A member recently said on the Forum, “Philosophers see a subtle difference between two anti-Realist philosophies: “Dialectical Monism” and “Non-Dualism”. Well, I don’t doubt it!
I imagine it is hard for philosophies of whatever stripe to see things as simply as they may be. Of course, the difficulty lies in semantics (‘the study of meaning, as inherent at the levels of words, phrases, sentences’). Alas, for some reason we quickly discount this weakest of all links in cognition.
To avoid talking passed each other we must mutually know what we mean by the words: free, will, difference, sameness, and all the rest of the words we use for thinking and speaking. Clearly, that is asking for too much, otherwise the correlation process would sell like hotcakes! The mind wants to get ‘it’ done quick and easy, and move on to greener pastures of thought.
Yet, without thoroughly comprehending the ‘tools’ we use to frame our thoughts — words and names — don’t we end up chasing our own tail? We keep jumping from pasture to pasture ironically searching for where we may already be. Chapter 81 hints at why take semantics so lightly: Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. He who knows has no wide learning; he who has wide learning does not know.
The same issues of beauty and persuasiveness apply to all life callings. For example, if you’re into art, you’re inclined to make artistic distinctions, where as in nature there is none — there is no beauty or ugly, good or bad from nature’s point of view.
There is nothing wrong with this naturally! In fact, it is what makes our corner of the world go round. What would human life be like if everyone was aware of the molehills of reality that lie beneath the cognitive mountains we make? Still, maybe we really are more aware than we think. I sense that we all are ‘wise sages’ in everything, save that in which we have a vested interest, an agenda, a life calling. Our vested interests blind us; all we see is the reflection of what is important to us. It is spooky because it is so obvious and yet so unseen.