Part 1

Introduction , Overview &
The Purpose Of this work :

 

"Your work is to discover your work, and then, with all your
heart, to give yourself to it.'........Buddha

Supplementary Introduction : Preface to the 2013 update

 

1.1 Primary purpose : SELF -EXPLORATION

" Kierkegaard stressed upon the ambiguity and absurdity of the human situation.
The individual's response to this situation must be to live a totally committed life,
and this commitment can only be understood by the individual who has made it.
The individual therefore must always be prepared to defy the norms of society for
the sake of the higher authority of a personally valid way of life ".
...from .......Microsoft® Encarta®

"Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his
consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more
important to him than whether he lives or dies."...........Howard Thurman

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) The purpose of this work is an attempt to provoke or promote

a goal within the reader of this work to examine, explore and

experience one's known and unknown self within the parameters

of normal consciousness, through the process of self analysis & self

observation, and self synthesis or self integration, that is,

preferably without resort to specifically seeking

an altered state of consciousness.urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

(artificially , drug induced or special agreement induced )

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) And as a result of this exercise, to develop the ability of

creative self-expression that enhances the potential of

one's knowledge.urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

(note : While the focus of this work is centered on normal states

of consciousness , I am neither biased nor advocating for or against

the use of drugs, or aids used to alter the state of one's mind .)

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)  The generalized goal of this work is an open ended but critical

examination  into the validity of one's held knowledge, and there

after, an expansion and exploration into the limits of the potential

of this knowledge, particularly in the expression of this

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" My aim is to bring about a psychic state in which my patient begins to
experiment with his own nature - a state of fluidity, change and growth
in which there is no longer anything eternally fixed and hopelessly
petrified." ...... C. G. Jung

“I have worked for a restlessness oriented toward inward deepening.
My whole life is an epigram calculated to make people aware, to keep
people awake, in order that religion may not again become an indolent
habit.” ...........Kierkegaard

"There gradually arose in me that "something" which has brought the whole
of me to the unshakable conviction that, apart from the vanities of life, there
exists a "something else" which must be the aim and ideal of every more or
less thinking man, and that it is only this something else which may make a
man really happy and give him real values, instead of the illusory "goods"
with which in ordinary life he is always and in everything full."...Gurdjieff
 

When it is said   "one's held knowledge", it means that set of learned

concepts and beliefs that have been taught or "programmed " as a

result of education or interactions in society and culture as well as

those that have been developed internally.

Such learning that has been acquired from society is appropriately termed

as programs here, a term that refers to a fixed set of behavioral responses

conforming to this acquired learning.

Those programs that have undergone addition, change, integration or

transformation are termed here as metaprograms (Term coined by John

Lily).

What is Purpose ?

" It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is:
What are we busy about?"......Henry David Thoreau

"Everything on earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it,
and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence."
.......Mourning Dove ( Native American )

A purpose is a direction that one's held knowledge takes. This term refers

to a conscious knowing of this direction ( even if it is abstract or not well

defined ) and its destination : the accomplishment of a goal. A simple

goal is a direction taken by an organism's system by default.

"There is a time when we must firmly choose the course which we
 will follow or the endless drift of events will make the decision for us.'
....Herbert Prochnow

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
.............The Koran

It must be clarified here that a "purpose" is ultimately only a subter-

fuge,  to generate an internal force to seek......whatever one finds

will then itself be indicative of one's Will and thereby indicative of

what is to follow. So the purpose although is a very serious affair,

should not be held too tightly but only as a working or transitory

( flexible and fluid ) goal seeking force, without which our human

nature has a tendency to take everything too easy, making us

vulnerable and prey to other negative forces or

trapping routines.

[WEB Interaction Notes 2013: Purpose matters to those who seek it and are aware of
the 'gravity' of the quest. Purpose is not observable or measurable by scientific method
or 'supported by authority of religion/science' nor is there evidence lying around to
be discovered - it has to be 1) discovered/constructed/created by the individual
and for the individual by fulfilling the talent and potential of the individual by
 his/her work and actions. 2) the larger purpose of life/universe can be discerned
by a commitment to moral action which includes articulation.

The answer to the purpose of the universe revolves around moral action and
 moral consciousness and is articulated in art form.
Language is the tool to explore the question, the universe is the supporting
 means for life that asks the question and lives it to action.]

