"Das Ding an sich", the thing-in-itself and then "das Ding an sich selbst betrachtet", the thing regarded as it is in itself, as it would be itself if it were said Kant, to describe his philosophy that
things in themselves are unknowable. To know that he knew nothing too, in his day as he would describe it, to know that what he knew was what he did not know, even after so much experience, Socrates, for example, considered pleasure and pain as two bodies
joined by a single head. A mystery perhaps, to hurt or not and like it either way, to say that it was nothing, after all, or like something at times that could be discovered as some sort of causal relation for all the indifference of many worlds.
Philosophy, if not taken only as an abstract object, another side perhaps like another triangle, or a strange place to nowhere or the way somebody feels, to hurt so good, so badly too, to while away the infinite of thought with wounded affection, where comes again the noumenon then the phenomenon, with a nexus of analysis and synthesis to collect in judgments, if things seem not to feel as they should,
even with a priori and a posteriori descriptions ... again as well, there are distinctions among contingencies and necessities, then identities and differences, and so forth, and a law of contradiction to provide for some semblance of balance or certainty
among statements ... that way even by recollected understanding, any day could be seen as just another thing in the sense perception.
As Francisco Sanches used to say, "Quid? Quod nihil scitur" ... of course, and
what other way could it be than unassigned? Mind out of time, time out of mind, the land of the lost looms over the horizon -- yet how the cat claws, the tongue speaks, the eye sees, and the ear hears and listens to grasp at the meaning of things.
The intellective function is proper to man and that it should be so much pain to poison innocent or stupid delight. The wheel and the rack, for example, besides triangle and thumbscrews, give
something to think about; and all to say that in the thing that is thought, there is the way of communication, of course, that involves knowledge,
interior sense, sign, and expression, that also becomes the experience and quotient in occurrence. Yet if it is said that definitions are merely
"analytic" and not informative, not informative about the world or its state of affairs, at times, through the fog of appearance, something like amnesia may persist, that special feeling of numbness as well la différance, where a strange circle of knowing
not knowing could introduce some to ask what is a number and what is a cause?
What is a number anyway that anything should count for
something? Numbers count what themselves, what kind, and for what, of course, since the power of relation in things is always there, but why bother? Nothingness and inebriated joy are inimical to speculation, and a mere nothingness should not care to investigate
how any practical knowledge comes to be.
In accounting, they say assets equal liabilities plus owner's equity, and bigger numbers are always present to smaller ones, in such an easy way as smaller
ones are to them, again, as more is present to less and less is also to more. On one side of the question, therefore, some would answer that numbers appear to be abstract objects. Yet everything depends on place as much as the quality of surroundings. As well
as that, knowledge that is casual must be quantified. Sometimes too for causes it may not be easy to tell, lying down, pitchfork in hand, how much one should also be afraid of falling. To the things themselves, therefore, and the derivatives, as much
as knowledge and placement would be for mere accident. The world indeed can be strange: a surprise unknown almost as much as the funny farm, where beyond the appearances there may be feelings on occasion and depth that may be difficult to express.
For instance, in some rural parts of France there is still the account, or rather the belief, that before an old woman dies the Devil
will appear to her as a wiry wily little old man with a broom and saucepan on his head. Le petit vieillard ridicule, he makes sudden loud and banging noises, and adumbrations with obscure pronouncements; then he often complains about nutshells, his failing
health, and when he is ready to sweep her out, that is when she goes. Yet about such things and the fate of mankind in the cosmos who really knows?
Who can tell what is beyond everything that surrounds us? Who can tell how profound the mystery of the invisible may be, that we cannot fathom with our senses in this world of strangeness
sometimes light, yet the darkness and noise, and mortal misery, where one can be certain of nothing. Next to nothing, and if the Devil can well introduce temptations in any scene or book, or undermine any situation of philosophy, perhaps it is only an irony of criticism then, to be sure of nothing but the uncertain, to mistrust nothing but the certainties, and find nothing obscure but the obvious, where in the mind sometimes there follows an invisible thread
-- a question of some synthetic doubt or smoke in phenomenology perhaps, where the analyst would begin to express the opinion that the knowable order of the world, even topology, for example, like
the riddle of the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg, would depend solely upon the cognitive activity of the subject rather than on the things in themselves.-1
In such an atmosphere of skepticism,
what is the correct attitude to adopt towards a situation and the conditions, as things turn up, like when the Earth would begin to orbit the Sun, or a bridge would fall down, and what by faith is necessary in an ephetic question? Sometimes to set things straight
it is the invention of obscurities with preference that counts the most.
Since human reason is limited to an awareness and understanding of its own subjective products, it may seem
that rational experience has no plane or purpose other than "to prescribe its own formal rules for the extension of its empirical employment." Hume himself observed earlier that there is no perfect idea of anything, but only of perception; and that "a substance
is entirely different from a perception". He thought about it a while and declared, "we have, therefore, no idea of a substance."
A fundamental question about human reason then, also as perception
provides continuation, is the relationship to reality; and if it were only the idea, it would also be why. Thus, certainly why in determining reality, for the Kantian outlook, there is a radical departure that happens, in which the intellect of the subject's
sense impressions conforms objects to structures inherent in the mind, so much rather than the external objects of actuality conforming the sense impressions of a reasonable mind to themselves. For the imaginative philosopher, therefore, there would be nothing
better or more convenient than to give assurance of the truth through the intellective conception of it and merely thinking so thinking so. Yet that way at times the most important fact about human reason may become that it can be clueless about reality.
Of course, however, nature as an object of knowledge and analysis is a phenomenon arising from a synthesis of sensations and judgment.
Within the stream of modernist transcendental criticism, even to look at it closely, what gives those sensations is called unknowable beyond the mere concepts themselves, which already would contain, or be contained within, structures inherent in the mind.
Pure concepts, therefore, may be described as ideas and categories of the understanding, inherently abstract, and that way may be said to be wholly independent of experience. With Kant this way modern
philosophy would continue to accomplish a fundamental and peculiar inversion of the order of perception and right judgment, such that objects must follow the ways that people engage in thinking about them, as appearances touch questions of opinion making and
so forth, if they are that smart and hyper-rationalist for categories and what to say and think, rather than vice versa.
Thus the key to Kant's theory became the epistemological reversal, which he also called his "Copernican revolution," in which nothing is easily understood by experience. Of course, if the intellect is only vanity, and cogitation a mere game at will, to toy in realities which cannot be perceived beyond human senses, it may seem true at times that what we can know, after all, is only what appears to be so also in
the lense of the mind, and what remains in itself is intrinsically unknowable.-2 Even for the unmistakable pains of contradiction, the most simple things can never be known to us beyond the appearances, as the
world is a place where things sometimes can change as fast as Bian Lian 變臉, the baffling art of face changing at the Chinese opera.
Even more, as strong and common a force in nature as the wind,
that can knock people down and tear the roofs off buildings, uproot trees, raise the sea into mountains of water, destroy cliffs and cast great ships onto the breakers, is not seen. The wind whistles and sighs, roars, whispers, and rattles the wires without
being seen in itself by the naked eye, yet as surely it exists and subsists for all that to appear and disappear in whatever form.
Therefore, since everything changes anyway, if what we see
is merely the hundred thousandth part of what exists, it still would not be enough for any certain knowledge or established comprehension. Mere proofs, as much as the South moves North and the North moves South, and time marches on like any passing
convention; and the direct answer to a question remains nothing more than a trope among probabilities, as such and such, like the finger of Cratylus, since '"the only thing that stays the same is everything changes". Everything is constantly changing,
so much, in fact, that one cannot even explain it. By the time one finds the answer, that is not even it anymore. One knock at the door and all is altered.
old man Kant would even go so far as to insist that "space and time are a framework provided by our thinking, rather than properties of the objective world,"(3) -- a precept of some over-extraordinary power of mind in schedules then, to overcome fate, which,
however, is not quite credible for decent argument. One can work all his life and end up with nothing, to live in one room like a bum. Any impoverished chevalier may have flown in a plane, fought in a war, lived
in a castle and slept on the floor, to reckon four walls and a tree the same in the end where even irrational animals realize the same inescapable circumstances of time and place. Certain
realities are so openly available that everyone alive can appreciate them, and who should be so blind to the simplest facts, because of their obviousness, that they should be surprised when somebody calls attention to what everybody ought to know? Llamas and goats in the mountains, for example, as much as men, recognize the edge, and the other animals of creation preserve the simple belief in external objects in all their natural thoughts, instincts, designs,
If common sense implies physics, should physics refute common sense, and to what end should things like philosophy
be resolved? That he saw his change of perspective, however, as a "Copernican turn" as he called it, was telling. He almost said it all when he said that with his school of thought he would accomplish a "second Copernican revolution".
Like the way of Copernicus before, in the circulation of astronomy, and later with Kantian metaphysics, the modernist instruction would instill in the poor noggin an epistemological reversal as to the natural order
of things. A doctrine would be maintained almost to make it seem as though the longest distance betwen two points is a straight line, and for this Kant has been thought by many to be the greatest philosopher who ever lived. Some have even said that "to be
a philosospher one must have been first a Kantian", and Newton's so-called laws of motion were the collective paradigm from which he would develop his worldview.
Whatever poverty of geometry in world affairs and the coincidences of ordinary everyday experience, in the line of relation, "Kant's system is like Newton's idea of gravity", and "it is close to how we still see the world."-4 If he
is reckoned, therefore, as the Master of Modernity in philosophy, another Master Blaster of Disaster, and the mightiest thinker of the thinkers who established themselves along the way of ideas(5), his favorite book of science was the "Principia", which is
almost impossible to read and make sense to retell. Yet as much as Newton, for dear conceit, it would seem that the old man took a residual leap of faith in the wrong direction, and fell out of one of Porphyry's trees.
The aim of science as well as philosophy ultimately should be to arrive at the words and kindness which give a true representation of the world; and it is of primary
importance, therefore, to get things right in themselves, because merely saying it so does not also make it so. "Gratis asseritur gratis negatur", that which is asserted gratuitously may be rejected with equal freedom; and philosophy should never be distinguished
unfairly from common sense knowledge or experience, for there is nothing in it which could not be said in everyday language.-6 After all, "the order and connection of ideas is the same as the order and connection of things".-7
Even if not always by direct impression or the immediate sense of things, "the world divides into facts,
as the facts in logical space are the world". With the wealth of ordinary evidence, therefore, things and results are usually known in the way that they are perceived and experienced, even if not at first, and the way things are is also the way that they tend
As much as change can be difficult, or artificial, good judgement about it could be as commonplace as any virtue in nature, yet Copernicanism has a tendency to make an embarrassment
out of common sense everywhere. To say that it cannot be judged with simple cognitive awareness on any given day whether the Earth moves is like saying no one can really know the "thing-in-itself", not even as an outline sketch, not even as a mystery, even
if it was something so simple as whether the Earth is rolling along like a bowling ball at midday of any given golf tournament.
according to Kant and others, "the dogmatic solution is not only uncertain but impossible", a philosopher would have a way to tell an astronomer or tournament caddy that he cannot know what day it is or the score more than by phenomena of lingering appearances.
Therefore, he cannot know what is essential to motion between any golf ball and the surface of the Earth either, at least not so long as Das Ding an Sich would not be that much less than any other available confusion, so that something would become obvious. Conditional
contexts can be opaque for the trouble involved, and when a scorecard is signed, it may seem nothing else is so difficult to repeat as the correct administration of a straight line.
simplicity is less, and the confusion more, the greater should reign, of course. The appearances of quality and quantity, as relation and modality, and the space and concentration between things
may be obvious in a limited sense, but not terribly useful in terms of wider epistemology, since, when certain, the conclusion is already contained in the subject. As much as something would be true in analytic terms, like an oak tree is a tree, for example, by definition and tautology it still would be as useless as metaphysics, of course, and likewise redundant to know.
"Limited to knowledge of phenomena that it itself has constructed according to its own design", that is the faculty of knowledge also as the way to know as opinion, "reason cannot know anything outside of itself."
And turtles should have the right to vote. Thus, even between an almanac and the window of a yard, one cannot follow with certainty the succession of seasons by the stars either, because logic can have no empirical part, nothing outside the shell, not so reliably and not with any promise anyway.
To say that one understands the passing of weeks, months, and years, as one would put together a calendar is merely conventional by definition, and time is more logical than that, of course. The calendar in comparison is a foggy burden
of empiricism, all data-based phenomena, with arbitrary names, ipso facto, and leap years and so forth. There are the problems of stellar aberration and retrogression, and the difficulties of perigee
and apogee, especially of the Moon, and then parallax and people who are late; and these natural phenomena cannot be continuous like logic, except where it is to know more and more about less and less.
even if the field of synthetic inquiry and equation would be narrow, to tell things and replacement parts with some certainty, where there would be reliable proof of the measure in the minor, what is reality after all that a just society would be capable of
understanding its distillation? In the face of the most abiding skepticism, what are the rules and whose the what is a lost golf ball, or an unclaimed beverage, in fact? Pars pro toto, whose is whose, and where is the confidence of cognitive certainty that
would be needed in common justification, in the what-how of existence, that people should recognize beyond mere schools of opinion? What is the sensible custom of observation and analysis, at the corner or the parking lot, ignotum per ignotius, and obscurum
Even if things seem to happen to people as much as fate
and people happen to them, that all should be well, and that all should be so worthy to wish to be happy, in any case, is a certitude for anyone who can think. The enjoyment of mere appearances is better than nothing; and, as well as the most miserable lowly, Nietzsche on a bad day would have expressed it himself, to agree with circumstances with a simple apodeictic howl of grief; but too
much bare bones honesty can be difficult, even among the totally forgotten, even if "we are unkown, we knowers, ourselves to ourselves."
"We men of knowledge remain of necessity strangers to ourselves",
he said. "We understand ourselves not. In ourselves we are bound to be mistaken. As far as ourselves are concerned we are not knowers".-8 For coincidence does not occur according to any universal or general law, and the curiosity and vanity of things fail,
for example, and it is much too difficult to make anything outlast final doom. Even with all good service and thorough examination of conscience in species and names, "we are surrounded by mystery and cannot understand the common things of life. Nature speaks
with a thousand tongues, and each tongue voices an unknown language."-9
"I know nothing"! Sgt. Schultz from the Wehrmacht
of "Hogan's Heroes" in TV Land reruns used to say. Yet "the man who does not know, even then, concerning what he does not know, has within himself true beliefs about what he does not know." And he
could not be corrected in the matter. After all, "ease of intelligibility is suicide for philosophy". Sometimes he would stomp the boot or the rifle,
"nichts zoviel", he would say, nothing too much, nothing in excess, and like him we know nothing of what things existing outside us given as objects of the senses may be in themselves.
many are the obstacles that impede knowledge, both the obscurity of the question and the shortness of human life," especially at times when any awkwardness or embarrassment over a secret agreement to avoid the Russian front would come so near to the surface.
Knowing only the appearance and direction of such a country, and its policy, is quite enough, certainly, for actual sensibility to take account, since such representations in discussion and thought do affect the senses from without, though it remains quite
unknown as to what such things are, really are and would be in themselves when one is or would be really there. If and when would be should be retractable ... therefore, without detriment to the actual
existence of external locations, conditions, feelings, considerations, and peculiar states like Russia, let the predicate in question belong only to the appearance, strictly so, and have no proper existence outside the map.
The thing exists outside the map, the map exists outside the thing, as they exist to collect in the mind, which exists outside them and sometimes
outside of itself, and who would know the key or promise to hold it all together? "Le monde est si doux pour les mourants", and "all the properties which constitute the intuition of a body belong merely to its appearance", and Russia, therefore, need not exist
more than the mind itself or the map, of course. If all the strangeness and blind digression of the human race were fixed in the eyes of one man, for example, the expression of an overweight sergeant, a WW II prison guard from the Wehrmacht, perhaps he could
say "let me be so ideal at this too. As an exercise, I would enjoy peace as much as fate, and insist that I know nothing. And no one will remember me or these terms of discussion anyway."
per as much, many beliefs are only like a dream stirred up, and modern philosophy of existentialism and its phenomenology would say the same about what is behind or beyond the camp or city walls. Inquiring minds, therefore, overrun the course with an absurdity
of emphasis, to imagine that the subject would be knowable at all, whatever it was, even if someone did escape.
So politely, for instance, like a free oil change for someone on the run, filled
with the profound conviction that the easiest way of life is best, then the thing-in-itself, as what it would be, would that it were, and an abstract dissertation about "if". Si si si, "if", and which channel or what drill, as a frame of reference comes
to play, that would become recognizable beyond the passing absurdities of life. In the land of the lost, to question which way the Moon goes, for instance, or what day it is, and whether the Earth rotates, if understood as perceived, it only comes again from
a world of appearances.
Like poetic intuition of leaky buckets at beach city in the afternoon, clairvoyance to impress in the ironic way of confusion, heliocentrism keeps it going as only another
nominalist school would. Sandcastles idealized in vain, sandcastles in the air, where truth exists in theory and name not the buckets or the water, not the confusion either, and then
of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough."
