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‘The empire of man over things is founded on the sciences – for nature is only to be commanded by obeying her.’

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Imagination shrouds the Real

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The Language of Absolutes.

Lets start with the common concepts we call absolutes – something that is always there. We call them Space – Time – Energy – Matter.

Then along came language, with its complexities, so that we could put a name to them. It does appear that everything that is must be a composite of their existence.
There is no need to manufacture absolutes; they are already there in our language.
Where absolutes are – let diversification be the rule, with no contradictions.

‘In a logically perfect language, there will be one word and no more for every simple object, and everything that is not simple will be expressed by a combination of words, by a combination derived, of course, from the words for the simple things that enter in, one word for each simple component.’  Bertrand Russell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              This can be no academic exercise on the complexities of language. This writer is not equipped to do that. The use of the title above is simply to draw attention to a particular aspect of common language – and a lighthearted way to complete my time.

Placeholders in language is a tool we can use as a sort of predictor to provide some guidance towards what can be. Iron ore has the potential to become a cruise liner – hurrah for the planet! The nature of placeholders of necessity is that they never stand alone. They are constantly intertwined and make up the fabric of the reality we live in and are part of. Find through their basic structure those that have your immediate interest , and use all their connections to formulate constructive information that is evidently real and recognizable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               The idea of absolutes is not something new. Heraclitus     (C 535- C475 BCE) categorized them as the unity of opposites. It is the use of the contrasting scale in which they exist that appears to be the pervasive factor. It is neither dramatic, or thought-provoking, to consider a language without the use of dichotomies, with the supposed dichotomy as an integral measurable part of the whole, offering no contradictions. It is in effect taking everything that is into account, using absolutes as placeholders in a Universe that is their domain. The use of absolutes is no panacea for the problems we face, but as they exist we should try to use them!

This is a layman’s condensed version of how reality may be seen using absolutes to record a potential view, a view that is implied in their construction.  

The statement ‘everything is’ is not a opinionated offering, but a true statement of fact that necessarily must be absolute. It just means that whatever is, must be. It then becomes an illogical exercise to attempt to refute its reasoning. Thus I consider we establish the root of absolutes and their potential revelation – whatever they may be. Paradoxically absolutes can appear to be relative, but always with the retention of any basic concept. So we can have temperatures that are hot or cold, but their basic classification is temperature – with no contradiction.

Then it would never be a question of whether there is a dichotomous reality – but only the measure of ‘what is’, be it health, humanity, civilization, life etc. Our planet provides us with all the necessities for life. Our understanding of that process is the measure of our relationship with the absolute necessities for our existence.
Each placeholder is composed from basic absolutes expressed as principles. The first two below contain Time and Experience, and there is formulated around them a view-point constructed by implicit principles creating a new form of semantics.

Placeholders.

Everything in time, our past, our present, and our future, is one and all at the same time, in a perfectly certain and pure seamless way.
 ‘Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past. T S Eliot.

Everything is, therefore everything that is in Time, is absolute. Time provides the reality of the new and the old. Everything is new and everything is old at the same time. Everything that exists comes within that spectrum. Can that be?
(‘Time does not change us. It just unfolds us’. Max Frisch)  

All that we can ever truly experience is the moment conditioned by space, time, energy, matter. Of necessity we experience our measure of the principles that are the essential properties of space, time, energy, matter. That experience at every point in time has its own absolute value for all forms of life whether it is the past, the present, or the future. Check out (To a Mouse by Robert Burns (1759- 1796). What an experience that mouse had!

In a world without dichotomies, attention can be focused on what is, where everything has an absolute truth value. Attention should also be focused on the ramifications of such activity, and what that could mean to us all. Look out quantum physics!
‘Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either’. Albert Einstein.

All life lives within an absolute spectrum. That spectrum knows no dichotomies.
‘I strongly reject any conceptual scheme that places our options on a line, and holds that the only alternative to a pair of extreme positions lies somewhere between them. More fruitful perspectives often require that we step off the line to a site outside the dichotomy.’
Stephen Jay Gould.

