Posts tagged ‘dooyeveert’
I’ve been writing almost frantically for about a month. I’m recapturing about 40 years worth of notes and thought, none of which could ever be shared because the words were lacking in the English language. The concepts are either too simple (most likely) or too complicated (possible) for most people to begin to comprehend. Then again according to the theory itself this would have to be true. It actually is a theory in that I have made predictions about various things and then investigated to see whether I was correct or incorrect in the predictions.
I was incorrect, for instance, in predicting a social breakdown in the United States in 2012 due to growing enforced economic disparity which had become too glaringly evident to be hidden. Rather than that, there is the panoply of glowing veils and Japanese Room Separators, along with the CGI-gifted Virtual Imagery of our increasingly ideal world (that of, that is, images of others rather than the bothersome reality; our dross transformed to gold; our goals personified in mythical creatures created by Photoshop and our own desperate need to be deceived…
Over 90% of the U.S. population lives in cities. Big cities. They are fascinated by the concept of being able to survive in the woods (that they call wilderness). They are so fascinated by the wild that they actually think they can have beasts of prey as pets, take no special care with them and deal with them entirely bereft of any understanding (of anything, perhaps)–and expect to survive. These are the ones who brandish weapons (instead of using them) and are surprised when doing so has made them vulnerable. They are so fascinated by death and war they burst into colleges, schools for near-infants and shopping malls–so that they can kill without any probable fear of hurt to themselves. [Most of them don’t think that they could survive boot camp, which is why they take the coward’s route.] Note that they’re usually correct in thinking that, as well.
The media has transformed them. It wasn’t the government, as Orwell and many others thought. The government in the U.S. is pretty well a product of the people and our lack of will. Those who truly govern us, hidden on boards if visible at all, owners (if you merely look at the balance of registered wealth, as many have now) of most of the game…do so only because we allow them to do so. If all the governed are dead, there are no governors. Nor are there firearms with infinite magazines.
What I am writing toward is a version of ‘the truth’, not that I think that is something to be expressed in terms of language as most of us know it. [That is why I am a zen Buddhist.] Wish me luck. I simply haven’t energy to keep up with the rest.
A minor note.
What I’ve been babbling about solving is this: Dooyeveert’s Modal Philosophy employed modes which were essentially absolute. That is, the validity (the “truth”) of a given mode is reportorial, and you don’t have to consider the origins of the definitions involved. The tendency to use exclusivity-oriented definitions in this context means essentially that error is inescapable. Another way of saying this is that the usage of absolute statements in a relative world is at least questionable.
The notion of modes is observably defensible. It’s at least a way of describing ways in which people organize their perceptions, names, knowledge and assigned protocols in dealing with the environment (which naturally includes other people). There are some fascinating possibilities introduced by this that I’m thinking about as well. The notion of modes deals well with the origin of human structures of knowledge and communication. There’s also the matter of dealing with political structures and names.
All of this has direct effect on the nature of value. “A change in values must result in a change in goals.” The Nuclear Society has led to the Disentitled Generation; what the more current generation is remains to be seen. My peers, I should say, fell back (predictably and actually without choice) on the dollar, peso, pound or whatever as the sole possible determination of value. There was nothing else. Trying to deal with others on any other basis hopefully just made us look like fools, rather than making us look dead. Honor was the cool thing for comic books and popular films.
This is a minute fraction of what I’ve been scribbling away at. It is kind of interesting. I really did read a lot. So I’m somewhat absent just now. Assuredly the spirit will run out and I’ll spend more time on the Internet.
The primary problem I’m facing now is deceptively simple; what are modes? Combine this with the statement that each occurrence is necessarily unique in some respects, and it becomes obvious that primarily modality is an artifact of a representational system or systems, although it is real in various respects. It affects action (because it affects perception); modes can be shared (to some extent they have to be, because society per se is a product of shared perceptions which are the products of modes) and have stability. A repetitive characteristic of modes is the assumption of the norm; what is experienced “now” (variously defined) is what has been and will be. [Adaptation is the product most of all of pain.] Modes are absolutely not exclusive. Exclusive modes are the product of abstraction; Dooyeveert’s choice of “justice” as a mode was perhaps as perfect an example of this as could exist. Modes as we know them descriptively are lingually-derived. Experience itself is and must be pre-lingual. The behaviorists and Freudians both might or might not argue. If “conscious” experience then is lingual free will in most is arguable.
This is a tiny fragment of what I’ve been muttering about having thought about for forty years. I’ve finally come to some actual conclusions. Sort of; my philosophy doesn’t actually allow for absolutes, odd as that may seem. The true origin lies in the meeting of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Luther, and Calvin of all things. Throw in a little Bible (I did read it three times) and a few other books, plus at least a million words I’ve written (I’ve probably managed to get a thousand published).