The human mind is our most complex evolved tool. It’s the tool behind the first twig we dipped into an anthill, and it’s still doing much the same thing today. It consequently led us forth to add honey to our twig of ants, with mixed results.
We realized then it would be better to learn about such consequences from others rather than have to learn directly that, while bees did seem to be social creatures, they could also be very unsociable when it came to being poked at with a stick.
This information sourced the social behavior of groups we still see today. When groups find themselves confronted with an unknown and possibly dangerous circumstance the most clueless member of the group is hustled to the front, handed a stick, and persuaded to go out there and poke it to see what happens.
You would think that the fatality rates in these herd experiments likely improved the gene pool. Current evidence indicates it did not. An argument can be made for admitting that when those humans who were most open to whatever comes next were removed from our midst, the result was a herd which did not know what was going to happen next and had no way of finding out. This of course has led us all into the current donnybrook of clubs we employ against one another in our frustrations.
But I digress. I will return to the point here: Way back then we realized it would be better to learn about what was afoot here from others. So we invented language.
Language is the most complicated and challenging set of representative, symbolic variables in the human experience. The possible combinations of word concepts which can be formulated in the human mind to create a solution, a conclusion – even a complexly formulaic world view – exceed the threshold of chaos.
The ultimate goal in such a realm for human beings is to find order and orderly relationships within that realm which transcend the presence of chaos and locate a constant, a stable ground on which to stand. Most of us rightfully stop when we have figured out what not to poke with a stick.
The far endpoint of those sequences of calculation is a seemingly impossible and infuriating goal: to find a place of truth, a point of perspective centered in the absolute reality of the universe. Only a good mind in a magnificent fool would even consider the attempt.
Hello. My name is Bob.
“Fool” is part of my resume’ and it is included there in the present tense.
It will be amended to “Former Fool” after I am dead, and not before.
This is as it should be for more than just the purpose of accuracy. It is necessary in order to maintain the concept of temporal stability in the universe; to reaffirm that there is indeed a then, and a now.
Time is a very insecure thing in the universe at large, and requires reassurance from human minds in order to maintain the small frame of stability it enjoys there. As do we all. It should be noted, however, that the desire for stability often obscures one truth of the human predicament. Things are never completely under our control.
I remain devoted to poking at the beehive of language with a stick. Nobody had to persuade me to do this. I was just curious about what knowledge I could tease out of it.
Some of the results have been magnificent, and so I persist.