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Metaphysically untrue statements

“I am sad.”
“You are a bad person.”
“She is an idiot.”

We should recognize statements such as these as necessarily metaphysically untrue in each and every case — they cannot possibly accurately re-present lived experience. 127 more words

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The little word “is”

“Bach is a great composer.”

Even in the simplest and seemingly innocent examples, the word “is” masks certain essentialist assumptions, reinforcing the illusion of a definitive, objective reality divorced from all temporal change.  74 more words

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E-Prime as a metaphysical tool

The actual difficulty of learning to write and speak in E-Prime lies not in its total removal of linking verbs, but, that as a consequence of this removal, one may no longer rely on certain habitual grammatical structures to describe reality.  143 more words

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Faith in grammar

“I am afraid we are not rid of God because we still have faith in grammar.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Our mental maps may only re-present I-presence from one limited perspective or another, but they can never present any presumed absolute truth of I-presence itself. 

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Ontological violence

Every metaphysical (pseudo-)problem ever articulated arises out of the disparity between the ever-fluctuating I-presence and the concept of an essentialized, reified, virtual “I.”  The rupture between be-coming and be-ing gives birth to ontological violence.

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“I = eating-banana.”

“I am eating a banana.”
“I am getting dressed.”
“I am walking in the park.”

In a narrow and peculiar sense, who I “am” from one moment to the next I can only define by the activity to which I currently give my attention — I become identified wholly with a given activity at hand.  78 more words

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