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Means-End to Humanity

There are many ways to execute any kind of undertaking, regardless of the size and magnitude of the project:

  • One way is to follow the proper protocols, respectfully and collaboratively engage whomever necessary, and inspire others along the way to want you to succeed.
  • Another way is to struggle through it alone, against all obstacles and challenges, and persevere through any twists and turns along the way.
  • And yet another way is to go at it with reckless abandon, ‘on a whim’, in blind defiance of protocol, procedures, and relationships.

Likewise with any undertaking, there are (lasting) ramifications from the chosen actions, behaviors, and decisions you and the individual(s) involved execute. The questions then become twofold:

What are your (remaining) lasting relationships, at the end of the day, if any?

What is your impact – the legacy – you plan on leaving?

To a greater extent, your legacy ultimately defines your character perception to the outside world (space of other). Depending on your mindset, this may affect you in any of three ways:

  1. If you exist solely in the space of self, then this will have little to no significance to you.
  2. If you exist mindful of others, then this will move you considerably.
  3. If you have transcended to the space of other, then this will ennoble you all the more to persevere in actively seeking (re)solutions where you can contribute in a meaningfully positive way.

On your journey, you will have a myriad choices presented to you. The decision on how you proceed always remains yours, regardless of any imposing obstacle(s). You will undoubtedly make quite a number of decisions, right or wrong. Ultimately, you must ask yourself:

How close to your own integrity did you adhere?

How often did you remain authentic, open, and candid, no matter how difficult?

What remains of your humanity if you betray your tie to the human condition?

No matter the number of walls of separation, it’s all one fish bowl; we would be wisely ennobled to remember that.

–JY

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Potentiality: Perfection and Completion

Perfect as an adjective denotes qualities of flawless excellence, pristine purity, unquestionable accuracy, and completion beyond all improvement. It comes from the Latin perfectus, meaning completed, excellent, accomplished, and exquisite. Breaking down the Latin, per means completely, while facere means to perform. Indeed, there is a strong element of completion inherently essential to the word.

In the same manner of the relation between perfection and completion, so too is the relation between perfection and potentiality (though not between completion and potentiality):

Perfection & Potentiality

As potential of potential, potentiality represents all possibilities ad infinitum. At the same time that might be daunting (as the space of infinity is itself magnificent), it is spectacularly brilliant. Think about it from the self-other dyad:

In the space of other, potentiality is perfect. However, it becomes immediately transformed into the realization as soon as it enters the space of self. In other words, the individual realizes potentiality – directly repositing it into the space of self – and so it no longer exists as potentiality. Instead, it becomes the transformation. It is only in the space of other then, that it retains its qualities intact.

The same can be said of perfection:

In the space of other, perfection is complete, pristine, and uncompromised. As soon as the human element is introduced – in the space of self – it is transformed. It becomes flawed. Like potentiality, perfection retains its qualities only in the space of other, as in a vacuum.

In addition to the above commonalities, both perfection and potentiality are unfixed, transitive, fleeting, and ephemeral. In the space of other – in and of themselves – they are respectively complete, pristine, and ideal. In combination with the individual, they are compromised and thus transformed.

Of course, the above are not extraordinary concepts. For the most part, you are well aware of all this. The only difference here is the pointed reconceptualization of the two categories: self and other.

One last note on perfection before moving onto completion and potentiality:

Boundless, infinite, and unlimited, potentiality for any person, place, or thing is the quintessential pinnacle of absolute perfection. And this perfection is qualified absolute because the closer we come to perfection – in perpetual striving – we will never ourselves be perfect. The human condition thus intervenes maintaining our level of remove from perfection.

Completion & Potentiality

Ironically, the same relation between perfection and potentiality does not apply to completion and potentiality. (Ironic because perfection is completion.)

Potentiality is inherently incomplete. To be complete, it would be realization. Instead, potentiality is and must be unfixed, transitive, fleeting, and ephemeral (as stated earlier).

Completion is the opposite state of potentiality. It is fixed, whole, conclusive, and final. It is fulfillment. As such, it cannot be potentiality. (Fulfilled potentiality is realization.)

With all that being stated, what is the point to all this?

