This problem you bring up is called “nominalism”
As though the name of a thing or process has more intrinsic reality than the thing itself. This in itself is a deception. Dissect the deception into its component parts and weigh things such as honesty, intent, clarity of thought and spirit, and record of performance, based on cautious openness, with flexible, alert skepticism, not naivete.
The fact is that the planet (“globe”) is getting smaller because its distances both in physical terms and in terms of access to and knowledge of many more areas of the globe are spanned with less and less time, more and more speed.
Minions of the Empire hail these facts and salivate over their possible use of these facts to control the whole shebang and dominate it to their advantage and to the enslavement of others. Think of George H.W Bush salivating over his announced “New World Order” before his first and only term ended, as Russia was prostrated by the designs of himself and his masters.
Others, with contrary intent going back to the Non-Aligned Movement, or even the more idealistic in the Socialist or even Communist movements, the Labor Movements etc spoke, and still speak in terms of “a JUST New World Economic Order”.
The typical American of right-wing “cowboy” mentality (“my F-150, my gun, my money”) being a nominalist, detests both formulations of “order”, cannot distinguish between the differing intentions behind them (slavery vs freedom), and basically shuts down in confusion and fear of being tricked.
In so doing, these dupes fall victim to age old “divide and conquer” tactics of the Empire and are basically rendered a non-factor …..or worse (a battering ram against positive forces in the world) by virtue of their epistemological and cultural backwardness, as evidenced by their pathologically entrenched mental disability…..of which nominalism is a key component.
So, working toward NO conscious particular “order” of either desirable or evil intent….such dupes by being a either a non-thinking non-factor OR an error-prone radical activist (racist, terrorist, religious fanatic or some other form of dementia) a rage-filled instrument of chaos and DIS-order become tools of the very New World Order of slavery and Empire they say they oppose.
But they don’t know how to oppose it. Because they can’t think straight. Which muddleheadedness starts with being mesmerized and brainwashed by mere names of things (nominalism) rather than being more perceptive about the inner reality of things.
“Globalization” as promoted by the Empire is abominable, IMHO.
Yet, Far Away Analyst, you are correct that an actual process that IS occurring is (and is “up for grabs” by good or by evil….) occasionally carefully and with distinctly different intent in its use…to DEFLECT it from the globalization of nefarious intent…IS referred to by “good guys” lile Vladimir Putin…..also by the same word…but with diffrent content and intent, and not nearly so much mindless cheerleading.
The reality of a shrinking globe (but a solar system and galaxy more accessible to Humanity!) as spoken of by Putin and I maintain Xi as well is a completely different sort of “globalization” (sovereignty and national interest and cultural traditions survive and enrich each other, rather than being blended into raw sewage by Soros et al) which is the only realistic (because it has the physical, spiritual, financial, military means to defend itself from the other “Order” ) alternative to the Empire.
Discernment. Almost impossible without getting beyond the brainwashing that is nominalism.
HS & B93
“‘the word is not the thing’.” & “nominalism”.
The confusion of something with a symbol or word of the thing it represents.First can across this concept being described in a work by Alan Watts back when I was teenager. Didn’t know it had a name till now, though. This confusion dominates western culture now. Has for millinea, but increasingly more so in the modern age.
dao told varies
dao is from no name
Name desires kind
Being of no name
dao eludes such lust
Desire mothers kind
With both from same mould
For whom dao is mystery
Darker than mystery
not of essence
[Copied from the cafe. The topic of nominalism will be discussed but first some preliminaries]:
I have asked the moderators not to block anything Bro says about myself. I stand by that request. By the same rule, I ask the moderators to not block what I will now say about Bro. I have always tried to be courteous and civil, and will continue that manner of conversing.
To avoid double posting a link to Dennis’s original article is below … mod-hs
Thanks for linking to my cafe comment. I wanted to alert readers here on the All News side of the vineyard that I am addressing the subject of nominalism at the cafe. It is closely connected to my concerns about love and truth, which are important to me personally since Bro has called me a nominalist. In my case, this term needs qualification and context. I don’t think I will need to comment further on nominalism here. Thanks for calling attention to this very important idea.
Actually, I didn’t call you a nominalist, Dennis.
At least I don’t think I did.
What I think I did was link my comment on nominalism because we ALL use language, which includes a LOT of names of things, and processes and actions and qualities, and in the hustle bustle of life, especially, we don’t often have the TIME, and necessarily so, to reflect deeply on 1% of the words and names we use.
So, to some degree, we are all nominalists. But it gets down to whether we are aware of the problem, and pause frequently to reflect on it and consciously make “course corrections” in our thinking or just go charging ahead unaware of how unaware our use of language is.
Did I link the comment for you because I thought you were making such an error of nominalism in distrusting that China’s 5,000 culture is not a mere plaything of “Zionists”….as you put it?
Other than your rushed, quick “guilt by association” connecto-linking of China to some unnamed, unlinked “Zionists” with zero detail, I have read very detailed reports of why China is much less vulnerable to invasion and takeover by such a virus than any other major part of the world!
Once again, don’t just name, don’t just assert: “Show me!”
You were reading a book recently and referred to the author and their theory several times, as interesting, provocative, pretty good.
Then, with ZERO proof of construction, analysis, NADA, you asserted your idea along those lines was…..BETTER! More true!
By egoic assertion, nothing more!
If you have a proof, you have to give people some of that proof, so that they can ALSO know. Otherwise you are merely emotionally propounding a belief, and asking others to BELIEVE along with you, that you know better than the author, based on………WHAT???
So, yes, that IS characteristic of a nominalist mentality in practice.
But I didn’t call you a nominalist.
However, with this further explanation you might recognize some tendency in that direction, which you DO have, most definitely, IMHO. As does nearly everyone, to at least some degree.
The lesser degree is attainable by awareness and conscious practice of correcting for the problem.
Out of love of each other and love of truth, it’s a good thing to help each other in that regard, no??