They say Richard Dreyfuss hates Bill Murray ever since, "What About Bob?"
and it does not really matter what about clouds or why. In an atrocious second, desire can attain the darkest dread, perplexed, stung, and so irritated, et cetera.
"De gustibus, non est disputandum," yet
even when a man is deceived or sees illusions, he understands what it is to see; and if he only dreams, he still knows what it is like to be awake. Whether for love or malice, if such an academic reference weight as Kant would say that reality, and finding
one's way to a train station of the metropolis, is much rather mind-dependent being than mind-independent being, one can see how the art of solipsism and fractional reserve banking -- besides that of heliocentrism and Judeo-Masonic deception -- could have
become modernity's distinctive intellectual physiognomy.-10
For things to be at all what they seem or how they would appear was only a naive expectation, a generality of life from long ago.
"The world is a common world", if not too much to admit, and for some a wide fellow-kinship with all the world moves the blood; yet who from today, for example, would expect that "doubt must be no more than vigilance otherwise it can become dangerous"?-10
The demonstration from a day of something so common as a little bit of peace would be too much for science to give a lasting proper
assignment, therefore, nitimini perseverare, endeavor to persevere, if the inevitable must be accepted. Since so many things and Saturn transits tie together, as entity from past, future, and present, the thing or image that is being seen by the eye must yet
exist in some virtue of itself too. If alone not alone for whatever it is, some combination of case is in it, perhaps even a mood almost as much as a process, that even if only for an illusion of understanding must include the way that it is.
Not to misunderestimate reason, not so often as another mistake, unum quoque dissolutur eo modo quo colligatur. Everything is dissovled by the same means that it is constituted.
Nihil tam conveniens est naturali aequetati quam unum quoque dissolvi eo ligamene quo ligatum est. Nothing is so consonant to natural equity or common sense as that every whatever-it-is-and-so-forth
should be dissolved by the same means that rendered it binding.
much as the law of the excluded middle and the mellow light of any full Moon contradict all the nonsense about light years, nature does not ask permission, and "the study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no
practical results to follow".-11 As much as people passing along the wheel of life are bound to construe things like the weather, the calendar, and the world of experience by the most reasonable way of construction, it is certain that the human mind did not create the first and most simple attributes of being. Ultimate comparisons in the ones like more or less, greater than or less than, equal
to or not equal to, as another way of something somewhat or such as, in this the what and what kind and kind of way, in any instance always have the same relation and already were.
bestows not being on it; our absence does not annihilate it. It preserves its existence uniform and entire, independent of the situation of intelligent beings who perceive or contemplate it."-333 The human mind did not create pepper, for instance, or two out
of three, and not this much or that much. And if people ask, "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" they may also ask, "which came first, pepper or the cook?"
However they look at the question
of immanence, as always, or as something to which all knowledge is prepared, the simplest attribution of being comes first, to be at home anywhere, as one with nature, and it already was in and of itself before
the natural sense opinion of whatever human synthesis of it came around. The pre-existence of pepper, as such as it is, as pepper to tastes and opinions is difficult to deny, since pepper could not be known by taste unles it first existed. Without the pepper
there certainly will not be any taste of it, as the Deacon of Hippo observed, "iste sapor nobis notus esse non posset, nisi primus esset".
From the contradistinction of place in the quality, therefore,
even like the day of the week, being the one before tomorrow, das Ding an sich all day long, and the only one after yesterday, the measure used to measure remains equal to itself. Perfectly from the top
of the mountain to the bottom of the sea, the table of measures and motions is totally for percentages, minglings and mixtures by a fraction; and with such a subsequent mix for content as the human
mind in tow, would it be fair to say that any certain and unadulterated truth can be known naturally by the intellect of any poor taxpayer in this life?
If only to introduce a synthetic measure
of things, the mind and senses of taxpayers still exist to be known, for sure, and analysed, sometimes at length. The government and them, and the ways around, as much as what of the income
and the business, have an effective quality with real intelligence and to look at it with the examing eye. "Pink Floyd" too wondered whether it was wise to trust the government, and it seems a philosopher
may know when he does not know either, even as he may feel it wise and a patriotic duty to cooperate with the IRS in all things. As well and good not to go to jail, however things prevail, the common
concern can be certain of at least a little.
To think about it as much as a tax collector, in pursuit of mystified and smoky Willie Nelson, it
is a good bet that somewhere higher up another better score is being kept, even if he or the other would count on fingers only
to see how much it is. Where it leads, in fact, there is a satellite dish with signals coming in, too many channels to count and an old farmer's alamanac: ten cigarette butts in beach sand of an
old coffee can, and even midget wrestling from Mexico, to ask, "where is all the knowledge that we lost with so much information"?-13
of all the accumulation, with so many channels for content, whatever it is, wherever it may go on parade, ten, for instance, has been considered to be the most illuminating and simple crux among numbers -- versed so well for all parallel and parallax. Like
no other for division and order among things, the preexistence of simplicity in the number ten is as difficult to deny as it is to hide many other obvious facts. Just
to look at the TV, or all the cash and one hundred dollar bills somebody can fit in a shoe box, a priori to a posteriori ...
So many things that Osiander himself wrote that if hypotheses
"provide a calculus consistent with the observations, that alone is enough," and ten, of course, is the unit of the decimal system: "the perfect term of the numbers derived from the monad"(14), and whatever
das Ding-an-sich may be, it must have a number as much as a channel, for nothing exists without a number, or some content, some way that it must be.
So too that in the information age of mass merchandising,
one sees that philosophy is not taught as much as engineered, like an algorithm or a channel, and sold, and, therefore, also market pressed for content. "If Aristotle were alive today, he would have
a talk show," and he would have to agree that an important aspect of any program is whether it accomplishes the intention of its user.
ideas but in things, and so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens."
For a universal wheelbarrow, therefore, formalized ad infinitum
in a classroom example, the substance of number could be applied to anything within its circle, as much as the number ten and poetics of the TV: and everything can fit in a circle. The first four
numbers, in fact, provide exemplars that have been thought to contain the whole nature of mathematics, since 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10; and when configured together, with little neato dots in a neato triangle, they make a radical little pyramid, the lesser tetractys,
that appears like a root element in Sierpinski gaskets and the way things are. For "the laws of mathematics are not merely human inventions or creations. They simply 'are'; they exist quite independently of the human intellect."-15
As an actual universal with present nature, and such an indifference about it as well that what is known of it can be predicated simultaneously of all the singular instances of it, where it is in the characteristics, the number ten and the reckoning of it as substance in natural operations of cause and effect, is so powerful
by the facts themselves that it becomes almost ipso fact proof positive of divination and the foretelling by wisdom of all events. As Don Quixote observed, to
reckon well the sense of truth, and la razon sin razon que a la razon se hace, math must be known as much as nature and kind, because properties are in constant need of numbers to relate qualities
Thus, with the way the decade works in math, such a thing is not only a matter of opinion from appearance. Chance cannot account for the unique meaning and importance of the number
ten, since "what happens always and in all cases is not the result of chance but is in the nature of things."-16 Simple as one, two, three, and four, every instance of the first ten numbers provides a model of simplification in the operations of necessary
truths, with which all empirical evidence must ultimately agree, and which cannot be changed by a surface of illusion.
The number ten is essential and referred by symbolic tradition to things
of outstanding excellence and beginnings brought to perfection. If anything is brought to perfection, it could be signed over with a ten, since sign relations are ontological, and "of all the numbers from the monad and up, ten is the most perfect."-17 Plato's
nephew Speusippis reckoned the decade "to be the most natural and most creative basis for all things, being, as it were, in itself a sort of model for the things which constituted the universe".-18
fixed at the base of numbers, the amount of ten produced by adding 1, 2, 3, and 4 comprises the even and odd, square and cube, prime and composite, linear and plane. The decade provides the beginning and resolution of all mathematical exegesis, containing
all the hundreds and thousands and millions and tens of millions within it, et cetera, and all the decimals as well. According to Hughes of St. Victor, ten also represents straightness in faith, the right way to go; and it is the number from which all things
come and to which they must return.
Someone in an old casino comedy routine once asked a friend for change, requesting two
tens for a five. Knowing the power of the number hidden in the suggestion, he said, almost with a momentary note hypnosis, "hey, can I get two tens for a five", and without thinking about it the friend, who was high on a roll, gave it to him out of a handful
of cash he had just won. He suddenly realized his naïveté and the miscalculation of generosity when he received one five for two tens and remembered that two fives make ten, not the other way around. "Wait a second", he said, "two tens are twenty,
not five. You owe me fifteen dollars", but the friend with the two tens was in a rush and had already gone.
So it goes, and
"time may consume the speculation of men but it confirms nature".-19 As the way that birds fly, for instance, using their wings, proceeds by two's, so the way that humans see and understand is the same. The power of nature has given man two eyes and five senses
for the same reasons that birds have two wings and fine feathers to fly. Natural motion proceeds by two's, an easy method two-by-two, duo duo faciles; and human intelligence also works by a special method of division in virtue of comparison. Experience and
paradigm turn you from one feeling to another "and teach by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”.-20
A simple process of sense and perception, cognitive
awareness in the human species is wired to collect and operate along a line of duality, an intelligence that goes along by reflection and noticing, "this is" and "these are", and "that is" and "those are", et cetera, duo duo for thoughts and sensitivities.
"Since nature is twofold, as matter and as form, the form is the end, and since all other things are for the sake of the end, the form must be the cause in the sense of that for the sake of which."
and the gods of them know there is no hurry none greater than first principles, and the assent to them is without possibility of error or contradiction, as all things roll on like time. Therefore, to save
the mind from troubles, remember the better equanimity first, as much as the things themselves even in most arduous matters. "Aequum memento enim rebus in arduis servare mentem", as Horace said it.
Burn on big river, burn on, as operations exist also in themselves, of course, and more than the things but not the principles. As the currents and waves of the collective mind go rolling out to sea, who has not ever noticed, with a view to avoiding confusion, that the way of intellectual distinctions always functions, since it is conducive to knowledge to distinguish one attribute and its property from another?
Exceeding with meekness like Moses, counting goats in the desert, "for Moses was a man unpretentious above all men that dwelt upon the Earth"(21), the number ten would also symbolize first principles, the wheel of fortune, the tree and well of life, and the
overall power of division in perception, et cetera for sensitivity. And, as to the certitude of first principles, "the terms of self-evident principles are so identical that it is evident that one necessarily includes the other".-22
First principles abound of themselves, of course. It goes without saying that the power and richness of any worthy repetition corroborates many things -- rooted in the overabundant tautologies of nature's self-adherence, et sic porro. By analysis of math and persuasion, we see that "it is not once or twice but times without
number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world"-23.
If not for the redundancies of assimilation and contrast, veritas vincit omnia vi divisione, truth conquers all by
a power of division. It cannot be an accident, therefore, that the best number that fits to divide well and accomodate the greatest total number and confluence of all things would be ten, and that
mankind would also have ten fingers of fifty-four intricate bones on two spectacular hands.
Three to the third power for each hand in twenty-seven is like a little exponential trinity, pro manibus;
and ten in two hands of five, with some subtle dexterity and intelligence, at times, could be like a little sign of perfection or perhaps magic.
Would everything like that and the nature of the world then only be a matter of appearance, "unknowable in itself", and are appearances always deceiving? Does the human cogitator's capacity lack the power to penetrate the veil of appearance,
and grasp the inner nature of reality? Does the octave exist in music with any essential property or soundness, and the calendar as well within any sphere, or not, if anybody has an ear or knows what day it is? If they do, would it not be more reasonable to
reject the call for despair, and the extreme intellectual skepticism of some philosophers, by
a) certitude of first principles, and
c) also with knowledge of our own acts, and
d) certitude of sense knowledge?
Is there too much confidence in common sense knowledge among fools, when one would say that he knows well enough what the thing is, even in itself, when he has a
dental appointment on Tuesday at 11:30 am? Such is the power of the known in evidence that to know also means to act accordingly and to appreciate any given position. Things in a dentist's office, for example, have a natural aptness to constitute certain positions,
which also illustrate the essence of lightness and heaviness, the former being determined by an upward, the latter by a downward tendency. The activity of lightness finds relief from heaviness in an upper situation, where too the patient often would like to
climb higher or fly away, but cannot since respective circumstances keep him bodily in the chair. As a matter of course, then, even considering the exercise of natural knowledge that follows at once upon possession of it, unless something stupid interferes,
it is fair to say that there is no abscess of truth among mankind, no consensu gentium in communis, even for the suffering in a bad tooth and the nerve?
After all, perception and the sensation
of pain are not only psychological, not only conicidental, as they do not seem to involve only the ways of looking at things. It is not just a matter of preference either what day of the week it would be when the Earth would spin. Since spinning is not simply
a preference, but something more, the spinning and spinning, of course, would become a thing in itself to turn again and again, and nobody would notice because of Newtonian gravitation that it was all such a lot of hubbub to orbit the mighty Sun?
O Mighty Mighty Sun, through the windows, through the clouds, through the breeze, through the glass, if personal feeling is a must, devotion too, or not at all, if they would say perhaps not, between lidocaine
in the shots and the whirring whirring sound of the dentist's drill, is there any other truth to be found subsistent among general notions,
like anesthetics, and specific days of the week? Any other truth than thine inestimable ineffable burning magnitude? If not so, what is the best interpretation then of the great silence in all the money
corruption and deception?
What is reality in any turn of circumstance that anyone should care? Why are some things so difficult to
face, almost impossible to bear, and does truth even exist, any cause topsy-turvy das Ding an sich?
At least in the limit of a species there are
waves, another something somewhat in triangulation, as even birds know the tropics of the Sun and the seasons. As much as animal intuition collects in the measure used to measure, some collection, or perhaps better yet species recollection, if it could
be believed to go so far, guides a feather.
After studying the scarlet tanager, it should be recognized that a natural order exists
among general notions, in fact, such that one thing can be known from another: a nest from a tree and twigs from both, for instance, as well the notion of "being" and the notion of "true". Being, qua qua to be, is the major and more extensive, as "being is
of stronger adherence". The reason for this is that simple entity is primary and something absolute, as much as the actuality of it is potentially everywhere, as much as anything would be, whereas truth implies a more definite and limiting relation to an exemplar.-24
"To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing," and it follows from experience that a thing can be known as an
entity, even though its truth value may not be clear and perhaps would remain as yet unknown. From this it follows that the thing which is true can be known before its truth value is also known and sometimes by degrees.
The way the mind functions we know that many aspects of things can be grasped by a simple act of understanding and many times a day. In such cases, when the things involved are true, they are also known. But the truth value itself
of some circumstances, at times, may be somewhat hidden and still reserved, obscure in presentation for a while, and recognized only later by an act of judgment. "Simple understanding, however, precedes an act of judgment."-25
Since knowledge of things gleaned from the senses is both of a general and particular nature, in virtue of such knowledge people may judge the truth of things and any occurrence. Nature does not ask permission for its repetition,
of course, and it is hardly fitting that any nature should exist without its proper activity. The more perfect the nature in question the less fitting that it should lack such an operation, and the proper operation of the intellect is to know the thing which
is true. Then it is hardly fitting that nature should not endow the intellect with the appropriate means and faculties of sense, perception, and reason for such an operation that fits it, namely one such as understanding and recognizing with adequate flexibility
the actual world around it, and the activity of the day of the week.
principles make it all possible, infinitely so, since there is nothing possible without them, and a simple case of a first principle, for example, could be that one cannot have boiling water and ice from the same water at the same time. If a quibbler dropped
ice cubes into boiling water, the water that boils is not the water that is frozen, as the water that is frozen never boils at the same time that it is frozen.
From the very fact that it grasps
these things, the intellect perceives and unites the terms in a logical and universal proposition of truth. By the elemental conditions of water, the mind itself has present before it the necessary and evident cause of the conformity of this proposition with
the simple terms that compose it. Such an instance of conformity, where the intellect perceives the evident cause in the terms, cannot help but be known in itself, as the thing that it is, das Ding an sich, and the element water, as it is hot or cold. There
is nowhere else for such an ontological basis of physical experience to go except where it is, and by such terms of nature and temperature it always will be the same as boiling water or frozen ice.
Where it is like that, boiling or frozen, when hot or cold, is a universal way of experience everywhere. The intellect could not apprehend these terms and unite them so well, in an effective proposition,
effective for all times and places, without having the conformity of relationship arise ipso facto between the proposition and the terms. Therefore, it always must be so, like commensurate universals, as much as two similar objects could not exist without
some relationship of sameness between them.
It is impossible to perceive all this, as the necessary way that it is, ita est, without perceiving the water in itself. Since such simple terms cannot be combined in a judgment without being true, it is precisely such conformity of a proposition to the terms that constitute it that makes accurate the truth of natural judgment. So it is that one cannot
perceive this proposition and its terms without also perceiving the conformity of the proposition to the terms; and one is, therefore, also perceiving the truth of the element water, as the thing-in-itself, as much as the oceans, the seas, and the tea in China.
