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These observations are drawn from interdependent and interconnected reality itself.
Observations are never based on anyone’s opinion, but formed from the continual existence of absolutes.
Consequently this writer claims no personal ownership of their content.
Please feel free to use them the best way you can, for everyone’s benefit.
Imperative observations equates to paying attention, and in this context specifically towards absolutes in language.
Their constant dependency, and replication, can act in a fashion similar to a double helix, where interdependence and interconnection must take place. Perhaps a slight deviation from professional ‘linear thinking’ advocates.
The object of this exercise is simply to point to a common peculiarity of language – namely that there exist dichotomies that we accept as being real. When we view them as only being a spectrum construct of the whole, then we are left with something that I feel, is best described by definition, as an absolute.
To construct a language of terms which redefine themselves correctly, is a propositional concept that will be left for others to explore. My time will be left offering the basic concept as placeholders, and finding equivalence by others where I can find them.
The process of evolution we experience either in a linear or vertical direction, carries the tool of language that Homo sapiens have developed. With evolution language will inevitably change, and to avoid its complexities being amplified, a simpler form of semantics that would embrace social interaction, and contains new meaning, would be welcome.
Within those meanings it could be conceived that cognition, and instinctive experiences could reach a continuing widening audience. (Refer you to Wikipedia on ‘cognition’.)
Communication, and its power to make known would be enhanced for the benefit of those who communicate, and for the receiver. That would best be defined as the height of mutual understanding – no divergence.
With some certainty the vestigial veracity, or value, of any copy introduced to the community on the Wide World Web, will undergo the collective reviews of contemporary reason and sanity, by the widest audience ever available.
Whatever new concept is proposed it can only have interconnected and interdependent connections that will be evaluated for their common use. History tells us, this is the hallmark for its acceptance. If we cannot use it for the common good then its eventual fate is assured, and rightly so.
It does appear that collective human consciousness has an indirect hand in its own evolution. Perhaps that is why we are, who we are!
(For those of a more serious mind, and interested in the history of language, I would refer you to
“The extended mind model of the origin of language” via Google.
The Language of Absolutes.
To draw attention to the embedded, and eclectic use of dichotomies in language, and the meanings that we take for granted.
The empire of man over things is founded on the sciences – for nature is only to be commanded by obeying her.’ Francis Bacon 1620.
Lost in confusion
Lost in despair
Imagination shrouds the Real
Is this the Centre?
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 all 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. This can be no academic exercise on the complexities of language. This writer is not equipped to do that. There are obvious historical quotations I use, as there seem to be some equivalence. They have always said it better than I. 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. Absolutes are not some esoteric, metaphysical and unattainable reality. They are front and foremost the content of our language. They need no academic credentials to define and understand them. Our language is the tool we use to express their existence. Try ‘interdependence.’ Find interconnected links to what it means. Take the rest of your days finding their co-related meaning. That would be a life well examined.
The cognition content of language is always available to be recognized, given the right conditions. Specifically, when the activity between the observer and the observed denotes a relationship in which there is equivalence. Then ‘knowledge’ takes place and reality is understood.
Where there is clear evidence of an interdependent measure that has reciprocal value, then it becomes unifying constructive knowledge e.g. 1+1=2.
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 should we 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 or principles, 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.
Always remember that everything in the moment is provisional. The new car you have just bought has immediately decreased in value. Keep it in pristine condition for a hundred years and it will be worth a great deal more.
‘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.
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.
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. Leonardo da Vinci.
Could one of us be right, or should we just wait for Godot?
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)
Catch the ‘new’ version of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Celtic Women. via Google.
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.
(Read To a Mouse by Robert Burns (1759- 1796).
Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murdering pattle.
I’m truly sorry man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union,
An’ justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
An’ fellow mortal!
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
‘S a sma’ request;
I’ll get a blessin wi’ the lave,
An’ never miss’t.
Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It’s silly wa’s the win’s are strewin!
An’ naething, now, to big a new ane,
O’ foggage green!
An’ bleak December’s win’s ensuin,
Baith snell an’ keen!
Thou saw the fields laid bare an’ waste,
An’ weary winter comin fast,
An’ cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro’ thy cell.
That wee bit heap o’ leaves an’ stibble,
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou’s turned out, for a’ thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter’s sleety dribble,
An’ cranreuch cauld.
But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
Still thou are blest, compared wi’ me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But och! I backward cast my e’e,
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear!
Courtesy of Wikipedia.
The word editor had a lot of problems with this, but these semantics are worth your attention.
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!
Watch the lecture “Trust me, I’m a physicist” – The Weird World of Quantum Entanglement’ via Google.
‘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.
Check out “Life on the spectrum” via Google.
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.
Check out experience on “definition and more” via Google. You’ll want to keep it!
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 John Logie Baird (1888 – 1946) and it certainly is well established.
Check out ‘John Logie Baird and the invention of television’. Time well spent. via Google.
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!
Climate change reports abound on the Net – take your pick via Google.
Could we could start by repairing the damage to Mother Earth. That might give us the moral right to explore, or inhabit other planets. As we are, would the Universe make us welcome?
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.
Our attitude is our personal boomerang to the world – whatever we throw out will come back. Lee J Colan. Orchestrating attitude.(2005)
Check out Merriam Webster on principles. via Google
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, 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.
Read the ‘Future of anthropological knowledge” Historical communal sanity! via Google book.
Clear information is realized through focused attention. Best to slow down and pay attention.
Check out. ‘Happy snap your way to inner calm.’ via Google.
‘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’.
“What are the benefits of co-operative learning” Lot’s to do! via Google.
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’.
“Social exclusion – the poverty site”. How wealthy are we? ‘ via Google.
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.
“New knowledge.org” might have some seeds”. via Google.
There is obvious strength in unity. Where there is agreement on the reality we live in, we make progress. Bring your senses and yourself 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 social contract theory” is worth a look. via Google.
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.
These two did it in a classic way.
Enjoy “Two old guys dancing” via Google