If the universe is “one thing” wherein everything exists, then what are the “more than one things” of a thing itself being held apart such that we …The universe is not one thing
——-So I’m gathering that some of the naming Hass to do with things that actually exist, and then other things that are named are referring to things that don’t actually exist.
And then you’re saying that we are able to discern which names refer to things that actually exist and that don’t actually exist by sense data.
Honest question next:
I have a cow who is eating grass in front of me. And then my daughter has a picture of a cow.
And then I have a horse which I strapped on a nice colorful pointy horn onto the front of his head and I am calling him a unicorn.
And my daughter turns the page in her book, and there’s a picture of a unicorn.
So some of these things actually exist and some of these things don’t actually exist.?
It is interesting that I would be able to coordinate my life to something that does not exist. It sounds to me like I’m always involved with some sort of theology, even when I think that I’m not.
I’m sure when my daughter turns the page and she’s like four years old, and there’s a unicorn sitting on my page and she points to it, and she says “unicorn“. And I nod my head and go, yes sweetheart it is a unicorn. I don’t proceed to explain to her this long conversation that you and I are having.
And so I don’t think I need to go on in my extended argument here, except to go right to the end:
What am I trying to accomplish?
With a child, for sure at some point I may tell her that unicorns don’t actually exist.
There’s so many problems and issues just in those last two sentences. I don’t think that we could iron them out in both of our lifetimes strung along together consecutively or together.
Because I could bring up the fact that at four years old she’s not even begin to form identity. That foundational psychological texts talk about how identity develops and Erikson stages of being human. Things like that. Or that imagination is useful and actually develops and contributes to developing a sense of identitythat is healthy.
But then even more philosophically I don’t even know what I’m saying when I tell her that unicorns don’t exist. Because to her mind she’s just stirring between a different type of modality then I intend by telling her that unicorns don’t exist. By the sheer fact that we’re having this discussion now, in a sense, means that whatever I meant to her by saying that unicorns don’t exist it’s not really what is communicated to her. Which is to say for her being. For me to think
That I am telling her something that is “true“, or actual, what I’m really saying is that I want you to be functional in the world along certain lines, and our world functions socially in this particular way. But that is not what she is understanding. And so really what we’re talking about right here has nothing to do with that little girl so far as she is being in the universe. Because we could equally say that whatever she’s thinking at the time does not exist. And then I would have to even ponder how she is even able to grow into a healthy mature adult since there is a huge disconnect between what I think I’m communicatingThat I am telling her something that is “true“, or actual, what I’m really saying is that I want you to be functional in the world along certain lines, and our world functions socially in this particular way. But that is not what she is understanding. And so really what we’re talking about right here has nothing to do with that little girl so far as she is being in the universe. Because we could equally say that whatever she’s thinking at the time does not exist. And then I would have to even ponder how she is even able to grow into a healthy mature adult since there is a huge disconnect between what I think I’m communicatingAnd what she is actually using a vet
I like to think as an adult that somehow I am communicating through things of the universe to my daughter. But here is a case where we have to admit that I’m not communicating to her anything true about existence whatsoever. That my intention is totally involved in her being a healthy mature adult who can have fun and have a family in the world. It has nothing to do with what is true of existence. But then also her as an egg existing actual human being, whatever I’m saying to her has nothing to do with what I think I’m telling her, because ultimately her mind, and that’s an even further problem, is not conceiving or conceptualizing or developing in any way along the lines that I think it is.
When I tell her that unicorns do not exist. I am telling her a multitude of things, only maybe two or three of which I think I’m telling her in actuality. But the fact that she has existing the way she is existing and thinking whatever way she’s thinking, all of that exists in the universe. And in fact you find it all the time with children playing with “imaginary people”.
And so I ask you, it is the reason why I bring this up in philosophy because I don’t think that grown-up human beings are exempt from the same kind of dealing with the world that children do, we just have a better way of justifying ourselves: what am I involved with when I argue certain things. What am I trying to do?
I think we have to answer that question first and honestly before we jump into big ideas about the universe or ontology or epistemology or any of that stuff. Because the assumption I think is that we’re all in this together. But then no one knows what this togetherness really means at all or whether it has any bearing on why I should do anything. This Sumption is just that we should be doing something because it’s right. Because no one has any clue what this right now says. And I think it’s in the same and even worse with philosophy, because philosophers think there’s this common ground that we canDiscern between ourselves. And I don’t think it’s the case unless we first decide what the hell we are talking about