(Objective/Subjective Thought Paradox)
by Frank Hatch
"If he saw two truths that seemed to contradict each other, he would take the two
truths and the contradiction along with them. His spiritual sight is stereoscopic,
like his physical sight: he sees two different pictures at once and yet sees all the
G. K. Chesterton
If you interrupted a Cyclops while he was forging thunderbolts for Zeus, he
might not be angry with you, even if you called him, "half-blind." He may
consider himself to be a benevolent Cyclops. He would reach over and tear
out one of your eyes and comment, "Now, you won't be confused with all
those double images." Smiling widely at his successful surgery, he would
boast, "See, everything is much clearer for you," then adding: "Pass me
another thunderbolt, please. You're my new apprentice."
[I don't want to discourage anyone from getting their university education;
but I would suggest that they wear safety goggles.]
I doubt the originality of the Cyclops analogy for two reasons: 1) It came to
me too quickly; I'm usually a slow writer. 2) Better writers (G. K. Chesterton,
C. S. Lewis.....) have used the Carpenter Tool.
If you want to cure the sick, cast out a demon, raise the dead, feed the
multitude, move a mountain, move a planet, or properly kill an unproductive
fig tree, you need the Carpenter Tool: Faith. Faith is not just a belief; Faith is
action - Work. With Faith we can float on the eternal sea and some will walk
on it; but we won't be allowed to cross this sea to make it finite. We will
never know the beginning or the end (Ecclesiastes 3:11); but we must
depend on the Beginning and the End to give us whatever information we
need. We will not resolve the paradox between the infinite and the finite.
Therefore, we must use the paradox as a Tool: "With eyes to see, with ears
to hear," we will reach for the hem of the garment that has no hem. We will
get what we want. We will find our purpose.
Since each individual has a unique purpose, the Carpenter Tool works
uniquely with each individual. When you need empirical data, you must use
the Carpenter Tool (i.e., you must believe that there are such things as
empirical data). The telescope and microscope are tools for the finite; but if
you want to contrast the infinite with the finite, you need the Carpenter Tool.
You need to reexamine your basic assumptions about yourself, the human
situation, and the Objective/Subjective thought paradox (i.e., perceiving
from the outside in and perceiving from the inside out simultaneously).
This Paradox is a stereoscopic tool; without it, you are half-blind and you
lose your depth. With this stereoscopic tool, you will be able to contrast the
infinite with the finite without blinding yourself with a superficial synthesis.
You'll be able to gather your data without corrupting or short-circuiting any
inconvenient datum (e.g., Spiral Galaxy NGC 4622). Thus, you won't be
forcing your data into a Closed System of Analysis (i.e., using a finite
number of dimensions and variables).
[Please Note: The subjective comfort of a formal thesis will always lead to
a Closed System of Analysis (i.e., conformity to a finite number of
dimensions and variables). However, subjective discomfort (e.g., being hit
with a Newtonian apple) can lead to the moment of Objective Uncertainty
necessary for honest research.]
For the individual explorer, the designed incompleteness of this website
allows you to work with the Carpenter Tool. Since this ancient Tool is
individualized to deal with each particular subjective distortion, I continue to
recommend the Bible over this website. The Bible has addressed the full
spectrum of human emotions and the various subjective distortions.
However, if your particular subjective distortion is with us bible-thumpers,
this website may be of service to you.
As I've already stated in the FAQ, this website is not advanced Christianity.
This website is remedial Christianity for individuals handicapped with an
active intellect; for individuals so obsessed with objectivity that they lose
their objectivity; for individuals spinning off Closed Systems of analyses
without rhyme or reason; for individuals that do not examine their basic
assumptions before they run with a pattern of thought; for individuals locked
in a dervish nerve cycle spinning faster and faster.....
The active intellect needs objective uncertainty to break the inertia of a
nerve-cycle spin. Therefore, the first step in using the Carpenter Tool is
objective uncertainty. You need objective uncertainty not just with the
Carpenter Tool, but with your present illusion of certainty; i.e., your
synthesized idea of yourself and the human situation - your idol.
In a child's moment, any certainty you develop in the Carpenter Tool should
only come with its use. Since you've already used the tool as a young child,
you don't need instruction (Matthew 18:1-14). The tool is like a two-edged
sword: you can grasp it before you swing it. You don't need to learn. You
need to unlearn.
