Updated: Aug 19, 2021
New ways of "thinking" about reality produce social revolutions. When the unconscious contents underlying the symbols of our shared vision change, we can create unique social forms. We accept that what we share is real as we know ourselves participants of a web of intersocial correspondences. Charles Taylor suggests that the things in which we recognize ourselves are the things that establish the real. We know each other because we are perceived. We learn because we create a continuous dialogue that forms the basis of acceptance of sharable concepts.
The paths of modernity are coming to an end. Social institutions are blurred, and values are changing. Modern thought is living moments of agony, as the form in which we have thought reality, linear-causal logical thought, appears to be depleted. In an endogenous process reality and its social institutions are changing, because processes of consciousness apprehend the truth. By "believing" in a new kind of reality, we share strati of creation that were not previously possible. Does the apple fall to confirm Isaac Newton's intuition that gravity exists, or does Isaac dare to map reality, and the apple punctually confirms his boldness? By searching for new metaphors to name the real, Humanity is a never-ending search for new symbols, each time more complex and inclusive. New symbols that enable knowledge in a more precise fashion, but also more integral of Being and its infinite possibilities. Learning is a process that allows the consciousness of what we first glimpsed in our dreams. When that dream is shared while awake, we have reached another level of knowledge that will enable us to access a much more full world, more integrated and complex. But also more spectral. More tonalities that endow a higher quality to our vision of reality.
Reality is integral and dynamic. We cannot continue working on isolated and static representations of causal configuration. The fallacy of composition demonstrates that the aggregate of concepts can never be an efficient representation of the whole. We descend to the unfolding of reality and helpless before its structural complexity; we try to formulate simplifying maps. It is in return to reality when we demonstrate that these maps are insufficient to travel the real. We have created models of thought that incorporate the concept of stochastic randomness as a way to isolate our ideas from the infinite networks that make up reality. The fabric of reality is complex; we prefer to call that fabric random. A universe recreated through the metaphor of the watchmaker who created a perfect watch is just a dream that modernity dared to establish. A world written with the alphabet of chaos is a dangerous world. Only if we dare to begin a new path that demonstrates the inefficiency of representing reality via isolated schemes, and by reconstructing those representations through a holistic vision, complex, can we fashion a transformative relationship with the real.
By Carmen Mariscal