Abstracting Mind Might Know No Measure

In the process of stripping off a real person (i.e., a human being ‘in flesh and blood’) of all properties concluded to be insignificant or irrelevant to the workings of the truth-seeking mind, one should be careful not to proceed too far in the process (of abstracting, i.e.). The MEASURE must be thoroughly appreciated.

MEASURE is a ticklish thing. Don’t put too much trust into the feeling of solidity as the name of the word might evoke. Yes, MEASURE does sound solid and conservative, but in fact it is quite malleable — could even be liquid at times.

Even ‘something good’, but ‘good beyond the measure’ may suddenly turn into the ‘good no more.’ We know all well about “one bad apple”, or “the last straw”

In some sense this could even be said of truth. Applied “beyond the measure” the truth might become excruciating. Now and then you might hear from people who think they learned exactly this — and learned it ‘hard way’.

However, a statement like ‘truth appeared to be revealed beyond the measure’ is highly debatable — as it is pretty hard to put something so infinite into any sort of confines.

It is said that abstracting mind — the mind that is busy forming abstractions — can fly frighteningly high. It achieves near boundless degree of freedom. The thought appears to become weightless, it seems it can zip effortlessly across the Universe — all of which is also an indication the spirit goes in the right direction and blows itself into its own domain.

At some moment the path to the abstract world begins to be the very picture of the stairway to heaven.

Guess, there’s no need to remind the mind of all the perils lurking in the world of perfect abstractions.

‘Pick a universe’ 27 February 2016|New Scientist
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