Updated: Nov 25, 2020
The Life of a Mind
The life of a mind is its passing through time....just thinking, or maybe just remembering? My life is not only the life of my body. It is also the life of my Mind. Both co-exist, and neither can exist long without the other. Together, experiencing matter, energy, space, time; known as MEST in Einstein's relativity, is the resistance needed for consciousness to be aware. It is a habitat. Without it, there would be nothing to remember.
Language is the Structure for Mind
For the self to be aware, the mind is required, but mind is structured as a vehicle primarily for consciousness through language. Language is a capacity that arises from our biology and its cognition. This self-Identity is a linguistic phenomenon of mind expressed through the body. It says, 'I AM that something is." The process by which it happens is Identification.
It's the function of language to label everything, creating knowledge by reference that can be remembered. In effect, human life is a remembered narrative, being continually experienced. It's magical because that memory is entirely virtual. Neither mind nor memory exists in the MEST, which is independent of mind, but without the MEST, mind would not have conditions in which to develop. The body, of course, is used by mind to inhabit the MEST. The fact that there are so many bodies, and minds in existence, reveals that the MEST cannot be known fully by a single mind. We are a function of its existence, and we exist because of our biology being supported in the MEST.
The Paradox of Unexplainable Experience
In a way, both body and mind are infinite, in the MEST, but any individual can only experience this as being finite. This brings us to Peter Demianovich Ouspensky's core point in Tertium Organum: that Consciousness and the World are not explained by cause. Or at least, people are unable to find their cause. They exist inherently because no cause can be found for either the universe or consciousness. In Madhyamika Prasangita of Tibetan Buddhism, the same is ultimately true... saying that nothing can be found for which there is no cause, excludes both consciousness, and the world itself. Like it or not, we are brought before that paradox of unexplainable existence
Peter D. Ouspensky, "Tertium Organum: The Third Canon of Thought, A Key to the Enigmas of the World" Translated from the Russian by Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon, Rochester NY, Manas Press, 1920.
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