Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our Point Of Power

Let’s consider, for a moment, the worlds as described by the physicist. It consists of a number of fundamental particles, which if shot through space, appear as waves, and are thus of the same laminated structure as pearls or onions, and other wave forms called electromagnetic by Occam’s Razor. They are traveling through space with a standard velocity. All these appear bound by certain natural laws which indicate the form of their relationship.

But in order to do so, evidently physics must first cut itself up into at least one state which sees, and at least one other state which is seen. In this severed and mutilated condition, whatever it sees is only partially itself. We may take it that the world undoubtedly is itself ( i.e. is indistinct from itself), but in any attempt to see itself as an object, it must, equally, undoubtedly, act so as to make itself distinct from, and therefore false to itself. In this condition it will always partially elude itself.

Now the physicist himself, who describes all this, is, in his own account, himself constructed of it. He is, in short, made of a conglomeration of the very particulars he describes, no more, no less, bound together by and obeying such general laws as he himself has managed to find and record.

G. Spencer Brown wrote those interesting thoughts in his 1969 book, Laws of Form. His thoughts are foreign to many of us. We consider the physical self a whole which is unable to see other aspects of itself. We begin the race of life handicapped. Our point of power is muted by the voice of reason. The present is a slice of the past and a crumb in our future. We believe all things come to us just like the surf that swallows the beach. We forget the beach has always been part of the surf. We allow ignorance to dress as knowledge. Wisdom sits naked in the vastness of our subjective self.

We yearn for a lifetime filled with physical awareness, but awareness is wrapped in different physical boxes. Each box contains another box, and another and so on. Every one of them is filled with self-created challenges. We partially elude the self in order to know the self that wants to continue opening boxes. Each box gives us distinct form. That form sees an image and considers it whole. The subjective self sees the seen as a whole partial within one region of consciousness.

No comments: