LIFE IS A VERB

Our (Indo-European) languages tend to be highly noun-oriented with the self or ego being at the center of life. By contrast, quantum theory demands a more process-oriented approach, a verb-based language perhaps that emphasizes flow, movement and constant transformation.

Western science had reached the end of linear thought and finally understands the universe is a living, conscious, interconnected organism.The essence of our linear ego as a separate entity is now in question.

The indigenous people always have reverently tied to the land,they have been the natural world’s caretakers for thousands of years. They are of the world, living not just sustainably but in intimate relationship with their sacred piece of Planet Earth.

And now 500 years after Western conquistadors subdued and divided the planet, devastating indigenous people on every continent and, while they were at it, pushing the natural world to the brink of eco-collapse, we are turning — some of us — to the wisdom of connectedness that has been ours for the asking all along.

This isn’t easy or simple. Our disconnect from one another, from ourselves and from the natural world is embedded in the Western languages, which break the world into millions of discrete, manipulable pieces, called nouns. Westerners control reality through language, but they don’t evoke it. Indigenous languages are verb-based, intrinsically linking speaker and object in a flow of motion that cannot be linguistically sliced and diced.

Quantum and Relativity theories may be very different, but they agree denying the existence of single static particles, they agree in describing the world as an undivided whole in constant flux (albeit in completely different ways) in which all parts of the universe are constantly interacting; and that includes the observer, the “I”. The universe is characterized by a “flow” that integrates everything: individual forms are the equivalent of the still photograph of an object in motion. It turns out that we perceive the “flow” of reality through those static images, but those still images are only a simplification of motion. By analogy, what goes on in our mind is a stream of consciousness, from which we can abstract concepts, ideas, etc (forms of thought) that are mere instances of that flow of thought. Thought is a kind of movement, and concepts are kinds of objects. ”

To put it crudely, one could say that nouns do not really exist, only verbs exist. A noun is just a “slow” verb; that is, it refers to a process that is progressing so slowly so as to appear static. For example, the paper on which this text is printed appears to have a stable existence, but we know that it is, at all times including this very moment, changing and evolving towards dust. Hence paper would more accurately be called papering–to emphasize that it is always and inevitably a dynamic process undergoing perpetual change.

4 Responses

  1. This is further evidence that the ego as a noun is an illusion…with the universe as an interrelated process,it suggest that we are on a ride (flow) rather than being a driver and controller of our life.

  2. Hi Mr sid
    there’s a lot of ways to slice and dice the anomie in society. The least credible is conventional wisdom. check this gal out.
    http://keytoann.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/valedictorian/
    walt

  3. Hi Mr sid
    hardly crude, succinct maybe, not crude.
    I feel that “a noun is not a verb” (Mine) is one of a suite of approved/disapproved concepts imprinted during the critical period. Your observations always prompt thoughts and sometimes posts, if i feel I have something to add.
    http://ellocogringo.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/wetware/
    walt

  4. One time when I received automatic writing somehow, there was a message stating that “black and white lines of print are evil.” At least they should be different colors and arranged in different designs, eh?

    Since I’ve been reading your blog, I’ve felt differently about time. I’m just starting to get it.

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