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(4th edition - April, 2008) by A.O. Kime
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Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy which concerns the supreme and ultimate nature of all things but in considering that the essence of this 'spirit world' continues to baffle philosophers and science alike... it's really an empty word. As long as its secrets remain elusive, it contains nothing. The troubles began when philosophers broke it down into areas of influence, subdividing, in effect, the unknown. As a result, it led to the temptation to create models which only distanced the matter. So entrenched now these models, to think outside the box is heresy.
It is believed the term ‘metaphysics’ originated with Aristotle when, after completing a treatise on physics and while working on another treatise about the first principles, he made a notation on his works which said ‘meta ta physika’, meaning “following the physics” and thence this term was adopted by philosophers. As should be noted, it is not a branch of science but rather belongs to the realm of philosophy. In order to be a science, a beginning point is needed for which philosophers are trying to provide but, as stated, so far unsuccessfully.
As a derivative of metaphysics, the term ‘metaphysical’ has a very interesting history and remarkably, one of evolution. It wasn’t because its meaning was confusing but what it should encompass... what should be deemed ‘metaphysical’. That changed over the centuries with the mental aspects of humans being attached and detached including all questions concerning the creator. And, whether or not metaphysics should be more about the laws of physics was often the question. In effect, all things unknown and seemingly not within the capacity of humans to know, at least not in a normal scientific fashion, were subject to being deemed metaphysical. What should be declared metaphysical, or should not be, remains contentious even today. Life itself, for example, should be considered metaphysical but the mechanical explanations of science says it isn't (in effect).
However, except for the layman, 'metaphysics' today is considered to be 'ontology'... the shuffling of terms obviously another attempt to re-categorize the matter. It's a nice-sounding term but seemingly unnecessary since it actually means the same thing… the nature of reality.
Immanuel Kant, the renowned 18th century German philosopher, thought metaphysics should be divided into three areas, the self (rational psychology), the world (cosmology) and God (theology). Later, apparently by consensus, theology was kicked out by the scientists and given back to the theologians... but if seeking the truth, a foolish mistake. Metaphysics was then restructured but remained in three parts, keeping cosmology, changing the name of rational psychology to speculative psychology and adding ontology. Carved up portentously, it's along man's dotted lines.
Over the past few centuries, philosophers have dreamt up increasingly bizarre concepts about metaphysics, many of which call upon the use of ‘universals’. It was an attempt to separate what is real from what isn’t, largely involving concepts on permanent things versus changing things. Often it is the physical versus concepts, as in eyeballs versus sight. As an example, men are born, live and then die whereas the species of man persists and the arguments center on whether or not both are actually real. In other words, are individual humans to be considered only an ‘instance’ within a timeless essence (the concept of the species) or, are only the particulars (men) real and the concept not? Some believe both are real, others believe only the particulars are real. This begins to explain where philosophy has gone… into the abyss of idiotic concepts.
Similarly, monism believes only in the reality of the physical and that nothing mental is real. Then there is ‘idealism’ which is unworthy of comment. Dozens of other concepts tinker with the matter of reality in this same Rube Goldbergian manner, all of which became increasingly bizarre such as epistemology. Only dualism comes close by correctly recognizing matter and spirit as the two kinds of reality.
The lack of progress is due to philosophers trying to describe the nature of reality instead of discovering it first. Metaphysics won't be discovered through complex analytical dissections of some contrived 'model' but apparently they've long held it the only way possible. In other words, they seem oblivious to, or discount, any other method. In order to best describe a place, if possible one should go there first... and believing there isn't a bridge is just another errant theory.
At least there is common agreement that philosophy (concerning metaphysics) is in a mess and going around in circles. While philosophers shouldn’t be blamed for trying, unfortunately their academic credentials continue to mesmerize the media which, in turn, ignores all other opinions outside their circles. In effect, these questions are selfishly guarded. This is especially unfortunate since there are those who would know something about the nature of true reality. For reasons soon explained, it could be a coal-miner from Kentucky, a peasant farmer in Mexico or lumberjack in Russia. There wouldn’t be many however… not like 3,000 years ago.