Once there is certitude of first principles, like water and the number ten, for example, it becomes clear how one can be certain of the conclusions drawn from such principles, since the perfect syllogism
is evident from logic and many things in themselves. The accuracy of such judgments depends solely upon the certitude of the principles involved and the evidence of the inference.
As for b), what
is known by experience, even though a person does not experience every single individual case, but only a great many, nor does he experience them at all times, but only frequently, still he knows infallibly that it always goes such and such, and such a way,
and holds for all instances of such a thing -- as boiling water, for example, or ice cubes -- as nature would be what it is in itself and whatever the occurrence. He knows this in virtue of comparison that "whatever occurs in a great many instances by a cause
that is not free is the natural effect of that cause". The intellect knows this proposition even if the terms would be derived from erring senses, "because a cause that does not act freely cannot in most instances produce an effect that is the very opposite
of what it is ordained by its form to produce".-26
In contrast the chance cause, however, is ordained either to produce or not produce the opposite of the chance effect. So it goes at random. But
everything does not happen by chance, of course. That would be more absurd than a motorcycle sidecar that keeps falling off in a bad spy movie. The whole agency and the government collapsed because of bad luck; and if something occurs frequently enough, it
is reasonable to know that however ironically it is not coming about by chance; and its cause, therefore, will be a naturally determined cause if it is not a free agent.
Facts gathered from experience
-- and their causes and effects -- are so frequent and numerous that once we find a given nature associated at one time with this accident, then at another with the same again, then at another with that, "we have discovered that despite the accidental differences,
such an effect invariably follows from this nature."-27 With bears and honey or salmon in the stream, for example, such effects are not the result of what is merely incidental or accidental in the world at large. The effects rather are of such natures as something
essential in themselves.
At times, we may experience the truth of an experimental conclusion, such as "the moon is frequently eclipsed", and granting the validity of the conclusion, because it
is a fact, we then proceed by a method of division to discover the reason. A person may also arrive at self-evident principles after beginning with such a conclusion from experience. In such cases, the conclusion, which at first was known only by experience,
now is known by reason of such a principle with even greater clarity, namely that of a primary kind of knowledge, for it has been deduced from a self-evident principle. Thus it is self-evident that when an opaque body is placed between a visible object and
the source of light, the transmission of light to such an object is prevented by the interference. Such things and first principles known from experience are appreciated most certainly by a demonstration of the reasoned facts.
As for c), people are as sure of many of their own acts as they are of the self-evident first principles and propositions of philosophy. "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience,
generally of a painful kind, has brought it home and made it a reality."-28
And it is impossible that something contingent should follow from a necessary cause, and people know well enough when
they have a broken leg, like a comminuted compound fracture, or have fallen into a pit, or must have an abscessed tooth pulled, and that what is in occurrence in those cases is something more than a mere possibility. Human intelligence may discover that
what once was a contingency outcome before is not any more, and that way also apprehend das Ding an sich selbst betrachtet.
There is an order among contingencies anyway, and some proposition
is first and immediate, like the one who would have knowledge of his own acts. Otherwise there would be an infinte regress, or something contingent would follow from a necessary cause, both of which are impossible.
As for d), certitude of sense knowledge, "the mind is not merely a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled"(29), where the senses can cure the soul if the soul can
cure them, for either or both to be in good order, as the other-- yet if such a plurality as the human condition that inhabits the world represents only a passing apparition, how can a philosopher be sure
that what he knows is not less than spent wax and wisps of smoke? As the candle and cradle of the senses burn, if everything he knows comes from circumstance, and the common concern is only
an appearance, he may one day conclude himself that he knows "nothing". If knowledge is only apparent, appearing in the mind by the bridge of mutable and fallible senses, and life itself disappears, like an apparition subject to change and final mortality,
who can say what he knows except chance and illusion, and that he merely dreams as much as nothing?
Rolling tumbleweed and empty convenience store garbage bags in the desert wind, middle terms
all gone dry, at the lonely Boot Hill Hotel across the street from the Wasted Inn, Descartes asked, "of what can I be certain"?
"Animadversus in desertis, cogito ergo sum" was an apparent answer,
but if the world is continually changing, we can have no certitude about it by any kind of light. For there can be no certitude when an object is known in some way other than the way in which it is, as it is impossible to know even the least of that which
has no way to be, even if it would not change. It is difficult, therefore, to say that there is real knowledge among mankind at all, "if everything is in a state of transition and there is nothing abiding. For knowledge too cannot continue to be knowledge
unless continuing always to abide and exist. But if the very nature of knowledge changes, at the time when the change occurs there will be no knowledge; and if the transition is always going on, there will always be no knowledge, and ... there will be
no one to know and nothing to be known".-30
Even if it could have been this way, as "every exit is an entry somewhere else", it could
have been that way perhaps. Therefore, how things look is only a matter of probabilities in temporary outcomes. The mind judges about first things and many other things too: the probability of this or that, these or those, and which is which, or would be,
and many times in a myriad it could have been either, still going this way or that, or only one surprising chance of many for only another appearance.
What people would say they know of the truth
of things is only an ironic line of probability, therefore, derived from the numerousness of mutabilities, and they almost always still could be wrong. In fact, in many cases they are, even for their own acts; and for all the trouble of getting everything
right, the assertion of truth yet remains within the resident power of the mind, even in the case of something necessary which would occasion an act of judgment.-31
Yet Aeneas knew quite well that one could not not-be on either land or boat, unless he fell in the water; and to look at it another way, if one could only find peace as nothing,
as much as nothing or next to nothing, it will remain impossible to be happy.
"Ecce, maris magna claudit nos obice pontus. Deest iam terra fugae".-32 Behold, the great sea encloses us with the
wall of the deep. There is no more place for flight.
So the logical impasse between mind-dependent and mind-independent being, set forth by Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason", would be so difficult,
even for opinionated elevations in the philosophy department, as to not give ground even for the birds, even if the way that they fly and the way that humans see and understand is the same, duo duo.
If an ornithologist thinks he can overcome the rigors of philosophical skepticism, because he recognizes the difference between a flock of ducks and the murmurations of starlings, he is naive, since he does
not realize that it only is another appearance that he is judging. An innocent fool, he still does not know the thing-in-itself from what it is inside his head; and he might as well tell NASA and the Bank of England that the Sun orbits the Earth, the Earth
is not moving, obviously, and as well the full Moon goes from East to West, when viewed from above the North pole. After all, what he knows is not outside of his mind. What
he knows is inside his mind, of course, since he only knows the knowledge as knowledge. The
data cannot be handled any other way than to doubt at least something if he would say that he knows the difference between a duck and a starling.
However, even if "the mind has never anything present to it but the perceptions"(334), it does not follow that just because an object is mutable, therefore, the knowledge produced may not represent anything
under an immutable aspect. For it is not precisely the mutability of the object that causes the knowledge; rather it is the nature of the mutable object in question that does so, and this nature is immutable.
the knowledge produced by it represents the nature itself. And if it is the nature, this nature may have an immutable relation to something, and then both this nature and the other thing to which it is related, each by its own exemplar, are represented as
immutably united."-33 And so by means of two perceived terms of experience, like a starling and a duck, produced by two mutable creatures subject to probabilities and change, it is possible to have knowledge of some immutable relations and principles among
things. In virtue of the nature involved, bird watchers and ornotholigists may even recognize with ease a common level of certainty.
Any presence is substantive, at least to be recokned as a relation
of fact, and numbers and the things about them cannot be avoided. The essence of relation in mathematics itself is represented to the intellect as something immutable. If an exemplar provides an example, and an example is within the provisions of an exemplar,
a certain close certainty prevails even among shadows in aspectu.
In so far as they are natures, one can tell the difference between a starling and a duck mathematically, and see from the individuals
that these birds will not fly the same by themselves or in flocks. Ducks do not cause murmurations, certainly, and they are not as agile as starlings. By the method of division in virtue of comparison, between these two species, and with all the certitude
of sense knowledge, an ornithologist can reasonably say to a philosopher that he knows some immutable principles of relation in virtue of natural motion: and that he knows the thing-in-itself qua qua for the birds.
Otherwise philosophy would have no accord with nature and end only by making even simple things false. And no one of good sense would
prefer to be so affected as to put himself, or the education of his mind, under the power of an instruction which would condemn him to an unhealthy state of unreality.
Much better to be aware
that some equations are false and some are true. If somebody wrote that the end of this sentence is true, when one looked at the end, and that end said "no, rather that the other end was false", and that
it itself was true as not true, since the first part lied about it, it must be for the non-excluded middle to make better sense of the confusion for which is which. Or vice versa, if somebody wrote that
the end of this sentence is false, when one looked at the end, and that end said "no ni na, no no, rather that the other end was so true", and that it was indeed false, of course, and totally not to be believed when it said that the other was true, the sense
of certainty that exists and in which one may partake from hearing contradictory testimony would not be far away.
Everybody would like a cookie or a cupcake some time or other. After all, equity
abhors the forfeiture, and a proper balance sees that as done what ought to be done. The well and good may determine a lot, as "virtue grows when the soul keeps the understanding according to nature. It is according to nature when it remains as it was made.
Now it was made beautiful and perfectly straight. For the straightness of the soul consists in the mind's being according to nature, as it was made; as, on the other hand, the soul is said to be evil when it bends and gets twisted away from what is according
-With so much at risk in life, philosophy would not fairly serve a purpose that it would undermine virtue, and that common knowledge should be made so stupid that people cannot know
some basic things about birds. "Usually the philosopher philosophizes in order to resign himself to life, or to seek some finality in it, or to distract himself and forget his griefs, or for pastime and amusement"(35), yet not to be made dumb. After all, nature
in the balance has been so wise that she has been content not merely with dividing men into happy and unhappy, wise and foolish, but she also gives to the wise the spirit of wisdom, and to the foolish the spirit of nonsense, e.g. 1 + 2 + 3 ... = -1/12,
as reckoned for an infinite sum identity at Cambridge.
Therefore, if it is true that a mutable object, even in so far as it
is mutable, would yet signify something immutable, how is it that its relation to another thing is immutable? The relation is immutable in the sense that the opposite relation could not exist between the extremes, and neither could the relation be non-existent,
given the extremes. If one or both of the extremes would be destroyed, then the relation in them is also destroyed; yet the formal quality of the relation is destroyed only in the things, not in itself, since quantity has no contrary and entity is simple and
"Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to Heaven," and every relationship
should have some attribute of number, also of being, qua qua the measure and the way they fly, and so forth. The extremes of the measure cannot exist in thought without possessing the necessary identity in question, and they may always exist as such,
as such more or less, as much as the mind itself would be an object of knowledge invovled in the world of physics and the truth, and a vehicle for intelligent investigation. If the identity did not exist, Das
Ding an sich selbst betrachtet, then the quanta and the way of it would not exist either, of course. If the number property of a number did not exist as much as any, at least from the first of it, then nothing would exist, since the first property
of being is as ordinal as a number in itself, that namely could be called the number "1", and the primary one before many.
Knowledge and understanding, not ony wisdom, are matters of experience
and taste, and division by one from the beginning is the most simple way for things to be perceived the way that they are. It works in everything, for all continuations, more than gravity or the speed of light. It should become evident then that even a trifle
among trifles can be represented under an immutable aspect, even as it is mutable in itself, and the thing-in-itself can be known in both cases.
Knowing things and their relations by division,
the logical essence of existence may be represented to the intellect as something immutable by something radically changeable and perishable, for instance, the geometry of a golf ball in any circumstance of a sphere itself. People know that geometry and
algebra have not been lost, ruinstrewn and uprooted by cruel fate and cast out of the cosmos, when a golf ball disappears, going out-of-bounds or landing in the lake.
If a golfer has three sleeves of balls, and one loose extra in his bag, he knows the thing-in-itself and the number ten that they are in the amount with the certitude of sense knowledge, as much as any philosophy. And wherever it goes,
a golf ball always lands between one place and another. That is the only way that it can be. The arrow of direction in flight cannot go in two different or opposite paths at the same time. From a principle as old as the hills, when one has seen one side where
the shot lands, one also has seen the other from which it came. As sure as timeless Janus and his sense of geometry, when one has seen one side or face of the shot, he has seen the other that was in the circle, and that way also the link that was in the face
of the club.
If a right-handed player tees off, and hits a curving shot that goes off to the right and almost lands in the lake, it was some sort of slice. If a left-handed players tees off, and
hits a similar curving shot that almost lands in the lake, near the first shot, it was some sort of hook. Between right-handed and left-handed players, and all the shots and sides of the game, there come to bear self-adhering and immutable principles of relation
that are essential in physics and geometry, that do not go away. There is something more to it than mere coincidence or a series of accidents.
"To sum the matter up, the cause of these results
are obvious, viz. that between any two movements there is a ratio", and sense of universal proportion, "for they occupy time, and there is a ratio between any two times."(285)
Even if a golfer
has lost all his balls and thrown his clubs into the lake, the formal qualities of mathematics, such as surface area and volume, remain definitive, covering all sides whatever the length; and without the proper delineation of quantitative attributions provided
by geometry, mathematics itself would become just another heap of nonsense. Atomic theory at its worst still requires figures on paper, and without the geometry of space, no score card and its math or the chemical formula would make any sense. Even average
golfers know that about the game and the thing-in-itself, this here and that, ubique terrarum, even if they just call it life.
With the Kantian style of rationalism in phenomenology, however, "perceptions
come only from the senses where there is no grasp of necessity, but only of conjunctions and associations of phenomenon"(36), et cetera. But the scientific necessity realized when a player's ball has gone to the bottom of the lake is common to everyone who
sees it, and is not a matter of what is only inside somebody's head.
In any example, the causes that produce motion exist previously whereas those which are the essence, that is as well to say
the substantial form, exist simultaneously. In any fix, there is a practical survey, and phenomenal play cannot continue from the bottom of the lake. He must take a penalty drop, and in taking the penalty, he can also recognize again that "gravity" is not
a lateral force. It is always the golfer's fault not gravity's. Thus the necessities encountered in an honest score card are not only of the mind, or mind-dependent, even if they say golf is mental, but they also procede from nature itself, das Ding an sich.
"Knowledge of a principle is immutable in the sense that it cannot
change from truth to falsity".-37 An intelligible species or quotient of truth (the natural what-how that instantiates it) may perish or disappear, as a golfer may die or quit the game, or lose everything; but the true facts of a slice or a hook, or whatever
kind of shot continue and remain unable to change from a true to a false representation. As a result, fundamental principles of nature are able to conform knowledge to themselves, and cause knowledge of truth by being what they are, for "true entity, unable
to become something false, virtually contains true knowledge immutably".-38 Therefore, that which is necessarily and immutably true may also cause evident knowledge of itself in the mind; and such truth is not subject to the mind for simplicity's sake, so
that it could appear true or false in some way of probability or opinion.
The truth itself cannot be made false, even if clouded by knots and much confusion of appearance. Not all men are liars,
of course, and the Cretans have not conquered the world. In many cases liars and Cretans still know and remember the truth, and that true entity at the root is unable to become something false. That way true knowledge is contained virtually in many things,
even the tongues of liars, and in the ways they actually are; for even when people see illusions and mere after-images, there is still certainity that they see.
"Ce qu'on appelle une raison de
vivre est en même temps une excellente raison de mourir.” If one has found a reason to live, it also may be an excellent reason to die. And if someone dies without completing a project, and it appears that the knowledge involved is lost, others
may rediscover the same ideas from the same principles, on the same or a different basis, on their own, and accomplish more, since the results that would follow the practice and skill of any art in whatever things are inherent by nature.
"Actions also are done according to their proper nature, and not according to our opinion of them. In cutting, for example, we do not cut as we please, and with any chance instrument; but we cut with the proper instrument
only, and according to the natural process of cutting; and the natural process is right and will succeed, but any other will fail and be of no use at all."-39
Gene Sarazen, who invented the sand
wedge from the wing of an airplane, said "the more I practice, the luckier I get", and the principles themselves are not extinguished with the death of an
individual. Because they operate at a formal level of sameness, they will always be the same for whomever he would be who would discover them later, and the same knowledge again, in whatever
"Not even the gods fight against necessity", and if a philosopher does not meet the standards of a reasonable man,
but instead is a quibbler, there is no reason for the innocent to suffer his trifles and doubts, or the absurdity of his pain. Amicus est tanquam alter idem, and an equitable court does not have to suffer the argumentative testimony of fools that facts are not obvious.
Rather, the determination of a reasonable man "is not merely a matter of speculative curiosity; it may be of the most important service to the science of man and of the social system. It ought necessarily
to precede every other inquiry into social physics, since it is, as it were, the basis."-42 As "it is indeed a great gift of God to possess right, plain common sense"(43), the good should at least be wise enough to appreciate facts. And "by the dog of
Egypt", Socrates asked, "are the good not wise"?
