Fr0m structure to model
This post is intended to describe why the structure is what it is with the intent to transition into a model. The structure alone has no utility. A model, however, can be used as a pattern to create other things. In a philosophical sense, it can be used as a way to answer questions by changing the perspective of the observer.
The decision to define Reality and Existence as presented was because the difference between the two seemed to be at the center of nearly every conversation that people engage in. Separating Truth from Existence is meant to provide a reason for being able to argue about Truth and yet, claim to possess knowledge of it. It also facilitates a basis for saying something is unknowable. The whole point is, the Simplist philosophy is meant to add and not subtract. So in that sense, it should not contradict any already existing Philosophical view, but simply provide a perspective that may not exist.
That Reality is called “The Master Absolute” is simply because the idea that something can be an absolute is highly debated. We know from life experiences that changes are occurring all the time. So the concept that something does not change is difficult to imagine. From a Simplist perspective, the defining of Reality provides a domain for Truth and since nothing in Existence can change it, then it satisfies the conditions necessary to be considered an absolute by definition.
The fact that we use the term “Reality” is not relevant to a Simplist. For those of religious perspective, “God” is an acceptable replacement. The term ‘creator’ is also acceptable. “Nature” would be another acceptable substitute. The fact that Existence is the domain for all things that exist is not intended to indicate that the two are exclusive, but simply to indicate a ‘Source’ for Existence. The “Source” may or may not be true, but we can only know Existence. The desire for a ‘creator’ is also a result of Life experiences, primarily because the ’cause and effect’ notion makes it hard to imagine something that ‘just is’.
The Existence Boundary is intended to represent a placeholder for all the things that can be used to deny a reality. It provides a means for a Simplist to accept a view and still maintain their own. A Simplist statement that sums up the situation is expressed by “A creation cannot know its creator”. The examples available to support this assertion are bountiful. Consider an artist as a creator. Then his paintings can be known completely by him and, to some extent, by others. But the painting cannot know the artist, or others. A person can say “the painting speaks to me’, but the painting has no awareness of itself or anything else.
The final part of the Simplistic structure is, of course, Existence. This is where all the work is done, or can be done from a Simplist perspective. Existence is best viewed as a set, and the elements of the set are called “Existors”. To understand why this term is used, you only have to consider the current situation. If you want to have a discussion with anyone, then you have to consider a specific category, then a subject, then a purpose, etc. A fundamental goal for a Simplist is to remove all of the elements that can interfere with the ability to understand something in its purist form.
Since everything is an Existor, everything has a commonality that is shared. In other words, to a Simplist, this means every other Existor has at least a minimum value. This value can increase, but it can never fall below the minimum.
Before we discuss Existors in detail, we need to discuss the so called Minor Absolutes. Since they govern all of Existence, they effect all Existors and thus are important to our understanding of Existence itself. Unlike the Master Absolute, of which we can only speculate, the Minor Absolutes present evidence of themselves consistently. Multiplicity is evident because of the fact that Existence grows. Variation shows itself by the fact that no two Existors are exactly the same. These two absolutes combined are expressed as the Law of Uniqueness.
Time is the last Minor Absolute, but may be the most significant of the three. Time is considered the “engine” of Existence. This is because of the difficulty of trying to consider what it would mean if time stopped. We can argue about the truth of Multiplicity and Variation and thus dispute the Law of Uniqueness. We can talk about the results of a particular engine stopping such as the engines that drive electrical power. But we can turn to alternative sources to solve the many problems created by the loss of one source. The consequences are always localized in some way. If the engines driving climate change were stopped, the consequences are still restrained to the Earth.
Time has no alternative source. It effects all of Existence. There is nothing in Existence that can even be conceived of that does not require time. To have a thought requires time for neurons to excite a synapse. Sure, the thought may be short enough to give us a ‘sense’ of occurring instantly, but it is clearly evident to anyone that Time is a requirement that cannot be disputed. If time did stop, then nothing at all could occur. How could we even know if such a thing happened anyway?
At this point I realize that this is about as far as I can go to explaining the structure itself. I have to accept that I am trying to describe something that is of my own invention even though I don’t fully understand it myself. To help with my problem I will present some core values which should help guide me in the right direction. This requires that I use another post to do that.