"There is nothing to learn," said Mother Kirk, "The art of diving is not to do
anything new but simply to cease doing something. You have only to let yourself
C. S. Lewis
The Pilgrim's Regress
Initial Mass Displacements - 4-page PDF
The Lost - 23-page PDF
California Mayor Letter on The Lost - 6-page PDF
the persistent letter:
Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland
(September 12, 2009)
Looking through some old emails, I noticed that you never responded
to my comments, forwarded below. A recent visit to your website
confirms that the requested changes have not been made. I'm sure
you are busy, but I believe these revisions are of utmost importance
for the accuracy of your website. Again, do not hesitate to contact me
if you believe that I am mistaken (I am reasonably confident in the
appropriateness of my analysis, however).
--------- Original Message -----------
Subject: error on your website
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 13:13:11 -0500
Organization: University of Maryland
I received your email 12/14/07 regarding Final Notice. You say on
"Page 3" that, "This paradox is a stereoscopic tool; without it you are
half blind and you lose your depth." However, your reasoning seems
to be in error here, as when the half-blindness of the individual is
related non-isomorphically to the depth of the stereoscopy paradox, a
further paradox results, one which, as I'm sure you are aware, cannot
be in any sense considered a "tool." (This becomes evident upon
proper reflection of Mark 2:27). I trust you will make the necessary
revisions. If you find what I have said here to be in error, please do not
hesitate to point out to me where you think my mistake lies.
(name and email deleted)
I haven't forgotten you. I've been avoiding you (I've misplaced my safety
goggles - a non-isomorphic lie). Also, I don't like being called "Dr. Hatch,"
for fear that I would have to look smart or saintly and give up beer and
cigars. Well, I've already given up cigars; but if I can blame you for it, I will.
Appropriateness seems important to me. I'm reasonably confident that
the lost bad habit has cut into the quality of my life. The purpose of this
rambling introductory paragraph is to establish the fact that I'm remarkably
immature for my age. I would make a lousy teacher, guru, iman, scholar,
sage, etc. However, I'm great at throwing apples at Newtonian heads. But
even in that task, I would rather be throwing water balloons with my
grandchildren. Now, with this subjective paragraph in mind, let me itemize
some of your mistakes:
Your primary mistake is that after more that year and a half of reflection,
you write: "I am reasonably confident in the appropriateness of my
analysis" - instead of: "I am confident in my analysis" - or better, yet: "I'm
right. You're wrong. Let's fight."
Truth is nonnegotiable. Any attempt to capture Truth with a "wise" synthesis
is a declaration of war. A group of philosophers in civil discourse will not be
allowed to approach Truth (Matthew 11:25-30). The battle line has been
drawn with a flaming sword (Genesis 3:24). The God/man paradox will not
be resolved. Only someone free of polished idols or synthesized ideas will
be able to feed on Truth (John 6:26-58). Indeed, only a freeman will be
allowed to approach Truth:
Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Way, and the Life.
[Enough has been said. If I were writing a smart letter, this letter would end
now. If you are a Christian reading this letter, I would ask you for tolerance
as I continue to write about a blind-spot.]
"Mark 2:27:" "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath:"
I reflected on your objection to the "tool" after confirming in a private email
your choice of Mark 2:27. I like the passage because it clearly reflects "be
refreshed" in Exodus 23:12. Also, your choice of Mark 2:27 demonstrates
your "half-blindness" by not completing the passage with Mark 2:28: "so
the Son of man is lord even of the Sabbath."
[Your philosophy credentials must be impeccable, for only a true
philosopher would cut our Lord's statement in half for a philosophical
argument. (I'm sure it was done benevolently.)]
Your choice (Mark 2:27) is curious because it deals with Christ's conflict
with the philosophical elite on the purpose of the Sabbath. The conflict also
extended to the various traditions of the Pharisees and scribes (Matthew
15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23; Isaiah 29:13-14).
In your objection to a paradox being used as a "tool," you assured me:
"This becomes evident upon proper reflection of Mark 2:27."
Evidently, you didn't consider the possibility that I might be improper and
dumb in my reflection of Mark 2:27.
Therefore, I will continue in my blissful ignorance and consider the
Objective/Subjective thought paradox to be a stereoscopic tool rather than a
philosophical proposition. If the occasion arises that you want to join us
dumb people, my advice is simple: don't over-think the paradox - use it.
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