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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Daily Musings - November 26th, 2012 - Interpretation - 解釋 - Jiěshì

Interpretation - 解釋 - Jiěshì

Experience is inherently subjective.
Interpretation cannot occur without sensation.
This world is our creation, as much as ourselves.
Cease the struggle, and truth shall finally be found.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

The world exists, that fact cannot be denied, but how do we come to know it? Can we be one with the world, without our normal modes of consciousness? Our mind knows the world through constructed conclusions, drawn from the raw data of our sensory input. Everything that we know is filtered and interpreted according to our own personal equations.

Therefore, it is impossible to point to such a thing as true objectivity or direct knowledge of the world. Everything is relative, because we are all condemned to a particular vantage point. We all see the world through different perspectives, using perception which relies entirely on the senses. Because of this, there is no absolute truth to provide validation. All knowledge arrives from experience, and valuable as it may be, it is inherently imperfect and merely provisional.


Inner truth may only be glimpsed by the disconnection of mechanistic interpretation. By drawing away the activity of the senses, we can seek to isolate the part of the mind which filters sensory input. Through force of will, we can temporarily shut down the pathway. The severed connection will eventually heal, but until then, we are left in neutral space, devoid of external stimuli. This absolute state of being, entirely without distinction or relativity, is referred to as nothingness. This is the truth underlying all things.