No form of life can be separate, or separated from its particular experience. Therein lies the uniqueness of individuality in the presence of other individuals. Whoops! That means you and me.

An elementary universal truth in any experience can become the established reality e.g., Archimedes principles. We develop principles when they are understood, and used. They then enter the commonality of life to ensure  their proper establishment.
The principle of communication was exemplified with the introduction of television by James Logie Baird (1888 – 1946) and it certainly is well established. We can only wonder why!

We are dependent. The more dependent we are, the more humane we become. Responsibility for our own actions strengthens as Nature takes its course, and interdependence takes on new forms. We are now beginning to worry about this planet, and can we still depend on it to feed us all. Methinks we should be worried!
‘We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.’ George Bernard Shaw. Methinks he is right!

Understanding the value of real principles locates us in a reality that sustains.To understand reality we must understand the principles that form its nucleus. Our communication levels have increased exponentially. Good communication can have a contagious effect in our mind. ‘I always have a warm glow when the ice cream bell rings’!

Principles that are stable establish educational standards, and develop true associations with the reality we live in. With the amount of education now available throughout this planet, we have adopted stability. It is a form of communal sanity that disposes us towards knowledge that we really need to know!
‘It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.’ Aristotle.

Placeholders.

Clear information is realized through focused attention. Best to slow down and pay attention.
‘You have no choice but to learn something new everyday. If you have survived the night then the day you come into is ‘new’.
Bridie.

Human history is peppered with ‘fruit cakes’. We used to believe the earth was flat and then along came a ‘fruit cake’ (Pythagoras 6th century BC) to put things right.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” (Charles Schultz).”

The value of cooperation is the mutual benefit received. Where the benefit arrives it requires sharing. We all need help and support. You invite it by needlessly giving it, because it is something we can share.
‘A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
Tom Stoppard’.

Factual information provides standards that we can conform to and can establish. Address the information and standards that are established. Education – Science – Art – Philosophy – Law etc.
‘Each problem that I solved  became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems’. Rene Descartes’.

Acquiring knowledge based on principles has immediate benefit. All principles have creativity value. Use that creativity for everyone’s sake!
‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant’.
Robert Louis Stevenson.

There is obvious strength in unity. Where there  is agreement on the reality we live in, we  make progress. Bring your senses into play.
‘The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind’. Napoleon Bonaparte. 

The process of learning new concepts is the process of responding to the reality that is.
‘Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults at every age’?
Erich Fromm.

Beneficial connections sustain our actions, their quality, and our reason.
‘At his best, Man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst’. Aristotle.

An orderly flow of cooperation between people increases their stability and safety.
Consider the amount of common agreement that must exist in the universal use of traffic lights!
‘Organization always hinges on the creation of shared meanings and shared understandings, because there have to be common reference points if people are to shape and align their activities in an organized way.’ Gareth Morgan.

Placeholders.

Knowledge is essentially constructed from universal factors, always evidenced by the correct use we make of that knowledge.
‘To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.’ Thomas A. Edison.

Where true knowledge is concerned its purpose is to identify evidence that conforms to reality. Look to the effects of the principles we have adopted that now form our reality.
‘Beware of false knowledge. It is more dangerous than ignorance!’ George Bernard Shaw.

” Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. ”  Plato.

The application of reason constructs facts that offer true value. Our relationship with fellow human beings is the measure of it.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. John Steinbeck.

An orderly flow of cooperation increases the stability we need to take care of this planet.
‘We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse’.
Rudyard Kipling.

Success is established when we recognize its existence and its source.
‘Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him”
Groucho Marx.

Our dependence on each other will create more freedom because we recognize the potential value of each human being.
Our true perceptions of reality is primarily based on agreement with ‘what is’.
‘The beginning is the most important part of the work” Plato.

Freedom is our natural right in accordance with just law. We depend on just laws to respect our freedom.
‘Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear’. Albert Camus.

Stable relationships depend on value.
‘Life is occupied in perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying’. Simone de Beauvoir.

We cooperate through mutual agreement.
‘Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus.

Placeholders.

To measure correctly is to understand the value of principles, especially equality.
‘For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.’ – Virginia Woolf.

