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There are no disagreements, there is only confusion about labels. There are no arguments about meaning, there is only a failure to understand the difference between the signified and the signifier. This confusion is especially relevant and important in relation to so-called disagreements about god or gods, and the nature and meaning thereof.

Both the pantheistic position and the panentheistic position are unassailable, logically, because they are constructed on the bedrock of axiomatic definition. And the truth of any axiom is as agreed in advance of its application. (Although I've got to admit that if Godel is right and I think he is, then all positions are unassailable from within but may be assailable from without).

By way of explanation, let us define something (X) in terms of certain attributes, functions if you will. We set up an axiom linking X inexorably to the attributes of X which ourselves set up, agree, define, create. We create the equation. We establish the axiom. We create the reality. Please let's not forget that.

Consider the following axiom (or definition): There is an X, such that Everything That Is, Was, Has Been, Will Be, Could Be (ETI), is X; including things, nothings, thoughts, memories, ideas, rocks, vacuums, quarks, recipes, logic, sealing wax, cabbages, possibilities... anything and everything.

So the axiom we create is: X = ETI

Now let's give X a name. We can name X "Jehovah", or "Baal", or "Beelzebub", or "Lucifer", or "Shiva", or "Vishnu", or "Zeus", or "Aphrodite", or "Mary", or "Gaia" or "Allah", or "My Grandmother's Fruitcake", or "A Piece of Snot on the End of my Finger". It doesn't matter what we name X. Having created the axiom in the first place, we can name X anything we like.

In fact, not only can we name X anything we like, we are also free to assign to X whatever attributes we deem fit. We could for instance assign to X attributes related to Ocean (eg wetness, tidalness, waviness, saltiness). And the name we assign to X could be "Poseidon" or even "Neptune".

We could also assign another set of attributes to another thing, Z, and assign to Z a set of attributes including the carrying of the universe upon ones back. And we could name Z "The Great Turtle" (and yes, it is turtles all the way down).

Of course, someone will inevitably say, "We call X in our language 'god', and god is wet and salty". And another person from another tribe will say, "you are so terribly terribly wrong; we call Z in our language 'god' and god has a very hard shell and can carry enormous weight". And then they will go to war. What a shame. Because they are both right.

None of it matters. There is no true disagreement, only confusion over the assignation of signifiers to that which is signified. In fact, nothing matters; only everything matters. All ways are right, always.


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weirsdo said...

This way nihilism lies, or non-sense.

masterymistery said...

Look at what's happening in the world these days. It can't be more nihilistic or nonsensical than it already is.

Nor is it only these days. People have killed more people for reasons to do with conflicting belief structures, than for any other reason.

But I understand what you mean. Ambivalence is daunting. Multivalence more so (but equivalence is boring).

Energy is engendered by Difference. Current flows from negative to positive and vice versa, not from + to + or - to -. Opposite charges attract.

The aim of the post is to highlight how a certain kind of difference engenders a certain kind of energy, obstructing the path towards another kind of difference, that engenders another kind of energy.,

Note how I'm carefully and scrupulously avoiding using value-laden terms such as "right/wrong" "true/false" "trivial/substantive" "better/worse" etc.

Thanks for your comment, and for stopping by.