Since everything like that has been said,
"it is hardly to be expected that we should not be able to discover analogies for every new idea among the old sayings of the past"(41); and one way that people can be confident of certitude by sense knowledge is understanding that "either the same
things appear opposite to different senses or they do not appear so but rather all the senses knowing such an object judge the same about it".-44 If the latter be the case, then there is natural certainty, perceived by the senses, in virtue of the principle
that "what occurs in most instances by means of something that is not a free cause is the natural effect of this or that thing."-45 For instance, if the same change or result occurs repeatedly in the majority of cases of any objective sequence, it follows
that the transformation and image produced is the natural effect and paradigm of such and such a cause.
As a paradeigma, παραδειγμα,
of a short trip to the country, if the engine of a car is run without coolant for the radiator, and it blows out on the road, and sits smoking by the way, the external thing that is known and experienced will be such as it is and naturally appears
to be, according to the image in sequence so frequently produced by the power of that cause and effect, etc.
by the way also have a natural sense of the measure that obtains in things. There is even some general agreement about the nature of justice. As Socrates described it, justice is a penetrating power which passes through all things. The subtlest of principles,
the great measure of measures, it is a power which nobody and no survey can keep out. It is the element which superintends over all things, and some would even say that there is at times a great mystery about it, as it remains the chief das Ding an sich selbst
betratchtet, and perhaps the hidden cause of the world.
If the judgment of different senses differs in regard to what is seen
outside, people may still be certain of what is true and in common, and know which sense is in error. For more certain than any sense judgment, there also is an intuitive circle of logic, immanent within a reasonable mind, that is there to set the intellect
aright, when one of its senses may err in a given instance. This faculty within the mind ferrets out specifics, species, generalities, categorical facts, and enthymemes for the intellect*, to capture and isolate which acts of the senses are true and those
which are false. The senses themselves do not cause but merely occasion this faculty of the mind to operate in view of the intellect.
For instance, if sight says that a golf club partly in water
and partly in air is broken, or that the Sun and Moon are smaller than they really are, in all such instances we are still certain of what is true and may know which sense is in error. In the case of the golf club, the intellect naturally retains the proof
that "the harder object is not broken by the touch of something soft which gives way before it". This proposition is so simple and evident that upon analysis of its terms no person of reasonable mind could call it in doubt, even if the terms were derived from
erroneous senses. Indeed, the opposite of this proposition includes a contradiction that makes it impossible.
Now the sight, touch, and sense of every man attest that a golf club is harder than
water, and that water gives way before it. That way the common intellect judges without difficulty that the golf club is not broken from simply being in the water. So it goes with other cases, where the terms may be derived from erring senses, the intellect
yet knows that the measure used to measure remains perfectly equal to itself, and so it goes in all things. An element of simple logic stays within the rational mind to revisit the intellect more surely than the testimony of the senses, in cases where an illusion
would linger too long.
If sight says that the Sun and Moon and all objects in the distance are smaller than they really are, the common understanding is still certain of what is true, and
knows which sense is in error. Without trouble, the intellect knows that the identical measure can be applied to a nearby object of vision as well as to any distant object. Therefore, the actual size of an object is equally the same whether seen from
up close or far away. Sight errs, consequently, when it says that ships, planes, and cars shrink as they go away into the distance.
So let each man have the wit to go his own way, and from any
corner under a cloud of light to the Sun, the same feet that are present and near are not greater in size than when they have wandered far away, and are a hundred or two hundred yards distant, "since reason can and must give a full account of its own procedure".-46
To be vomited de phénoménologie out of the belly of a peculiar fish, and close a little chapter on Kant, with fair reason, therefore, one must conclude that when the intellect determines
that the senses err, it does so in virtue of two appropriate ways of knowing, recognizing, and discerning the thing-in-itself. These two operations could be called the imaginative and the ordinary, which correspond well enough to both human ideas and cognitive
impressions, et cetera.
The first is an imaginative and rational kind of knowledge reposing within the lens of the mind, which requires the sense only as an occasion and not as a cause. This imaginative
faculty also represents an authentic level of objective awareness among ideas, and an area of definition in which the intellect could not be deceived, even if all the senses were deceived. There should be no doubt that as long as simple logic and justice
to the subject prevail, and have not been undermined, and as long as they remain the universal measure in all things, that self-evident principles and the perception of their attendant images offer repeated testimony for common inference of the truth, and
das Ding an sich.
The second way of ordinary cognitive impression, "qui in duo equa dividitur", proceeds by estimation and appreciation from an ordinary frequency of concurrence in knowledge, that
is acquired by the oft-repeated testimony of the senses, which things are known to be true and reliable by the simple proposition that, "whatever occurs in most instances by means of something that is not a free cause is the natural effect and indeed the occurrence
of such and like things", etc.-47
* the interpretation here is that the intellect is the memory and understanding, the mind
is more the will
Partially successful except for set theory ... "logic does not appear to assert the existence
Professor Pluentes, University of Chicago
For place and time are counted among all the things that
have been created. Locus siquidem et tempus inter omnia quae creata sunt computantur. Periphyseon I.468c
"We're off to Scotland," said Tom clandestinely. "That way the desire for knowledge like the thirst for riches increases ever with the acquisition of it."-48
"I used to be a paratrooper,” he explained, and "if looked at closely enough, with sufficient thought, there is only one thing to do about everything". So go ahead, have some gum, or have a smoke, and let traveling folks do the
best. At least do no harm and no one with the strength of common sense can accept the claim from a philosopher that he cannot know something. At least provisionally there is the circle, and any lemonade stand as well is as readily simple and common as the
divisible present. After all "presence is always divided", and it does not have to be profound.
That common sense should be reckoned
valid as far as it goes, where, for instance, the bubble of French intellectuals appears; and before communism in Paris there was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; and there are about four mintures for any degree of arc of the ecliptic. Such knowledge may
seem little perhaps, or trivial, but would function also for a sign, a sign of relation, or another note to understand and appreciate among things. For all the world not just the stars, the minutes at times, in this or that turn, may be as simple as any interpretation
of the lines at the post office or bricolage and traffic of the road.
"The moment rules over everything", reckoned Tolstoy,
who for one regarded the present with utmost importance, since he presumed that it is the only time when we have any power: and if anything is known for sure and certain, it is the power and reality of division by one, since it touches all things singly and
together. The mind, therefore, "which is good for anything follows the motion of things, neither anticipating them nor falling behind them."-48 Since knowing and understanding, "may be regarded as a kind of conclusion", and imply "the progression of the
mind in company with the nature of things,"(49) the right way is as important as anything that would be better, and the what-how and now that exists wherever anyone opens his eyes or finds it is not too difficult to see.
There is a pulse, in fact, and twitter, even in the optic nerve, that registers what is seen in the visual pathway about as fast as the "speed of light". If knowledge
like that may seem like magic, and seeing is believing, without some acuity of vision and intelligence of perception who would propose to recognize, measure, or discuss the speed of light anyway?
the peanut galleries of the internet, an anonymous voice said that Socrates said, "the beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms". Although this text today is impossible to find, Antisthenes
said that "the investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education"; and for terms, the divisible present in its larger sphere can be as simple as Scrabble, or finding the way to Scotland from the Hebrides, or Edinburgh, or St. Andrew's.
It was not Scota but Cleopatra who cried deep in denial, "do not let me drown in Egypt". And as much as they say in deconstruction, "Il
n'y a pas de hors-texte", there is nothing in existence without its relation to the here and now, miraculum orbis universali, and nothing without the present. Without the present, there is no past or future, and without these there is not much time, "si nous
pouvons dire", which even God would transcend, "si nous nous souvenons d'un peu".
If he can, if he can exist, an omnipotent being may
transcend "the countless series of years and flight of ages", and monuments more lasting than bronze, but not nothing, since it does not make any sense to say that a Supreme Being transcends nothing. However, without the present now, quod adhuc est hic et
ubique terrarum, time itself obviously would become like nothing, if it were possible. But that is impossible, for something that God transcends to become nothing, since even God cannot transcend nothing, not even for a little while.
See the inspection, therefore, at the library or the parade, that any parallel of transcendence, for any instance of one of even the least among many little one's, like
simplest this to simplest that, for even a little while, that also would involve God in any way, that could be such as would be for any elevation, even if only in a small way, always is and
must be. Some sort of creative circle attends everything, and life indeed is a reality to be experienced.
If the sea encloses the land
with the wall of the deep, and there is nowhere else to flee, in an impasse of impossibility it becomes evident that hidden in the present is a universal form of ontological necessity. At least one, and therefore with reason, stuck between next and last, science
must agree that a bridge is a bridge, as much as the lack of a way out or across is not, and the Firth of Forth is the Firth of Forth and not the Dardanelles, et cetera.
Geometry and geography
attest that from one location, one hour is never another, and for one town it never is two days of the week at the same time. As much as the day is always changing, moving its place from midnight around the Earth, space is the place for all the days of the
year, and time of course functions in a circular pattern of identity like waves. A singularity seen many tines, and "one must always try to see the truth of a situation. It makes things universal,"(51) and one of the mysterious things about now is that whenever
it is, it always is local as much as it is more extensive than that.
"Whenever he thought of the past, it brought back so many
memories, that sometimes he could not let it go".-50 He was only a clown, but if the here and now are the thing-in-itself, hic et nunc, everyone should know it as much as the day of the week, that follows in sequence, the succession going 1,2,3,
under the cope of heaven. For it is impossible that the same thing be and not be, or that the same thing be all red and all green all over. Therefore, the divisible present and fairness in observation and judgement are not only a question of time, but
also right sense, and of placement, proper place "hic et ubique", and the "now" of them is also everywhere.
It may be impossible
to get rid of, even if meaningless or absurd, since the meaningless or absurd would still have an expression of time and place. Therefore, where because, if all things known to mankind by experience and mere self-talk were withdrawn from the cosmos, and all
the world was made perfectly deaf, dumb, and blind in the addition, as though no one of good sense or good will ever existed, it would still be impossible to withdraw those properties which are most strictly attributive to substance, or the persistence of
any fact, and "now" is such a case of connection.
Since substance is ultimate, and not to be strange, in some sense it may even become something like the representation of a corporate body, as
much as any total act would give defintion as any facts persist overall. Now suppose then, in the manner of an empirical idea, of a body or a vehicle like a car, that science successively removed all its empirical constituents, such as color, passability or impassability, consistency, weight, monthly payments, any increased fees and so forth that would be in the occurrence of now, then science shall find it still impossible to remove as well the space that it once
The way that it was science cannot destroy, et de nobis ipsi silemus. Like the parable of the fox and the crow in Fontaine's fables, if ever there is a strange feeling from obviousness,
"un sentiment etrange de l'evidence", it may be well to remember that "tout flatteur vit aux dépens de celui qui l’écoute". All flattery
lives at the expense of pleasure, and space itself may as well remain indifferent to such things as flattery, since space may provision objects, but objects do not provision space. Space without
things, what does it matter, after the crush and bustle of a bargain sale?
Therefore, glimpse or discern the riddle,
a system spirit if it is, that "hoy es siempre todavia". Today is always still. The same or otherwise, still always it always is today. When has it not been today, "as the present is always present with the one during all its being; for whenever it is
it is always now".
"Adivina adivinanza, entre el vivir y el soñar, hay una tercera cosa. Adivínala".-53 Between living and dreaming is a third part. Guess it, guessing
it as the continuation, if there is one.
By all means of experience and logic then, if it is somebody's turn to move in a game,
it is that way now for the entire game at the board and also in concurrence for everywhere else. Since entity is absolute, being the first principle, and quantity has no contrary, "numbers must be just what they are, or not be at all; for example, the number
ten at once becomes other than ten if a unit be added or subtracted, and so of any other number."-54 So it goes that the science of numbers "can have a foundational status lacking in any other form
of knowledge,"(55) including when it is somebody's turn.
Even for the most mysterious substance, constitutive of whatever place or placement in
space, spacely too, "mathematics consists of necessary truths which cannot be changed by empirical evidence".-56 Therefore, it would not make fair sense, without including the principles and proofs of geometry for background analysis, that science should dominate things by counting so many numbers to crunch them over people's
heads -- since no other creature or ghost can overcome the numbers either, as the numbers must always prevail, as much as any proper place or valid argument.
Of course, by some ontological necessity then, mathematics would seem connected or linked to theology, and to the theory of the sphere also, where there is the direction called up, where people look on high, as up above, to see if
anything good may come from higher realms or any essential relation, even from the roots or a seed, et cetera. For if second sight, which the Scottish call intuition, and empirical knowledge would be regarded as fallible, mathematics would yet remain infallible.
So the infallibility of mathematics could be regarded as having a source beyond the human, a resource beyond the material, even as it includes simple arrangements around a counter or at a table.
the fundamental characteristic that sensible people should know in common about das-Ding-an-sich-selbst-betrachtet is that, like "now", and other windows and doors, or somebody's turn at a game, it is divisible, even if it would be everywhere and here at the
same time. After all, Satan, for his part, assumes that "all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them" are his. He said further that he would sift poor St. Peter like wheat, and the cognitive
impression of divisibility that comes from human experience is unmistakable, and everybody knows it as well as dust in the wind.
"Pulvis et umbra sumus", we are but dust and shadow, sometimes sifted
in a handful of worry.
"All dust is the same dust.
And enjoy the eternal nap."-57
that is unopposed to ordinary notions, even if wormwood and gall, bitter anguish as compassed within the domain of reason, recognizes that the sphere of now is as comprehensible as any bookstore receipt, and everywhere too, "ubique". Since the divisible present
abides comprehensively, one thing leads to another by nature, whether by contact or succession; and even little trivial things add up, for example, if people take note of them, and have a way of becoming connected.
Like the old philosophical contention of the one and the many, now always adds up. If "all that is transitory is but a metaphor",(58) the divisibility of transition at least must be something real, a knowable thing-in-itself, otherwise mankind
would not know the breath of despair, and the way of living in denial and how to write poetry as well as he does. Escapism too and the passage of existential doom, quo vadis, quo vadis, and a turning of descents with age and pain are like a ritual that is
impossible for many if not all to avoid.
"Desire is poison at lunch and wormwood at dinner; your bed is a stone, friendship is hateful and your fancy is always fixed on one thing."
.. facilis descensus Averno
noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis.
The gates of
hell are open night and day
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way
And "with every increase in the degree of consciousness, in proportion
to that increase, the intensity of despair increases: the more consciousness the more intense the despair".-59
Kierkegaard and the metaphor of oblivion would not exist without the extremes, and
the extremes must exist beyond the veil of appearance, because there is no other simple way. People cannot see everything. Even at the worst, the simple way is best on either side of the curtain, and the best is always good enough, since things must also be
in themselves as well as the others. If it seems to be a pain whether a fish sees the river bank or not, besser ist besset, und das beste ist gut genug.
Like putting one's toe in the water,
one knows the water and one knows the pool. It should not be too difficult to understand, without having to put one's toe in every single part, that that sort of knowledge should not be a problem for a philosopher, to comprehend das Ding-an-sich, and that
the Earth does not rotate or orbit the Sun.
The caverns of hell may be smoky lakes of fire, yet
.. to return, and view the cheerful
In this the task and mighty labor lies.
If there is any faith left in the earth, "nothing is more active than thought,
for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it." Therefore, simplicity of intention is common to beatitude, for it constitutes the happy form of peace, the happy thought too, and "to be happy is necessarily
the wish of every finite rational being."-60
"We seek happiness by our very nature and man's happiness consists in understanding,"(61) since the intellective form, in fact, is proper to man. For example, as an illustration, there was a clown at the UN who admitted to the audience that he was driven by an interest in entertainment and popularity. He confessed his theory of common interpretation, that reason
could be social, and that he would "collect moments", as he called it, as he went riding his highwheeled bicycle by the Rockefeller Compound of the UN.
"This operation, in fact, in which such felicity
consists is in me too, formally, and is part of the act and intention", he said.
A jolly man of bells, balls, and whistles, he held many secrets in his interior. There were things in his
pockets and hidden up his sleeves. His coat and waistcoat were old and worn as much as all the social theory of the central banking system 2021. He liked to toot his horn for contracts and wave to the innocent children. He was a splash in his colorful
costume and make-up, and would carry tunes all of a sudden. It was a little strange, kind of funny, but "sunshine almost always makes me high", he would sing at favorite moments, when he would do funny pratfalls and slapstick by the Judeo-Masonic Foucault
pendulum, which he knew was another old routine, one of the most absurd hoaxes in all humanity.
He liked to mock at heliocentrism as much as some silly name, as he said, "for the history
of the world is stranger than an octopus: driven damped, and tuned".
"Sunshine on the water looks so loverly", and the angels who sing too, who even sing to know, know that between any extremes
there is always something there.
