Although Hegel’s philosophy on spirit, freedom, and subject-object hermeneutics (as per Paul Redding) may carry echoes in Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT), there are subtle differences worth noting. As you read through all four volumes of Igniting an East-West Globalizing Dialogue, you should end with a comprehensive understanding of the salient distinctions making IPT singularly unique. Furthermore, throughout the space of this blog, I am providing you with practical, everyday examples of IPT’s application, further illustrating the theory’s distinguishing contributions.
For the purpose of this post, I will illustrate a subtle distinction between Hegel and IPT by focusing on his notion of: ‘Bei-sich-selbst-sein in einem Andern’ (being with oneself in Another). Allen Wood states that this “…is in fact the very actualization of my freedom” (Wood, Hegel’s Ethics). Think about this, if you will.
Being with oneself in Another as the actualization of your freedom.
In other words:
From the other, the individual derives the self and by so doing, realizes his freedom.
In the above, the three ‘players’ are: other, self, and freedom. The movement is from the external (other) to the internal (self) as a liberating action. Here, other defines self qua ontological meaning and freedom.
This is not far off from IPT:
Through realized infinite creative potentiality (ICP), the individual attains ultimate freedom (UF) of and from the self.
The three ‘players’ here are: ICP, UF, and (freedom from) the self. The movement is from internal active realization (ICP) towards external absolute liberation (UF) of and from the self. Here, self transcends to other through attainment of UF.
The approach is from opposite sides of the self-other spectrum, but the end result – freedom – is ultimately realized. However subtle, the difference of means towards the end – from Hegelian to IPT – is significant. The choice is ultimately yours; there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’:
If you take Hegel’s approach, you enter a paradigm of self-other dependency to actualize your freedom because it is a state of ‘being’ necessarily involving the other for that freedom.
If you take IPT’s approach, you begin and end without any dependency. The avenue towards freedom – ultimate freedom – is through realized creative potentiality (ICP) that already exists within yourself and in infinite supply. Truly, with every creative act, you realize ICP every day, multiple times a day. And that is a beauteous realization…
Again, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of achieving UF. IPT encourages the way of realized creativity. As a product of creation – a created being – you already have the potentiality within you and in infinite supply. Sometimes, the things closest to us are the first to be overlooked. IPT empowers you not only to look at your creative potentiality, but also to leverage it towards your UF. (Ultimate because you can never completely break free from your self as it is wholly contained within your being.)
Why is UF so important?
In the space of other, UF ennobles the individual to take immediate agency and effect meaningfully positive impact(s) not just within his specific locus and for his present generation, but also for the concentric locus outside his location and for future generations to come. That magnitude of influence can be achieved most effectively from a self-liberated position with the full creative power of the ICP catalyst. Each time the catalyst is activated, not only does the acting individual gain leverage of his creative potentiality, but also do others around him. This is because the active charge of that catalyst is also released into the collective ‘pool’ of potential energy qua infinite creative potentiality.
And that is just a glimpse…
You have seen the positions from Hegel’s perspective as well as from IPT’s. Understanding there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choice between self and other positioning, which do you choose? Whatever your choice, I wish you a leveraged empowerment to your noblest of all possible aspirations!