Deconstruction

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A simplistic metaphysical breakdown of the principles governing the universe.

Submitted: March 19, 2018

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When observing an object, we look at the surface. Our brain spontaneously identifies the object as something. We automatically place that object into multiple categories after its classification. Everyone would say that a plank of wood with 4 wooden legs vertically extending to the floor beneath it would be defined as a table. They would also categorize it as furniture, wood, and a table. Most people do not go beyond that, and break down the object into its components. The table is a table, but it is also one plank of wood, 4 legs, nails, glue, etc.. Objects are comprised of objects and are all comprised of molecules. Since literally anything in existence can be placed into the category of being “made up of atoms”, we can define it as a very broad category. This is because that object and that object alone has its own specific details and variations, separating it from other objects which are placed into the majority of the categories it belongs to. Here we can begin to see the universe contradicting itself, as all objects are broad, but specific at the same time.

 

Life is governed by systems. We choose whether to be aware or unaware of these systems, but these systems exist, nonetheless. There are natural systems which provide function to all organisms, and there are societal systems, systems that come into play during our everyday lives. There are countless systems which are present even during the most basic of tasks. If you look hard enough, your eyes will see through the fog, and reveal line upon line of tiny rules which govern society and nature. I am being placed within the confines of hundreds of systems just by writing this paper. The most obvious systems present would be following proper grammar and spelling while keeping a logical connection between sentences. From there, we can go even further, as pressing each key on the touchpad to form the words is a system, and the coordination required to do so is a system. I am also making the choice to accept these systems by using them. If I wanted to, I could completely abandon any of these systems, like rejecting all of the systems required to write this paper. This is where this is where consequences come into play, as the consequence for completely rejecting it will be receiving a zero. Systems also vary in magnitude, and the larger the system you reject, the greater the consequences of rejecting that system will be. I can choose to reject the entire system of law, but that will end in my arrest. The more systems you choose to accept, the less freedom you posses. Too little freedom will inevitably lead to unhappiness and discontent. However, it is not possible to reject natural systems. If a giant boulder were about to fall on me, and I rejected nature, the boulder would still squash me. Societal systems can be rejected as they were effectively created by humanity, but natural systems have to be physically altered instead of rejected. This alteration is also not exempt from the rule of consequences, and will result in environmental catastrophes, such as biodiversity loss.

 

So, how does this method of viewing the world apply to philosophy?. Philosophy is just another object that can be deconstructed. It is widely accepted that philosophy is a field that can just be jumped into. Philosophies can be as simple as a sentence, or can take up an entire book. Philosophies and ideas can be broken down into their components. It is possible to summarize any philosophy in a mere sentence, or expand upon its intricacies. When you completely devote yourself to a specific philosophy, you will naturally attempt to apply it to everything in the real world. However, there comes a point when overthinking every situation and attempting to relate it back to your personal philosophy will lead to obsession and over analysis. Your philosophy will end up drowning you instead of enlightening you. Intellectual monomania is a form of insanity directly caused by obsession over a single idea. This is why the works of some of the most well known philosophers are often incoherent and unintelligible, as it is impossible to understand them due to their inconsistencies and over complication. Misinterpretation happens frequently within philosophical discourse as it is impossible to understand a philosophy in the way the originator intended it to be interpreted, especially if it is comparable to a rant. We all have our own connotations for how a specific piece of text is to be understood, which is why philosophy should be clear cut and defined as to communicate your ideas to the best of your ability. When obsessed over and studied for countless hours upon end, that is when the philosophy will begin to contradict itself.

 

In the movie the Matrix, Neo is offered the choice between a blue pill or a red pill. If he picks the blue pill, he will return to his old life and will be sheltered from the horrors of his reality. If he picks the red pill, the truth of his reality will be revealed, forcing him to live out the nightmare. By no means is this method of viewing the world meant to be a “red pill” or a “blue pill”. You can pick and choose to follow and believe in only certain parts of this philosophy, and reject others. This way of observing reality is not meant to be a painful truth, it’s only if you interpret it that way. As was stated earlier, obsessing and completely changing your view of the world as to coincide with a particular philosophy will lead to a complete derailing of the philosophy’s original intention and drowning of the mind. Instead, occasionally take a step back and view the world in this light, just to be aware. Realize that it will always be possible to overcome the consequences of reality’s systems, and that nothing is unattainable if you break the concept down into its components.

 


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