heory is an attempt to explain the
relevance between oneself and the many ideas we entertain. Its application is either present or future. This causes
theory to be of two natures -- practical or idealistic.
is concerned with immediacy and hence tangible results. It employs
quantitative or linear thinking to promote its cause. Its value lies
in its ability to facilitate problem solving. In so doing, it serves the
purposes of human survival. This contributes significant
weight to its importance.
concerned with ideas that are timeless and hence less tangible. We experience
it by hypothetically extending idea into the field of possibility -- where 'possibility'
is delimited by our understanding of unity or unobstructedness. Idealistic thought employs qualitative thinking to
promote its cause. Its value lies in its ability to transcend immediacy and the relative
experiences that comprise it. This makes it easier for us to control
dependencies and reach more encompassing conclusions about the meaning and
purpose of life. By
becoming more objective, we can then better optimize the realization of our
Practical thought takes but one
form which then varies in complexity. Optimally, it's function is
governed by the rules of formal logic. This provides relative
consequence to the conclusions it promotes. The ability to confirm
result in separated perceptions of space /time reinforces its validity.
Idealistic thought comes in many foci, from the obvious
to the mystical. Which is most applicable for whom is determined by
where one is in their physical /spiritual development. The older the
soul, the more subtle is the interrelationship between the ideas that one
holds to characterize the unity of self across all possible manifestations
of space /time.
to make these distinctions to arouse an awareness in the reader that
should help in their comprehension of the following material. In
short, one needs to understand that there is a necessary interdependency
between the practical and idealistic capabilities of mind. Discard
or impede either and you do so at your own peril.
Beyond this basic admonishment, there is little doubt that the focus of the scholar is far
more discerning than that of the lay person. This clearly
prevents a single thesis from satisfying both groups. This is
particularly true with regard to the delineation of foundational issues
central to human knowing. That's because these ideas are far more
subtle and hence complex by way of their very nature.
As a result, this material is destined to
have its complex moments -- even though I have tried to separate the
scholarly stuff from the main body of this text as best I can.
Therefore, if you find yourself confused by any portion of
the following material, skip over that part and try reading another section. In most
cases you should be able
to begin again and find information that will be useful to you in your
search for greater understanding.
Let's begin by taking a basic look at the importance of
the discovery of 'certainty.' To
do so, we need to consider the current state
of humanity along with its most pressing needs.