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 IV

So we are left with the human…

The human is living matter because it reproduces. It does not physically create new matter, but simply reproduces that which it is. The human also has seen and unseen space about itself. The human is subject to the laws of its surroundings because of the other matter is exist with, which helps define what seen space is. There are many boundaries that the human interacts with daily such as gravity, aerodynamics, an action will warrant an equal or greater reaction and the like. Because the human can move other matter by its own initiative, or any living organisms for that matter, the fact can be said that the human can use the laws for its own use. The human can use these laws to create physical or seen limitations of its space and allow certain laws to affect it and certain ones to be impotent. Because of the knowledge of the limitations in its surrounding space, the human is much more developed than the animal, plant or rock in that it posses the ability to understand the law. The human can know. Therefore, it can, over time, possibly over come the law. Flight is an example of this.

The human also possess unseen space. Because the human communicates, has feeling emotions and thoughts, the human possesses unseen characteristics. Even at birth the human is testifying of this fact because of the reaction to pain or fear or an empty stomach. This is not a new truth, but a truth shared by Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and other great philosophers.

Both Aristotle and Aquinas agreed in the dichotomous representation of man as well as most philosophers, theologians and anthropologist regardless of race or religion. Observing the human, the human can be split into two groups hence the term “dichotomous.” Those groups are the immaterial (the unseen) and the material (the seen). The truth in this area is that the material is moved by the immaterial. When one moves one’s hand, it is not simply reaching over and moving it, but the brain is using the nerves to move it. Now, before the brain even begins to instruct the nerves to move the hand, something must happen. Something immaterially must happen. The human must want to move the hand. It must be an act of the will which is immaterial.

Therefore, the immaterial can be defined as that which takes up seen space. Emotions and feelings have been discovered as chemical reactions therefore they are ruled out of this category. In this category, the immaterial would possess the soul (if one is a theist), the will, love and thoughts. Each takes place in a material matter structure, but are immaterial themselves.

The material can be defined as that which takes up seen space. The skeleton system, the emotions and feelings are all apart of this category. These can be moved, but by themselves without the immaterial are worthless. In fact, a human is labeled dead without the immaterial. The material causes the human to interact with its surroundings and know what space it is in visually. The material allows the human to reproduce, live and communicate because of the structure. The material and immaterial are both crucial in helping define what space is...


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