The Scope Of The SEE


I could go on giving examples. But I’ll save us both some time and instead display an old Post from my former [if very brief] days of activist writing:

What is common between:

The oldest posit of the Upaniṣads; the central metaphor of Buddhism; the opening lines of the opening verse of the Chinese Tao-Te-Ching [the first philosophy of China]; the opening Zen Koan from the Japanese Mumonkon; the final stage of Islamic Sufi Practice; the Synod of Nicaea [the first ecumenical meeting of the Catholic Church]; The Bhagavad Gita’s ideal Yogin; ‘Vishnu’s Dream’, the best-known of Puranic Myths; Ramana Maharishi, the preeminent Vedanthin’s principal teaching metaphor; The central directive of Taoism; Friedrich Hegel’s very definition of Philosophy; Immanuel Kant’s caution to readers of his ‘Critique’; the sarcophagus of ToutAnkhAmun at the Egypt museum in Cairo; Kurt Godel’s proof [‘The Most Significant Mathematical Discovery of the Century’-cooed Harvard in 1952]; Aristotle’s ‘God’ and his defense of the ‘First Principle of all Analytic Cognition’ as he put it; the grounding assumptions of Epistemology and Ontology, the twin pillars of Academic Philosophy; of Semiotics and Semantics and the origins of Language; the base of ‘Scientific Method’; the Binary Code and the genesis of the Information Age…

OK. I’ll stop right here. 

What’s common between them is that they all pivot on the logical form of the Self-Negating Expression. I’ll get to each one, bye and bye.

[Depending on when the Post was written, I have used Self-Negating Expression and Self-Eating Expression alternatively and as perfect synonyms. I liked the acronym of the latter: ‘SEE’]