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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.} ========================================================== %CONSEQUENCE CAUSE EFFECT ACTION SYMBOLIC MEANING+950818 %THEORY PHYSICAL INTERACTION COMMUNICATION CONTEXT 950818 The consequences of any action-communication depends upon the context within which the action-communication occurs. On the one hand there are the "natural laws" which "determine" what the consequences of a physical act are; what follows due to cause and effect is "governed" by the objective "laws" of physics, chemistry, biology, etc. On the other hand there are the "natural patterns" of reflexive human relationships in which contextual symbolic-perceptual meanings/significances play major roles. How people react to a symbolic-action depends upon the context within which the symbolic-action occurs. Many actions which are not engaged in for symbolic purposes--- yet even so are likely to carry with them symbolic meaning to many of the people who perceive the action and its natural consequences. What meaning is perceived is not determined by the persons who are responsible for the action---for they may not have intended any symbolic meaning; yet symbolic meaning is perceived. Even when some symbolic meaning is intended, the persons responsible for the symbolic action do not have control of what symbolic meaning will be perceived---regardless of whether the action was regarded as primarily symbolic, as in verbal actions; or the action was regarded primarily as practical, as in building a new house for people to live in; in the troubled Eastern Mediterranean region. The consequences of any action which may communicate symbolic meaning flow from the context within which people perceive the action and its natural consequences---and how people assign meanings to the action/consequences which engender symbolic consequences. People who pretend that the symbolic consequences are governed by "nothing more" than natural consequential "laws" which we do not yet understand; are playing collusive games of mutual self deception---suggesting that the day will come when we can understand such complex interactions with sufficient accuracy so as to be able to predict, manipulate and control all aspects of the interactions in much the same way as humans have manipulated inter-planetary space-ships. The evidence of chaotic physical processes clearly indicates that there will always be limits to how fully it will be possible to analyze, understand, predict, manipulate and control physical systems of which we ourselves are significant/meaningful parts. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================