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 seem 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 endorsements. 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 source of genuine idealism is its own poverty.
Intellect, emotion, instinct at any level are the primary sources that drive human consciousness beyond its apparent limitations.
Therein lies the proper place for placeholders.
Placeholders are not the property of any egotistic individualism. They are simply natural basic occurrences available to be recognized by anyone e.g., a glass of water always reaches a certain perfect level.
Humankind continue to use and amplify information that can be beneficial, Any use contrary to that, is outside the realm of creative idealism, and not beneficial.
Placeholders in language is a tool we can use as a sort of predictor to give 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.
Placeholders as they apply to us.
At any given time each placeholder represents the unification of principles put together to form a contemporary view of the scale of the reality that we live in.
In that deliberate use it is here that any level of innate intellect – emotion – instinct can come into play. That formation dictates its own choice of equivalence to substantiate its inclusion.
The profound experience of that meaning in turn, equates to secure knowledge of the reality that exists – at whatever level. Thus ‘meaning’ is established beyond any other formal interpretation, and the experience is equally compounded by the order of those innate properties.
That form of knowledge is quite beyond any linear thought processes. That is always understood within the experience. In that experience there is no form of external change, everything is as it is, but the relationship between the observed and the observer is of another order, and quite outside the realms of ownership. It could be likened to an instantaneous fusion of the double helix. Then ‘consciousness’ could be yours for the moment, where no dichotomies exist.
Idealization has no individual province, it is the stuff of rising human consciousness, with only one purpose, its clear eventual dissemination, and use.Use in this context can only be categorized as the pinnacle of the spectrum.
The idea of absolutes is not something new. (Heraclitus (fl.C.500 B.C.E.) 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 reason. It is neither dramatic, nor 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 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 seem 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 with implicit principles, creating a new form of semantics. All forms of innovation have to deal with misunderstanding. Evolution is a slow-moving feast.
‘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.
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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 we communicate to others is of no consequence unless it yields some form of understanding which can lead to mutual respect and co-operation. Factual information that provides beneficial relationship value, offers its own security. It is in everyone’s interest to meet their own obligation, and be responsible for retaining that unity.
‘ Communicating with civility is not being phony, it’s simply an acknowledgment that all people have value, no matter how misguided or unfamiliar their ideas or actions may be. Being polite is not the road to conformity, it’s the path to understanding.’ — Brad Shorr. (classic).
‘If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they’re free for people to build upon as they see fit’. Lawrence Lessig> Founding Board Member of Creative Commons.
Our futuristic use of language may evolve to become its own catalyst in its commonality of form. It’s general acceptance through natural and recognizable definition which always equates to common contemporary reason.
That obligatory foundation will also recognize its simplicity of construction, which will be based upon the unity of the principles to establish its universality.
‘It is certain that the easy and obvious philosophy will always, with the generality of mankind, have the preference above the accurate and abstruse; and by many will be recommended, not only as more agreeable, but more useful than the other’.
David Hume (1711-1776).
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.
The acceptance and recognition of our universal commonality should be paramount in all educational disciplines.
It is the dissemination of the creative knowledge of all cultures that essentially form the nexus of civilized societies.
Integrated interest of the measures that sustain all life offers us the best chance of survival.
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven. Eastern proverb.
The only identity we have is always contained in relationship.
Strong relationships sustain that quality which heightens our awareness of how interdependent we are as a species. That awareness encompasses recognition of the reality that must exist for consciousness to elevate beyond its spectrum level, momentarily.
Within that experience we are obliged to engage a correct consciousness that impels our reason toward mutual responsibility. The probity of such experience is expressed in Art-Science-Philosophy, in every endeavor that we apply.
We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Connected understanding is the most powerful weapon for peace. It creates the need for co-operation to apply just laws. They then sustain our interdependence.
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.Thomas Merton (1915 – 1968.)
Extract: Conrad Lorenz. Civilized Man’s Eight Deadly Sins. Methuen and Co Ltd. 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 1974.