 

"A person who stands for nothing will fall for anything."
..............Malcolm X

"More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent".
.........Billy Sunday

 urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)A Purpose ( consciously operating goal ) therefore serves as the

means by which one can get to one's  Will - or one's real purpose,

by a conscious feedback - observation - analysis - evaluation -

synthesis or integration process.  urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

"To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business,
for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means
that without it life will be valueless.".........Marsha Sinetar\

This exercise is the focus of this work.

"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to
kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. It may even be assumed
that just as the unconscious affects us, so the increase in our
consciousness affects the unconscious".......Jung

The development of consciousness is the burden, the suffering,
and the blessing of humankind. ~Carl Jung

 

1.2 The Path of SELF-EXPLORATION

" Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve".... Thoreau

"Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered.".
Tagline of "Dances With Wolves" movie.

What is the applicability of such an exercise ? What are the rewards of this

kind of quest ? These are important questions that are central to any quest

that one undertakes and unfortunately there is no general answer for there

can be unforeseen risks and rewards when one ventures deep into one's

known or unknown self.

"Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a
treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them"...Marilyn French

And yet the testing grounds that will answer these questions will eventually

be one's quality of experiences ( as a result or process of this journey into

oneself ) that not only should prove rewarding and fulfilling to one's purpose

but also enhances one's effectiveness and efficiency in one's day to day

routine existence by testing, validating and upgrading one's operating

beliefs, concepts and paradigms of reality. But how does one go about it ?

This work tries to answer this question in the most open ended or

general manner as possible (applicable to most people).

 

Clearly the path of self-exploration is possible only if there is a forceful

desire to do so. And how does such a desire arise unless the rewards are

apparent? Our minds tend to setup or accept only those goals that have

seemingly clear benefits in the near future or at least hold the promise

of happiness &joy.

Web Int. 2014: Happiness or it's pursuit are not the ultimate human purpose - some
 relationships may drive you up the wall with a sword hanging overhead - and perhaps
 that is when the best and creative part of you will emerge - it's a possibility
to keep in mind.

"Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels
to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing
away of oneself and an eventual extinction"......Jean Dubuffet

And as one sets out initially on this path, there are not only difficulties

and frustrations  but also  instead of rewards,  a potential risk to one's

normal health and balance of body and mind, because the very process

involves  tinkering   with  the  foundations  of  one's  own  constitution,

studying and critically examining the very processes that drive oneself !

Initially, instead of rewards, one is instead bound  to  encounter  fear,

pain, isolation, conflict with society, even despair and frustration,

rather than pleasure and happiness.

So the person who treads this path, in order to proceed without getting

mired must be able to defy the inbuilt default tendency of the mind to

seek the state of happiness, contentment, pleasure, bliss

and self - satisfaction.

( This does not mean depriving oneself of a state of happiness .)
 

"Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to comfort, still
later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury,
and finally go mad and waste their substance"..........Giambattista Vico

“Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.”
―Plato

"The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not
 necessarily require happiness.".......William Soroyan

One must not avoid unhappiness. One must accept suffering;
it is a great teacher. ~C. G. Jung,

Now if happiness, pleasure or contentment cannot be the driving forces

for self- exploration, how and why should one take to this path?

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)Thus the self-explorer comes across the first vital question that

is crucially valid to one's very existence :

What are one's purest of motivations, i.e., devoid of any default

tendencies to seek health, happiness, security, love, contentment

or bliss and to avoid or minimize pain, insecurity, fear,

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But we humans aren't merely creatures that find only sophisticated means

and methods for our survival needs : we are also creatures that are driven

by  curiosity  and  wonder  about  not  only  the  world  but  also  about our

own nature and meaning.

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) Above and beyond the primal pain and pleasure drivers or motivators

are the motives of curiosity and wonder :  our desire to know ; to

seek, to explore, to discover, to create. urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)
 

"We want to seize the value and perspective of passing things. And so
to pull ourselves  up from the maelstrom of daily circumstance. We
want to know that little things are little, and big things are big
– before it is too late"........Will Durant

There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more
coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who
we are and what this life is for.....Saul Bellow

These motivations are realized when one encounters strange experiences,

sudden, unexplainable  emotional  bursts  or  jolts,  or  moods  of  sadness

without any apparent cause or  when  one  encounters  tragic,  even  near

death experiences.