"We have a little commotion", he said for proof, tapping his over-sized old leather shoe, "and a wave of sweetness shoots through me from top to
toe when the sun shines. Esse quam videri", he declared, "for a clown. So it goes a long way, if all the world were a birthday cake, and you should take a piece, but not too much."
between a philosopher and an actor", he said one time, when he took a dangerous spill from his highwheel bike, "is that an actor knows what he's doing, and he can feel it more" he added.
as thinking's no good, if you don't feel it," cried an unknown man from the crowd.
"Yes, I remember when I had my first beer", the clown replied. "Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the
imitation of those whom we cannot resemble"(62), and he dusted himself off as needed, and should it be that the idea that there is no fair explanation of comportment, as such-and-such that would be in common, would be accepted?
For some it may become an apodeictical reflection of apperceptive apprehension, if not a matter of direct intelligence, that the shortest distance between two points is forever a straight line. After all, there are two sides to everything,
and "he that keepeth justice shall get the understanding thereof".-63
Yet "there is no understanding where there is bitterness,
and the heart of a fool is like a broken vessel, and no wisdom at all shall it hold."-64 Even that way, an inattentive clown with a touch of schizo-affective disorder, lost among bicycles, unicycles, and volkswagens, may fall into the accidental subsistence
of nothingness one day. "We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness"(65), said one, yet memory makes a mirror, sine qua non, that dwells as much as it informs.
If it could have happened anywhere, therefore, some occurrence of authenticity and a little circle of intelligence, it could have happened in pure space perhaps, yet as much as the hand writing was on the wall at Belshazzar's feast -- mene,
mene, tekel, upharsin -- and not at the North pole, locality has some definite scale of importance, and time is easily fixed by events. Certain places and events have an atmosphere all their own, like words, names, and memes; and at times there comes even
an affective rapport, if sometimes for what could be called a sort of universal fame and declination by the stars.
"Sonny and Cher" were famous,
a celebrity act on TV, and common sense should be as famous too, as the stars, since many would say it is the best thing shared in the world. Words and aspects are also natural, not merely conventional; and for some the occasion of place may create
a special sense of awareness, viz. das Ding an sich selbst betrachtet. In its own way then, between mind, cloud, and tower, the sense of verbal awareness and etymology of location may become of the greatest importance for reflection and access to meaning. As much as any castle and its drawbridge would have defintion, or any pleasant hope, "without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more."66
If the question is how do we rightly know about the world then, and that the Earth does not orbit the Sun, for example, and what is possible for the human mind to know
beyond that, it may be an equivalent status question, not unlike a game of Scrabble. If one says "the world is everything that is the case", and another says "the world is the totality of facts, not of things", can we not all still get along?
There are games in life, and Charades, and a holy mountain with clouds on top, where the gods look down to see what nations and contracts will do. "For our God is a gallant foe that playeth behind the veil," yet language
can copy reality precisely and completely, if not sometimes a little more. Wherefore, Scrabble may be an interesting way for a circle of intelligence to develop, as much as there are jurisdictions, governments, entertainments, mouths to feed, and money. So
much money held by so very few, and if it were like Charades, "where the lightnings meet", at times the best outcome may prove difficult to win.
the right letters, words may become difficult or impossible to spell. The circle of perception and the bag of tiles are like a well for the intellect, in view of the mind; but if one does not draw the right letters, and the well runs dry, he may be left "naked
as a blade"; and he will have to exchange, which could cripple his standing and his score.
Most Scrabble players often prefer to place small, low-scoring words that get rid of one or more of the
letters they do not like, instead of executing the swap maneuver. If the situation arrives that one simply cannot place a word on the board at all, then he can swap out the letters that he does not want, and choose from the remaining pile of unused tiles,
as he would when replacing letters he has already successfully put in the game. "The supreme accomplishment", said Arnold J. Toynbee, "is to blur the line between work and play", and learning rare word lists may help a professional obtain higher scores, and
win a little money. Q, V, J, X, and Z are difficult letters, for example, but sometimes may allow placement of a winning combination, and so forth.
Just as sounds and letters go in the right place,
in words there are natural relationships of veriloquium, a sense hidden between different meanings and the ways that people have of saying how things are. Some are as obvious as the similarity of divisibilty and visibility, as well as diversion and distance,
for example, which show that the powers of division and vision go together by a sort of turning and clipping along the way. As Caesar wrote, "omnia Gallia in tres partes divisa est", and he could also see it through experience, like "visa", of
It is good to have credit, and science itself comes from signs and from separating one thing from another, since that is the way to know and distinguish things. Scire and scindere
in Latin used to mean to cut and divide, and splitting one thing from another is a way to see.
"Days and months are travelers of eternity. So are the years that pass by", and in channel surfing
TV there are commercials, of course, with so many colors, and visual passports to countries and credit cards, or worlds of pleasure. Watching it all, like Billy Pilgrim or Basho, people almost everywhere can see the visible since it is divisible, and see that
every Visa account starts with a 4, Master Card with a 5, but the indivisible is invisible. Hidden from natural sight, the indivisible and invisible, perhaps invincible, home of the immortal gods is far away it seems, even from high-altitude airplanes, and
difficult to find.
To cross the Rubicon with a legion was one thing for Caesar, yet without some special magic it would be another more difficult feat to catch a strange and mysterious bull like
Jupiter by the tail. Even for a bucolic moment, however, some things impossible to take back may be worth the danger, if not the horns, and the Spanish verb "divisa, divisar", which means to see from afar, shows the same intuitive sense of things: that to
see and grasp with understanding in natural terms is also to divide. Like the Latin verbs dividere and videre, the experience is what counts, and a value item when it speaks for itself.
is aesthetically pleasing and a blessing of nature, of course, to see that humans have two eyes, which also parallels the way affection produces knowledge and understanding. What the eye sees will also depend to some degree on what is sought, with a little
preference, a poco a poco, and people develop a dominant eye as much as they develop a dominant interest or taste.
One must admit that if he likes something in itself, or even merely the appearance,
even if it is only a word that he wants to spell, he should also know what it is, as much as it would come close to the apple of the eye. For what is in the apple of the eye touches the portal of the soul, and the soul is the principle of life, "the ordering
and containing principle of all things".68
In Scrabble, like life, every player gets his turn. It may be interesting to
note as well, that when people correct the spelling of a word, they say "now that is correct", like it is already understood that there is already something more correct about "now" itself, the proper sense of which is not only a matter of time but also of
place, of course. "There is a place for everything, everything in its place", said Franklin, and if there is a when, there is always a where.
Like the letters of an alphabet, even in a critique
of pure reason, all the hours and minutes of the day are around the Earth at once. Yet still better, if it always is today and things like now should be so close, that we should hold our destiny in ourselves and our words, more than in the stars, since any
natural desire like a chance to win at Scrabble or know more about things of worthy interest cannot be in vain.-69
As much as the little days of the week and the cosmology of the stars have
theirs, confusion should not reign over places; and everybody wants his turn, and everybody wants to be a winner, certainly. At least that much is known for sure and certain about the divisible visible present and the sphere of das Ding an sich selbst betrachtet
that humans inhabit.
"The whole collection of rules applies to anybody"(71), and from words about science to those about space
and philosophy, proper spelling, pronunciation, and inner direction of meaning are no accident, any more than the number ten as content or the many elements of which it may be composed. The circle of return for any feeling of certainty can only remain open
as things that would come back must continue in substance.
Substance can be taken for any set of facts, for instance, where Bellarmine and Socrates knew that the character and location of the
Earth within the cosmos was central. Philosophy should know what the difference would be between hemlock or a dental appointment too instead of an afternoon fishing or a round of golf. And
"to assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin".-72
So it goes without saying that the days of the week and months and seasons
of the year fall in where they belong like circular functions. The meaning is as natural and conventional as because because and also because something
like the correct spelling.
One of the best things in life is to look for a chance to vindicate common sense, and then to keep
doing it, as often as needed, and it is the smallest things sometimes that may start us seeing anew: little gimlets of light reflected in a river or mountain lake, an aureole of visibility that owing to the three dimensions of space would also be the center
of another sphere. Like an atmosphere of sunlight on cars, one may recognize that light spreads successively by spherical waves.-73 And "without light, vision is impossible and that the inner part
of the eye consists of water is easily intelligible, water being translucent" and divisible.-74
in a day can describe better the smallest point of division in space than a tiny circlet of light. Since there is no mote or particle that
can be understood without its division and a light, which provide some simple form of distinction, as in Scrabble so in life. Some dogs can say roof, others Ruth, and the expression of intelligence at times may be as
little as any consonant or vowel, or dipthong, that could become important for the same universal sound.
In a world of intrigue, any shibboleth, for instance, could be kept also as a secret password in a labyrinth. And a circle closely guarded like that always comes close to the same difference,
and if it is a total secret who else would know? As much as treasure maps and pirate skulls and bones, necessity has an excellent way of coveting influence and understanding: like sticks and stones between words and things, and also for the flower of the mind, the eye will create its own reflections per ratione.
Since any primary status is formal, like division by one, and space is a prime concept, whatever exists
is also inevitably part of some triangle. Triangulations come along as much as the renditions and there is no math or number without its trigonometry,
Where there is some light and another that is close or far away
is some instance of a space ... identity and difference; and however many may be the places in this world they are not more unlimited than an alphabet or the primal dyad. Therefore, if the Earth is not
flat, neither is infinity, since flatness is less, but visibility as knowledge obtained by principles of divisibility cannot comprehend more than what any two points would represent even for certainty in the extremes. And as we are certain that a simple plane in itself is not infinite, neither is the projection of any one of its lines, et cetera.
nevertheless, advances steadily and securely in the province of pure a priori cognitions, without needing to ask from philosophy any certificate as to the pure and legitimate origin of its fundamental conception of space," etc.-75 And perhaps a mirage and the French Foreign Legion in a movie would prove something scientific too, as the Sun orbits the Earth over the Sahara, where all around is the open desert air and unbroken sky, for a lost corner of the mournful
kingdoms of sand.
"O, Sunlight! the most precious gold to be found on Earth." Beyond despair, beyond the debris and monumental debts of modernity, nous allons enfants de la patrie. Le jour
de gloire est arrivé ...
chérie des rêves, et cetera ...
"Without doubt, good infantry is the sinews of an army" even if they do not speak very much. The word infantry, in fact, comes from Latin "infantem", which means a young child or toddler during the earliest period of life, or a babe in arms. Called "infantis" as infans means not able to speak, tell, or say, and so it was and
still is infantem.
Cannon fodder too, and it was an Emma Fosdick, a high school geometry teacher, who asked, "how many miles to Babyland?
"Anyone can tell
Up one flight, to the right
to ring the bell"
Merely a line or the plane of an argument, however, is not enough, for everything to be all right, in so
many pieces of one consideration; and in space, there is always a third separate point, that is not of the same placement, direction, and radius as the first two. Since everything divisible cannot go more than one way at once, it is apodeictically clear for
all retro-analysis that from any first point there must always follow at least two more and a triangle. There is an opposite in one plane, of course, and then an opposite in another, and if there are so many triangles, as there would also be so many points,
as much as tiny bubbles in the wine, then there also must be so many pyramids, boxes, and spheres, and places of destination to some beyond compare, et cetera.
However, even for all the triangulated destiny in tiny people and frogs, timehsare resorts and toads in the garden, if they added up all of the things in space, and all of the time, it could not take up all of the entity as area, qua
orignis infinitum. Entity as area qua originis infinitum is too extensive in principle to be impinged by things, not more than tiny bubbles, unless it were "infinity" caught somewhere in the mix of an "infinitesimal".
There is no summation of objects or fine points in multitudes that is infinite anyway as much as there is no largest prime. There is no largest prime since there is always easily one more, of course, and such a number as the one more
is never infinite. Therefore, another way to consider the big picture is that infinity will never run out of room, or tiny space, as infinity cannot be overcrowded or cramped for whatnot suchlike or whatfor, not even in an elevator or bottle of wine.
In the 5th century BC, Socrates described justice "as that which penetrates all things"(76), including intelligence and reflection; and Kant described judgment as the faculty or power "for thinking the particular
under the universal".-77. To be fair to the subject, Kant then went on to some length of discussion to distinguish transcendental apperception from empirical perception.
In epistemology, to summarize,
apperception is the "introspective or reflective apprehension by the mind of its own inner states."-78 An incisive saturation for philosophy then, the question whether one knows something also becomes a question of metacognition and self-conscious percolation,
which is cognition about cognition, thinking about thinking, or knowing about knowing. When people think they know, they feel like it too, and there are generally two features of awareness involved in metacognition: namely the knowledge of the notion, and
the regulation of the cognition as it happens as well.
If it may seem elusive, mostly a resource for meta-headaches, to investigate
the best interpretation of some of the obscurities of metaphysics, that turn around metamemory and metacognition, it yet should become apparent one day, via studious contemplation, that truth and
right judgment concur with the realists, the fair-minded realists, and that the concurrence also must be substantial. Facts have a way and having a way as things there must be something substantive about them. After
all, if one has a vision, but not the correct sort of diligence, it could be for nothing and only complications.
Even for a poor way of subsistence, the best reward for diligence
is love not irony, where "love is patient, love is kind, it always hopes and perseveres, and love never fails".-79 Even in the greatest austerity, the most difficult twist of fate, there may be also some greater benevolence in reality.
If at one turn a philosopher describes judgment as the faculty or power "for thinking the particular under the universal", at another point of
triangulation he could say as well that it is the faculty or power for recognizing and considering the universal under the particular: the parallel in contemplation and, when and there, where he spies the form of a universal, he can be certain that he has
also spotted the thing-in-itself, and something substantial, for in those cases of duality there can be no other way.
To the mind of a reasonable man, therefore, it becomes apparent one day that
living reality is as substantial as a composite of at least two dimensions that manifest in matter and form. As entity is absolute yet governed by form, ultimo ratio, it follows by logic that there are also at large an extensive set of abstract entities known
as universals. Thus the world of common experience is built up in a duality of particulars and universals, as much as a hammer is still a hammer, no matter how or from what it is made. If it works like a hammer, it is still called a hammer, and thus it is
in the form of a hammer.
Hammering itself is a form, as it figures a way to go about things, hoo eee, and
so it goes in the Great Green Book of the way things are: and with all the recluse powers, flowers, and songs of tautology all over the place, the divisible present abounds in a summer's day, yet
more than sunshine, and as much as theorems of geometry.
"All the heights of the high shores gleam
Red and gold at the sunset hour:
There comes the spell of a magic dream,
And the Harbour seems a lotus-flower;
A blue flower tinted at dawn with gold,
A broad flower blazing with
light at noon,
Its beauty burns like a ceaseless fire,
For all mute things it would seem, aspire
To catch a glimpse of the lotus-flower."(80)
St. Dominic and his government would agree that truth values count among all extensions, and that everywhere the four winds and poor suckers go, we perceive an abridgment of substance -- with
recapitulation of forms that bubble on like a river. It is from the relation of substance, in fact, that people have their perception, and if one ascends into the heights, it is there, and if one falls
down into a cave, it is still present.-81 Si ascenderis in altitudines, ibi est, et si iacueris in antro, adest adhuc.
If there is a secret virtue of the ages in ontology or in
any good fortune, it is that "excellence resides in quality not in quantity".-82 For example, if there are so many ways of "a", and so many ways of "b", but not at the same time, then there are only "a and b" ways to choose one.
Therefore, qualitas refert potius quam quantitas, thought Tully, decisively, since quality comes closest to the sharpest question of identity before quantity, and, to create any excellence, so does form come before matter.
In the simple way of a bridge, without which there is no passage or escape, the form of quality in the connection is prior to the matter and quantity. If there is no disposition, no temper of relation, no nessnessness, and no shape
to atoms in the void, there is no way across, and the way things work properly is as necessary and correct as the way they fail. The strength of things and materials is not only strength in matter but also essence of forms, since the way things are put together
is as important as what is put together. The how comes before and after the what. The spring line and the rise, the columns and keystone of an archway, for example, are in the forms of the elements as they are in the extremes, which are consubstantial from
end to end.
The wings of consubstantial similarities and dissimilarities flutter and whisper in the breeze. Sometimes
a spooky rendition plays in the wind between a churchyard and the cemetery trees: for while the elements are changed in themselves, as in an instrument the sound of the quality is changed, yet all keep their sound inn innuma.-83
Space is a formal property also, magnificent as the public peace, in the midst of all the elements, of course, quantum satis. As much as the ladder of the octave goes up, then goes down, space is the place for all the auditions, parades,
and celebrations and such attributions of importance as whatever to whatever in the sounds or colors, and as much as entity qua quid, which way what, is absolute and essential.
