Can we understand anything at all, as long as we base our understanding on someone else´s surmise?

Swarn Gill says:
Definitions are different than labels. Words mean what they mean. Some words take on different meanings as they get used commonly so I was simply asking what you meant by ego. I guess I just define the ego differently, or see it playing a different role based on my study of psychology.

Me:
Can we analyze this with an impartial outlook?

What is the purpose of definition? Of any definition.

Can we linger on this for a while before giving an answer?
Why du we need definitions? Why are we urged to define things eventually?

Can we learn anything directly through accepting and
taking as good what other people have termed as “real”?

Can we understand anything at all, as long as we base our understanding and rely on someone else´s surmise? – even if this suppositions are called “science”?

Or are we maybe afraid to understand, that is, exposing ourselves to direct and unmediated experience?

How can words and their inherent meaning become other than “common” if we are
to approach them through the filter of yesterday experience…?

Can other people´s “yesterday experience” apply to who we are and what we are being confronted with just now…?

Definitions imply that there is an all-knowing authority. I thus ascribe authority importance, as I am afraid to know, that is, to find out for myself.

So I do wonder:

Can it be so that whatever preconceived definition deprives me of my spontaneous relation to Life and the object of my inquiry?

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 understand anything at all, as long as we base our understanding on someone else´s surmise?

  1. seeingwhatis says:

    While growing up there is the possibility of creating a”false self-image”.This happens if your parents dont acknowledge who you are and only applaud stuff that they think is important. Then you adjust to their “needs” and try to please them.
    This false self-image differs from a healthy self image by actually letting you glimpse the mechanics behind social realations. It makes you pay attention to, and believe, in others expectations on you.
    It makes you unhappy.
    But there is hope, as you are actually seeing things more clearly then a person with a healthy self image.
    A healthy self image means to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Actually beeing this sick society…
    A healthy self image is hard to get rid of since there will never be a descent to question it.
    Psychology aknowledges that the creation of a “me” is a creation.
    Question is, who were you before that. And who will you be after that fabrication ends.
    Its not about you. Your opinions. Never about you.
    Universe does not give a flying fuck about the opinions carried by a leef on a tree.
    Maybe the leaf doesnt like its current branch, or its neighbour leaf.
    So what.

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