There  are  bound   to be  instances  or  experiences  in  almost any being's

life  when  one's   being  is  shaken  or moved by the sheer  intensity of  an

experience;  and   subsequent  to  that  usually  follows  either  a   state  of

revelation or a state of intense wonder.

 

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) Whereas a state of revelation is indicative of a course of action or

    clarity of a certain path or beliefs for oneself, a sustained state of

    wonder  and  mystery  is  a  more  open  ended  state whose force

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" For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is
an impression of pleasure in itself "........Francis Bacon

"Quitting my day job and starting my life as a writer was a tremendous
risk. It was a fool's leap - a shot in the dark. But anything of any value
in our lives, would that be a career, a work of art, a relationship, will
always start with such a leap. In order to make it, you have to put
aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to
do these things completely purely without fear, without desire.
Because things we do without lust or result, are the purest actions
that we shall ever take."....Alan Moore

 

This state is often rationalized initially by the reasoning part of the mind in

the form of questions to oneself like : Who am I ? What am I doing here

on this planet ? What is the purpose of my existence ? What is the

meaning of all this, of my life or of all of life, of the universe ?

"I have been guided more by the problem rather than the
 discipline in which I have been working in. I don't care
 who studies it or what discipline it comes under, so long
 as it is an ongoing conversation on our species about
 itself  - about who we are - seems to be very important
 even if it is under the curriculum of basket weaving."
 
……..Rick Roderick ( Self Under Siege )

" The  goal of all art is.....to explain to people the reason for their
appearance on this planet; or, if not to explain, at least to pose
the question"...Andrei Tarkovsky

"The thing that is incredible is life itself. Why should we be here in
this sun-illuminated universe? Why should there be green earth
under our feet".....Edwin Makham

These,  and questions like these that address the core Self, driven by a state

of wonder, give form to the motivational basis for self exploration and should

continue to be so for a self- explorer at least until a stage reaches whereby

just seeking a state of happiness becomes redundant .

" It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better
to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied"...John Stuart Mill

In other words, once the rewards of self exploration are realized , one also

realizes that one becomes increasingly detached from the primal and

inbuilt goal of seeking a state of happiness (or avoiding

a state of pain and suffering ).

“The dynamic mystery of existence as a whole which reveals itself in human
 history through the power of a question : the question of the meaning of life.
In human history this question has taken many forms: why am I here? What’s
it all about ? Does life have a purpose? And what is that purpose? What difference
 does it make ? Or even what’s in it for me? But whatever form the question takes,
in choosing to undertake a subject of this kind, the goal may not be a definitive
answer, but something much more basic and ultimately much more importantly
– to take responsibility for the human search for meaning – and to do justice to
it by allowing ourselves to experience the full power of the question itself.
How does one measure the horizon of this question? Experience teaches us to
 be on the lookout for wisdom’s imposters : dogmatic fundamentalism, unyielding
 totalitarianism of every kind on the one hand and every shifting elusive relativism
 and corrosive skepticism on the other hand which offer no solid ground on which
to take a stand. To ask the question of the meaning of life for ourselves while at the
 same time to learn from the wisdom of those before us seems to demand that we
 make ourselves at home in the no man’s land between the false security of
certainty and the casual promiscuity of indifference. “ ---TTC : Prof Ambrosio


"The striving to find a meaning in one's life is the primary motivational force in man.
That is why I speak of a will to meaning in contrast to the pleasure principle (or, as
we could also term it, the will to pleasure) on which Freudian psychoanalysis is
centered, as well as in contrast to the will to power stressed by Adlerian
psychology."—Viktor E. Frankl


Man - a being in search of meaning. (Plato)

 

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) Alternately, a state of suffering, fear or pain , provoked by internal ( bodily ) or

external factors  ( circumstances)  is  also  a powerful meta-force ( mind force)

that can be turned around to one's advantage or to one's detriment by the very

manner in which one tackles it. Pain, suffering and fear are a signal to the self

to get its act together (coherent) or face the consequences !   urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)
 

"This unusual and highly successful species ( humans ) spends a great deal
of time examining his higher motives and an equal amount of time ignoring
 his fundamental ones."........Desmond Morris
 

What is important to realize is that those states that at first instance seem

to be negative, may not be just those that need to be avoided, but rather

to be confronted or challenged for an indicative breakthrough.

