Monday, December 10, 2012

Value, valence, convenience

[The Memory Bank » The Book The two great memory banks are language and money. Exchange of meanings through language and of objects through money are now converging in a single network of communication, the internet. We must learn how to use this digital revolution to advance the human conversation about a better world. Our political task is to make a world society fit for all humanity… As for our times, the following trio capture something of what I have aimed for in this book: Castells’s The Rise of the Network Society, Latour’s We Have Never Been Modern and Gregory’s Savage Money.]

[Stability and Change by larvalsubjects Dec 10, 2012
Philosophy scarcely has concepts of work and energy due to its idealist tendencies. For philosophy it is always a question of the intelligible, the conceptual, the ideaspirit. Philosophy is largely blind to work and energy because of the relative class position of philosophers. They seldom encounter the issue of building something, maintaining something, coordinating an organization, etc. They thus tend to separate form and matter, treating form (the idea/concept/essence) is the really real, ignoring the energy or work that goes into maintaining a form. As is always the case, there are exceptions to this rule: Leibniz, Nietzsche, Marx, Bergson, Deleuze, etc. But philosophy is nonetheless largely blind to the material work, the energy, required for form. It dreams of a world that is nothing but thought and that can be grasped in a glance by thought.]

[Philosophy East & West - Volume 5 - Page 244 - Project Muse - 1955 - Nonetheless, on the purely theoretical level, Aurobindo made a monumental attempt to bring together Eastern and Western political ideas. Ultimately, all political philosophers involve an element of faith. To a pure materialist, Plato and St. Darshana international - Volume 31 - Page 30 - 1991 - S K. Maitra", matter, which is the usual philosophical pariah, is spiritual, and has. therefore, been treated with due respect, Evolution is a spiritual movement from bottom upwards, the raising of the lower to the higher level. Aurobindo thus thinks...]

The freedom Life had in her own native region is curbed with the entry of mind. In that freedom there could exist extreme possibilities, of the denial of the material world or else the refusal of the ideal-spiritual. All became geometric, well-organized, systematized, as if there was everywhere a digital precision. Things had to be got done following regulations and protocols. Sort of Victorian restrictions governed moods and manners. Life, a young maiden, had to observe fixed etiquettes and social customs. The impetuosity, the vibrancy, the unbridled passion had no place in this world.]

I was putting forth a more nuanced understanding of the topic based on interactions with many people.]

The moral, ethical and spiritual principles originate on a different plane than material substance, and thus, we must be able to eventually identify with and understand the native level of action of the energies operative on these other planes, in order to create a clear sense of the laws that are operative there.]

The dual sense of meaning as well as money conveyed by the term Arth (that sounds so similar as Earth) is verily a pregnant facet since the significance stretches onto Sat-Chit-Ananda. While bracketing Rtam (rhythm or order) with the moral or ethical may not be always free of problems, still an overarching Harmony handling all impetuosity is easily appreciated. Thus, value can as well denote valence ensuing convenience. [TNM55]        

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