6/11/12

Ontological values are deducible inductible abductible

If We Float the Term "ontological Values" 
We Most Likely Elicit Widespread "duhs" 
or Else Find Ourselves at the Door of This or that Discipline 
Where the Phrase Has Some Reality and Context. 

I sometimes ask myself what I would say 
if someone asked me what I mean
by ontological values

1. 

Ontological values find their setting 
within a philosophical stream
within the territory known as being 
as the first
as the initial sign
They are part of the penumbra 

2. 

Ontological values are deducible
inductible 
abductible
They move from being named 
to being proved out in the world of experience 
as universal motivators 
and practical modes of making history 

3.

Ontological values derive from experience 
rather than some cognitive process 
They are tolerance democracy helpfulness and non-idolatry 
These are not merely random (nice) thoughts
or virtues
They are active ontological values 
They are the origin of progress
They are the drivers of history
They are reality

4. 
Non-idolatry is the root ontological value 
It establishes a limit on what can be claimed to be known 
It modifies all other values 
Tolerance democracy and helpfulness 
are active ontological values 
History moves 
via the awareness and practice of these values universally 

5. 
These values are universally present within the individual 
enabling the free choice of these values 

6. 
This philosophy is evolutionary
regarding continuity as fundamental 
to understanding how life works 


Despite everything Obama trends toward nonviolence

Despite everything Obama trends toward nonviolence

When Obama is taken to have won creds as Commander in Chief 
by his careful excision of Osama
it is assumed Obama will be tough and not eschew bloody conflict 
Obama has already conceded that despite personal agony 
he does indeed recognize the need for and the value of sacrifice 

When Obama is designated the prophet 
of nonviolent governance for the world
no one responds 
because as far as I know no one has ever dubbed him such
That will be the task of history 
Here is why  

Obama was brought up within a movement context that eschewed violence. 
Obama is a genuine partisan of democracy 
and democratic states are not inclined to settle disputes by violence
That is the way of dictators 
Obama has shown himself to be more the enemy 
than the friend 
of those the US has typically played footsie with in the past. 
The world will not end up all sweetness in light. 

But the democratic revolution now in progress 
is the first stage of a natural wave of survivalist energy 
being cooked up by Being itself - 
that is to say democracy is an ontological value 
that comes of age when enough people will it 
People are willing it today in large enough numbers 
to result in a transition toward more and more democracy 

The other ontological values will move forward in tandem. 
Tolerance Helpfulness and Non-idolatry 
Once the President drives another nail into the coffin 
of characterizations of him that are wrong
 he will perhaps move in the direction 
of beginning to apply 
these ontological values 
to the macro world of transportation residence and work 

This is almost as important as advancing democracy 
because it involves defeating the oil construction and automobile industries 
by offering all of them a better way to make a living 
by rebuilding society 



But when it comes to vision for the macro world we experience not application but robbery

It Seems There is a Major Disconnect Between Cyber 
(the Development of Thinking Around Computer-related Matters) 
and the World 
(the Use of Computers to Help Design and Build Macro Systems)

In a cyber-world with no split
 there would be cyber attention 
paid to how to actually build a car-free city 
Or how to create an economy 
that would pay everyone something - 
say more than a dollar or two a day 

But when it comes to vision for the macro world 
we experience not application but robbery 

I can only assume that 
like the pell-mell rush to gadgets
this is a Toynbean retreat from challenge
a passive acceptance of the world as it is
or simply an assumption that 
anything that was relevant to the macro world 
would not really be relevant
 unless it was strained 
through the esoteric linguistic approaches 
one finds in cyber-parsings. 

An example is the term ontology
 This is a beautiful term with a serious history
But in pursuing it on the web
 I found its place had been taken by some high-falutin' cyber group 
that is concerned with monetizing the term 

Monetizing ontology

When I clicked through 
to read some of their ontological reflections
 I was led to the opportunity to buy an article for $27 

The result is that the application of cyber 
to the wider world 
is likely to be shorn of any of the thought process 
that would enable us to actually plan - 
as Prince Charles and other sane individuals might wish us to plan - 
with an eye to using our new capacities to benefit individuals. 

Specifically to move beyond oil and cars 
as the self-evidents of a dismal  sprawl future. 

Because of Google's selectivity
 a generalist protest from an unconnected individual 
is not destined for much readership
 But I would hope that a stubborn resistance 
to the appropriation of pattern language and ontology 
by the computer glitterati would at least raise questions 




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The Original Playstation is quite obviously 
a call to reconsider the option available to children
in today's world
where the dawning Cyber Age  
gradually impacts the waning Industrial Age
The notion that we will have no outside play
assumes that the Industrial Automobile Sprawl Koch Age
is still dominant
The reality is that everything is being transformed
from the smallest to the largest
What we call the environment will be the last
When that transformation comes we will 
no longer be a consumer culture
lost in sprawl
Our environment will enable the creation of
Cyber-Community


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