the peculiar option of WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS which elevates the explicitness and certainty of INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE into an UNNATURAL PRIMACY over the innate uncertainty of SENSORY EXPERIENCE.
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Language is an immeasurably useful tool but of course it has to make compromises in capturing a REPRESENTATION of reality and this note homes in on the nature and impact of such compromises.
REPRESENTATION of how humanings in the Wave-field (the Tao) aka ‘humans’ ‘fit in to the overall fluid dynamic’ can be constructed if we invoke the use of binary logic based terminology to figuratively SPLIT APART “FIGURE” and “GROUND” so that we can address ONE THING AT A TIME. This gives us a picture of the INHABITANT within a separate and independent HABITAT which lends itself to the language based system of NAMING and GRAMMAR. With this type of LANGUAGE, we can notionally LIBERATE relational FLOW-FORMS and set them up, in language and thus in the PSYCHE as notional LOCAL things-in-themselves, notionally with THEIR OWN LOCAL powers of SOURCING actions and developments.
With this DOUBLE ERROR system, as Nietzsche has pointed out, we can build langauge-based REPRESENTATIONS of the dynamic world of our sensory experience. Thus, for example, the HUMANINGS in the flow (i.e. in the Wave-field aka the Tao) which is the transforming relational continuum which are RELATIONAL FEATURES WITHIN THE FLOW can be SPOKEN OF, … that is to say, be given a language-based representation, .. in the abstract terms of LOCAL things-in-themselves with GRAMMAR-given powers of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development. That is, this reduction that language capture performs, allows the construction of representations in terms of LOCAL things-in-themselves, notionally with their own LOCAL SOURCING powers of movement and growth.
THE RISE OF THE PATHOGEN CONCEPT IN WESTERN CULTURE
The MALE ASSERTIVE EGO, when it rises to IMBALANCE over FEMALE ACCOMMODATING RECEPTIVITY, is the embodiment of PSYCHOLOGICAL BIPOLAR DISORDER. This DISORDER finds expression in the one-sided MALE ASSERTIVE ABSTRACTIONS of GROWTH and PRODUCTION, which are NOT REAL but are the PETITIO PRINCIPII that imply “LOCAL” SOURCING agency that conjures up a SUBSTITUTE REALITY that takes the place of the NATURAL ANDROGYNOUS REALITY OF TRANSFORMATION which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (i.e. ‘relational’) and conformant with the WAVE-FIELD of Modern physics.
While the ANDROGYNOUS WAVE-FIELD dynamic of TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT such that we must ‘pass over it in silence’, the SUBSTITUTE REALITY that is a REDUCTION to “to the POLE” of MALE EGO-ASSERTING CONSTRUCTION opens up a rhetorical avenue for abstract LINGUISTIC REPRESENTATION in terms of NAMING-instantiated LOCAL THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES with notional powers of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments. This one-sided MALE ASSERTIVE SUBSTITUTE-REALITY is characteristic of WESTERN CULTURE ‘operative reality’, and is an ABSTRACTION based departure from the EASTERN CULTURE’s embrace of the ANDROGYNOUS reality of RELATIONAL TRANSFORMATION which is REAFFIRMED as the REALITY of our sensory experience by MODERN PHYSICS.
The PATHOGEN concept is ABSTRACTION born from BINARY LOGIC wherein TRANSFORMATION is DECOMPOSED into the BIPOLAR OPPOSITES of HERO (BENOGEN) and VILLAIN (PATHOGEN), the IMPUTED AUTHORS of a combination of CONSTRUCTIVE and DESTRUCTIVE WORKS. This EFFABLE binary logic based LOCAL DUALITY is something we substitute for the INEFFABLE dynamic of NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION, giving us a means of constructing a SUBSTITUTE BIPOLAR REALITY that IS ARTICULABLE; i.e. where CONSTRUCTION and DESTRUCTION provide a crude means of INFERRING TRANSFORMATION.
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The reality of Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake”) is one in which an authority protects the status quo regardless of issues of rising imbalance. Response to imbalance entailing the shifting of provisions from areas of surplus to areas of deficiency (i.e. balance-restoring actions) which are basic to NATURE, are in WESTERN CULTURE, recast in terms of the ‘work of a PATHOGEN’. The tales of Robin Hood and Jean Valjean bring to the surface this clash between WESTERN CULTURE rational judgements which identify as PATHOGENS, the balancing agents that arise naturally in the world.
Here we seem to have a conflict between NATURE and WESTERN CULTURE since WESTERN CULTURE has a DOUBLE ERROR based belief in the LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments which sets up the icons of PATHOGEN and BENOGEN in which EGO plays the KEYSTONE role. That is, if the individual’s EGO informs him those things which are NAMED such as himself, are the LOCAL SOURCE of powerful GOOD WORKS, then the ‘geometry’ is established and sitting there waiting for the psyche to ‘fill in the blanks’ and come up with a LOCAL SOURCE of powerful EVIL WORKS.
“LOCAL SOURCING” is ABSTRACTION. It is the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR ABSTRACTION as Nietzsche points out. However, in the common belief of us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, ‘LOCAL SOURCING’ fires up the EGO and the EGO instills the BELIEF in the “REALITY” of “LOCAL SOURCING”. And while the WESTERN CULTURE individual may condition his psyche with the DOUBLE ERROR to the point of believing he is the LOCAL SOURCE of wonderful, beneficial actions, … this very thought opens up the possibility that LOCAL SOURCING OF EVIL ACTIONS is just as possible.
Thus, in a perverse way, EGO ‘locks into place’ the concept of the PATHOGEN, the LOCAL SOURCE of EVIL ACTIONS.
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.