Life is made of particles. So many - shaped in such complex ways, following such complex rules, that only the idiot is led to assume "life is a
mystery", and yet at the same time aver that everyone "stands alone".
In Lewis Carrols Through the Looking Glass
, the Red Queen tells Alice:
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.
This is how some human beings live. Some of us are so averse to change - so motivated and controlled by torrents and torrents of fear-feelings, that
every last bit of lifeblood they put into living is done in the service of extraction: to take some surplus here, and bring it into themselves. To
build up - even if the very goal is unwinnable and becoming more and more explicitly
unwinnable in the age of modern science, there still
remains something which can only appear to a sane person - the vast majority of human beings on Earth - as being of the quality "pathetic",
"repugnant", "staggeringly tragic".
As human beings, all of us created by physical contexts that lie entirely outside our capacity to control - for a simple reason as well: there is too
much ordering beyond our awareness - beyond what we can say "I know that" - so that we always walk forward into our actions with a frustrating
dearth of sanity - if we knew, that is, what sort of laws exist, we wouldn't be so glib about the things we do, given they portend consequences which
we'd otherwise prefer to avoid.
Feelings are Expressions of Physical Dynamical Qualities
The deconstructionist efforts of postmodernism, in advancing a culture of 'transgression' for the sake of transgression, is so mindbogglingly
out-of-step with natural law that one could very well wonder what sort of biodynamical processes are structuring these philosophers into thinking
reality really works the way they think it does.
It's simple actually. If all things are symmetry processes, when we act in a way that is counter to what constitutes human symmetry - recognizing the
contextual conditions that organize the behavior of the Other - we put our brain dynamics into a quantum 'coupling' with the other, such that the
other experiences itself as "effectively known" - the result of which is a feeling of goodness.
If we desire goodness, why in the hell do we support a culture that undermines morality? Because the leaders are the most confused among us: after
all, isn't it fundamental to the process of civilization that a special elite which owns and controls the means to produce are already themselves
caught up in a metaphysical fiction that places them in a special category vis-à-vis the human beings they live with and around? Its a chicken vs.
egg issue, which only finds resolution by applying evolutionary theory, which puts the chicken (or organism) before the egg; similarly, the human
being precedes civilization, yet once the process started to shift and bifurcate so that an externally modified environment acted back upon a human
beings self-organizing awareness, that the human being was prompted into the same thought-forms as those which preceded them. Each generation adding
to and modifying the percepts of the last, creating new external forms, moving, inexorably it seems, towards more and more complexity.
Civilization, of course, cannot be conceived as an error, as a whole new vistas of exploration i.e. outer space, the fabric of matter, the way and
manner our body and brain works to create consciousness, and how this dynamical process electrodynamically links up with other processes - have only
be possible because
of the human beings which came to take on an elitist belief system.
Consciousness, or the brain-mind, is also very complex - allowing for different sorts of experience of self-in-the-world, as Julian Jaymes, for
example, believed, the ancients may have experienced their "daimons", or their own unconscious, as a 'guide' to their self-in-action. Plato, of
course, claimed to be such a person; and many today look upon this ancient way of knowing as if it were superior to the theoretic-empirical mission of
science, which is the only form of knowing which can build up a material world that is worth living in i.e. understanding so that we can better live
It was by killing, to put it bluntly, this idea of "magic" and the mysterious, that mankind has moved to an even higher-plane of existence:
understanding that what was earlier experienced as "mystical", and subject to something we termed "gods", was, and is, and has always been, an
expression of the dynamical configuration's that emerge between brains-in-interaction - brains that map one another's self-other relations, so that
a common 'attractor', or common organizing vector, can be recognized as the 'other-side' of the self-organizing process which occurs through
matter: in other words, the SINK which guides the flowing of energy within the physical world (the relations between self and other).
This is not, however, an independently existing, external element: since dynamical processes in the material world are based in symmetry and entropy -
or ordered and disordered matter - the "sink" constitutes the Whole that the Parts move towards. The Parts, in moving in a particular direction, do
so because of the wider-world, or the ecology, which has acted upon the structuring of your brain-body since you were born.
Thus, probability, or Bayesian probability, underlies every single instant of your experience. The cells within you move along the 'path of least
resistance' towards that which your body considers "coherent" in terms of the functional/motivational needs of the moment, as it relates to the
environmental affordances around you.
Perfectly understandable all this is.
I'm pretty sure George Lucas knows that Yoda is Hebrew for "to know". If knowing can be "computed" on the inside, as a relational mode of
attuning-to, as expressed so well by the German biologist and philosopher Johann Von Goethe in his study of light and of organisms, it seems like true
knowledge is always about "connection" between subject and object.
But this isn't the point of this thread. My point is far more logical: why do you, or humans, trust themselves? Is it because of fear, and fear
cripples us? Is it because fear makes us angry? And anger, in making us feel strong, feels like a preferable emotion than to one which leaves us
feeling weak and small? Is it the thinking? The non-stop thinking? Or is the people we surround ourselves with? The "friends" which, only we could
get away from one another, would find happiness in another (and different) persons company?
Huddling as one group, and feeling strong because of it, is fine so long as you aren't hurting others. Yet, of course, much of modern human society
is built by a group-logic that turns people into inevitable enemies of one another, primarily because there is an antagonism against knowledge, and a
lack of awareness of, or appreciation of, the way knowledge controls feeling as much as it does believing. Good knowledge - good actions - really are
correlated with feelings of goodness - simply because what is "good" from the perspective of our body is achieving those states of teleodynamical
correlation which underlies the normal lifeworld of the human being.
There is only one truth, and it is the human truth: our bodily form and lived environments.