Questioning The Known

What is the direct outcome of a war? After the smoke has cleared and the seize is over. The goal has turned from destroying to reconstructing, with what are you left? A conqueror and a conquered. One is clearly superior to the other in some form or another, either by better skill, training, numbers, resources, or natural favor, there was a discrepancy in a quantifiable fashion in order to determine one loser and one winner. There was something that broke the stalemate in which a victor protruded.

All of worldly existence is held together because opposing forces in equilibrium. But what holds these forces in equilibrium? Tension. When in equilibrium, the tension is equal; but, when it is broken, such as the case of the aftermath of a war, the tension is unequally distributed.

But, where is the tension being skewed; where is this new unequal tension being held? In the minds, hearts and spirts of humans. Therefore, it was being held in psychic space. Psychic space is different than physical space in that it does not, to the best of our knowledge, consist of physical space; that is, in the means that it can be measured and said to be in ‘this’ place or ‘that’ one. Physical space is left to the quantifiable, the observable, and the seen (aside from dark energy, and dark matter that are, at the least, accounted for through negative derivation).

Many pathologies arise from the fact that due to the unobservable nature of the psychic realm it is somehow less real than the physical. This distortion is being further augmented as we continue to place more faith in material science (including neuroscience) because it implicitly is discrediting the invisible, and intangible and somehow imaginative. However, the truth is the psychic frontier is one we know quite little about and are therefore afraid to be faced by our own intellectual inferiority in the face of a virtually untapped knowledge domain.

The Impossible Question

“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man. Suddenly I awoke, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.”

Thoughts?

Comments?

Philosophical Advise Needed

If I say there exists an inside (i);

I am also saying there exists and outside (o).

I could then come up with a third category – a boarder one:

The set that contains o and i.

The definition of inside is: “the inner side of a thing.”
So, let us presume that the broader category including i and o is called t (things).

But, we have produced a useless statement – a trap!

Because, the definition of a thing is “an object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to.”

The problem is we just gave this overarching class a name: thing; which is nonspecific..
But, I wanted to be specific with my naming, I wanted the name to only include inside and outside.

I wanted the entire set to only be comprised of (i,o).

But, what I am neglecting, is the fact the () carries some significance to it.

I don’t have to define it as a ‘thing’ because the moment I put () around i,o…it becomes a singular entity.
What I am highlighting is a predicated relationship:

An outside is defined as “the external side of something,” while an inside is: “the inner side of a thing.”
The common factor being a ‘thing’.

My point being is this:

The definition of inside is predicated by an outside and and vice versa;

Furthermore, they also share the existence of a ‘thing’.

But, this ‘thing’ must be nonspecific, but my use runs contrary to its definition;

I want the set to only include inside and outside.

So,

these become my questions:

what would be the above (overarching) class of a inside/outside?

Even if the overarching set could be categorized by a word, would it not be a tautology?

If anything ever takes upon the existence of all, can ‘all’ not only be defined by the parts that make up all?

Do Not Praise

Upwards I climb.

Behind me an endless sea of masks compose the marsh of time.

Moving forward seems to be a process of remembering.

My mind faulters under the weight of contradiction.

I admit to my feeble understanding of this miraculous universe.

But, through my submission – life is gained.

On either side their lay vices;

but between the two,

lies virtue.

The Self and The Universe

“Eyes see and ears hear as wind blows and water flows. All space becomes your mind. Time carries you along like a river, but never flows out of the present: the more it goes, the more it stays, and you no longer have to fight or kill it.”

-Alan Watts The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are