The way of being

Anil Mitra, Copyright © March 15, 2021. Revised April 16, 2021.

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Contents

1       Into the way

in the immediate world, to know and be the real—the ultimate

our world

in the universe

human world

endeavor

an ideal

sources for the way

origins of the way

resources

world

history

received culture

experience

worldview

why

how

the view

aim of the way

shared and reasoned discovery and realization of the ultimate in and from the immediate

the aim of the way will be found to be the aim of being

enjoyment

preview

being

experience

metaphysics and cosmology

realization

2       The world

to know the world—a limitless universe

all beings inherit the power of the universe

being

what

why

how

reasons

experience

awareness in all its forms, material through ultimate

there is experience, for without it our presence to the world would not even be illusory

why

experience is relational

dimensions

world

beings

grouping

kinds

particular beings

metaphysics

existence of the void

fundamental principle

possibility

real metaphysics

reason

cosmology of identity

path

world

descriptive metaphysics

cosmology

description of the universe and its forms or patterns

general cosmology

cosmology of form

our cosmos

3       The way

to realize the ultimate in and from the world

aim of being

the aim of being is the aim of the way

realizing

reason

received ways

integration

paths

principles

templates

4       Into the world

the way in the world

return

being in the world

one world

becoming and being

commitment

the secular and the transsecular

problem and opportunity

sharing

ideas, the world, and history—continuity

oral and ritual tradition

continuous text

resources

database of concepts

plan

reason

discovery and action

feeling and cognition

value and object

critical and creative

no a priori

 

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The way of being

1        Into the way

may add ‘Prologue’

in the immediate world, to know and be the real—the ultimate

informal introduction to the way and its origin in the world

our world

in the universe

human world

satisfaction

contentment and seeking

enjoyment

pleasure and pain

progress

direction and indirection

coherence

conflict and cooperation

endeavor

to improve and go beyond the human and the human world

multidimensional

a variety of aims and endeavors, human and other

value continuum

negative to positive

commitment continuum

absent to intense

quest continuum

seeking to conservative

coherence continuum

negative to positive

an ideal

or guide

a true worldview would give best coherence without suppressing multidimensionality

sources for the way

origins of the way

resources

world

history

received culture

experience

the individual

worldview

why

choice

all choice is influenced by perspective—typically a mix of truth and error, the explicit and the tacit; an explicit view may enhance awareness, truth, and wholeness

resource

gives realism and closure to understanding and action, meaning and coherence to the variety of human endeavors

informs us as to what is real, what possible, what feasible, what worthwhile

how

reason

means of effective understanding and action

concept formation and criticism—direct and reflexive, implementation in action, review, learning

no a priori

in an extended meaning of the a priori

abstraction

knowledge

value

agency

reflexivity

level 0—direct

level 1—of paradigms of concept formation and criticism

level 2—interaction of all elements of process, sought efficiently

the view

the fundamental principle of metaphysics

the universe and the individual are limitless—the greatest possible

intension or meaning—the kind of possibility must be logical, for which our logics are examples corresponding to some modes of expression

extension or cosmology—all logical concepts are realized; limited individuals realize the limitless

is this hubris

it is true

it is consistent with experience (and science), for our experience is among the possible, but only part of it, for beyond (and underneath) our experience, cannot be contradicted by our experience

it is not a promotion of any limited form

what it says in depth is closed

breadth is infinitely open as long as we are limited

it is the end of philosophy (or science) as foundational of our being

and the beginning of action

the real metaphysics

this principle joins to what is valid in (human) knowledge to constitute the real metaphysics with a perfect aspect in the fundamental principle…

and a pragmatic aspect in reason and the range of human knowledge (from the view of limitlessness, for limited beings the pragmatic is perfect in being the best)

significance

goes limitlessly beyond standard secular and transsecular views in meaning, significance, extension of the universe and the individual

proof: consistency with what is valid in all paradigms, knowledge, and interpretations of experience; doubt; alternate attitudes

on meanings

in going beyond limited notions of experience, we must go beyond and adjust received meanings and system meaning

aim of the way

shared and reasoned discovery and realization of the ultimate in and from the immediate

the aim of the way will be found to be the aim of being

enjoyment

appreciation of a world that has contentment and dissatisfaction, conflict and cooperation, self and other, success and striving, pleasure and pain, reason and chaos

preview

being

foundation

beyond substance

given

philosophical and metaphysical algebra

ground and container for being and becoming

experience

co-foundation

we do not get outside it >

the only foundation

the foundation, via philosophical algebra

an experiential universe

via analysis of consistent interpretations of experience

identical to universe as material (with ‘material’ understood properly)

our cosmos as approximately a substance cosmos

the place of being and significance

intrinsic realization

instrumental realization

the above are one

metaphysics and cosmology

universe

cosmos

law

void

existence of the void

no laws in the void

limitlessness of the universe and so of all beings

cosmology of identity

value

ethics

aesthetics

consistency, doubt, attitudes

realization

received ways

pathways

2        The world

to know the world—a limitless universe

all beings inherit the power of the universe

being

what

a being is that which is; being is the characteristic of beings as beings.

