2.2 ASSUMPTIONS IN THIS WORK
The following assumptions have been made in this work , and these
form the basis of the structure of concepts underlying these interlinked
articles, the central concept of this structure is Personal Validity:
wise of a physician to renounce all premature assumptions.
This does not mean that he should throw out all assumptions
overboard ; but that he should regard them in any given case
as hypothetical".....C. G. Jung
BEING AND PURPOSE
Two very central assumptions have been made in this work :
1.) All beings are unique, distinct and different.
2.)The purpose of one's existence is to discover, develop, explore, define and/or
expand this uniqueness of one's being to its potential limits.
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 in the work done/actions
by the individual 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.
KNOWLEDGE"The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the
The Assumption that Knowledge is derived from and is a composite
from three distinct sources :
1. Through sensory systems of sight, sound, touch, smell, taste
and it's linear processing by reason. [Analysis, Inductive and
2. Created, or synthesized from nothing.
3. Through Non-sensory modes of perceiving - source unknown.
"The 'Self under
siege', part of which it is about is the complexity
of meaning"……..Rick Roderick ( Self Under Siege )
The Self is important whereas Self-importance is not.
The Self is defined in this work as a living being having a finite existence,
in space and time, from the moment of birth, ( before which that 'Self'
did not exist ), till the moment of death, after which the 'Self' ceases
to exist, and after which a 'Self" is no longer defined. Thus a 'Self', in this
work is considered as a mortal being in its existence, but whose totality or
essence, if (and only if ) realized and expressed in form or actions,
is immortal, that is, transcends death.
Thus the experience of an individual living being, defined here as Self, is
a constituent of current reality, and the essence or totality of a
being is a constituent of ultimate reality or eternity.
The experiencing Self has no limits to what can potentially be
experienced, but has a limited capacity for understanding,
conceptualisation and comprehension, a capacity that is enhanced
by creative expression. Thus the Self has a limited autonomy in its
existence in space and time, the limitations themselves are the
means and challenges by which the
totality of the Self is realized.
The Self exists in a connected network of other beings, sharing
a limited space and resources. This connection is both physical,
( that is, in sense related space and time, by sharing the limited
physical resources of the planet ) and this connection is also
non-physical ( that is, non-localized and cutting across time,
by sharing the also limited non-physical resources ).
The actions towards each other in these finite spaces of the
physical as well as non-physical environment determine the
future course of the unfolding reality of the world, but more
importantly, moral actions determine the destiny of every
"There is a solitude which each
and every one of us has always carried
within. More inaccessible than the ice cold mountains, more profound
than the midnight sea: the solitude of self." ....Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The Neuro-physical Brain of
a human being has potential for intelligence and creativity
whose diversity and limits, we as the human race are nowhere close to full realization.
(The catch is that this is limited by our individual will.)
CONSCIOUSNESS AND SPIRIT
Every living being has consciousness or awareness that has a primary component
to it at the time of birth and which has a continuity after death, herein termed as
the Supra-Conscious (whether individual consciousness has ultimate or eternal
continuity is an open question/possibility here) The living beings of a particular
world are connected together through this supra-conscious.
In other words, the thread of the Supra-conscious runs through every life form in a
world, in an instantaneous non-physical connection, that can be called the web of life.
The essential animating element of the supra-conscious, that contains in
it all the real and aesthetic knowledge of the entire world is called here
as the SPIRIT.
Life in any world is created and sustained by this Spirit. Once the Spirit's
animating capacity is exhausted, the world comes to an end although the
aesthetic essence remains to restart a new cycle.
" I sometimes think
the gods have united human beings by some mysterious
principle, like the according notes of music. Or is it as Plato has supposed,
that souls originally one have been divided, and each seeks the half it lost."
..........Lydia Maria Child
BEING, SPIRIT & SOUL
Being and Spirit are the same.
The Quintessence of Being and Soul are the same.
Death is the mirror that reflects the totality of a being.
- this happens in two ways:
1) A living being in a near death situation gets a glimpse/some realization
of one's essence or totality.
2) At the time of final death, a being is fully revealed its totality in the
'light of eternity'.
"It must certainly
be allowed, that nature has kept us at a great distance from
all her secrets, and has afforded us only the knowledge of a few superficial
qualities of objects; while she conceals from us those powers and principles
on which the influence of those objects entirely depends." ....David Hume
"The study of Nature
is intercourse with the Highest Mind. You should
never trifle with Nature".......Louis Agassiz
"We still do not
know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has
revealed to us."....Einstein
Nature will reveal only those secrets that one has
earned the right or the need
The rest will remain hidden.
"There is a pleasure
in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar :
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.".......Lord Byron
MEANING and PURPOSE
in her kindness and patience, Nature has never put the fatal
questions as to the meaning of their lives into the mouths of most people.
And where no one asks, no one needs to answer"........Jung
Just as Freedom and Responsibility are inseparable, Meaning and purpose
are similarly inseparable. It is only when acts are driven by
conscious purpose that they become meaningful.
The broad purpose of human life is - creativity.
