Monday, March 8, 2010
Form . . . It's the Inside that Counts
Let's continue our discussion on the mystical aspects of space and time today with the subject of form. The question of form to define subjective reality has plagued philosophers for centuries. To better understand the complexities of form, let's take a simple example of the eagle and the rabbit. The eagle is an objective reality composed of time and space and defined through its quasi-subjective association with non-material or non-spatial parameters if we consider the fundamental anomaly of nothingness. The rabbit can be defined by the same likeness and is also fulfilling a potential subjective, material reality as defined by a derelict space. Each has its individual place in the space and time continuum. Now let's consider the eagle hunting the rabbit and thus seeking to prolong its subjective, temporal reality as defined poorly or greatly by its form, to consume the rabbit as prey. The clash of the eagle and rabbit can be seen as a clash of forms, the greater form and agility of the eagle may or may not prevail or the rabbit may escape. The very clash that exists in this context further relates to the individualism of each form as it is destroyed or prolonged by the consumption and predatory process. While we place greater emphasis on individualism, we can thus disregard form altogether, and pursue the inner reality that ultimately empowers the form to take place and exist. If we discount the element of time, then form is an acceptable illusion. The inner reality is the power that enables form to impress its conditional value on a counter-intuitive spatial need that is further defined by a supreme power or maker. What if the eagle nor the rabbit existed? Without an inner reality, they would be demoted to the walls of a taxidermist. Thus the only barrier separating the eagle from the rabbit is ultimately form and its temporal obligation, thus giving meaning to the phrase that beauty is often found on the inside. In the case of the eagle and the rabbit, the objective reality may value the form of the eagle or the rabbit, but both ideals are temporal. What we need to do is to look on the inside. Almost all religions agree that all life, animal and human, on the planet has a spirit. We also believe that human beings reflect the highest aspects of form and possess a divine spirit or calling. The material self in many ways is in fact an illusion, and the material world is temporal, leaving us only the mover who exists as a matter of form to carry out supreme obligations. The integration of form and spirit produces an inherent fallacy. Thus we should appreciate form for its value, beauty, power or ability, but we should not disregard the penultimate consideration of the inner being. The power or will that is ultimately responsible for the form and its undertakings. Form can thus be contrary or conducive to the mover's actions or worship, but we must lift the shroud of form to truly understand the power of existence to operate in a vast material refuse that hearkens back only to God, who fashions the material world with tremendous and awe-inspiring breadth, beauty, and magnitude. Thus form at face value is a deceiving concept.