Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Most Liberalist College in America

The Most Liberalist College in America

Devils IN the Details

Consider the difference between General Truth
and Specific Truth— truth of a forest, say, and
truth of a specific tree, truth of a class, say,
and truth of a member, truth of a community
and truth of a citizen, truth of humanity and truth
of a person, truth of a team or band and truth of
a player…the individual on the one hand, the
collective on the other.

The two truths represent different  levels of
Logical Type (Whitehead, Russell), as wholes
are to parts; and they are incommensurate: the
terms and values and standards of the part do
not apply (except in error and projection and
by habit of convention) to  the standards of the
whole, and vice  versa.

But I collapse and confuse the 2 sets  of values
and the General  Truth dominates  the Specific –
where differences and  diversity fragment &
eclipse general truth so that it is also the case
that the Specific truths  obscure Generality.

General Truth dominates the values of Specific
truth.  Specific truth obscures the values of
General Truth.      

It is the gap between General and Specific that
makes history  unpredictable: between social and
individual, common sense and  idiocy.

But I am convinced that GENERAL TRUTH
is more true than my  specific individual
experience and so I  rely on statistics  and
probabilities to urge me to check my colons
and breasts and lungs for cancer, go to college
rather than avoid the bother…

General Truth  seduces me even as my Specific
Truth resists and rebels and succumbs to popular

 opinion. and SACS standards. Just describing here,
not a whine or complaint.

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