Creativity is that art through which the real is revealed by unmasking the fake
or the unreal and exposing it for what it truly is, which at best is a means and at
it’s worst, a trap - both for igniting and enhancing individual moral consciousness,
freedom and responsibility, as well as for connecting with and contributing to
Humanity (the abstract sum of all that is quintessentially human.)
The essential quality of human beings is that humans are individual and autonomous
moral agents (having potential ability to know and the achievable power to autonomously
act upon what is right and wrong, good and bad) who through their moral choices
and actions are the test of reality (which no machine can be, howsoever ‘intelligent’
it may be) - the results of which are transcendental, which means that such actions
will reflect in time (future) and incorporated in Eternity.
one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify,
to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning;
quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us."
Even in pathology where we are concerned
with lesions which have no
meaning in themselves, the exclusively causal approach proves to be
inadequate, since there are a number of pathological phenomena which
only give up their meaning when we inquire into their purpose.
And when we are concerned with the normal phenomena of life, the
question of purpose takes undisputed precedence.......C G Jung
and events of one’s life along with the choices and actions others
make towards you constitute the situation that the person faces and exists in.
Our situation can be understood as articulating a question directed `to us as free.
That question – what response will I choose to make towards my situation – what does
my situation mean? What meaning will I attribute to it? What relationship do I decide to
have with it? A relationship which is established through concrete, specific attitudes,
choices, actions and commitments. A basic human condition of the situation as one of
being in question – that is, being responsible, in terms reminiscent of Socrates. Making
clear that life does not so much have a meaning, but is a search for meaning.
.............TTC : Prof Ambrosio
“If particulars are
to have meaning, there must be universals.”
LIFE and NON-LIFE: The Animate & The Inanimate
" Life has
its own hidden forces which you can only discover by
living "...Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
The end all of life is to
create more than what is destroyed. That is what distinguishes
a human and a machine ( non-life). A machine can never create more than it destroys.
It can never have more than 100% efficiency, only less than that, and at best 100%.
An average animal has 100 % efficiency.
In this age and time, an average human being has less than 100% efficiency,
because an average human being destroys more than what he creates.
The dividing line between creativity and destructivity is a very thin blurred line, that
gets more and more thinner and blurred with the development of religions,
science and especially - technology.
today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger
and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and
better idiots. So far the universe is winning." ........Rich Cook
of life is a struggle between Science turning Nature into objects
and Art turning creatures of Nature into spirit. The end of the world occurs when
Nature cannot sustain beyond a critical mass of objects, and the objects collapse
into themselves, whereas the Spirit is free to create a new life cycle.
"Art is the tree of life, science is the tree of death."...William Blake
SOCIETY and CULTURE
"Culture is only true
when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets
this, revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable
element of culture".............Theodor W. Adorno
The most crucially
important beliefs, are the beliefs one projects onto others,
because society is shaped by commonly held or shared beliefs. These shared
beliefs are what define and direct a society and culture.
The most open society is one which encourages its members to not only develop
or create their own ideas and beliefs, but also to question or put these beliefs to
rigorous test in current reality, especially those that are held for a long time.
MORAL OF THE STORY
" The strategist's method....challenge the prevailing assumptions with a single
question: Why? and to put the same question relentlessly to those responsible
for the current way of doing things until they are sick of it.........Kenichi Ohmae"
In the age of reason, the highest ethical activity is to create a scenario wherein a
intellectual stimulus provokes sufficient number of people
to turn the tide from destruction towards regeneration of the Human Spirit.
This can only happen when intelligence is used to develop a language - a
communication technology that cuts across cultures in order to educate
people to have the highest value for the environment and
nature's balance in diversity.
a moral, if only you can find it."
The bottom line for a moral existence is to give more to this world than
to take from it : to create more than what is destroyed.
"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.".....James goldsmith
What I spent, is gone;
what I kept, I lost;
but what I gave away
will be mine forever.......Ethel Percy Andrus
only lose (eventually) what you cling to.”
"My notion of
what the psychedelic experience is for, is that we each must
become like fishermen, and go out on to the dark ocean of mind, and let your
nets down into that sea. And what you're after is not some behemoth, that will
tear through your nets, follow them and drag you in your little boat, you know,
into the abyss, nor are what we're looking for a bunch of sardines that can slip
through your net and disappear. Ideas like, "Have you ever noticed that your little
finger exactly fits your nostril", and stuff like that. What we are looking for are middle
size ideas, that are not so small that they are trivial, and not so large that they're
incomprehensible. That middle size ideas that we can wrestle into our boat and
take back to the folks on shore, and have fish dinner. And every one of us when
we go into the psychedelic state, this is what we should be looking for. It's not for
your elucidation, it's not part of your self-directed psychotherapy. You are an explorer,
and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do, is to bring back a
new idea, because our world is in danger by the absence of good ideas. Our world is
in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. And so to whatever degree any
one of us, can bring back a small piece of the picture and contribute it to the building
to the new paradigm, then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit,
and that after all it what it's really all about.".......Terence Mckenna
Now with these assumptions as basis, the next article examines the very
tricky and paradoxical aspect of life : Unity and Duality. To find the right
step in this minefield of contentions and controversy is indeed tough.
Next Page 06 : 2.3 The Duality in Nature
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