Viewed in this manner, pain, fear and suffering becomes another emotional

control tool for the purpose of self exploration rather than a state to be

avoided at all costs.

"Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear
is freedom".....
Marilyn Ferguson

 “Pain is certain, suffering is optional.” .....Buddha

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)       When one has learned to turn anger and stress into allies , one becomes
FREE from the detrimental or trapping effects of these dark forces of the mind,
just as one becomes free from the trap of  falling  into  the  comatose state of
seeking and obtaining pleasure and  happiness as the end all of being.
It is this attainment of FREEDOM that is the highest reward of self -
exploration , eventually leading to the totality of freedom -without
limits.   urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

" Freedom has a thousand charms to show,
That slaves, howe'er contented, never know. "
...... William Cowper


Apart from these  two basic and opposite (in nature) driving forces of

the mind ( and their related sub forces ), of which almost everyone

is conscious of, in varying degrees, of their influence on oneself, there

are other forces that cannot be  analytically accounted for : the source

is hidden : and therefore best classified as unknown forces & from

essentially unknown sources ( within oneself or outside oneself is

irrelevant : as a self explorer will potentially realize) that can drive or

influence oneself to certain experiences  or  seek a  certain state of

mind or set of beliefs or knowledge.

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)   An important part of self exploration is to be aware of and identify

the influence or operation and relevance of these unknown forces

(un-analyzable), if any. These may be labeled as separate entities for

the purpose of convenience or expression , although this is not

necessary .

However , if the belief that this unknown force/s constitute distinct

entity/ies is useful in one's quest or purpose then this belief is valid

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What has been brought forth in the above passages is that as a start

one needs to look at the key motivations that drive oneself, and that

even the basic emotions are vital tools for the defining of, control and

shaping of one's core motivations.

So the tools are all there within oneself, those very tools will work on

themselves to sharpen and upgrade themselves , you only need to boot

them on and set the ball rolling by unplugging oneself from the routines

and traps of mundane,  survival necessities,  (  you  have to initiate and

maintain the process) and the rewards will eventually be realized even

for a special purpose or role that you have identified for yourself.
 

"While the supreme value of existentialist thought is commonly
acknowledged to be freedom, its primary virtue is authencity."
>>>Hiedegger
 

1.3 The Path leads to SELF-EXPRESSION
 

"You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your
ideas won't get you anywhere." - Lee Iacocca

"If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save
 you, if you don't bring forth that is inside you, what you don't bring
forth will destroy you"....Attributed to Jesus

Any explorative process is incomplete without some expression in

some form that brings into concrete existence the abstract depths of

the hidden potential within each of us. An exploration is an initiation -

a generation of initiative that leads towards right action or creative

expression.

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)Any action or expression that comes from an initiation from within is

the only means of positive feedback for the core self that is otherwise

obscure. The survival and social forces are for most of the time and

instances only negative or suppressive of the core self. It must never

be forgotten that any action or expression if initiated only or mainly by

the requirements of survival or social acceptability cannot activate or

positively feedback the core self - only make it dead and inaccessible.urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

Self exploration, if accomplished with dedication and honesty is the most

powerful path that leads to creative self expression. Self exploration is

the means to reach for or discover and develop the core self - the real

potential that lies within.
 

"Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if
inspiration is not discernible at the beginning".....Igor Stravinski

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not
one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet
 on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
Andre Malraux
 

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) The discovery and development of one's abilities are essential

   for the realization of this potential, which itself will point out

the direction that this ability will take to reach out to

its limits of perfection. urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang there except those that sang best"
..........Henry Jackson Vandyke Jr

 

"If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always
manage to boot yourself in the posterior".......A. J. Liebling

"Is it not a pleasure to have learned something to try it out at
due intervals?"......Confucius
 

"Is it not a pleasure to try something or do something and then
learn from it?"......Updated 2011

 

1.4 The FORMS OF SELF EXPRESSION

" The  aim of   every  artist  is to arrest  motion,  which is life, by artificial
means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger
looks at it, it moves again since it  is life".....William Faulkner

"Life that is some how encrypted in those words, and when they
get into us they become the living. Conrad is gesturing towards the
greatest problem that all writers ever face: how do you make your
story, your material alive to readers.".....TTC  A. Weinstein

"The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life"
.....Michael Jackson

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
―Plato

 

The Use of Language & Related Concepts

"What every writer desires is that his words enter into the flesh and
 blood stream of his readers. And in some ways that is the violent
nature of human communication, not just an exchange of words.
Faulkner is interested in the physiological, somatic and even the
carnal dimension of this. When I speak to you I want to 'get' into
you. I want my words to penetrate, to get through, not bounce
off the surface. The project of writing and speaking has something
 to do with the kind of violent, intrusive and invasive powers of
language that at some level we desire."....TTC  A. Weinstein

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)  Realizations are fortified by expressions, and without expressions,

realizations dissipate or become static. But it must be clearly

understood that a language expression is only a form of the

realization, not the realization itself.