The same thing cannot
be red and green all over, and what must be must be. There is no situation totally informal, or nothing that is absolutely without contrast. Whether Aristotle says "substance", or Plato says "form", there is little in the question of universal comparison,
that if elemental things would be reduced to the subject of matter alone as attributive quantity only, such radical reductions of content would only rehearse and objectify something like chaos. A deep loss it would be to "bereave matter of all its intelligible
qualities, both primary and secondary," in a manner to annhilate it and leave only a certain unknown, inexplicable something as the cause of our perceptions.-336
Vae victis, quantity by itself does not give rise to consciousness, as much as weight by itself does not constitute a source of motion, and to have the undefined faith, like division
by zero, even the way of deconstruction follows a formula program that is necessary. A ritual of woe, and "woe to him who believes in nothing."-84 He would deny everything worthwhile or anything worthy of necessity and any value of his own work.
If an absolute removal process of form and substance from the material elements were possible, even as separation without a sound, extinguishing the appropriate properties in quale quid, leaving only matter
qua matter as substratum, an ultimately indistinguishable nonentity quantity quantitative, then chaos and the blob would not even survive the terrible violence of nihilism for its bad logic and a win. As whatever
is is, the objects and attributions of scientifc knowledge are only as necesssary and universal as mathematics allows, and a formless heap cannot account for itself or balance an equation. There must be at least one proper thing since there must
be form and quality in numbers. If there is no outline, even a poor one, there is no content; and if the thing that is unintelligible cannot be recognized, the meaning even of the unknown is lost, confused like fictive atoms in the void, or destroyed.
So it goes, yet "men were deceivers ever, one foot in sea and one on shore, to one thing constant never", and once it was that way then, it apppears that it will be that way forever.
"The fraud of men was ever so,"(85) and in the medieval past of castles, sand pebbles, and metaphysics, in fact, a divergence developed between two schools of thought, the via
antiqua of the realists and the via moderna of the nominalists. Logic it seems would still show that the via antiqua was correct where the via moderna was wrong. As Anthony Trollope confessed the liberal position's awkward development years later, "life
is so unlike theory".
Yet "mortal life is the same for all" and the experience of it, in some degree or other, rather would be like reality, even before progress and modernity. In life the principle
act of being would remain simple, as the template, if it could, yet there is the persistence of the composites. Where the methods of denial involved in nominalism, modernist phenomenology, scientific materialism, and the dialectics of Copernicanism have a
strange difficult blend -- even as far as fake trips to the Moon, Mars, and Pluto, et cetera, at the cost of bags and bags of money in big denominations -- there is still relief a little further away that there are at least three simple universals to refute
them and the deceptive balance:
1. the universal of resemblance
2. the unviversal of impossibility
3. the universal of the city
Since demonstration develops from universals, which are of such a nature as to be predicated of many subjects, one of the certainties about
knowledge as necessity is the appreciation one feels when one sees that that is the way that it must be. As it is or is not, as much as something would be universal, the theory of forms answers the problem and impossibility of infinite regress with the magnitude
of a simplicity: to figure that things simply are the way they are between this and that, these and those, and the others. Here and there, therefore, with the greatest convenience of place and function in the universals, a creative circle is provided as often
as is needed to make all things and any mystery make sense in finis.
For all the mighty great paralleling of the ages, ever and anon, if
a wheel of omniscience goes rolling by, it must be the Divinity. And the universal projection of relation in the elements, also of the forms, of course, proceeds from so much simplicity, simplicity representing so much work, as well quality of operation,
that it is difficult at times to understand why "making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy".-86 Indeed, however, after so many books, for some complex thinkers devoted to the routine, there may be at least a kind of suicide by denial to savor, or
broken pencils to crunch, if not to consume a pharmaceutical dose of martyrdom.
As much as an omen or a bottle of pills seen from another angle, there is no theory of resemblance that can avoid
postulating any characteristic similarity among many pairs of particular things without postulating some other resemblance about them as well. The something between, another this-somehwat, the difference in common, no neither nor, no ni na, although if all
are unlike something, even unlike each other, then all are alike in being unlike something or in distinction so so much, and have something in common another way round. Reciprocation may go to the
ends, of course, or carry on in the middle, as much as what is shared is shared in common, even if each would be different whatever in whatever way, to the degree that they are unlike one something such as, they are alike in another way.
There should be at least one proper thing, a foothold, even for the extremes, since everything cannot be a miss, since being fits anything, is for anything the most, even for any appropriate faculty in knowledge.
Call it prolepsis (πρόληψις), a certain preoccupation or preconception, that is a certain idea or depth in relation of things formed by the mind beforehand, without which nothing can be understood, investigated, or discussed;
or call it hêgemonikon (ἡγεμονικόν), a root and ruling faculty or principle not only of the mind, but also in nature, which holds the highest place or essential good in any genus. Like rivets ... in the
beams, et cetera.
And not to reverse roles of the clear and the obscure for no good reason, still it is not easy according to modern science,
to say that the Earth is not moving, not any more than hundreds of parked cars in a lot with emergency brakes on, and that everyone can tell. Once the forewarned scientist says that the parked cars on emergency brakes are moving, per relativity of inertial
frames of reference, even though no one can tell, except for the theory -- yet the emergency brake and its active principle would grind, if the car was on the road -- then so much more the nonsense for the lot and Geico headquarters, Chevy Chase, Maryland,
and the Earth, of course.
Without falling into the colors of some vicious infinite regress about how things look like they are, as well to avoid some irrational system of denial, therefore, even
regarding the roots of trees, or distribution of branches, and all the other things at rest or that would be, admitting even one universal of resemblance among things makes it absurd to avoid others. If one would say that each resemblance among many pairs
of whatevers, as whatever similarities, is not the same, but unique and different from the others, and, therefore, that there is not too much sameness in likeness at the root, even among dodos and unicorns, to avoid the evident fact of a universal, for the
process, then it still must be acknowledged that oddity is oddity, even for comparison, with the categorical and peculiar mark of quality, in virtue of which it is such and such, as whatever is placed among oddities, for whatever reason, that would be there
for interpretation, et cetera.
But, of course, by an odd distance in the modicum at least, even as much as they do not fit one exact thing,
they may fit another per causa operationis. For as little of the difference possible among things in total existence, or all the difference predicated of complement similarity ... "thus at last we shall be forced to admit resemblance as a universal. The relation of resemblance, therefore, must be a true universal. And having been forced to admit this universal, we find that it is no longer worth while to
invent difficult and implausible theories to avoid the admission of universals", even such ones as would be merely of colors, pigments, or figures of imagination that any artist may prefer, one to the other, etc.-87
The ironies in life at times may become so diverse, that for all the difference in the world, there could be as many universals of resemblance as there are ways of being at tempo or otherwise, with any common notion one for another, in the
reverse. Since "to be has as many senses as there are forms", and for every predicate indeed there is a corresponding sense of being, at that tempo is tempo; of course, temp is tempo, even if off beat, therefore, even if it seems strange, another universal
could be hidden again in the question and answer at any time, as much as in the cause and effect.
Having resembles being as being resembles having, and the senses resemble each other, to assimilate
knowing; as the thing that it is, yet when one does not know, however, it may be so difficult to know when; yet as to the ontological medium itself, and the total domination of correct grammar, besides the universal of resemblance, there follows the universal
of impossibility. For it is impossible that any property of being should not concur with its own nature. Yet the nominalist skeptic who denies universals, as well their forms, will even go so far as to deny that colors exist in themselves, per se quanta, which
any good artist should find disgusting, as though there were no good on earth in the way things are, and sin were but a name.
However, color exists in the very nature of visibility,
without which there is no vision; and as much as there are universals of impossibility, an impossibility is characteristic of all universals. Even colorful or peculiar as they are, yet the nature of something like a car or a tree, or the color of paint
in a can, or of a cat in the neighborhood, must have a universal form, since all these instances are examples of the unification of concurrence: the same kind overall, the pattern comes again, and any concurrence is in an actual mode of at least one duality,
at least on Earth for the material and essence involved. The composite has existence in virtue of the form. The existence of matter by itself can account for only one part in the sensible dynamic, and if the form is separated from the matter, it destroys the
existence of the composite.
Since impressions are subtle, as each adjusts to each, for each is as is has many meanings, whenever the tension and subsistence of
form becomes inaccessible, dissolved, ruined, or removed from matter, the dissolution of the subtlety that was in the missing way -- as something like that in the form, a this-somewhat, as substance of the modus nodi -- it becomes obvious through lack of the
continuing concurrence. In any such accident, or whatever it would be that perhaps would approach total loss, without the form of the black cat, the
hylomorphitty kitty kitty, there is not the cat in the catness either, or the other ones, of course, or all the strange things that go on at Halloween.
It is virtually impossible to deny the existence of form in substance as it is the excuse for everything that takes place and governs things to the end. As Euripides said, "form is first
worthy of imperial sway", as it is in every species, since species indeed is predicated of every form and by the participation of species many become one. Furthermore, it is known to reason that every species required for the integrity of the universe is formally
so, as the universe itself remains an integral whole.
Eliminate figure or limit, and the attribute vanishes, even if figure and limit are not considered as the first differentiae whose elimination destroys the attribute. As Aristotle would say, the triangle is the triangle first,
of course, as the triangle is first certainly among triangles: therefore also the cat as cat too, among outcomes, primarily of both tooth and paw, as the subject and suspect belonging commensurately and universally.
"The proper object of unambiguous scientific knowledge is something which cannot be other than as it is", and the expression of sameness, therefore, carries another
sign of a universal, when there is no other way for something to be than the way that it is. As much as all things are in division by one, for the same difference, the same questions and answers bring themselves around, even to the end, so they can bring themselves
around to the beginning, ever and anon, and around again.
Since knowledge is also assimilation, an experience known to be an epitome as like is like, divide all things in the common
round of learning by one and what is the result? The same difference again, all rolled into one, of course, as the good in them is from some common element remaining, some relation as subsistent goodness the same, as goodness persists even where accounts are
distinct and diverse. Since the ultimate point of arrival in and after things is one, a single mean, with different manners to fit all, the quies media too prefigures in between all directions ... "a quo est omnis modus, omnis species, omnis ordo; a
quo est mensura, numerus, pondus."
Even after all the evil in the world, there is some good remaining. As it is impossible that any numbers will ever give a different answer than what they already
give, being what they are, there is at least some certain proof of quality and kind. To experience the truth of things, there is a noticeable similitude that comes around in the occurrence, and of many ways. A number of memories constitute a single experience
and a single thing -- as someone's memory. Yet like the largest prime number of Euclid, of which there is always one more, infinity is still further away than all that. Far from the multitude, therefore, if there is a similar way in division of things, as
many things as things, a form of parallel appears for every circumstance, yet that still does not touch infinity itself as the infinite itself remains indivisible.
"Virtually all things large and small throughout the world are proportionately equal"(114), and also "the world is everything that is the case". Of course, as though one idea would be expressed in however many words, however much there
could be to say about it, there is the cosmic isotrope, enti ibidemiteresse additur quidvis aliqua natura. To say that being adds whatever to a thing's nature, quia quaelibet natura est essentialiter ens, since, however things go, being is essential to all,
is simple enough. Entity, therely-being, as soon as any instance or place of it is, adds itself however to whatever hermeneutic of cause and effect.
Innately, even with or without ease of
concern, every movable has a mover as the great oneness superintends. If school, for example, never went further than division by one, everybody would get A's, like light gleaming amid all variables and colorful
equation. Everybody's report card would be the same yet different, happy all alike, if any reason to feel unhappy then something taken in its own way.
As also the wherefore of things
past, of things present, and of things to come, the thing in the ultimate difference hides and takes from us all, something too, and as from it all other things arise, likewise to it all things return, and some say school may go on like that forever. Other otherwise the same, sine circulo nihil est. Since to be and that which is are diverse in every instance, as whatever assumes the form of being is and exists, in different individuals the experience of the same
rate of numbering and concern in the case may be different, but in any one cogitation the apportionment should be something yet alike, as the idea itself must prevail.
To summarize Parmenides then,
and his favorite potion, "nihil sub sole novum". Whenever there is the sense of the one, it will feel perhaps like one has been there before. If again no surprise it will be like déjà vu. According as apeiron, the hyperion way, containing
the whole cause of the coming-to-be, and the end of school, as division by one goes through all, things and whatevers, as oneness subsists, so does the center have a unique property to prove it and have it well in the crackers all the way around.
Since there is a quality of sameness in all things, when it comes to divisibility by one, and the relation of having or not-having, the logic that is in this phenomenon is always there. Since all students
are virtually alike, when equalized by the rule of proportion, seeing so many people through the years is like circumference over diameter, in the sense of radius and curve, and for one enduring relation over all.
When the quotient is the dividend, it is the same quality of sameness that comes through again. Like that one time of the paradigm box, of the round square squaring the circle, and other nonexstent objects, with the oldest first frog jumping
through, the power of parallel by attribute, property, and number creates a standard of being -- for being whatever is there in the semblance of things, ibidemiteresse issimus similitudinibus, that relates itself to any perception and all perceptions of it.
Et cetera, of course, virtue is always green, "virtus semper viridis", even
like the numinous preexistence of the square root of two, where the color green, for instance, has no other way to be than the way that it is. As matter destitute of form is unaccountable to any improvements or retainer, except for materialistic deconstruction
and chaos, science has no better way to go into things without form, except down, and nothing better to become than down and out, since it is impossible that any property of being should not concur with its own nature.
Yet for a supreme genus as much as when, or where as much as because, the universal effect of color as a property is difficult to avoid or deny, especially in the form of it. The greenness of cactus in the desert, for example, is more
than name only. In an atmosphere and state of climactic dryness, the cactus stands out for being green and alive. As it is the resilience of nature therely represented in a vegetative ontological operation, something with substance, also an ablative of construction and a fact, even as a gramalogical
property and a kind of brightness in the moonlight, the greenness, thorniness, and sheer obviousness of it have a form and way to be, and have that cactus effect utima ratio.
the fields and forests of the climate map, there is a quantum leap in green, in fact, a quality and kind, and proof of elemental certainity in being, that represents a universal connection among the differences and the measures. Since there is also a oneness
behind all things pervasive, that are like so that is, the sameness for all such things exists in a oneness of relation that is at least the parallel between: for the trope is the trope is the trope, of course, from the tropics to the poles. As much as it
is impossible for it not to be green, where springtime vines, tendrils, and roots of leafy green plants may come sprouting through the masonry, after human habitation has gone, something more than separable parts and crumbled tumble-door ruins makes green
When by nature the color cannot be separated from itself, there is discovered again something secret of a universal, and that something already was green by at least a kind of temper or
mood. Since it not only is an impressionable mask of atomic theory, but something tempered with consistency and form, that makes green green, all the instances of green are indifferently related in terms of being so, as green is such a color of wide breadth,
that it can be high or low, and also as an all-inclusive common thread. Whether less or more, more or less, therefore, the simple color is evidence of another universal, and a sign of some fundamental relation of substance and fact that wheedles and needles
Bees do not differ from one another, not as bees, for all the beeness in common, and if Kermit the frog used to sing about "the rainbow connection", that it was not that easy being
green, as much as green is green as green, that that way it seems to blend in with so many ordinary things, it follows that the instance of green is indifferently related to its own material essence. Not even touching the matter but the form, the property
in the attribute thus offers the embodiment of a universal even in a wavelength spectrum.
Sometimes people notice that in terms
of temperature and the breeze, it could be any year by a golf course, or the library, and that way the weather that comes back around is another sign of a universal. Besides the magic of colors, Aristotle says that "each of the units in 2 must be prior to
the 2", which is true, even in the seasons.-88 And as the concurrence of matter and form is divisible to the intellect, but the unity of the form in itself per se is not, the one that is first must come first.-89
If there is a typical first principle in nature of the concurrence of quality and form with matter, that also would exist as a knowable property in itself, it would have to be expressed in the act of seeing and knowing. To see and know
for the standard of reason forms a definitive triangle, a sign in the way of being that acts with a note of existential clarity, also as in a universal. The acuity which follows the intellect
(dwelling in the memory and understanding) and will united in sense and perception would be a knowable property and something primary in itself. That way, where the shadow and breath of the living is what there is of light and skill, the knowing knower would
represent a third universal, the universal of the city.
Ghengis Khan said, "remember that you have no companions but your
shadow". And over the hills and through the trees they go, like a band of shadows, to find bright lights and big city, where the markets count forms by counting numbers as substance. To weigh the facts, and so the realization of archetypes that come from civilization
transforms the people who must encounter various impossibilities and crazy dreams in the course of life.
To obtain that which
is precisely different yet exactly similar, like two sides of the street at the same time, or two identical bags of gold coins, no two points in space can be separated by nothing, of course. So there
must be a universal form in things, as repetitive as it can be, as much as any transcendence or balance is related to all.
Roaring Chicken said "war dance like rain dance ... only drier", and
if the infinite exists, then forms as universals must exist, because there is no better way to bridge the gap between quantity and quality. For instance, as Fitzcarraldo proved, in a unique experience stuck between another rock and a hard place, it is not
easy to haul some things like steamboats across steep mountains; and the differentials and percentages encountered in such adventures remain as they are, heavy or ponderous as they may be. Besides the greatest difficulty of any situation, there are times that
are unmistakable in general for the circumstances of absurdity and immanence.
