Autistic Philosophy, 5 – What’s a Meta For?

And so there we are standing about in disarray, and now with great anxiety as well since we founf that out internal black boards are filled up with grafitti! What do we do now, and how do we do it? Here are a few things that we probably ought consider doing:
1. Erasing the bad stuff from the board. This isn’t as easy a thing as it may seem. The first difficults is that one must discriminate between stuff writ on the black board and which is incorrect, harmful, or in some other way deserving of being erased; and all the stuff which is needed – even if only for a while.
That means that some standards must be developed which the indivual might employ for the purposes of that discrimination. At the terrible risk of falling into strange self referential loops, one needs a meta philosophy! That is right, a person needs a philosophy about philosophy, if that person is going to take control over philosophy. I would imagine that it is at this point that many people throw their hands in the air and run as fast as they can from any further exposure to the wacky wonderful world of philosophy. They should not.
One point which I have found true in so much of life and reality as I have explored by way of science and technology is that everything works like everything else! There would seem to be a relatively small set of underlying rules that turn up again and again in different places and with didparite utility. If a person wants to build a house, they need plans. To develpp the plans reuirires philosophy. ”Ha!”, you say. Need philosophy to build a house, that’s a stretch. But it isn’t a stretch at all; indeed, I will state that unless a person begins the design process philosophically that person will not build a good house. A person who attempts design of anything without deliberate philosophizing will end up with a mess.
And in philosophizing, you will be designing you! You would not want to make a mess of that, would you? Of course not. No one would chose to make a mess of themself. If most of us spend vast tracts of the time which is our lives it is not because we chose that as a purpose. We wind up messes and with time lost to the forces of fate and entropy because we do not consciously choose to deliberate upon self, world, and philosophy. In the end, many of us end up where we are by default.
There are so many analogies. I will use at least one of them in the next installment.


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