"There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress
is self-expression. That's what happens to me every day. My thoughts
get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad".....Garson Kanin

Those expressions that lead to further realizations, or trigger

intense, moving experiences, are the ones that are really

powerful as well as meaningful.

Thus the aim of the self-explorer is to express every realization

in a form and manner that leads to newer realizations, that

then demand better expressions. To enter into this cycle of

self-developed ascending order, and to sustain it, is the

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"I never know what I think about something until I read what I've
written on it." ............William Faulkner

It has been pointed out at the outset that the end result of the self exploration

process is not an end in itself but the means for developing and realizing one's

given potential.  This can only take place if this potential finds expression,

because without the testing grounds of expressions,  this potential will not

remain potent, but its potency will dissipate.  On the other hand, creative

expression enhances this potential.  Merely seeking a state of bliss is

not the focus of this work.

"Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his
inner vision and its ultimate expression".....Isaac Singer
 

Expressions in language are given importance,  because of their potential

for  promoting intra-human communication ( within a society) as well as

inter-human communication ( cutting across social, cultural barriers ). 

Thus expressions in language not only enhance the individual's Personal

Validity but also is the means to transform it into General Validity - that

is, the expressions are capable of enhancing the Personal Validity of

others.
 

"Self-expression must pass into communication
for its fulfillment."......Pearl S Buck


But first of all these expressions must be meaningfully useful in enhancing

one's own potential.

" Words  have the power to both destroy and heal, when words
  are both true and kind, they can change our world "......Buddha

The use of  language, words and their corresponding  concepts are not

meant for a literal meaning in this work,  rather the use of language here

is only for the sake of eliciting a response from the reader in order to

further the reader's quest for oneself's  knowns and  unknowns and the

validity of these in one's life.  There is  no attempt to form a system of

knowledge, rules, procedures or fixed beliefs  :  that is, there is no

attempt at furthering  any  'objective'  quest,  only a 'subjective' quest :

an attempt to further a quest of the subject and for the subject and

not for any object or agreed upon system of thought .

Philosophers are kind-hearted sorts of chaps, willing to help others into
“the paragraphs,” but there is still something mad about them, with their
“ludicrous stiff solemnity and air of paragraph-importance.” They pity
past generations, who lived when the System was presumably not finished,
and when therefore unbiased objectivity was not yet possible. But when you
ask them about the new System they always put you off with the same
excuse: “No, it is not yet quite ready. The System is almost finished, or at
least under construction, and will be finished by next Sunday.”
(Sřren Kierkegaard, Postscript)

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)  Whereas   there  is  no thrust for any objective quest in this work,  the

  objective world  or objectivity  is  by  no  means  considered   unimportant,

rather it can be stated that Personal Validity is a function of one 's ability

to  harmonize  one's subjective experiences and their interpretations with

the objective reality of one's  physical  environment and  society/ culture

so that any endeavor is of ultimate benefit for all life urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

"Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible
to know men"......Confucius

Therefore,  words, concepts and  language style should not be taken

in a specific literal  meaning,  but in a broad  overall sense or in a sense

that seems valid  for oneself ( allegorical ),  that is, in a sense that fits

well in one's existing construct. Language is considered in this work

not only as an intra/inter-human communication tool but also as

an internal  tool ( in the province of one's own mind - Lily) to clarify

and refine one's grasp of  reality.  This may contradict the

mystics assertion that this is not possible, but this assertion

is being challenged in this work.

"Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared
impossible before they were done"....Louis Brandeis

One of the important beliefs in this work is that language can be the most

general  purpose  tool and medium by which one can not only refine, give

shape and handle, bring into focus,  give form and expression to

one's experiences but also as an important means to correlate and gain

from the experiences of others so as to further enhance the quality of one's

own experiences and expressions.

