Friday, October 16, 2009

The Object is The Subject

Thus we cannot escape the fact that the world we know is constructed in order to see itself. But in order to do so, evidently it must first cut itself up into at least one state which sees and at least one other state which is seen.

G. Spencer Brown's best known work Laws of Form was published in 1969, and has never been out of print.

Reality, as Brown describes it, is constructed to see, as well as to be seen. As a whole within the whole of the self we do the same thing. We create our own reality. The unseen self is a mystery until we realize that it manifests our thoughts and they become experiences in some way. Our thoughts are energy. Thoughts are generated by the duality of the conscious mind. The conscious mind is connected to the brain, but a portion of it is free from the brain. That portion looks at the inner self and sees other realities.

Wei Wu Wei thought about the conscious mind's role in reality and wrote:

Has one not realized that the physical self is only one’s object, perceptual and conceptual, that it could not be what we are?

To know that one self has no objective quality whatsoever, has absolutely nothing objective about it, is devoid of any trace-element of objectivity, is surely to know what one is, which, in metaphysical terms, is just the absence itself, the very absence of the absence, the total lack of any objective character, nature, or quality.

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