The ‘So What Factor’ (SWF) Answered:

Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) extols the path of ultimate freedom (UF) through realized infinite creative potentiality (ICP). ICP is thus pivotal to the equation:

IPT = ∞ CP  ∆͢   UF

As such a critical element to the theory, ∞ CP or ICP must be comprehensively and accurately examined with a thorough due diligence at all ‘angles’ of implication and impact. With the above examination, you should have a fairly good assessment and understanding of potentiality. Throughout my blog, I have discussed the nature of creativity, especially qua ICP. The infinite presumably requires no further explanation without running into inadvertent pontification.

And so you should be adequately ‘equipped’ to endeavor upon your own understanding. As understanding brings you one step closer to realizing, UF is not far behind…

Cheers to your journey!

–JY


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Currency and Exchange

For the most part, currency is understood as a medium of exchange, or money. The word originates from the Latin, meaning “condition of flowing”. However, currency also denotes something that is in vogue – general acceptance – and thus, in circulation. It is on this latter meaning that I focus this post.

Along a similar vein, exchange is understood as a reciprocal interchange or transfer between two or more parties. As a verb, it originates from the French eschangier and Latin excambiare, meaning “barter out”. For the purpose of this post, I focus on the reciprocal aspect of the meaning.

While every country has an agreed upon monetary currency, there is a cornucopia of interpretations as to its cultural currenc(ies). Indeed, one could say there are as many cultural currencies as there are fashions. Add to this complexity the factor of reciprocal exchange – in a globalized market – and the magnitude of multiplicity is further amplified.

Indeed, the consensus of accepted valuables we exchange amongst each other with equal reciprocity is variegated. Electronic technology compounds the diversity by mediating a globalized forum. Finding a singularly consistent and cohesive ‘thread’ of commonality amongst us qua our cultural currency – across all cultures – is very nearly impossible.

Very nearly that is, but not absolutely impossible.

Creativity is an omnipotent and omnipresent currency of reciprocal exchange, especially in the form of creative potentiality. Potentiality, like creativity itself has no finite value. Each are equal to everyone. Likewise, everyone engages in creative acts multiple times a day throughout their respective quotidian as a matter of course.

The key is to acknowledge our active creative engagement and extend it forward. We do this by repositing ourselves into the space of other and direct our creative energies accordingly. From this new position – within this fecund space – we can effect a profoundly and positively meaningful impact and difference for present and future generations. Concentrically outwards from our specific locus to the global arena, we can exchange meaningfully positive creativity and see cultural currency so enriched and ennobled, truly in vogue.

And so the collaborative dialogue continues, with respectful openness, integrity, and authenticity.

So IPT would ask you:

What is your currency?

–JY


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The Extra Mile

Undoubtedly, there has been at least one moment in your life when you have been challenged to pull from within and give of yourself  ‘the extra mile‘.  Whether physical, mental, or emotional, the ‘extra ask‘ is a challenging exertion, to say the least.  Challenging, but completely and entirely worthwhile.

In the space of self, challenges – all challenges – are intrusive.  They are a sacrifice, an ask, a risk, a concession.  Usually, they are taken on if the acting individual can see a worthwhile reward.

In the space of other, challenges are fortunate happenstance for high achievement.  They are beneficial, a gift, a reward, an offer.  They are taken on with enthusiasm as opportunities for effecting a positively meaningful accomplishment.  The accomplishment ultimately is contributory.

Indeed, in the space of other, the individual actively seeks and creates opportunities to contribute of himself for the greater good.  Challenges represent one in a myriad of such opportunities.  IPT offers creativity – all creative endeavors – as another.

There are many paths towards greatness.  There are exponentially more avenues towards contributing a positively meaningful difference.  And yet, there is only one way to ultimate freedom of and from the self.

IPT encourages realized creative potentiality towards ultimate freedom.  However, the way is uniquely your own.  It is a unique path because it adheres with unwavering fidelity to your own integrity.

Quite simply, it can be expressed in the following equation:

Integrity + Giving qua Challenges in the Space of Other = Ultimate Freedom

And here, we have another instance of IPT around us!

–JY


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Negativity

Negativity and its repercussions are marvelous opportunities for self-other resolution.  Let me explain by way of discussing the self-other spaces:

In the space of self, there are two mentalities: ‘the self‘ and ‘not the self‘.

In the space of other, there are also two mentalities: ‘the other in relation to the self‘ and ‘the other itself‘.