"There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere
that difference can be expressed. It's up to you to find it,
and you can"....David Viscott

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)  One of the ultimate challenges for a self explorer should be to translate

one's strangest experiences into some form of self expression - depending

upon one's predilection or uniqueness, this expression may take the form

of  sounds  (music , song or mantras ),  visions  (art forms),  motion (body

movements, dance , postures etc )   or  language.  Any  of these  forms  of

expression  can further validate,  enhance and also  provide  meaning  to

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Amongst all forms of expression , the use of language is the most

general purpose,  although like the other forms it too has its fair

share of limitations. These limitations  are particularly galling when

the use of language is without focus or clear purpose.  The warning

here is that language can and is used to obscure and hide the ugly

truths of personal, social and cultural wrongs.


" Men use thought only to justify their injustices, and
speech only to conceal their thoughts"......Voltaire
 

The dark side of human nature always takes cover behind

sophisticated philosophy and terminology.
 

"How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they
can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right."

........Black Hawk, Sauk-(1767-1838)Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak

" Intellectual slavery masquerading as sophistication
is the worst form of slavery"........Ngugi wa Thiong'o

The use of language should be to clarify, not obscure. 

" Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our
intelligence by means of language".....Wittgenstein 
 

" In  Man there  is  a  basic  need  for  imagining wish-fulfillments. Man's
  wishful thinking becomes interwoven  among his  best science and
even his best  philosophy.  For the intellectual and the emotional 
advancement  of  each  of  us we need certain kinds of ideals. We also
need ways of thinking which look as straight at the inner realities as at
the physical-chemical-biological outer realities. We need truly objective
philosophical analysis inside ourselves as well as outside ourselves."
...John C Lilly
 

The whole focus of this work is the use of concepts and beliefs in their

widest context.  It would not be incorrect to say that this work also

attempts to ' deconstruct ' that part of the mind 's construct that has

become rigid  (a tendency  to operate from fixed beliefs and notions)

so that, reconstruction is an available possibility or option at all times

(which is quite indispensable for a self explorer ).

"At every step philosophy sloughs a skin into which creep its
worthless hangers-on."......Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)  So that one's concepts and beliefs become truly general purpose

evolving tools and not limit us by their narrow usage : So that concepts

and beliefs instead of becoming just technical jargon, serve to provide

working support for our experiences as well as for enhancing expressions

so that these are first of all personally meaningful and fulfilling, and then

only can any expression be of wider significance. In an artistic expression

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"I would not think of quarreling with your interpretation nor offering
any other,  as I have found it always the best policy to allow the
film to speak for itself."
............Stanley Kubrick
 

(note: Again this does not mean that words must always have vague and multiple

meanings. On the one hand while dealing with our own experiences , words and

concepts  are   more  useful in a broad sense, on the other hand while communic-

ating  with other beings, specific usage of words  is  more frequently required :

especially  where   agreement  has  to  be  established.  For this purpose I have

tried  to  define   the context  in  which  words  have been used here in as much

detail as possible , along-with their dictionary definitions.)

 

In this work it is being asserted that language and a linguistic description of

reality  need  not   be limiting if one trains oneself to deal with concepts with

a flexible, fluid and wide context and construct that has an exposure to multi

cultural constructs of reality.

However in one's communication in society, it must be kept in mind that not

every one in a particular society can be expected to be of a wide ranging and

flexible construct, and the linguistic reality plays an important role in every

society.  The average person in a particular society interprets words usually

from a narrow and definitive  socio-cultural  construct.  Then again, in the

context of a person to person communication a lot depends whether the

intention of both is not at cross-purposes and evasive to the issue at

hand, because then nothing will be accomplished, however sophisticated the

language used.

