Instead of reporting that his thinking is incomplete, why don't you fill in the other side? Obviously if he had the ability to 'complete his thought' according to your specifications, he would have. Jump in and complete it. Make a contribution.
BTW - you don't have a mind. 'It' doesn't create your world. You
don't even create your world. You live in the world and observe. You either open up possibilities by thinking or you close them down by coming to conclusions.
The dictionary defines Mind
“the element, part, substance or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.; i.e., "the processes of the human mind”
“the element, part, substance or process . . . .”
: one of the fundamental or irreducible components making up a whole
: a piece or portion of a whole
: the tangible matter of which a thing consists
: a series of actions that produce a change or development
In the definition of element the word component
: a constituent part; element; ingredient; a constituent part or aspect of something more complex;
In the definition of component
the word aspect appears.
.: appearance to the eye; visual effect;
both refer to “making up a whole”
and being a “piece or portion of a whole”
refers to a “tangible matter”, measurable 'thing' (length, width, depth, locality, mass)
refers to “a series of actions that produce a change”
Review the list of words above. All of those words (concepts) represent one word which is the word 'idea' (concept). We use Mind
to define Mind
and 'concepts' to validate 'concepts'. We never question what we are doing and never question the measurability (length, width, depth, locality, mass) of the 'concept' we are using. Take a moment to notice and you will see that all of the words used to define 'idea' are 'concepts', constructs, representations of Be-ing/living, they are not living, Be-ing.
uses “the processes of the Mind”
to define itself, Mental
to define itself, and Understanding
to define itself. Let's address the word 'Mind'
first, it seems to be the linchpin that holds the flim-flam together.
Back to the dictionary's definition. The dictionary defines Mind
“the element, part, substance or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.; i.e., the processes of the human mind”
So, the first part of the definition of Mind
using the plethora of definitions provided by the dictionary is: “a tangible, measurable 'thing'
which is a constituent part of something more complex
and is responsible for “a series of actions that produce a change”
The first part of the definition is incredibly suspect. In over 3000 years man hasn't been able to locate a measurable 'thing' called Mind
. Another thing I find very interesting is how the collection of words interact with each other. Notice how Element
is defined by Component, Component
is defined by Element, Component
is defined by Constituent
, and according to the dictionary Constituent
is a Component
. Talk about flim-flam, the whole collection of words and the way they are put together remind me of a group of 'good ol' boys' in a corporate or government “war room” scheming to sell the public a load of crap.
Seriously, doesn't it appear to you that Mind
was purposefully designed to confuse the hell out of everybody? Does the presentation of the definitions above bolster your confidence in the existence of Mind
or does it put the existence of Mind
in doubt? The more important question is this, “Can you collect up all of the Elements, Parts
, and Components
listed above, come up with a tangible, measurable Substance
capable of performing a Process
(“a series of actions that produce a change”
), and clearly communicate what Mind
is? I don't think so. If you can't put all the pieces together and create Mind
then there can only be 3 things that are wrong: 1) the definitions, 2) the source of the definitions, Mind
, doesn't exist, or 3) focusing on the parts and not the 'whole' is the wrong strategy to use to attempt to resolve the question, “Who Am I?”.
has morphed into an ethereal concept which struggles to define itself. It assumes that when we think, it has
to come from somewhere, so mind is a representation of a container that stores 'thoughts'.
has turned out to be a nefarious concoction of individual characteristics. When you put them all together to represent the whole, they only produce confusion and doubt as to who you are. Unless you are incredibly stubborn, it must be obvious by now that the Mind
as we know it doesn't exist.
How and why did Mind
enter into our language?
Sometime before 900 AD, Mind
(noun) began as “gemynd”
in Old English (O.E.). “Gemynd”
referred to “memory, thinking, intention”
. In Old Norse (O.N.) “minni”
. In German “minne”
referred to “memory, loving memory”
. In Proto-Indo European (PIE) “men”
meant “think, remember, have one's mind aroused”
. Why was Mind
inserted into our language? I don't think we will ever know, but it doesn't make any sense that it represented all the definitions above.
Around the 1400s Mind
(verb) meant “to remember”, “to remind”
. In the 1690s Mind
meant “to take care of”, “to look after”.
One other word we should pay some attention to is the word “thinking”, which is referred to in “gemynd”
(above). In Parmenides' era they really didn't have a set of symbols (words) for “thinking”
as we know it. The words which came closest to 'thinking' when properly translated meant: “Useful is the letting-lie-before-us also (the) taking-to-heart too . . .”
from “What is Called Thinking” by Martin Heidegger.
According to history, the word Mind
points to “memory”, “thinking”, “intention”,”loving memory”, “think”, “remember”, “have one's mind aroused”,”to remind”, “to take care of”,
and “to look after”.
So, if we take into consideration everything that we discovered from the origins of Mind
it's pretty clear that Mind
is not a container with Elements, Parts, Substance (“a tangible, measurable 'thing”)
, Processes, Components,
From what I can tell Mind
is all about 'you' Be-ing. 'You' are the only 'entity' capable of “Be-ing aroused”
one's 'self' “to remember” “to look after”
is that entity we have created which we hand over responsibility to when we don't want to be accountable.