Friday, 16 April 2010

Semantic populism

Our ideas, channeled in meanings, represent our mindset: we live in this environment. These ideas are projections of the environment itself: we call it reality. Clearly one idea represent a perception of an environment produced by other ideas; so, where is the solid ground for our perceptions, ideas and meanings? Well, we ask ourselves and our mates. The most popular concepts win. Votes decide what is real: the more links, the more reality. Indeed when a concept or a meaning has only your own vote, your own link, it is private, and its reality fades. If you are the only one who believes something, no matter how solid, the rest of the semantic environment will deem it unreal. The semantic environment is not that homogeneous: projections are different and probably nobody lives precisely in the very same environment (in linguistic a native speaker masters is own idiolect).

Nonetheless, reality is a matter of fame. You can anchor the majority of your concepts to what you consider the most solid ground. Some of us chose religion, others logic or science; you can prefer gut instinct. Not a bad choice is love. It doesn't matter: every ground lies on the other. Our world is built on a turtle-concept, that is built on another turtle-concept. And what gives structural strength is popularity. Religions based their power precisely on this: if an idea is held as the most popular, then it must be sacred. That means: it must be true.

Of course now we are modern, so we check popularity with efficiency. The most efficient, the most real: it must be true.Positive.

But then again, efficiency is not describing what we really think, who we really are. Must be something else. And because a lot felt underneath the veil, the true essence, then, again, it must be true.

We are a conceptual dog chasing its conceptual tail. If you run alone, you will disappear: no links, no reality. If you run in pack, you will run after what the ideology will tell you. Ideology is veiling the system, but underneath the veil, there is nothing: nothing meaningful. We can think only with the means of the semantic environment, like a dove flying with the resistance of the air. The populism of our concepts is the ground of our thinking. That's it.

No comments:

Post a Comment