Dreamers of the Day

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible." -T.E. Lawrence, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom"

Monday, May 08, 2006

Space III

Now before I begin to discuss the limitations of space or even the existence of limitations in space, I must chase a rabbit. This hare is germane. I must attempt to define space.

Before I define space, I must determine what group of matter I shall observe before I can begin to determine the space. As I have mentioned in the previous two sections, this space is something that is seen (wall in the garden, traffic lanes, etc.) and unseen (the boundary set forth by the elevator occupant). I believe I have given logical examples in the existence of space. The validity of this argument is frivolous, but another point must be made first. There is the seen and the unseen so one must look for a group of matter that consists of both.

The search for a certain matter to help define space will automatically rule out any non-living matter. A wall, rock or mountain cannot have any unseen space because it is not living. It simply takes up the space it was left in, but it can change forms. For instances, a mountain can become a flood of molten rock when heated as is the case of volcanoes. Non-living matter can change forms, but is not living. What determines something that is living or non-living? It is the ability to reproduce that determines if something is living or non-living. Rocks, mountains and a wall cannot reproduce on its own. One does not cultivate a field of rock or trim a brick wall because it is not living or it cannot reproduce.

So we must turn to the living…

The two groups in the living are animals and plants. If one were to define space in seen and unseen characteristics, it would be hard to define it with plants. Plants are wonderful specimens of living organisms ranging from microscopic levels to massive trees. There are many unknown facts and processes in plants that allude to possibility of defining space. Plants can change in space as well as space itself. For instance, if one places a plant in a shaded area just outside the reach of sunrays, the plant will begin to grow towards the sunrays. It will contort itself and its natural structure for the life of the plant. Plants are in need of sunlight, carbon dioxide and oxygen. They are living. They reproduce. They take up space, but they do not possess an unseen space and a seen space. How can one determine this? Plants lack communication, emotions, feelings and imagination. They simply fulfill the task at hand and survive, using up as much resources as they need. To possess unseen space, the matter must be living and have unseen characteristics (i.e. communication, emotions, feelings, etc.).

Animals are the next group to ponder. Similar to plants in that they reproduce, thus living, animals are also different because they possesses some unseen characteristics. Communication is very evident in the animal. Whether it is the wolf howling, the bee buzzing or the bird singing, almost all kinds of animals communicate. Animals also possess personality. It is quite easy to see this point in dogs. Dogs can be excited to see an owner, hostile when it meets a stranger, sad when it looses a pup or tired after a run. Many emotions are pellucid in animals thus making animals a strong case to help define space. Because of the great variety of animals, it would seem like the logical choice. However, space is not simply confined to seen and unseen, but what the matter does to get outside of the space. The dog never starts buzzing like a bee or making honey. The whale does not take flight and nest in trees. The animal simply accomplishes the task and live life in the space that is most beneficial to them. It is known that certain characteristics and features of animals may morph depending on the surrounding conditions, but this is not determined by the animal itself, but the conditions or space it is in. The animal does not necessarily define the space it is in (seen or unseen), but is contained by it.


At 8:54 AM, Blogger Creth said...

sometimes I feel like an animal being "contained"

then I think, what's for lunch?


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