Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner
Society for Metaphysical Ontology
Originally posted on April 21, 2012
I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for membership in the category of “initiate” of the the Society for Metaphysical Ontology. SOM. Oh, you want to know what this society is? It’s a society that promotes the notion of existence for that which is metaphysical, or beyond the ordinary physical. Humanity in its rudimentary state have achieved a level of adolescent belief—a superstition, really—that anything that seems to be a belief is a superstition—not counting that belief, of course. Celebrating how modern and rational it is, “modern” humanity really gets off on a subtle form of pride, not unlike that of adolescents who think they’re cool but their parents are embarrassingly
“out of it.”
Oh, yeah, what is “Metaphysical Ontology,” anyway? Explained a little on a previous blog of April 9: The truly true truth is that there are lots of things that exist that have no physicality, like true love, feelings among people in relationships, cute-ness, the aesthetic impact of music, beauty, and so forth. It is true that many “spirits” and “angels” and “gods” don’t “exist” within the narrow confines of what humanity thinks of as “real”—i.e., three-dimensional, operating in the 4th dimension of one-way time, based on the interaction of ordinary concepts of mass and energy—but what’s funny is that lots of humans cannot grasp that this is only one category of reality. Ontology is that branch of philosophy that wonders about what is, and metaphysics wonders about what operates in a larger sense of reality, what is not material, physical.
Now lest we get too serious about all this, let me note for you, dear reader, that humanity has just begun to open this door. Not long ago we discovered the micro-world, and not long after that, the world beyond the visible stars. Whoa! There’s so much in these vast realms. And we’ve begun to glimpse the realms of what to you is the very, often inconceivably fast, and also the very slow. There are lots of these horizons: the inconceivably forceful and on the other hand the inconceivably subtle, light, below the threshold of ordinary perception. So with these as analogies, folks are beginning to open to gradations of more subtle perceptions.
Beyond this door there is not only profound mystery—the corollary of which is ignorance—, but also fluidity—the corollary of which is, er, play. We have been through a period of learning about what operates in distinct compartments, and educated humanity are beginning to be able to tolerate many more phenomena that reveal the mixture of qualities. Many things are good this way but bad that way; fortunate and unfortunate, etc. The culture needs to get clear that reality in its broader nature is replete with phenomena that don’t have one way to be understood, but many.
Play opens it up even further—beyond good and evil, more or less, looser or tight. It’s okay to be playful, to explore in safety and freedom among a widening sphere of possibilities. It allows for tumbling and sudden shifts that liberate thought—while trying to pin down such thoughts, trying to be definite, only squnches their actual ontological status. Truth is that most everything transcends any interpretation—there are always other broader facets and fields that inform the nature of a wider view of reality. For example, no one “created” these far out dimensions.
The picture is of sprit-sprites, representatives of the SOM, taking human form. The action has them taking the forms of a variety of elf-being who are somewhat human in form. Their essence lies beyond form. Well, ours too, but because we act so tied to ordinary (narrow) reality, we ignore the fullest pleasure of the many other facts available.