Originally posted by CavemanDD
I can't find anything solid to grasp on anymore or rather I realize theres no set concept worth holding on to except that which is currently useful
Sounds like you've discovered intermediatism
, the existential philosophy of Charles Fort. From a very early age, Fort blurred the line of
, what is not
, and what may be
at any given point in human perception.
Fort would say that everything is in transition to something else
, so it's not accurate to categorize any given object or situation or
measurement or condition, because it may metamorphose
into something else entirely relative to human perception.
For example, the fantasy
of a century ago may have metamorphosed
into the ironclad "fact" of today. A century
from now, the ironclad "fact" of today will be proven inaccurate or false or irrelevant and may be discarded to the trash heap of human fallacy.
Fantasy evolves to fact evolves to fallacy, in an endless cycle — the only constant is the consensus
of human perception.
Fort described his youthful realization of this concept in a humorous anecdote. Back in the 19th Century, his father ran a mercantile store that sold
canned goods, among other things. Back in those days, the manufacturers didn't label canned goods themselves — that task was left to the
retailers. So, a retailer would receive crates of unlabeled can goods accompanied by a few hundred paper labels that had to be applied to the cans
prior to selling them.
Being the teenage son of the proprietor, Charles Fort's mind-numbing task was applying glue and affixing labels to the cans. All day long.
As often happened in the course of this dismally dull duty, it might turn out that the number of labels didn't exactly match
the number of
cans, so there might be a dozen cans left over without labels, or there might be a dozen or so extra labels left over.
Fort's young (and prematurely eccentric) mind went to work. He started taking the leftover labels and cans that accumulated and applying labels at
random — such that a dozen cans of garden peas might be labeled as cherry pie filling.
His reasoning? In a universe in which everything is in transition to something else, a can of garden peas could be considered
a can of cherry
pie filling. They're both agricultural products, they're both edible, they're both canned, and they're both likely to be served within a few
minutes of one another at dinner.
All the other distinguishing characteristics were purely cosmetic.
Or, given the evolution of popular consensus, a can of garden peas might actually become
a can of cherry pie filling. All you need is a group
of authorities to agree on the designation and BINGO
what was once a can of garden peas is now a can of cherry pie filling.
So amused was Fort with his hypothesis, he started labeling whole deliveries of canned goods haphazardly, interchanging the labels at will. He noted,
in his inimitably dry fashion, that nobody ever returned
the mislabeled food products. So, either the peas and asparagus and green beans had
metamorphosed into apple and cherry and blueberry pie filling, or public consensus had metamorphosed.
This, of course, only encouraged Fort's eccentric imagination.
— Doc Velocity