blog traffic analysis
This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %UNDERSTANDING REFLEXIVE CATEGORIES 861221 To understand objective relationships among interacting objects scientists have refined objective categories in terms of which to understand and discuss objective relationships: mass, position, velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, rotation, charge, current, etc. The fruit of such understanding is the ability to predict and control; in the absence of such fruit there is doubt that the trek of scientific understanding is real and worthy of respect. Scientific knowledge and understanding are validated through prediction and control of the behavior of impersonal objects. To understand and participate meaningfully in personal subjective relationships among members of a community---scholars need to refine personal subjective categories and words in terms of which to participate in and discuss their personal subjective relationships: dialogue, honesty, intimacy, vulnerability, security, trust, confession, forgiveness, responsiveness, presence, guilt, excommunication, rejection, acceptance, etc. The fruit of such knowledge is the ability to participate meaningfully and with satisfaction in communal life---and the promotion of both personal and communal integrity. In the absence of such fruit their is reason to suspect the presence of the knowledge of good and evil from the tree in the midst of the garden. Charitable personal knowledge and understanding are confirmed through sacrificial participation in personal and communal integrative processes which bring meaning and satisfaction to human communities. An attempt to achieve subjective personal knowledge, understanding, prediction and control (in the manner of objective scientists) is a tragic step away from goal. A failure to recognize the differences between the various kinds of knowledge is bound to lead to tragic behavior which is lead by sincere convictions in the propriety and relevance of disintegrative kinds of "knowledge". (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================