The objective basis


All that is not fundamental is subjective to the beholder. Any man can see that the past experiences we have are responsible for shaping the experiences we have in the now, not through any law of causality as such, but simply due to the impression the world makes upon us as we perceive it. We dig out habitual paths in the foundations of the mind through our everyday actions. By habitual pathways I refer to the everyday routines we imprint in our mind by repeating them reguallly, for example, leaving for work in the morning becomes, for many, a habitual pathway. Throughout the course of our routine we do not usually stop and examine individual objects in detail. If we do so then they become odd and unfamiliar even though we believed ourselves to have knowledge of them. They only appear familiar when associated with other things. Entities are only seen as similar when associated with our habitual pathways, think how different a stove would look on a king’s throne.

The way in which we live determines these habitual pathways. This causes different people to have different perceptions of entities and places due to their different habitual pathways which are influenced by environment. A doctor and sailor both look down a street together. Due to the different habitual pathways they have developed throughout their life they will see the street in very different ways to each other, and yet it is undoubtedly the same street they both perceive. So what is real of the street? If its perception is influenced by habitual pathways then its form, structure and meaning will vary from one person to the next.

But there must be something objectively true about the street else it would not exist. If something is subjective then its nature is ambiguous. This can be true to some extent. But there must be an underlying, objective basis that allows the existence of the entity. Else the entity could not exist, for without a solid foundation it would fall to pieces. A chameleon cannot change the colour (subjective) of its skin unless it has skin (the basis) in the first place to change. Likewise something can only take on different forms if there is a basis that allows this change. Even if the change is simply in the eye of the beholder. That is still change and change enough. Therefore things cannot be subjective without being objective at some level.

Therefore at the very heart of things there must reside some objective foundation which gives rise to the subjectivity and ambiguity present in the world we see before us. But what is this fundamental basis? It must be something that cannot be looked upon. If we can look upon then it has locality. If it has locality then it must be comprised of individual parts which a fundamental entity cannot be since that would undo its very definition. Therefore, if it cannot have locality, it must be more of a concept than a physical being. An immaterial idea in possession of certain characteristics. The fundamental basis is therefore divinely simple. Hence all of its attributes are one and the same. If this is the case then reality is built up of things without localities which are idea in themselves.

This suggests that space does not exist in the way in which we previously imagined and is not some continuous dimension through which we move. This raises issues however, if such fundamentals have no locality then how can space exist at all? But space does exist, the mere notion of fundamental building blocks contradictions the mind being able to perceive space, even if it were not real in the objective sense. Space is undoubtedly a real entity. Therefore these fundamentals must be located somewhere. If they have no locality then perhaps the idea of them is made present over a certain space. The entities themselves have no locality and yet they somehow extend their properties into space. If space is viewed more as a fabric consisting of threads (or some sort of mesh) then the paradox can be resolved when we look closer at the fabric.

Beyond the fabric there is no space, hence these transcendent-like entities could occupy this realm deeper than the fabric of space (excuse the slight fallacy but there is no way to talk about things ‘outside’ of space). Therefore fundamental entities must exist at a level deeper than the fabric of space. It therefore follows that there is a link between these fundamentals and space. Possibly to the point that the fabric of space itself makes the characteristics of the fundamentals present in our subjective reality.*

*(N.B. It is important to realise here that the realm these fundamentals occupy has no space since space must consist of this fabric. Therefore the state these fundamentals occupy goes beyond our comprehension since we lack the necessary perception to behold that which is beyond space.)


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