Inherent to communicative interaction is the normative assumption that all parties engaged have a vested stake in their ‘fair share’ of expression based on their fundamental valuation of life. Similarly, in a game of strategy, it is generally accepted as a given that all parties involved have a fair stake in their individual success. Again, the basis for this generalization can be boiled down to the most fundamental principal commonly shared by all living beings: life. Indeed, across all cultural barriers, the value placed on life is a normative shared commonality.
Normative is the operative word. When (religious) belief systems are involved with their own set of values, assumptions – all assumptions – are immediately jettisoned. This is not an extraordinary concept as the majority knows this. However, that majority also expects the valuation of life to be the exception of what is to be jettisoned.
What happens when they are wrong?
In other words, in a paradigm with two separate and distinct cultures with their own respective belief and value systems, the one assumption is they will share the valuation of life at the very least. The human condition is the sheer fabric upon which the foundation of human experiences rests. However, when one of the cultures does not value life, that fabric goes from sheer to nonexistent.
So how can the two cultures in this paradigm interact?
For that matter, how can they (peacefully) co-exist?
Is it even probable that the two can endeavor a collaborative engagement?
How do you create a playing field between two parties when one party has obliterated the field by its complete disregard for life?
Engage through a compassionate understanding of their systems with comprehensive due diligence. In other words, attain a comprehensively educated viewpoint through a thorough immersion into their systems. And do so with unwavering tenacity to a respectful adherence of their customs, mores, and respective systems.
Indeed, when life is no longer the foundation, the only way to proceed is through the commonality of phenomenological senses:
Ocular: observing customs, mores, actions, behaviors, decisions, and interactions of that culture.
Tactile: respecting social distance and maintaining those boundaries.
Auricular: resonating with the sounds, vibrations, and echoes of that culture.
Gustatory: neutralizing any bitterness, acerbity, and/or cloying behavior with humility and compassion.
Olfactory: closing the distance barrier with five (5) refreshing mints:
In my post, “CEV” on 16 June 2014, I discuss the purpose of my book and the importance of developing a comprehensively educated viewpoint (CEV):
At the very beginning of my book – before the Table of Contents and Introduction – is a letter to the general public.
The primary purpose of the letter is threefold:
- Return the focus and purpose of communication to an expressively meaningful engagement amongst equals,
- Encourage everyone to jettison judgment and ego when engaged in communicative expression and interpretation, and
- Ignite the desire in everyone to develop a comprehensively educated viewpoint (CEV) towards meaningful dialogue respectful of cultural nuances.
The secondary purpose of the letter is also threefold:
- Suggest the Transcendent Era as a direct result of man’s e-mediation over classical limitations of time, space, and geography,
- Redefine the current e-reality and its key ramifications, and
- Prescribe the CEV as a methodology through which the individual acclimates to this new reality.
Ultimately, the framework of the book itself – divided between: a) a critical analysis and meditation on Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra against a fable-like setting; and b) a virtual roundtable dialogue through a collection of essays and poems – is designed to offer the individual a tangible means of developing and flourishing his own CEV in a practical way. Although it is the first of four volumes, it should still evince a sufficiently thorough introduction to IPT, the CEV, and the worldview I push forward. At the very least, it should inspire the reader to take agency and realize his highest creative potential.
The best way back to common ground is understanding qua CEV. Infinite Potentiality Theory would add that at the end of that road is ultimate freedom. May you take absolute joy in every step!