This-essay is a7906071.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %CONTEXTUAL MEANING AND MOTIVATION 790607 In the theory of physics elementary particles, atoms, and molecules have no personal meaning, satisfaction, or motivation. They do not behave the way they do because they are personally motivated by a sense of meaning in terms of their importance within their broader context. They do not sense how important they are to the proper functioning of the whole of which they are a part. They are not motivated by a purpose to improve the whole of which they are a part---through reformation, revolution, legislation, preaching, service, administration, love, or punishment. They are not energized by an awareness of how much other parts of the whole value them, desire them, appreciate them, despise them, envy them, etc. Physicists' models make no use of such personal conceptions and attributes. Physicists explain processes (often even personal processes) in terms of impersonal categories. Electron Jack does not come home to his orbital to find that electron Jill has been too friendly with electron John from a neighboring orbital. Electron Jane does not look over the back yard fence and see electron Mary's fine new purchases and feel envy and insist that electron Jack buy her what is needed to keep up with the neighboring orbitals. In the physicists' models the nature of elementary particle interactions depends only upon positions, orientations, and velocities---not upon any personal considerations, desires, purposes, etc. Interactions between elementary particles do not depend upon internal states and structures of the particles, much less upon the mirroring of and responses to internal states and structures of other particles. People behave quite differently than do elementary particles. People's behavior depends upon the meanings and motivations which they enjoy within broader contexts which create them and which they create, which value them and which they value, which give meaning to them and to which they give meaning. Personal meaning is not encompassed by a definition as is objective meaning; it pertains to an internal sense of worth. Personal motivation comes from within and not from external forces as for elementary particles; it pertains to internal purposes, desires, fears, hopes, expectations, etc. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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