We’ve talked a LOT about the power of context on this blog because it’s one of the keys to understanding the nature of the Kosmos, and knowledge is power.
What is context? Context surrounds us, influences us, and shapes reality. And yet, for most humanity, the power of context is mostly relegated to unconscious awareness or, if semi-conscious, a state of powerlessness. Occasionally we get a taste of the power of context in the form of cognitive strategies like aphorisms, adages, and sage advice. Here’s a few examples:
- “You are who you surround yourself with” which means your relationships are at least as influential as your own mind.
- “Cleanliness is next to godliness” which means your body and your environment influence your capacity for creation.
- “Do not judge a book by its cover” is an acknowledgement of the power of context; the container in which text, or a message, is delivered.
- “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” is another acknowledgment of the power of set & setting to our internal experience of an event.
The larger truth behind these aphorisms is that there is an underlying form to the Kosmos — a construct to support structure — and an underlying function to the Kosmos — a context to support text, all of it sourced from The Formless.
- The form of the Kosmos is a structure made of matter & energy.
- The function of the Kosmos can be stated in terms of universal laws, purpose (“Why?”), and has been called Logos, and is expressed and controlled through language itself, via conveyance of information & meaning by any means, via communication.
In popular culture, the movie “The Matrix” is, in part, a tale about the power of context, about the power of language. In the movie, the character Morpheus describes the power of context to the main protagonist, Neo:
Morpheus: “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Neo: “What truth?”
Morpheus: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.”
And you will be a slave to context, remaining a prison of unseen meaning, to the extent you have not yet mastered the “form of the formless”. You must master the unseen rules of the prison to escape from the prison and then reform the prison. Beyond fictional narratives, there are academicians who study the power of context & construct more carefully. In the words of the world-renowned developmental psychologist, Sussanne Cook-Greuter:
“We are so totally immersed in a sea of language that we hardly notice the way it lures us into a false sense of knowledge and how it molds us into very particular notions of what is real and important”
We are molded by language, by the environment, by culture. And all that is molded by us. As you begin to master context & construct, you begin to master your life, and Kosmos itself. And remember, progress toward perfection, not perfection before progress.
One form of progress towards mastering construct & context is the development of a theory of how Reality works. Developing a theory of everything — a theory of theory itself, a.k.a. a metatheory — is an attempt to wrap one’s mind around the Kosmos through an accurate description of form & function which leads to accurate navigation of Reality.
Who’s working on a theory of everything? In their own way, everyone from physicists, to philosophers, to psychologists. For example, the great, American philosopher, Ken Wiber, is largely responsible for what is considered to be the most inclusive theory of everything. Integral Metatheory. A theory of everything must account for a theory of the evolution of consciousness, including the evolution of understanding and meaning-making. The complete understanding of the “form of the formless” has been evolving alongside the evolution of the “form of the formless” itself, and, as it turns out, they are correlated, and occur in stages.
One of the rarer, and more mature, understandings of the “form of the formless” occurs in a stage of evolution of consciousness that has been called “Construct Aware.” According to Susanne Cook-Greuter, the Construct-Aware stage is the first stage that sees through the function of the ego to make us feel safe, important, and permanent. At this stage, we see that the construct & context — the set & setting — for most of life experience is safety, importance, and permanence.
But there are higher purposes, higher perspectives, higher functions, and higher physiologies…
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