ontology

the study of being

there is being

characteristics

existence

but note, existence is an equivalent, not another concept

no further characteristics—being is just the characteristic of beings as beings

real

removes ‘mystery’ regarding what is real—given that something has being, there is no further question of its reality (e.g., is it material, is it transcendent…)

… but does not remove the experience of the real as mystery

there of course the question of how being-hood is determined, and this is taken up in considering experience, below

non-characteristics

being does not refer to the special—e.g., ‘higher’, ‘spiritual’ – or ‘material’, ‘essential’, ‘independent be-ing’, ‘human’, ‘sentient’…

neutrality

though it is neutral to the non-characteristics above, it allows them (as well as their ruling out) and the possibility of their reality—i.e., it allows, within it, a range of special connotations of ‘being’

toward differences among beings, kinds, and categories; examples—

though we think of beings as manifest, even that distinction will not be sustained in admitting, later, the void as a being

toward be-ing vs becoming (vs relation, interaction)—i.e., to form (with extension and quality) and formation (change, with relation)

substance distinctions

toward any view of the universe as what has been revealed so far in our experience including science (that is, universe as being is consistent with experience and science) … further, universe as being is logically consistent with the content of experience as fact but this says nothing

becoming

thus, being includes becoming, action, relation…

criticism

not a concept

trivial

significance

it is the concept that excludes no object

seemingly trivial, being is—will be seen—powerful as ground and container for the world and its variety, for special and general kinds

why

foundation without infinite regress, coherentism, or pitfalls substance

frame for understanding and action

does not refer to particular or special beings or kinds—which enables founding and framing them

as will be seen, enables objectivity without relinquishing significance via closure in depth but ever openness in breadth—i.e., via ‘philosophical algebra’

how

abstraction

abstraction enables perfect knowledge

there is being

abstracts

will provide some examples—as examples on the concrete-abstract continuum to be used, and as a preliminary showing of the power of the concept of being

reasons

distinguish from ‘reason’

a reason is that which entails a (state of) being

a state may be a quality of a being, particularly its existence

a reason may be a fact that obtains or a state of being

a reason may be abstract or concrete; however, the distinction not intrinsic but relative to (our) mode of conception—‘direct’ as in perception, or representative as in iconic-symbolic conception

consequent

the entailed state

cause

another term for a reason

effect

another term for a consequent

to be a consequent includes but is not limited to temporal consequence

necessary cause

possible cause

probable cause

if the entailment is necessary (i.e., certain), possible (not ruled out), or probable (likely), the reason is, correspondingly, necessary, possible, or probable

power

power is concrete cause (and effect), the action of a being on self or other

the being that has no power, self or other, does not exist

creation

create

to materially cause the existence of a being

creator

being that creates (a being)

self-creation

impossible, for it presumes simultaneous existence and non-existence

exception—the void, for, as will be seen, the void is the being for which existence and non-existence (non-manifestation) are the same

experience

use awareness… consciousness?

awareness in all its forms, material through ultimate

there is experience, for without it our presence to the world would not even be illusory

why

we do not transcend experience for its measure is the same; the world is effectively the world of experience

it is the place of all significance

though not the source of all significance

the being affects no experience is effectively non-existent

the dual use of experience and being (world) provides a language that speaks at once to our sense of meaning and of the real

being is essentially experiential; heuristic—(i) matter, such as it is, cannot exclude the primitive of experience from its primitive level (iii) while the primitive level is not as our experience is, it must be primitively experiential and relational (iv) being is essentially experiential (and this informal heuristic is suggestive but deficient as demonstration; clear meanings and demonstration are given later)

the world is primitively experiential; while this seems to contradict whatever may be true in world as form and matter and objective, it is not—and it will turn out that ‘world as matter’ fits nicely into ‘world as experiential’, while the latter provides a framework for a greater world

experience is relational

there is ‘experience of’ and ‘the experienced’ (in pure experience, the experienced is potential but not null); concept, object, sign, language, meaning, and knowledge

experience is recursive

there is experience of experience

therefore, that there is experience is known

experience is extensional

for it has form, and form without extension is logically impossible

‘outward form’ is characteristic of what we think of as matter (including relation), or first order being

experience is durational

for experience is experiencing

experiencing is characteristic of relational or second order being (‘mind’)

therefore, there are no further experiential (Spinozan) attributes

for such an attribute would be relation of relation, which is just relation

but there may be limitlessly many magnitudes and qualities

dimensions

modes

experience is attitudinal-active; bifurcates as attitudinal and active; there is no strictly pure case, for there is always potential relation to the world

attitude-action

experience directed toward self in relation to (form and formation of) the world

note—even though there is distinction, attitude and action are integrated and it is therefore better to conceive and define attitude-action than to define attitude and action separately