Many of the same things, in fact, seem to happen or make themselves present or happen again
from a common origin. Otherwise, if it were not so, even with many different instances, insurance claims and their tables would not make sense in
the extensive occurence of various accidents, tales of coincidence and impossibilities, et cetera. Therefore, if not for the joy of securities invested in a special ball of fat, the universal of the city
could be described also as something like an infantry handbook or office of signs and numismatics.
"Relatio secundum esse",
related according to the way they have being, the employee of the month and the Mayor have their parking spaces, of course, and people on the bus also see the stamp or the sticker and where. The numismatics of relation, as such and such, coined according to
the way of being, is what the universals address; and they are in the frequencies and numbers of ways involved in processing facts, even to answer a question like, "does the bus stop here?" or "how many credit cards should a student have"?
Wisdom is the one true coin for which all things ought to be exchanged, even as the common course and company of life in the city may dissemble and change between particle
and wave, light and dark, as much as credit card providers and their students. Yet in virtue of the same universals, since the universals already are in the ones, and the ones are like so, the numbers and ways of being must be expressed when truth is
discovered. As much as a formula is coined of the one over the many, and the many everywhere around the one, without a background of universals, the depth in forms and their clues in the dualities
of existence do not make good sense. The parallel over any duality, therefore, has a process, that even points to some triangulation in cause and effect, and some way or temper that at the very least should make a little sense.
Like all the other universals, the one of the city is a type of necessity, one with atmosphere, and the necessity that exists within any expression or medium is also in the order of what is first. As in the Latin verb "exprimere",
and the French "exprimer", to express, the effect is from the order of parts (ex) from, out of, and (primo) at first, from the first: in the beginning.
If the way the number one relates to the
number four is always the same, from the way a squirrel recons pecans, for example, to the way John McEnroe played tennis, then science has discovered another universal in the hands of nature at least. For the hands of nature, duo duo, are never very far from
the ultimate ways and means of things or quarters in the city.
A lapstrake ship in comparison to a carvel in a medieval harbor would show that the workmanship and method are the same expression,
the same coin and stamp, in all times and places. Whoever did it, necessarily did it the same way in the result for everywhere that the boat was built. Being the one way done by the one who did it in the result, for all times and places, the universal sign
penetrates through all the matter. The image of the city and ship of state, therefore, is stamped among universals, in the equity and exchange process of whatever entity gathers in commerce. As much as the consonant, vowel, and breath are set in any syllable
of Scrabble, the universal sign penetrates through all the matter, pardi, as much as words are things themselves, and there are no words and no cities without universals.
Yet for the reputations,
courtesies, and advantages of officialdom, and the sine qua non of championship Scrabble, "let no rank puff up anyone; for faith and love are paramount - the greatest blessings in the world; and nothing is more precious than peace, by which all war, both in
Heaven and Earth, is brought to an end."-90
Adding to the logical justification of universals in forms, as they relate to refinement
of ultimate substance and reality, also as whatever facts, there are many illustrations of the distinction that exists between the formal and material predication in objects. A strange one perhaps as such a thing in particular comes from a Renaissance painting
of St. Lucy by Domenico Beccafumi.
Martyred in 304 AD, she was cruelly tortured and her eyes were gouged out. In the painting she is shown with them on a plate looking out at the audience. She
also has her normal eyes of peace in her face, and like St. Lucy's four eyes in the painting, not only can one know das Ding-an-sich-selbst-betrachtet, without too much effort one can recognize as well the universal condition and emotion of such things. From
shared experience in the meaning there and the archetype, the sign that is there is not only in the eyeballs about themselves but also in the sign of relation and the operation. The secret of animation and intelligence is a pinch beyond, and like the power to charm and the power of mind, an operation like human vision or virtuous heroism is a little more than just organic, of course.
The higher sense senses itself and the others, and with such awareness one way to know from formality the thing-in-itself is to know that all things, as much as they are also properties in qualification of being,
should at least belong with some eventual credit to an ultimate responsibility, if not to the probabilities of God, or if not to the lesser chances of somebody else. People know the lost-and-found,
church bells, and the activity of the optic nerve, and when they have an abscessed tooth or hear screams of torture and pain. Even not knowing is knowing, and not wanting to know sometimes just does not matter in these and other cases, and sometimes from as
close as across the street.
Since people know when they do not know, or when they have forgotten why, as much as when one cannot see except for total darkness and pitch black, the funny feeling
of knowledge still seeps in. There is the percolation, and it is simple enough to know, therefore, how the elements of mere appearance, even in a painting, are predicated and related one to another, in quale quid. To know also the reiterations of the end of
a sensitive nerve is something, and to its function as it would be known per occasion as the thing-in-itself.
For fear of dangers or any menacing phenomena along the way, the blind man knows his
blindness and his nerves better than all the skepticism in philosophy. The form of perception missing in the unlit days is as sensible as an epiphany. If by chance he is robbed, he understands again that something more or less essential and material has been
lost, and can recognize again a universal form of things in himself and the mystery of the thief. People always know and see the form in and for itself, the reckoning that plays come whatever of the matter.
instance, as well as a doctor at a walk-in clinic, one sees that a poor bloody eye plucked out has lost its better state and first light of color in the natural connection. When the constructive benefit is gone, as much as any circle would have lost its geometry,
the removal of the form and property of sight that obtained in the thing-in-itself, like vision, leaves the native faculty and operation that was the principle in the object to remain in name only.
the eye itself were an animal, "sight would have been its soul, for sight is the substance or essence of the eye", and corresponding to the formula which states what it is to be an eye. The eye being merely the matter as organic function to see of seeing,
when seeing is removed, the eyeball is no longer such an eye, except in name only. A blinded eye being something in difference from the essential operation, leaves a note of pain and loss, where it is no more a real eye to see with than the eye of a statue
or a painted figure.
Yet the haunted eyes of a ghost are still eyes over the matter. The appropriate name in the object is still there,
for an eye is called an eye since eyes are for seeing, and so are the eyeballs, even if both have been plucked out after a sort of cruel nominalist
deconstruction. However, real human knowledge endures in universals, and these in a sense remain with the soul.
"Los ojos por que suspiras,
los ojos en que te miras
son ojos porque te ven."
"The eyes how why you sigh
one knows it well,
the eyes in self-perception
they are eyes because they see you" -91
Sensation apprehends material existence, while knowledge goes deeper to see universals, and these are in a sense within the soul. Perception and "knowledge of the soul admittedly contributes greatly to the advance
of truth in general, and, above all, to our understanding of nature", since the soul is in some fair sense the principle and aim of life, and the right knowledge is full of eyes. As much and then at least a little more comes from the eyes as from the things.
When the essential property of the universal form in seeing and knowing has been lost, due to materialist deconstruction of the meaning, and violent invasion of the thing-in-itself, it is agony and oblivion, pain too heavy to describe. To be so dumb, crushed
and scattered around the broken sphere of a ruined castle, ruinstrewn like lost souls, eyebealls all plucked out to be less than moonlight in shards of glass, the formless void is no cakewalk for attributions, no pleasure cruise.
No bed of roses in nessnessness to be damned, et cetera. No matter how fast the race or the career, the shadow more than keeps up for radius and the curve. Sometimes
in front, it never tires, and when an hour of darkness was a candle, "vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others".-92
"Is there truth?" asked the almost totally ignored and marginalized
Bishop of River-by-the-Sea. Corporate had already dumped a lot of pollution, and he was almost in punitive exile, ridiculed as an idiot, where he wrote in his notebook "does justice from the mountain penetrate all things, even ghosts and watercolors? What
is truth? Quid est veritas?"
To be blind in a big city is not easy. Kant never travelled very far and proposed that his purpose
was "to determine the whole sphere of pure reason completely and from general principles, in its circumference as well as in its contents," yet he only undermined the effort to be fair by reducing the sensible world to an inaccesible plane of skeptical indifferentism.-93
A Copernican and Newtonian academic, a skeptic and modernist in phenomenology, a master of dismisive terms of synthetic illusion, and another nominalist, he missed the boat to say that it was only an appearance and a perception.
However, at times he must have seen what he thought he saw, and rather than nominalism, transcendental numbers like Pi would reinforce metaphysical realism, and the consitutional authenticity of the circle, like tiny bubbles in the
wine and the apple of the eye. Since nominalism is radically synthetic and reduces fundamental properties to coincidental attributes, it undermines nature and makes good things disappear. If what is good has no lasting effect, no lasting thread, things may
as well be bad.
Without the correct sort of formality in the apple of apperceptive appreciation, in the first place, therefore, to say that one does not know Pi in itself, but only the appearance,
is to say that the circle does not really exist in essence, except as an attribute of coincidence. If the circle is only coincidence, the square root of two and the golden ration will surely be destroyed. And even if it were mere coincidence, that came back
around so many times, and not a property of magnitude like cause and effect, to investigate the question of correctness and universal equivalence in circumference over diameter, as the case may be in nature or the mind, there is still something true or false.
As much anyone would want to think about anything in philosophy, or drive himself insane, the same thing cannot be red and green all over. It is stop
or go, and "what is true is precisely what is made", yet the nominalist academic would even say that colors do not exist in themselves, but in name only, only as reflections or otherwise of some sort, and that they do not have entity beyond the appearance.
In an ironic and repetitive way, therefore, painful to reason and history, heliocentrism and relativity are only further hyper-nominalist schools of synthetic illusions, hypertypé where truth exists in name only not reality.
To say that the Earth moves at astronomical rates to orbit the Sun is to say a lot. To say that it all happens with an unaccelerated and undetectable
motion due to universal gravitation is to say even more. Yet for the dimensions of practical experience in so many gigatons, so many billion trillion metric tons of Earth in the sunshine, the theory in the applied sciences part of it adds up to less than zero.
Less than dust in the wind, the theory is only for an appearance of opinion that plays in the mind, a sort of mental illusion, an unscientific prop even, and an escape from reality.
in fact, is an art of historical interpretation where everything has only one meaning, and the reverse of what everybody sees. If no one from the philosophy department, the world unknown of the unknown
unknowers, can know the material content and form of the thing-in-itself, even to a reasonable degree with a Disney Park Hopper, then can one notice its complete removal, when it is utterly taken away? Einstein
abolished the aether, where Kant already paved the way a century and thirty-seven years before by abolishing reality, so how did a straight line between theme parks survive all the deconstruction?
It must be that ratio as proportion as much as overall direction are in each other all along. Since there are
no evaulations without ratios, the Platonic n-ness of space is n-times in all theorems of geometry -- a tautology of nature, qualitas
refert potius quam quantitas, a mysterious delight, and the cube. Even in relativity it goes one to this one to that, where a repetition comes back around, as if whatever pain and confusion should
at least be as simple as another division by one.
Even by the altar of Pergamon and the horns of the devil, the division by zero, however,
is as impossible in direction as undefined. A strange place to nowhere, since one has to divide at least by one to get any place, where it is as impossible to remove Pi from the iron ball at the
end of a prisoner's chain, as it is to remove the center from a circle, and the straight line from inside the radius of a sphere. If an inmate could crush it with his fists, perhaps, that could be a way to stop the injustice of things that keep making too
much sense in reverse. But if people cannot know the essence of things like cast iron, and the ratio of Pi, when they are inside the circles of a prisoner's ball and chain, but instead know only an appearance,
a mere coincidence, how do they recgonize with such greater clarity the ratio, proportion, heavy weight, and direction or motion of it, going away, when they would be removed?
If a blind prisoner
does not recognize the form of sentence placed on his head, and know with an act of simple understanding and right judgment the substance of imprisonment that follows, how does he notice the removal of the punishment so well? Since noticing the removal
is to know somewhat the matter and form involved, to know even vaguely what was before and after, between so many things, is to grasp the vestige of a universal and some aspect of cause and effect.
much as government and market bonds, they would say justice is that which penetrates all things. Solving the problem, therefore, in the mathematical sense is sufficient for all cases, as there is no prisoner
of reason who cannot add up and understand a convict's ball and chain.
All numbers are not equal, of course, as division by zero remains undefined, inscrutable, as it represents such strange
experience within the Copernican reversals of epistemology. If the system of relativity would say that one does not see and understand a ball and chain for what it is, and whether it spins, a stranger
experience comes round, perhaps in the raw nerve of an abscessed tooth, or the eyes that have been gouged out, if one were to say that one does not notice any relief in the removal process of such
If one cannot recognize with an act of simple understanding and right judgment -- and the complete proof of mathematics in commensurate universals -- that the Earth is not rotating,
can or would one then at least recognize its removal from space? Would a modernist skeptic of phenomenology not notice if the Earth were totally removed, taken away as much as if it had slipped away from under his feet, all of it gone one day, as much as he
would not notice the taking away of a ball and chain?
In the movie "Cast Away", an expressive FedEx employee named Chuck Holland survived a commercial plane crash at sea, and became stranded on
a deserted island, where he used to talk to a volley ball. To be on the deserted island was a question of survival, and it developed that he would talk to the volley ball, and it seemed that the volley ball would talk to him.
He even named it "Wilson", and it seemd "Wilson" said good things. If his comments were brief, almost mute, nonetheless he seemed to have an echo of Aristotle and the good, in his spherical sort of way. If a castaway can talk to a
volley ball, any prisoner of modernist phenomenology and the philosophy department can talk to a heavy ball and chain, as well as the Earth, or the depths of an island cave.
Like a playable word in Scrabble, stuck between strange friends, perhaps, what any of them would say that would be logical and true would have to be the same inference operative among all of them. The difference
between them and what they say is the same when they say what is true. The truth is not without its place of reference among things and universals, having the simplest property of sameness for transcendence and comparison. The ultimate exemplar among as many
things as there may be, through the extent and repetition, it remains the simplest second measure, second intention, and a healthier and better coconut, since what is false always involves complication.
they played Scrabble, they would have to follow the same rules of participation and verbal interaction. Space, after all, is a matter for numbers and sounds and difference, as they go from place to place without contact except succession.
Everything its place, and a place for everything, and what goes for words from Scrabble also goes for things and actions. The word has an image that represents
a thing or action, and also that is in the way that it is written and pronounced, that represents another thing that is the concept and object involved in the expression. It is about the meaning and sign at the table, and the rules are for proper communication
of content and love of the game, and that way for more than mere convention. There is a natural sign and measure in the word even more than the sound and the letters, which is the actual thing in itself and the connection. Actuality, after all, has the greatest
potential excellence of meaning, and it, therefore, should be as knowable as the lime in the coconut, as much as the one and the other are potential and divisible.
If the volley ball from "Cast
Away" was called "Wilson", the cast iron ball and chain from the philosophy department could be "Philo", from one of the Greek words for industry and diligence, φιλοπονία. In head to head scrabble, "Philo" and "Wilson"
would prove that a placement value and unity of form obtains in things and the thing-in-itself that is also shared in the word and the referent object. It is no accident that Scrabble has the same government
everywhere, and the syllable is the syllable as much as any syllogism is a valid argument.
In virtue of the natural connectivity with reality, and in accord with the language used, the mind reckons only one way to spell the one syllable word bat, for example, even if the word may have at least three different meanings in two or more languages and alphabets, and so forth. "Everything possesses its own certitude, which is its own essence." Unaquaeque res habet certitudinem propriam quae est eius quidditas.-94
identity, the haecceitas of discrete individual entity, in fact, among lastingly and correctly spelled words, and their things too, their objects and attributes of relation, may be something "Philo" would want to emphasize, from his own experience with heavier
weights and such advantages -- and "Wilson" probably could not agree more about the apparent density of an object.
There is a necessary tension and appropriate accomodation in things: intentio
entis in rebus necesse. Being has tension, and some natural aim, since it is necessary in all things; or, ens intentionum habere quod in rebus omnibus id necesse. So it goes, and if "Wilson" played Scrabble as fast as lightning bugs and starquest volley
ball, floating like a feather, stinging like a bee, and spelling better to run circles around a prison ball and chain, there easily follows also the need to be careful.
"Illud quod primo cadit sub apprehensione est ens, cuius intellectur includitur in omnibus quaecumquae quis apprehendit". That which first falls under apprehension is being, which the intellect includes in all things,
whatever they may be, that it apprehends. The which of what intellection is included as a thing in sequence, or the actualization of a skill, like a letter in a sound, and receives its designation also from its chief constituent, and will come to be so, such
as it is, either from another or itself. Since nature represents the shape or form which is specified in the definition of the thing, and since the most perfect thing that can be known exists, when pro spellers accept or reject something correctly, the incontestable
conviction they feel arises from other immutable rules and resources that play in the air above the brains.
