I want to start a culture. Specifically, a school of thought. This school will operate independently from any existing cultural institution; moreover, it will remain free from the influence of any existing governmental, religious, academic, or community organization. It will be a community school ipso facto, a social organism composed of collaborating individuals. To attend, you must be a participating citizen who lives and works within the community.
The following is a preliminary framework in which this culture will embody:
This evolving draft is the culmination of all the principles of wisdom I have distilled throughout my life.
These are the core ideas embodying this manifesto: Subjective, Objective, Synthetic, Exponential, Evolution.
I exist. Specifically: the statement I exist posits the objective from the subjective.
Existence is paradox.
Paradox is contradiction. Specifically: Paradox is conflict.
Within the space of the present moment is duality: a priori and a posteriori: infinite and finite, divisible and indivisible, continuum and locus, composite and prime, even and odd, whole and part, totality and partiality, relation and position, dimension and point, possibility and necessity, subjective and objective, relationship and entity, essence and existence, type and population, abstract and concrete, concept and fact, mental and physical, inclusive and exclusive, spiritual and corporeal, mind and body, passion and reason, deduction and induction, wisdom and knowledge, intrinsic and extrinsic, holism and perspective, monism and pluralism, conclusion and premise, God and man, ad inifinitum. (Consider exploring the following: sufficient and necessary, antecedent and consequent, fluid and static, life and death, )
Composite is the whole.
Prime is the parts.
The greatest number is one, 1. Specifically: One establishes a subjective perspective.
The second greatest number is two, 2. Specifically: Two establishes an objective perspective.
Each subjective perspective establishes a relationship with the other. Specifically: the apprehension of a second perspective is impressive.
Being the first odd prime number, three, 3, Δ, is the most divine, the most excellent, the strongest. exemplī grātiā: triangle, logic (two premises, third conclusion), et cetera.
The number three represents change, as delta, Δ.
Given two points, any third point may be deduced. Specifically: given an infinite series of points, the existence of any two points establish a third point. More precisely: Presented with a third, the established relationship between any two exclusive subjective perspectives establishes an inclusive objective whole. The triangle signifies this inclusive relationship, Δ.
terminus a quo: all “matter” exists as static energy. Specifically: “matter” is equivalent to static energy.
Energy is present totality. Specifically: energy is the existing universe.
Energy is an indirectly observed quantity. Quantity is an assigned value, a symbol denoting a numerically assigned point of magnitude or multitude.
Energy is observed as a transference, a change, Δ, in state, between objects.
“Matter” is an object that occupies space and possesses mass.
Space is the n-dimensional extent dictated by underlying structures within a boundless continuum in which objects and events possess a relative position and direction. Specifically: Space is context.
Mass is a quantitative measure of an object’s resistance to change, Δ. Specifically, the greater the mass: the greater the inertia; the greater the gravity, ergo the greater resistance to change.
terminus a quo: the universe exists in perpetual flux. Specifically: the natural world exists as continual change.
Flux is change.
Change is exponential. Specifically: change is signified by increasing returns. More precisely, change: progresses or regresses, increases or decreases, expands or contracts, develops or diminishes.
Where there is no change, there is equilibrium. Specifically, the absence of change is: homeostasis, preservation, status quo, routine, habit.
terminus a quo: all life, all living organisms, exist under a single axiom: “Self-preservation”. Specifically: the preservation of body and/or mind. More precisely: the preservation of the living organism’s body or mind; genetic or psychological information. “Self-preservation” is homeostasis.
“Self-preservation” is the product of evolution. Specifically: the ability of an individual organism to adapt to its natural world. More precisely: the capacity of an individual organism to adapt to the context in which it is presently situated.
Adaptation is evolution. Specifically: Adaptation is flourishing. Ergo, evolution is flourishing.
The ideal culture must embody two axiomatic principles: “Know thyself” and “I know that I know nothing”.
Combined together they form paradox.
Paradox is conflict, contradiction. The presence of paradox produces the elemental state of the evolutionary life: synthesis.
Synthesis is creation. Specifically: understanding, resolution, harmony, union, learning.
Regarding the first axiomatic principle: to “know thyself” requires apprehension of self. Specifically: acknowledging the extent or bounds of your individual subjective consciousness. The subjective consciousness is finite part.Thus, terminus a quo, “know thyself” is finite knowledge. It exists in parts and i through action, through experimentation, through testing of your self, your reactions.
Regarding the second axiomatic principle: “I know that I know nothing” requires apprehension of world. Specifically: the extent of the general objective world. The objective world is infinite whole. Thus, terminus a quo, “I know that I know nothing” is ignorance.
Thus, the synthesis of the first two axiomatic principles is paradox.
The process of mental evolution, termed “learning” or “education”, will embody a key tenant: “praxis“. More precisely: a posteriori inductive experience and a priori deductive reflection. Specifically: action and reflection, empiricism and theory, experimentation and hypothesis, divergence and convergence, doing and thinking.
Praxis embodies two features: “novel experience” and “meditative reflection”. More precisely: broad stimulating exposure and deep introspective thought. Specifically: gathering new sensation and establishing existing memory.
Synthesis is a process that individuates conscious experience, holistic phenomenal consciousness, individual subjective perspective.
The external world provides the parts. The internal world provides the whole. The process of synthesis occurs through reflection.
Synthesis is a product of the will to power.
Will to power is a manifestation of the first axiom: “self-preservation”. Specifically: will to power is the manifested intention to “self-preserve”.
Will to power is the driving mechanism of the process of synthesis. Specifically: synthesis is a result, a consequence, a corollary, a conclusion
Will to power is produced through a conflict of intention: through struggle, through frustration, through challenges, through obstacles, through pain, through confusion.
Conflict is exists either externally or internally. Specifically: the phenomenon of conflict exists a posterior experience or a priori thought; body or mind.
Conflict of intention achieves synthesis through active inquiry, through inquisition, through curiosity, through wonder, through asking questions.
Critical inquiry or critical thinking is the process of recalling the two axiomatic principles as a means of identifying subjective theory, or latent mental assumptions, and criticizing or challenging new experience or information about the world.
Recall: The more mass the more resistance to change.