Friday, August 14, 2009

Accumulation is the Movment of Becoming: Part 9.

We have been taking a brief look at the nature of time and now let us turn our attention to language, another aspect of thought. Language is an extraordinary ability of mind and one that gives the accumulating movement a powerful sense of permanence. For in the very nature of language lies duality, or the necessary existence of both a subject and an object. A sense of duality also arises with memory and perception, but as we have been saying, none function without all the others as well; it is one indivisible movement.

The duality of language stems from the nature of thought itself, which divides, fragments, and breaks things apart in order to perceive relationships in time and space. And the nature of thought depends upon that of memory and the consequences of memory in the living organism. Simply speaking, language is composed of words, whose meaning is defined and understood in a standardized manner by a particular population of humanity. The word being an abstract symbol, or image, created in the mind that is meant to conceptually stand in the place of something. The word can stand alone, representing nothing but itself, or be the conceptual equivalent of something existing in space, real or imagined, vague or concrete.

And it is the word, strung together as language, which creates one aspect of our strong sense of individuality, continuity, for again, language lends itself to having a subject. Not only that, but a subject that is perceived to be, or experienced as, permanent. In other words, aspects of the subject may change, but the subject always, in some way, remains the same subject, always. Again, the power is in the indivisible nature of the accumulating movement, for all aspects play upon, strengthen, and add depth to one another, like several streams converging to form a roaring river. Or one can think of such a movement, or the relationship of such aspects, like the five senses of the physical body. If there were only one of the five senses operational, the reality experienced would lack a certain depth, and complexity, wouldn’t it?

And so it is with the accumulating movement of mind, its power is in its indivisibility. And as we have been observing this movement, one can see how the five senses, which are an aspect of the physical body, play there active roles in this movement as well, which we will go into in more depth later on. So we were talking about the sense of a permanent subject that is greatly strengthened through language, which inevitably consists of the habitual repetition of words. One can also refer to this strengthening of a permanent subject as identification. For together language and image, both born of memory, create a firm grip of identification in the mind. For instance, take a look, and listen to, this very sentence: ‘when you hear yourself think you are always identified with the one thinking your thoughts’. This sentence may in some way be true, but within the very structure of the sentence itself there are many examples of identification with the word. For instance, it can be difficult to discern whether or not the word ‘you’ is referring to an actual subject, independent of the word itself or there is only the word ‘you’ which through repetition, and identification with, seems to refer to a subject independent of the word.

For once something conceptual enters perception, it flows into the river of experience and memory, where it becomes the basis for further thought and reaction to a perceived reality that has now been altered by one’s own unconscious involvement. For now, we will simply say that the word ‘you’ is referring to the individual body that is thinking, but as we will soon discover, this may not actually be the case.