Friday, October 2, 2009

Accumulation is the Movment of Becoming: Part 10.

Let us speak a little more about knowledge and it’s effect on the life’s we live. I’d like to look at knowledge as the end result of a process of mind, the result of a portion of the accumulating movement in action. Starting from where we are today, as the world around oneself is sensed, it is already full of meaning. Everything one sees or hears is understood as being something known, in other words, the mind has labeled all that exists in the environment around oneself, and within.

There is a word for, a meaning to, and therefore significance in everything sensed, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc. Because the word, being a very flexible symbol created by the mind, can associate itself with other words and images it greatly enhancing the mind’s ability to ‘think’. We will look into whether there even is thinking without the word or image later. And so thought is essentially a movement of association based on accumulated knowledge. Now given the fact that the mind has heavily infiltrated the environment around and within oneself, interacting on a massive scale and imprinting everything it does in memory, we are saying that thought is therefore a movement within the field of the known, extensive or narrow. It is a movement within and of it’s own content, like a file clerk who can only draw his information from the files at his disposal.

Creating a marriage of word with image, or the perfect union of word with the movement of life, the mind has a bridge to react to and affect the sensual world of perceived objectivity because it no longer perceives the word as being separate from the thing it represents. It perceives the word as existing ‘out there,’ objectively with, and as, the ‘tree.’ And it is this sense of knowing that arises with such action as, for example, attaching a word with meaning to a movement of life, that affords the movement of mind space in which to respond and react to the very same mind-infused reality it has helped create. In other words, the mind is able to operate on this mind-infused reality from the standpoint of being a wholly separate, independent movement. It is, therefore; now free to react to this reality as if it exists objectively, entirely outside of mind’s reach and influence. Doing so, it has the ability to act upon it, change it, re-label it, add to it, etc.

So, knowledge is an aspect of this separating factor. So let us ask the question, why is knowledge an aspect of this separating factor of mind? Well, knowledge is static by nature; meaning it is a conclusion, a mark left in memory from the movement of experience. Being static, or stationary, it affords the mind movement in relation to its own non-movement. There is a contrast between knowledge, which is stationary, and the ability to add to that knowledge, which is a sort of movement, or rather, the search for more knowledge. The adding to knowledge and the search for more knowledge are movements of thought, which, as we have said, is basically a movement of association.

However, as we have said, that associating movement can only take place within the field of the known, within the content of memory, word, image, and symbol. Therefore the mind acquiring knowledge and continually adding to that knowledge forms a certain relationship with itself, a closed loop which creates and maintains a landscape all it’s own. It is the relationship between the static knowledge stored in memory and the response of memory for more knowledge that sets in motion what we have come to call the accumulating movement of mind and the reality it facilitates and maintains. So what is the relationship between the movements of association and accumulation?