Negativity in the space of self is anger and destruction.  It is a veritable battleground for annihilation of potentiality itself.  To say the least, it is a volatile and lethal device and excellent repellant of anything good, decent, peaceful, whole, caring, nurturing, and creative.

Negativity in the space of other is neutralized.  It becomes a breeding ground for its own destruction.  In the space of other, it transforms into meaningfully positive creativity.

How so?

By the individual’s natural proclivity to choose so:

In the space of other, the individual is mindful of the ramifications his actions, behaviors, and decisions have on others around him.

In the space of other, the individual considers both sides of the equation and makes the choice accordingly.

In the space of other, the individual resolves to create effective and meaningfully positive solutions.

In the space of other, the individual actively seeks to make a meaningfully positive contribution worthy of his own integrity.

Above all, in the space of other, the individual attains ultimate transcendence.

All of this is possible in the space of other because it is only in this space that the individual – as other qua ultimate freedom – achieve absolute liberation of and from his self and all related fetters of that self.

Think about it:

To resolve to create in the space of other…

IPT would ennoble everyone to give it a try…

–JY


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Solitude

Ex nihilo, omnia fit.

At the heart of Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) is this notion of ex nihilo, omnia fit (out of nothing, everything comes).  It stems from the idea of darkness and light.  It is the primoridal matter of beginnings.

The same can be said of solitude and the potentiality inherent to silence:

Solitude gives us the opportunity to regroup and reposit ourselves if we are going askew.

Regrouping allows us to get out of a routine and steers us towards the new.

Novelty and whimsy emboldens us to great ventures of discovery, growth, and innovative invention.

In the space of self, solitude is silent absence.  It is the possibility of a decidedly pernicious melancholia.  Without realizing it, solitude can engulf and dislodge into a cesspool of longing and trenchant destruction.

In the space of other, solitude is the opportunity for novelty and whimsy to empower the greatest pinnacle of all achievements.  It becomes an opportunity to realize creative potentiality.  And here we have fortunate happenstance for another avenue towards ultimate freedom…

Between destruction and creation, the choice is yours…

–JY


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Anonymity and Commonplace

Pedestrian is an interesting word. It carries a double meaning. As a noun, it signifies a person traveling on foot. As an adjective, it means commonplace, banal, or something lacking imagination or distinction. In both senses, pedestrian carries profound resonance with modernity today:

Pedestrian (n):

Being a pedestrian enables a very specific vantage point into other people’s actions, behaviors, and decisions. There is a level of raw proximity overcoming all ‘social distance’ that the pedestrian’s life mediates. Indeed, it removes anonymity and places the individual in direct bearing with his fellow man.

Vehicles have changed that.

Especially in busy metropolitan cities, there is a sort of ‘tug of war’ between drivers and pedestrians. In the anonymity of their vehicle, drivers cast a reckless insensitivity towards pedestrians. It happens more often than you think…

And it gets worse.

Electronic technologies mediate anonymity to an exponential degree. It is growing into a veritable powder keg. The volatility comes when it enables the individual a false remove from the consequences of his e-actions, e-behaviors, and e-decisions.

Indeed, there are countless accounts of false personas, multiple identities, and a downward spiral of e-interactions in the e-communicative sphere that would make Edison and Bell run for the hills if they were around today.  Unfortunately, accountability is running inversely proportional to technology. With the rise of technology, we are seeing the fall of accountability. And the search for integrity continues…

Pedestrian (adj):

Of course, the negative ramification manifested in the fall of integrity is the ‘grain of salt’ alongside innovation qua technology. It appears the alternative would be to remain stagnant, in the mire of the pedestrian commonplace. Upon closer inspection, we must ask:

Is the trade-off necessary between accountability and invention?

This is where Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) enters the conversation:

IPT would answer with a resounding, “NO!”

Indeed, with an unwavering focus on the individual’s creative potentiality, IPT ennobles the individual an empowerment to his highest achievements. It calls him to repurpose his actions towards making a meaningfully positive impact. Above all, through the realized creative potentiality, the individual immediately attains ultimate freedom of and from his self.

In the realm of ultimate freedom – liberated from the self – the individual can be in and for the other. Accordingly, s/he can reverse the current trend between accountability and invention to one of direct proportionality. Occupying the other, s/he can repurpose the motivation behind all actions, behaviors, and decisions.

It’s all about the impact.

IPT would ask:

How will you make a positively meaningful difference today?

–JY