There cannot be motion without owing to parts, even simply
as owing to part this way or part that way, or like this or like that. In his epic treatise on common sensibles, "Cacumen ad Imum et Circumcirca", recognizing Aristotle's senses and species, Bucalino further listed three magnitudes of motion to define the
subject. Where necessity and the measure used to measure remain equal to themselves, even in the elasticity of high quality air, when something like a lucky word in Scrabble crystallizes, it is unlikely that such a particular score will come again. Not soon
anyway, and the way of being, in virtue of the neccessity in distinction of space, ebbs and flows like an alphabet rhyme. The signs and meanings always must fit, whatever the circumstance or skill, as much as correct spelling and division by one. Oneness is
felt even in the parts, for there is only one way to have everything right, and it must not be missed to realise well any work conceived. A missing letter is like a missing tooth, and it is the same one problem, relatio secundum esse, for all the words.
A map maker knows he knows what the descriptive thing is that is that, that is metacognition of place, and also the geometric validity of its universal representation in the form of intersecting lines of
longitude and latitude around a geographic sphere of location, et cetera. The rule and expression of place prevail both in cause and effect as much as correct grammar and spelling. Materially, formally, efficiently, and eminently, the one that is ultimately
real is the one also closest to itself. Within itself and of itself, through itself too, in loco etiam, quod proxissimus sibi sic in loco ipsi, suimet enim in ipso locoissimus est. The one closest to itself is in its own place itself, to itself also in itself,
thus the ultimate place in regard to itself, as much as place provides a universal of existence in its own way.
The simple necessity of being among all places, therefore, most adapted to permeate
everywhere, is first and the most, and rests the most, subsisting as something simple after all divisions. As oneness precedes in order that which is compounded and contingent, and each one in two precedes the sum, the
orb and notion of Jupiter in the cosmos becomes as much a question of logical consequence as anything else. The notion and pronunciation of Z and Zed in the line of the alphabet result from the same necessity of A and B, if it would be impossible for Z and
Zed to be false, when A and B and the alphabet are true. A does belong to B, and B does belong to C and Z, and if science counted sheep from Earth to Jupiter, and called the distance and total number an "EJ", as a number and sign of relation it also would
have no contrary.
For virtue of ingenuity then, to keep a certain place, divide the EJ by the EJ to get one, betwixt and between
like gravity all over, and so it goes from either end. "Manent optima coelo", as they say in Scotland. The best things get high, of course, and pipe in the haggis to divide the rest, the cosmos by the quotient by Jove, to get the same difference. Where it
would represent simple entity qua entity (ens realissimum sed et rationis), it would also be absolute even for form of universal place.
As all the species enumerated of motion involve place, place
must be natural to it, where it also follows that it must have an appropriate area for its universal development, as much as its planetary position. As well as the form, Plato and Euclid would say, the line from A to B is AB, and there is still no contact in numbers, even for a straight line -- but only separation in the amounts to be had in the little points and succession. Therefore, since a number is realized as it is, like a color is a color, and chiromancy
is in the hands and podiatry the feet, so Earth to Jupiter in space is as Jupiter to Earth without contradiction of place. There is overall unity of forms in any staircase of meaning, such as white
is in and on rice, of course, for the extent and measure every step of the way.
Like geometry and spellng, everything that people know,
understand, and realize is from some proportion of some relation. Nature and experience are a common world, for Hume's billiards and everything else, and the cause and effect are in the operation. It
is the operation that counts that touches things, that touches the matter, as five does not cause six per se, as numbers by themselves do not cause things; but 5 +1 = 6, as the operations in the
To know the divisiblity and form of things, therefore, like where Jupiter
is in the sky, for example, and its relation to Earth, does not require one to follow an unreasonable argument, if not a portal to the
abyss either, or catch a leprechaun, or discover the infinite home of the gods. It is enough to recognize and understand the unity of forms in common words and measures, in as many instances as there may be, and for Jupiter. E.g., where there is enough room to fit them in the mind, there is also the scale, and wise people know when a situation of magnitude speaks for itself.
Between the coincidental, accidental, and essential, good sense may know the relation of matters, to account for so much and the thing-in-itself, as much as there is any straight line from Earth to Jupiter, or any sense of repose between
any fairway and green. Golf is a game for life, and good sense, of course, and Sarazen's double eagle at number 15 in Augusta, 1935, is a fine example of the method of division in virtue of comparison.
Such dichotomous skill practiced between straight lines and circles could be interpreted as another mirror of the golden ratio, the perfect in-between even in a wilderness of mirrors.
As if it were from any other universal, any other dimension in space, before he hit the shot, Sarazen said, "they might go in from anywhere". Thus
the argument begun from a 4-wood is still the same as the argument from the straight line or a gnomon, or of a putter -- and are the same as the argument from a circle, that nothing represents A better than A, and nothing represents B better than B, and nothing
represents the square root of two better than the diagonal of a square. In terms of pure space, he reckoned, without saying it further, that the sphere is the most efficient set distribution point-to-point. Likewise, thoughts engaging things as such, any something somewhat ... thoughts can be scanned by measuring the waves. Thinking things and the shape, temper, and intention of thought are in the extremes as well as the means, none of which exist without the measure or the middle score.
If ever there was whichever way by confederacy of dunces in signs and similitudes, there always had to be a way for them. To be and to become are not easily separated from the same difference, even in plain matters. In nature in the
numbers and subsequent results, as much as 1 represents a point and a circle, and 2 a straight line and a pillar, all numbers are figurate and confederate quanta in the round.
In the roundly potential and the roundly actual, as much as golf or fishing, the substance and question of direction is the business closest to the hole. In the game called life that is the result, hooks and sinkers,
and it is as impossible to get the white out of rice or cotton, and the right eye out of Horace, as it is impossible to get geometry and the golden mean out of the shape of everyday life and everyday
thought. Therefore, the sheep in total for the distance to Jupiter from Augusta, Georgia stand like one isagogic measure for all, an estimate for all seasons.
must know that the measure of things is not only for quantity but also quality, and "quality is never an accident", as much as the double eagle was the best that Sarazen could do. To choose the means and avoid the extremes on either side, if it would
be a wise witness for improvement, science must admit then that, like Sarazen's score card, there is no better way or place for Jupiter to go, that it should be so well represented by nature or convention, not other than where and when it is. As much as the line between Earth and Jupiter is the only one that it is, in its order of magnitude absolute and without contrary, there is a unique and
excellent quality involved for the distance, also as entity, as much as the map cover of an old book.
Entity is the first principle and Gene Sarazen, for example, may have felt that there was no
better way to describe 235 yards, which represents about 164 sheep, than with a 4-wood at number 15 of Augusta National. The relation of an actuality like excellence to that of which it is the actuality, whether the matter of a thing or that of which it is
the matter, may have many senses but unity in the form gives the most proper and fundamental sense. For all the differences and samenessness in the cosmos, there may be many people who would agree. Reflection confirms the observed fact, that actuality
can only be realized in what is already potentially so, and it is the best occurrence, something good or something better, when it happens in matters that may be only as excellent as appropriate to it.
there is no contrary in the quantity and no better representation, there is another unique sign, et cetera, and a quale chord, and another sphere at least as much as the radius.
"As much as much",
they kept saying, people who otherwise did not make any sense, "as much as much", when they heard the news. Infinite regress undermines the starting point, that one and the other one too, and some people thought and said that they were drunk, perhaps retarded
or not playing a full deck, as much as such, such and such, and as this, that, these, those, and the others.
"The feeling of
the world as a bounded whole is the mystical", so name that tune, "So It Goes", therefore also, "Das Ding an sich". Experience and necessity must have something to do with it, at least as much as any accident or the paint on the wall. As much as there is only
one way to spell "bat" or "cat", in International Phonetic Alphabet, to sing an octave there is only one series of do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, do. And there is at any given time one straight line between this point and that one, that are this way and that
way from each other, like the centers between Jupiter and the Earth, for example, which for a segment could be called a universal and an EJ.
Special indeed, a quantum leap like that -- dot, dot,
dot ... toodle loop, toodle loop, twinkle dee, twinkle dum. Loopty loop and the Winkie Guard could not miss it, and when another one lands on it, as simple and excellent as it is, it should be easy to find. Like the "a" in cat and the "a" in bat, and the alphabet
soup, backwards or forwards, there is only one measure of the golden ratio to know as that which it represents.
As a measure of simple entity, in itself for the distance all the way around, the
way that space is between the stars, and between perigee and apogee of the Moon, it is the same space from point to point for all the world, for all the days of the years, of course. Like geometry
of a cosmic alphabet, from alpha to omega, all the hours of the day are around the Earth at once too. Therefore, overrunning everywhere in simple measures of logic, by degrees the great space and outer space contain all things in themselves, like frequency
and form, hidden or revealed, et cetera.
What are the odds that there would be another one just like it, right where it is at the same time? A repeat or a clone, or a ghost perhaps, it may be
difficult to name something more unlikely to happen, yet trivia and fate compass the world and the whole human experience. Like the artifact of the two bullets from Gallipoli, that collided and stuck together in the battle of 1915, some things play chances
in a better and more permanent sign. But according to theory of common occurrence in total potential existence, none of it is really any bother anyway, since without the simple time of an hourglass or reliquary it does not appear that there would be enough
total space, not enough total space for it to be in the same place the same way so many times. Since any natural motion requires time, as much as the day of the week, everything has ratio and proportion;
therefore, science reasonably can be sure of what many things are, as repetition of the measure used to measure remains perfectly equal to itself.
vast compass of the oceans, for example, and the terrible teeth of megalodon, cannot exist without the extremes, and the extremes cannot exist without the measure. If either of the extremes is destroyed, so the measure. Therefore, it is as difficult to remove the one singular distance that is between Earth and Jupiter from simple entity, as it is pure quantity at any given time, as it is to remove the Earth away from itself in complete disappearance, or any
straight line from geometry, or the middle figure that fits from the syllogism.
If geometry, which can describe things so well up to a point, did not come from the "Big Bang" or chaos, how did
space that it obtains, or the objects in space? If space and geometry are so much alike, it must be the result of cause and effect, a given order of parallel in subject object and connection, since copies like that are not merely accidental. At any rate, if
true or correct things are destroyed, the truth and rectitude according to which they had been so nevertheless remain, since when the sign is destroyed the interior principle that had been in the correctness of signification still remains.
As much as the wonder of geometry projected in all of them, straight lines are universally simple, of course. As close to infinity at any given point
as anything else, to constitute another typical presence out of total possible existence, if some in particular may disappear, still "what is simple cannot be separated from itself".-95 The glory of a line of general simplicity in consequence cannot be separated from its own existence, "for it does not have its existence in virtue of some form other than itself".-96
The unification of simplicity
in proportion to proportion, pro pro of total possible existence, can be profound too, so that it may bring together even the oddest people and things at times. The occurrence may or may not be gratifying, ipso facto, for subsequent analysis something to avoid
or look at again; but it seems true enough that even the littlest things can add to the total reckoning of science, ars gratia artis, since it is with particular and universal virtue that the necessity of being, and the extremes of the measure, and the measure
used to measure remain equal to themselves.
Aristotle thought every species required for the integrity of the universe should be eternal, and then median and mode, figure and mood, of course; and
if anybody from science would notice the Earth being removed from itself, or losing its simple excellence in complete disappearance, from where it is (or was) in the means, he should have noticed it spinning and turning in the first place. Slip sliding away,
as it is, since the signs and meanings are in the concurrence of what-for and the what-how expressed from the primary place. As letters go from A to Z, with
an a,b,c,t, a word in Scrabble can go for a "bat" or a "cat"; and, like astronomy and the game board, there is the simple question of which is where first. If an astronomer at Scrabble in a windowed room should recognize which star is Jupiter, distinctly when it is on the horizon, and that, just like the Moon and the Sun, it goes from east to west every day around the Earth, then he should
also be able to tell when the window frame is not moving or falling apart.
Is it so hard to see the openwork in the necesity of being that is, that the particular and universal virtue of the extremes,
in the measure and the measure used to measure, remain equal to themselves? It is a circular function and normal part of human expression, for example, that everyone would like to have good teeth,
to not feel pain, and not be struck by bolts of lightning -- "to die of thirst beside the fountain, hot as fire, shaking tooth on tooth".
of relation in the question (about teeth), also in the substance of direction, would have the same overall placement, universal 16 over 16, and not struck by lightning, and not dying of thirst by the fountain, et cetera. As much as place is placed for placement value, therefore, and placement is a key, there is another universal sign in such pains or twisted delights, as the chances in astronomy or dentistry may be.
Without some fair sense of truth then, even for teeth, and to simply recognize that the Earth does not orbit the Sun,
but the Sun orbits the Earth, and that the distance between Earth and Jupiter is unique, it would have come to pass that "matter and all else that is in the physical world would have been reduced to only shadowy symbolism". But the involvement, the life, the ontology, in fact, and the teeth are more to question than shadows. Even if there is sameness and
peculiarity at the root, at the same time among many things, the place to fit in is unique for all, as there is universal clockwork yet with difference, and a ghost in the machine.
Since the excellence of all measures as they relate to the stars is difficult to deny, divide all by one for the same difference. By any proportion, "with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you
again", in qua mensura mensi, fueritis metietur vobis. In any case, if reason would be a fair measure too, sensible a solis ortu cardine, for it to be objective it must have contact with reality.
If everything in the world "is as it is, and everything happens as it does happen," it should not be too difficult then to admit that everyone can tell when the Earth is between a full Moon in Aquarius and
the Sun in Leo, and that when the Moon begins to wane in Pisces it has nothing to do with any rotation of the Earth. "Uniform experience amounts to
a proof"(299), and such an observation as the full Moon that is that way not this way is another universal sign, with a formal relation in the summer, as much as any other season.
Unity has as many senses as "is", as the middle of a golf club is essential too, a property not only relative and not an accident, as much as Thursday is Thursday, as always when the fifth one of the week is
five. When it is the fifth day of the week, in fact, like Jupiter in space, it is uncanny how Jupiter is in only one sign at the end of a line at a time. The Earth meanwhile is in the same one sign and all the others, which cannot be without that one and those
that are far away going around the other in the middle. By the quantity and quality of location of geometry in astronomy, then, the Earth has the middle, and such quantity has no contrary.
think, and, therefore, reckon that they are or should be, they shoud also know where they are. The quality of place is no mere accident, and the seasons, to be honest, are not just seasons but feelings. An age and then another and then the next is in them
if you count the changes, "si vices rerum aevum putes".
Even in a world of many equivocations, the EJ is one, always the same among fractions, as the identity of name rests
on identity of form. For, of course, what a unique difference between everything it can make when we say that a thing is this distance away or that, and specifically too, since in pure form of the case no portion differs from another.
Even as fragments of here or there, elements and measures in perfection also must be the same everywhere when and now. Since whatever space is for the averages,
so the averages are for the places in the space, as they are predicatively the same, as the case in queue in any such resolution is of its own identity. This being so, it follows that there cannot be more EJ's than the one, the original, the same one no matter
how many attributive instances to count. There are many secrets of which all the world is ignorant, of course, but, by heaven, Jupiter is not and should not be unknown.
Therefore, such a unique species as the EJ, in the supreme genus of when of where, as any where of when, must be one and no more. Not only a what but a what kind in its specific case, as Aristotle said, there is only
one heaven, so only one EJ too. As there is only one six in all the sixes, sevens, or eights, counting measures or cards or dice in whatever terms or combinations is always the same just like distances.
seeing vanity in full measure and things like money hyper-saturation among the living, if there is any vision among the dead, any visionaries like Samuel or Teiresias, it must be by knowledge of universals that particulars are seen since causes inhere more
firmly than attributes. Since the diagonal in any square is not commensurate with the sides -- ad quadratum dot, dot, dot -- whether an EJ is taken as 1 or 1.41421356237 ... pure space by itself defines the figure as well as the light. It is the same way wth
the Book of Psalms as the square root of two, or another 99/70, or the EJ, in fact, as much as the golden ratio, since existential forms which are commensurately universal are not only through things but through permanent relations.
When something spiritual is established, the universality of place in the way the sequence goes, therefore, in limit resolutions of space, provides a parallel for all identity,
in such a way that the world and its providence must be of a certain kind, both in things and propositions. To insist on the nature of place as much as the nature of being, the way things are edgewise, with all prudence and method in the counting, including
the EJ or e4 in chess, represents a genuine and elementary mystery in the cosmos maybe, that as many stars as there are, ultima ratio rerum, there could be almost infinitely more: and as many places from the center of an umbrella, even if the when and where
are always only one line of direction in location along all the meridians, et cetera.
The world is a common world, having an attractive orbicular ring to it, as soul is intermingled over the whole
universe -- and "virtue must be honored wherever it is found". As much as any oneness is essential to all, any such singularity as the cosmos has to be centered. As that which is must always be somewhere some way, the analysis of such questions is not only
an accident, certainly not for the math, and neither are the definitions of the distances and times involved. Since it is fair to reckon things after the ends, what they realize, the EJ too, for example, is a unqiue sign in the specificities. Therefore, the
almanac and its charts must be free and will be free, even in daily rotation of the lights of ages, at least as much as the numbers and words that would climb up to the skies in so many mythy codes, et cetera, de natura rerum and everywhere beyond, et cetera.