Thursday, September 15, 2011

Observable Patterns

Analysis, whether economic or other, never yields more than a statement about the tendencies present in an observable pattern. And these never tell us what will happen to the pattern but only what would happen if they continue to act as they have been acting in the time interval covered by our observation and if no other factors intruded. “Inevitability” or “necessity” can never be more than this.

Joseph Schumpeter, the 20th century American-Austrian economist,and Harvard Professor wrote those words in the prologue of his thesis called Can Capitalism Survive. Schumpeter believed that Capitalism eventually leads to Socialism, but those thoughts will be addressed in future essays. The theory is Capitalism undermines the social institutions that protect it, and inevitably creates conditions that make it impossible to survive.

Schumpeter talks about observable patterns and how they change based on the elements of consciousness that interact with them. The laws of our grander existence supersede the physical conditions that create some of those patterns. We are between lives and in lives at once, and we believe that the physical patterns only affect the life we accept as real. Those patterns do reach into other existences because no system is closed, especially our psychological system, so a sort of bleed through occurs. Experiences bleed through psyche frequencies, and patterns and behavior that respond to those patterns change.

When this happens, we find ourselves questioning the truth lodged in the antiquated beliefs that have limited our definition of self awareness. Our inner reality is the creative source for our physical one, but some aspects of our physical reality are inviolate at their own level. The surprises and enchantments that develop from this mixture gives consciousness the ability to explore other regions of awareness that lie just below the surface of these vacillating patterns.

Various dimensions of the psyche are meant to be experienced in whatever degree we choose. They can’t be defined in simple terms, but we can be aware that observable patterns are learning tools that direct us to other regions of consciousness where those patterns take shape. But we are too rigid and autocratic in our beliefs about the self, so we set up dogmas that only contain a certain amount of data, which we consider acceptable.

The system then loses the flexibility that gave birth to the patterns. Inevitability and necessity are the terms used to describe our educated and prejudice physical perceptions that keep us separated from observing and experiencing what we think of as unreal patterns, but those patterns are just as real as our reality.

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