Dichotomy and the Possibility Engine

I love dichotomies. I have to assume that most other people do too. Dichotomies, by their very premise attempt to narrow a subject into a split differential, usually polar opposites of said subject : Night and day, black and white, young and old, real and unreal, etc. However, to truly appreciate dichotomies as a whole, one must first truly understand where they come from.

First, they are labels. Humanity loves to label, subjectively, everything. Semiotics, language, logos, and more are all measurements, maps, and models to better allow our minds to envision and comprehend ideas, concepts, and items. They allow us to convey information to others in a sensible manner with the most efficient effort available. Humans as thinking self aware creatures tend to rely on illusions for most everything. We can find justification in our actions, even for no reason but to justify our lack of responsibility to those actions and their outcomes. We like to blame and we like to describe.
Humans describe something in terms of language and symbols because it allows us to ‘conquer’ in some small way that which we are describing…even if we do not understand it at all. If you haven’t ever eaten a specific meal before and wish to know what it is, what it is made of, and how it is prepared, you’ll seek information from whatever sources you can find until you are satisfied with some relevance. Someone telling you what a meal is in this manner will do their best to provide all the information you seek and find some relevatory information for you to build on in order for you to better comprehend it without actually experiencing it for yourself. I can tell you everything you would like to know about a movie or book based on my experience of it and using some common relevance to what you may or may not have experienced before, but it will always pale in comparison to you actually experiencing it for yourself. Your reality is different from mine. Your subjective take is different from mine. Your relevance points from something are different from mine. Though we may be able to have common denominations of something that are very closely aligned or incredibly similar, they are still in fact different by shades minor frequencies.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s