attitude

emphasis on form exclusive of formation

action

emphasis on formation

‘pure’ experience

case that the directedness is null (but inner or potential)

functions

or dimensions of experience—i.e., ‘experience’ – action (and ‘pure’), inner – outer, state – function – recall…

world

experience and its interpretations

develop this

the interpretations include—(i) standard with experience (ii) field of being ii-a is solipsist ii-b is universe as experiencer with phasing in and out (iii) dead and transient

the next and a crucial point follows from the development

being is experiential and relational

beings

grouping

particular vs kind

kinds

form

includes formation (and ‘static’ form)

and how there is no further attribute to form, beyond form and formation

reasons

this is a repeat; eliminate (¿the details of?) one of the occurrences

necessary, possible, likely

absolute

monadic

power

dyadic, perhaps polyadic

cause, effect

creation

object

identities

concept-object

concept-object as the essential object—from earlier analysis of experience

therefore, there are no abstract objects as distinguished from concrete objects

of course, some objects may be properly called abstract or concrete from other perspectives

rather, objects lie on a concretion-abstraction continuum

and the distinction is one of how the objects are known, rather than their constitution

and, so, from that perspective we consider—

concrete objects

the term is metaphorical, and used for objects known perceptually (i.e., via bound concepts)

abstract objects

used for objects known in terms of free concepts

and, so, from that perspective we consider—

value

values as real

parts

proper parts

wholes

parts

voids

experiential

elemental

through feeling, cognitive, agentive, through…

Brahman

particular beings

universe

creator

part

cosmos

creation

stable

essence

pattern

law

limit

individual

occurs in more than one place; finalize

the void

the void is a being

metaphysics

existence of the void

fundamental principle

possibility

real metaphysics

reason

the concept of reason

doubt

attitudes

interpretations

… of experience

revisited and ‘finalized’

functions

of experience, the

revisited, grounded in cosmology and logic, finalized

cosmology of identity

the ultimate

and the individual

individuals

proximately limited experiential beings

death

real but not absolute

realization

enjoyment

pleasure

pain

value

intersection of value and being (previously: values are beings)

ethics

aesthetics

intersections of ethics and aesthetics

path

would be part of ‘cosmology of identity’; promoted because of its significance

existence, principles, general characteristics, sources in tradition

detail and practice are in the next division—the way

world

interpretations

revisited

dimensions of being

could be placed in cosmology; is here because it is ‘vertical’ first and ‘horizontal’ second

descriptive metaphysics

here? finalize placement

logic of the problems of metaphysics

classical through current problems of metaphysics

the logic

the descriptive metaphysics

emphasize those problems not already treated

cosmology

part of metaphysics

dimensions of being could be placed here

description of the universe and its forms or patterns

form includes formation

patterns allow extrapolation, prediction

general cosmology

logical

logical cosmology is general cosmology

philosophical

method

‘reason’

paradigms

paradigms are part of reason but are mentioned explicitly here because their use is significant

determinism

part determines whole

is that not what a pattern is?

change color or bulleting of Style Definition

… and indeterminism; kinds of determinism; absolute determinism and absolute indeterminism

block universe

as perspective or description rather than feature of the real

relative nature of the determined

and merging of identities

cosmology of form

form and formation

method

method for general cosmology

real metaphysics, received and reasoned paradigm

reason—review and extension

our cosmos

‘physical cosmology’

method

method for general cosmology and cosmology of form

methods of physical cosmology

astronomy

theoretical physics

cosmological modeling

cosmological realms

origins and reasons… galaxies… solar systems… planets… life and its creation and origins

3        The way

to realize the ultimate in and from the world

the world and the real as one

aim of being

the aim of being is the aim of the way

realizing

the way and its means

reason

also considered above

received ways

integration

of reason and received ways

paths

also considered above; here the aim is practical, detailed, to share rather than to merely inform or instruct

principles

template design

immediate to universal

all activities and dimensions of being

adaptable to a range of circumstances

individuals to civilization

templates

dedication and affirmation

everyday

universal

world problems and opportunities

world problems and opportunities.html (for details, see Journey in Being-detail.html)

4        Into the world

may add ‘epilogue’

the way in the world

return

being in the world

one world

the immediate and the ultimate are one

becoming and being

commitment

renewal

retreat

the secular and the transsecular

problem and opportunity

see earlier, under—The way > paths > templates > universal > world problems and opportunities

have this in two places (here, and earlier—the two places having different emphases) or one

sharing

ideas, the world, and history—continuity

oral and ritual tradition

continuous text

historical integration

cyclical

flesh out from outlines…

resources

this is very incomplete—but there are resources in other documents… which ones?

database of concepts

plan

the way

life

death

visioning life, death, and their resolution

site

texts

reason

combine the various occurrences of ‘reason’

discovery and action

feeling and cognition

value and object

critical and creative

no a priori