When scientific thinking began to dominate around 500 B.C., the common ability to analyze spiritually was being replaced to achieve material benefits. Since it is difficult for these two thought processes to coexist within the same mind simultaneously, modern man chose the scientific frame-of-mind. Yet, it is nonetheless doable even though the two are diametrically opposed. It is similar to thinking about two things at once except, in this case, continually. Thoughts must pass through two screens of logic, not just one, and filed accordingly. To a lesser extent it's still done which explains one's internal conflicts.
In the very beginning, the Stone Age mentality was one of acquired knowledge through experience but without scientific explanations. At first, cavemen didn't think in precise terms but instead would judge if something was sufficient or insufficient. We do the same today when applying 'few', 'not many', 'several', 'too many' and so forth. While Stone Age lingo, and while demonstrating one can function without knowledge of mathematics or other scientific explanations, albeit not very productively, but while being in awe of those things scientifically unexplained the tendency was to analyze spiritually. After all, it was not yet conceivable things could be scientifically explained, therefore, to them, there was 'magic' attached to almost everything. This 'magic', of course, represents the spiritual realities.
On the other hand, scientific thought is how most people think today... that everything has a scientific explanation. Except, that kind of thinking won't get anywhere with metaphysics. In a sense, it's like believing there's no forest to account for all the trees.
The point is... not only does science and philosophy need this Stone Age mentality (in effect) to comprehend metaphysics, but such an understanding would propel modern man back to the heights of the ancient Greeks. They mastered the intermingling of the two mentalities (spiritual-scientific). So too, with mechanical explanations back in their proper place, life could be fulfilling once again. For many, the sterile and technical answers of science stripped away the romantic hue from the moon, ruined the wonderment of a beating heart and killed the joy of pondering a comet.
While one can't hang around cavemen anymore to get the idea, there is a way to find answers about metaphysics which is, of course, not the way scientists and philosophers have been pursuing the matter. It appears only Plotinus (A.D. 205-270) was on track. As demonstrated by the profoundness within his famous Enneads, the only way to discover the essence of metaphysics is through divine intelligence (Plotinus called it the ‘nous’). While otherwise indescribable and only a term representing this phenomenon, nonetheless it's the source of profound understanding (perhaps unlimited) but only accessible to those who fervently seek it with a clear conscience (having 'measured up', in effect). And who determines one's worthiness? One’s very own subconscious mind.
Once the proper frame-of-mind is obtained, although only obtainable with a clear conscience without distractions, it will have to be sustained for some period (weeks-months) before contact is possible. A fervent desire to make contact must be maintained and, in order to create the environment necessary for one's spiritual soul, virtually all material concerns must be discarded (a type of distraction). However, that doesn't mean discard your possessions, as some 'gurus' may say, just discard your immediate concerns. If you want answers, then that’s what it will take. If you're not successful, then that means you're still missing something... being the fault of your subconscious mind (your end of divine subconsciousness).
So, for the would-be philosophers, that is how metaphysics will be understood... although the problem would remain in relating their discoveries. Aside from the difficulties in finding the appropriate words (semantics), hardly anyone will listen. Even if they did listen, it wouldn't register. Without experiencing divine intelligence firsthand, metaphysics is virtually unfathomable. While it is a single-seat adventure (no help forthcoming), it is divinely intentional (in effect) to be difficult and generally unbelievable. After all, if the process made sense and was easy to accomplish... what kind of statement is that?
The Biblical passage ‘Seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened, ask and it shall be given’ is a universal principle which the phenomenon of divine intelligence demonstrates as a truth.
"Metaphysics has been the battlefield of endless conflicts. Dogmatism at first held despotic sway; but ... from time to time skepticism destroyed all settled order of society;... and now a widespread indifferentism prevails. Never has metaphysics been so fortunate as to strike into the sure path of science, but has kept groping about, and groping, too, among mere ideas. What can be the reason of this failure? Is a science of metaphysics impossible? Then, why should nature disquiet us with a restless longing after it, as if it were one of our most important concerns? Nay more, how can we put any faith in human reason, if in one of the very things that we most desire to know, it not merely forsakes us, but lures us on by false hopes only to cheat us in the end? Or are there any indications that the true path has hitherto been missed, and that by starting afresh we may yet succeed where others have failed?" --- Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
Matrix of Mnemosyne... the place of smoke signals from the spirit world
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