Could it be that the reason everything can perceived contradictory with itself under certain conditions and understanding because everything lacks an intrinsic nature? Since they lack an intrinsic nature, they then only have value in relation to the placeholder/s who value it. But since there isn’t any concrete or absolute nature to anything, values and beliefs easily become contradictory even under good reason. Should things have had an intrinsic nature, I think we should have seen less contradictions within them, as well as less perceived arbitrary or blurred lines between these values too. We think our world has concrete values and answers that coincide with the raw facts of observation. But we find that the more we think through one problem, the more plausible answers we obtain from it. And often, we come to the conclusion that neither answers are plausible. You look at the plain facts from observation and ask, “What does it mean? What does it imply?” Well, I suppose it depends who you ask. But then one may reply, “But maybe we just haven’t found the right objective standard of measurement yet.” Maybe, but how would you know you found it if you don’t know what you’re looking for? What is your standard for finding this standard? And wouldn’t the current standard you use to find the ‘objective standard of measurement’ already presuppose this objective standard of measurement to begin with (in order for us to use the standard of search)?
What is the point of all this? I’m not sure yet. It’s 4am and I’m just thinking out loud. what do you think?
An ocean is nothing without the individual drops of water in constant motion,
both small and large.
Indeed, an ocean exists, but conventionally.
Because there are smaller bodies of water with different names, secondary chemistry, and life.
But it is still water.
Whether it be ocean, lake, river, pond, puddle, handful, or drop.
‘Ocean’ is as empty as it is full.
It lacks any intrinsic value, but the value we give it,
because of our relation to it,
whether it be natural or unnatural.
So how about this supposed ‘self’…
Jan Mieszkowski in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Derrida and the Death Penaltyprotoslacker)