giovedì 9 luglio 2015

Is it time?

In the light of news forms knowledge, the time has come for a holistic vision of that which is in us and that which surrounds us; observations from different viewpoints and attempts to appropriate those large and small truths which valorize what is considered acceptable. Human behavior and thought processes are still not fully detached from the geocentric conception of existence even though many centuries have passed. To enhance progress in knowledge it is essential to include in each individual’s cognitive process knowledge of the bigger picture, a synthesis of what one considers acceptable as truth and unchangeable. It is a difficult phase to fulfil; The necessary qualities for evaluation and effective action are influenced by those who consider themselves to be the repositories of truth and have the capability of transmitting it. The conviction that human beings are innately bad will continue to be espoused and for this reason it will be tolerated because is it by nature ineradicable. Intellectual rigour requires us to considered that which is outside our usual sphere, that which, within personal limitation, we could know better. We can surmise that mentality (“cleverer”) felt the need to establish his/her for the benefit of everyone. Over time (and This is history) these societal calls amplified and strengthened creating national communities to become, and we are nearly there, the global village. Humanity must keep in mind the human element which in a harmonious future will determine overall living and physical equilibrium as we humbly recognize that we are only one part of this ensemble. We cannot forget that our planet is only a minuscule particles eve it from time immemorial we have considered ourselves to be the greatest part. Let us attempt, in the knowledge that man can only know small fragments of the whole of existence to reconstruct our role. Do we have impulse which drives us to seek the unknown in search of suitable answers to our questions? This impulse could be called cognition rerum or filognosia. The term-concept filognosia could be used with for centuries has enlightened rationality. Philosophy in some professional circles is often characterized by a certain arrogance and, given the times, by lack of objective support. Humble Filognosia with its wider acceptance of the knowable could offer a wider, coherent and more detailed picture than present vision allow. However we acknowledge that it will be difficult to find one single rock upon which we can construct the fundamental knowledge of exinstence. Science with its relative certainties can provide temporally details of ulterior aspects; how long will today’s “scientific” certainties last in the future? A relative and feasible foundation can be found in the simple affirmation that for our existence to continue we need to create an ethical pragmatic equilibrium between the individual, the rest of humanity and the environment; we must be conscious of our partiality operating in the totality of the earth, which, in its turn, is part of an another immensity. The work carried out in different fields by those dedicated to investigating these relationships and their inter-connectedness is extremely important. It is a very demanding task; to examine closely interconnectedness it is necessary to step outside the hortus conclusus, to become infected, be aware of different situations and not lose sight of the natural regulation of the earth’s components nor its position in the cosmos. The important things to which we shall dedicate most of our attention are perhaps less important than the thing we shell neglect. The physical world and the world of thought are bound together; in order to keep sight of the bigger picture and reach a synthesis, scientific research must consider both realms and move away from the mental arrangement of investigating the two aspects separately.  

Taken from Equilibrium & Knowledge ed. 2011 by

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