Friday, February 1, 2008

Test for Echo - Part I

I believe that every "system" "echos" the deeper truths of life. By systems, I am talking about the thinking processes that support fields of studies and even hobbies including:

Sports (any sport applies)
Basket Weaving
Video Gaming
Music Theory
Literary Criticism
Computer Science
Auto Mechanics
Political Science
Architectural Design
English Composition (or any other language)
Technological Studies

In other words, I believe that as you dig deeper into any study, hobby, skill, profession, and begin uncovering the systems of knowledge that support these areas, you'll find truths that transcend the area and apply across life itself.

For instance, all of these areas require discipline. Life requires discipline. All of these areas require a degree of humility that drives a person to learn more about them. If you think you're already an expert musician, then you're not likely to study music.
From systems as diverse as economics, to body building, we see cost-benefit and "return on your investment" principals in action. "No Pain No Gain", a mantra of body building, applies to life itself. The best things in life come at a cost.

Even love is not free. The strongest expressions of love in any great love story come when one lover makes some sort of sacrifice for the other lover.

Henry David Thoreau -
- The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

Most of the areas that I have listed can be reduced down to their axiomatic foundations. For instance, I have already stated in a previous post that the axiomatic foundations of computing is the binary language. I see binary as confirming that at the foundations of life itself, not just computing, we will find is a black and white, absolute truth. Where we do not yet see such absolutes, like in quantum mechanics, I believe we have not yet dug deep enough. In other words, at the sub-atomic level, our current scientific understandings tell us that we see a world that looks very random and indeterminate. We see a world based more upon statistical probability than certainty. I suspect that if science is able to allow us to eventually dig deeper, we will find a defined order that guides the activity that previously looked like anarchy to us.

One reason that I believe that all systems "echo" a larger epistemology, is because as a Christian, I believe that God communicates His revelation to all of us. For Him to do that, it makes sense that He'd use the presuppositional truths that hold up every branch of the tree of life itself.

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