Can we grasp anything without any preconceived knowledge?

Swarn Gill:
Words must have meaning. I have just written a sentence, if you do not know the meaning to any of the words, there is nothing to ponder. To ponder the concept of ‘ego’ one must have their own definition of what ‘ego’ is to have an opinion of it. To have a discussion with someone else they must either share the definition or if they have different definitions they explain to each other what Ego means to them.

Me:
That´s my question:

Is Meaning something we ascribe based on a certain standpoint or argument? Do we understand anything according to an ubiquitous thesis after all?

Of course I hear what you say. Freud speaks about Ego – or, of whatever else – in a certain way, Jung, in a different manner. Philosophically speaking, we are expected to build up a suitable consensus – a system – if we are to appropriate anything.

That´s exactly what I am trying to avoid. That is:

Can we be so free and unbiased as to have a discussion without taking account of definitions and explanations?

Can we be so direct and intuitive as to take on something without any preconceived knowledge?

What happens to a poem if we try to “explain” it? Don´t we kill the very essence of music, if we are to define what music intrinsically is?

Can we thus be so free of any preconception to grasp a “truth” without “understanding” it?

 

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https://julienmatei.com/2014/01/29/ego-this-nauseous-fraud/

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

One Response to Can we grasp anything without any preconceived knowledge?

  1. seeingwhatis says:

    words are pointers. To something.
    Meaning implies belief in that something SHOULD happen.
    Everything is the meaning itself. Just as it is. Not in shape of our human concepts.
    My thought does not make someting into something. However good a thought.
    It is what it is.
    If I say you are stupid, it does not make you stupid.
    Seeing what is – means actually: not to have an opinion. Due to the absence of belief in a self having an opinion.
    Its a paradox. Impossible to understand, but possible to experience.
    But only by “no-one”.
    When you stop becoming the conditioned mind, you will see this.
    Thats all.
    And there is noone saying this written above, neither believing in it or defending it.

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