‘Nothing can see itself. I need to be a ‘Self’ to see the ‘Universe’. The ‘Universe’ is seen. Ergo, there must be a ‘Me’ that see’s it.’ [From: ‘Nothing Can See Itself‘]
There are three obvious ways this condition gets satisfied. [There are more but this is enough for present purposes]:
I can begin with the Axioms of Sight, work the ‘Backward Step, and arrive at Shūnyam. The condition itself dissolves and the Story ends.
Second, I stop-short an inch and posit an ‘Inner Self’, the sophisticated and strained Nirguṇa Brahman of Vedantha.
Third, I can stop-short an inch and posit an ‘Outer God’ of the Abrahamic Traditions, one deeply steeped in tribal myth and mystical cloudburst. [What would come under the category of a Sanskritic Avatar.]
‘Inner-Selves’ and ‘Outer-Gods’ once identified can go in and out. The universe then is simply a creation of the inner deity, the inner-self merely a plant of ‘God’.
There are a hundred different routes a short-stop can take. But a variant of the latter two are the most common. And the tentacles of each short-stop have a far reach.
For example there is no a priori reason why all things should originate from a center. When the Scientists work towards a grand ‘Unified Theory’ [a long suffering ambition] or the Linguists towards a common source of all Language, they are standing atop a fundamentally religious idea, although it is never so acknowledged. We look at many of these in later Posts.