Relationships depend on sustained stability.
‘What would men be without women? Scarce sir … mighty scarce.’ Mark Twain.

‘I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.’ Socrates.

 Knowledge of a reality we can depend on creates our reason.
‘Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.’ Victor Hugo.

Experience is our measure of understanding that which is.
‘As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.’
Virginia Woolf.

Educational contemplation secures factual information.
The educated don’t get that way by memorizing facts; they get that way by respecting them. Tom Heeler.’

Certainty is based on principles that are universally recognized.
‘A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.’
Gloria Steinem.

Intellectual sustenance is found in accurate observation.
‘What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.’ Jacques Yves Cousteau.

The quality of law dictates our freedom.
‘We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.’ Jules Verne.

Rights require knowledge of implicit responsibility.
“But whether the risks to which liberty exposes us are moral or physical our right to liberty involves the right to run them. A man who is not free to risk his neck as an aviator or his soul as a heretic is not free at all; and the right to liberty begins, not at the age of 21 years but 21 seconds.’ George Bernard Shaw.

Placeholders.

No correct observation is based on opinion only. It must have a foundational principle to extend from. ‘The beginning is the most important part of the work.’ Plato.

Principles are ubiquitous, they service all life.

The rule of good law equates to a liberal functioning society.
‘The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for us all and incorporated into our common life.’ Jane Addams.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
Mahatma Gandhi.

Reality is the only true source of knowledge.
‘The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.’ Rachael Carson.

In the main common sensory perceptions function efficiently to provide social order.
‘Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.’
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Reality and its truths are more potent than any artificial stimulus.
“To learn to see- to accustom the eye to calmness, to patience, and to allow things to come up to it; to defer judgment, and to acquire the habit of approaching and grasping an individual case from all sides. This is the first preparatory schooling of intellectuality. One must not respond immediately to a stimulus; one must acquire a command of the obstructing and isolating instincts.”   Friedrich Nietzsche.

Truth is always existent.
‘A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is just putting on it’s shoes.’
Mark Twain.

Correct choices depend on good information.
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Awareness of pure action is readily available.
‘“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” Henry Miller.  

Placeholders.

That which is true fundamentally, is always the stepping stone to advance reason.
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”   Albert Einstein.

The stability of established principles continually creates progress.
“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”   Leonardo da Vinci.

Our mutual interest in standards means interconnected support.
‘States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.’ Noam Chomsky.

The structure of our individuality depends always on the nature of our commonality.
“It is this, at its most basic, that makes science a humane pursuit; it acknowledges the commonality of people’s experience. John Charles Polanyi.

The path is never lonely. There is always
Memories and leaves that fall.                

Unity of purpose and interest contributes to the welfare of any society.
“All for one and one for all.’ Alexandre Dumas.

Each moment in Time marks the pinnacle of human evolution.
‘Evolution of course is not something that simply applies to life here on earth; it applies to the whole universe.’ John Polkinghorne.

Support is available to the degree that we have factual information.
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”  Mark Twain. 

There is a measure of predictability through associative reason.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it”   
  Abraham Lincoln.

Good action is its own reward.
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no  result.”                                 Mahatma Gandhi.

Placeholders.

Freedom exists within humane laws that offer security.
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”   
William Faulkner.

Principles that are dependable establish themselves as truth.
“The real opposition is that between the ego-bound man, whose existence is structured by the principle of having, and the free man, who has overcome his egocentricity.”  
Erich Fromm.

Information of true principles forms social reason.
‘Everyone gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.’ Gertrude Stein. 

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” – Gertrude Stein quotes from

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Extension can only come from ‘what is’.
‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Ghandi.

This planet and everything on it becomes older in perfect synchronicity.
‘If  there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long.’ Noam Chomsky.

To say that ‘everything is’, is a statement of principle, because it cannot be otherwise.
‘We are social creatures to the inmost center of our being. The notion that we can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.’ Karl Popper.

Every form of life requires some form of sustenance to survive.
‘As we begin to plan for a new human society, we need to foster common values about clean air, water, and other elements of self-sustenance.’ Jacque Fresco.

