Shakespeare’s observation of our commonality is profoundly expressed by Shylock in the famous speech to his protagonists in the comedy ‘The Merchant of Venice”.
Our commonality is descriptive of all human consciousness.
Each and everyone provides their share.
The speech – a masterpiece in objectivity.
Connection to reality is measured by observation of absolutes or principles.
There is no special difficulty connected with being an idealist in the imagination; but to exist as an idealist is an extremely strenuous task, because existence itself constitutes a hindrance and an objection. Soren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855 Existentialist).
Our individual freedom is nurtured by our compatibility and responsibility toward others.
Liberty is the power that we have over ourselves.
Include dependence in any relationship of value.
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
The success of principles lies in fundamental correctness.
Be sure the beginning has a beneficial foundation.
The characteristic of life does not lie in a distinctiveness of single life processes. [Lebensvorgänge], but rather in a certain order among all the processes.
- L. von Bertalanffy (1934) as cited in Manfred Drack (2008). “Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s Early System Approach“
- Courtesy of Wicky quote.
Constant progress is the immediate reality.
Discover connections in the advances we make.
Man is not the most majestic of the creatures; long before the mammals even, the dinosaurs were far more splendid. But he has what no other animal possesses: a jigsaw of faculties, which alone, over three thousand million years of life, made him creative. Every animal leaves traces of what he was. Man alone leaves traces of what he created.
The Ascent of Man. (1973) J.Bronowski
All members of the human species have consciousness available
to them in measurable degrees. Our cognitive abilities are measured
by our progress. Each and every achievement initially has been an
experience of pure cognition of ‘what is”.
Consciousness is an integral part of our commonality not a bespoke
possession of any individual.
Listen to John Searle.
Our shared condition – consciousness.