"The problems of everyday life from which philosophical problems
arise and which  they try to address - in a certain way. Now that way
 is not simply as a compensation although that is one aspect of it -
these also may find ways to evade the problem. That's the sense in
which Marx uses the word ideology - to evade, cover up or to
legitimate some illegitimate feature of the problems."
……..Rick Roderick ( TTC – Philosophy and Human Values )

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) AND so that by a more appropriate usage of language we are able to evolve
concepts and beliefs that relate in a more meaningful way with not only our
experiences but also co-relate with the experiences of others to provide
for an effective communication technology, without which no
intelligent species can prevent its self-destruction.  urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

"There are three roads to ruin; women (sex), gambling and technicians.
The most pleasant is with women (sex), the quickest is with gambling,
but the surest is with technicians.".......Georges Pompidou

 

Supplementary Article :  Power of Words

 

1.5 Overview of Personal Validity

Artists knock on silence for an answering music; they pursue meaninglessness
 until they can force it to mean. .....Rollo May

[WEB Interaction Notes 2013: Each living thing's life is imbued with purpose and
meaning when it expresses it's unique talents and capabilities in a creative manner.
In so far as it is creative, it is different, distinct and unique since every creative
expression is unique (every bird has its own song), and so you may say that each
living thing has a different meaning and purpose.
Yet we can generalize this by saying that the broad purpose of life is creativity - and
 humans are special because we have an additional dimension to creativity - and that
 is the moral dimension integrated with creativity - and both of these dimensions
converge in the unity in Eternity where all different purposes also converge.
The bad news is that we as humans are very very fallible in the moral dimension,
and once fallen, our purpose in not with synchronicity or converging with the overall
telos or purpose of the cosmos, and the even more terrifying reality of that state is that
we become means for the ends of others and not self-definable ends in ourselves.
It is a state in which we lose moral consciousness, even the consciousness that we
have fallen, rather we are deceived into thinking that we are at the top of the world,
too evolved to think about moral and immoral, good or evil, right or wrong.

The awful daring of a moment’s surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract
By this, and this only, we have existed
Which is not to be found in our obituaries
Or in memories draped by the beneficent spider
Or under seals broken by the lean solicitor
In our empty rooms.
T S Eliot

O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall? (Dante)

 “The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden,
mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent
fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and
creatively as we can”.....Paul Kurtz

 

 

The  concept  of Personal Validity is meant to be the language tool by which

the self explorer defines, explores and develops one's unique self so that he

is  not   constrained  by  the  limitations  imposed by the objective , physical

world  wherein  society  has  developed  a  system of General Validity which

although  itself  undergoes  changes  from  time  to time,  but at a particular

time  and  place tends  to  impose  a  set of beliefs or at the very least a set

of  norms  of   behavior  upon  the  individuals  of that society.  These norms

have to be conformed to by an individual in order to survive, but once

bare survival is assured, these norms and especially the beliefs that

have been acquired as a result, become a limitation as well as a

un-necessary burden that can be and should be dumped.

( If there is a realization that these are useless. )
 

" A man may pay too dearly for his livelihood, by giving, in Thoreau's terms,
his whole life for it...and becoming a slave till death "........R L Stevenson

"The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but
he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money"
..........Karl Marx

urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes) In any social system this seems inevitable at present, for although a

society cannot function or last without agreed upon rules

( morals), a society can function well enough without

agreed upon beliefs ( religion) urbbul1a.gif (627 bytes)

"Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore
perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and
customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to
preserve it; but they cannot originate it"......Harriet Martineau
 

The flame within my heart
Agreements made
Are now realized
Like before
Agreements of Trust
Agreements of Faith
Agreements of Truth
Agreements of Liberty

Lyrics from the song   "Agreement" by Kitaro

 

Most  problems   stem  from  the  inability  of  key  elements in a society to

distinguish between beliefs and rules, rather than just the breaking of rules.

So  it  is imperative for an individual to understand and follow the said and

unsaid rules of a society at least in interactions with the other members of

the community in order to harmonize one's social as well as one's personal

self.  In  order to change the existing belief construct of society, one must

have a clear predilection and goal to do so otherwise it will never be worth

the while.  Within oneself,  of course,  one can have the freedom to believe

or experience whatever one chooses.

"Man is condemned to be free" ...... Jean Paul Sartre

"The worse the conditions of life the more productive the work,
always provided you remember the work"....Gurdjieff

"To sing about freedom and to pray for its coming is not enough.
Freedom must be actualized in history by oppressed peoples who
accept the intellectual challenge to analyze the world for the
purpose of changing it"..........James Cone

"You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go.
You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

The next article deals exclusively with the differentiation and

distinctions between the domain of Personal Validity and the

domain of General Validity :

NEXT PAGE   03 : 1.5 The Two Domains of Validity

or

PREFACE to the 2012 Update

or

ROOT LINK  http://www.personalvalidity.webs.com/

 

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