In time our co-operative action forms civilization.
‘We – mankind- stand at the center of an evolutionary crisis, with a new evolutionary device – our consciousness of the crisis – as our unique contribution.’ Margaret Mead.

The sense and experience of irretrievable loss, heightens the awareness of meaning.
‘Between grief and nothing I will take grief.’ William Faulkner.

Surviving is the price we pay to experience meaning.
‘Quotation brings to many one of the intensest joys of living’.
Bernard Darwin.

Placeholders.

We use true meaning to build and strengthen our present reality.
‘Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me, the ability to think in quotations.’ Margaret Drabble.

Operating responsibly allows an interdependent obligation.
‘Some men’s words I remember so well that I must often use them to express my thought. Yes, because I perceive we have heard the same truth, but they have heard it better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

All children deserve unconditional love as their foundation to being human.
‘There is an adult in every child and a child in every adult.’ Jean Piaget.

The plethora of knowledge in life is there to promote our existence.
‘When any good attitude or concept or system worked well, we hung on to it.’
James Burke.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
‘We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone, Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar. Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out. William James.

Everything on this planet and in Nature grows older and in perfect synchronicity.
‘For it all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves. The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.’  Carl  Jung.

Each moment in Time is a new beginning.
‘What’s well begun, is half done.’ Horace.

Keep linking correct observations together.
‘Meaning is the result of connectivity and relationship.’

Every stone thrown in still water causes a ripple effect.
‘The obvious deserves its share of attention.’

The wheel has already been invented – move on!
We have common agreements in abundance – recognize them.

Placeholders.

Orientation toward evolution can provide provisional answers in advance.
“The central task of education is to plant a will and a facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society where grandparents, parents, and children are students together. In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.’ Eric Hoffer.

Dichotomies stifle truth and communication.
‘The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak’ Hans Hoffman. Better said than I!

True theory when practiced correctly becomes the natural order.
‘The final test of a theory is its capacity to solve the problems which originated it.’
George Dantzig.

Observing reasonable laws in action creates order.
‘Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.’
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.

That which is true never stands alone, it has interdependent connections with everything else that is true.
‘The more we study the major problems of our time, the more we come to realize that they cannot be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which means that they are interconnected and interdependent.’
Fritjof Capra.

Placeholders.

All experience, of necessity, always makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
‘In any country, regardless of what its laws say, wherever people act upon the idea that the disadvantage of one man is the good of another, there slavery exists. Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists.’
Booker T Washington.

Security and peace of mind is located in our interdependent actions. No one acts or stands alone.
‘Words are a form of action, influencing change.’ Ingrid Bengis.

That which is true stands the test of time, all else is dross, and fuel for recycling.
‘Do not be alarmed by simplification, complexity is often a device for claiming sophistication, or for evading simple truths.’ John Kenneth Galbraith.

The combined structure of absolutes in language form the standards essential for the provision of answers.
‘Things that people learn purely out of curiosity can have a revolutionary effect on human affairs.’ Frederick Seitz. 

The existence of absolutes form the basis of our reality. Within that structure we create our profound commonality.
‘Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.’
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Placeholders.

Always that which is elementary, is also profound.
‘Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.’ Immanuel Kant.

All life lives within an absolute spectrum. That spectrum knows no dichotomies.
‘I strongly reject any conceptual scheme that places our options on a line, and holds that the only alternative to a pair of extreme positions lies somewhere between them. More fruitful perspectives often require that we step off the line to a site outside the dichotomy.’
Stephen Jay Gould.

Whatever becomes the established norm is based on common agreement.
‘True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting, it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrong doing by its prohibitions.’ Cicero.

Responsibility is an appropriate attribute of care.
‘Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.’
George Bernard Shaw.

All experience is relative, but it is always experience.
‘That all our knowledge begins with experience there can be no doubt.’
‘Immanuel
Kant.

Uncertainty is an attempted theoretical inversion of a constant reality.                                   We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. (Plato).

Basics must always exist.
 ‘Almost all the serious achievements are simple in principle … the ideas must be sufficiently simple.’ John Clive Ward. 

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