Symbolic Reality

Sifting through thoughts scrambled into the far recesses of my mind, I began musing over the unique and powerful symbolic structures attached to our perceptions. In their simplistic state symbols are used throughout our daily lives; media, advertising, sales, politics, education, poetry, music etc. In their more naturalistic and artistic state, symbols represent complex ideas and concepts, a representational construct, if you will. In their more beautiful form they require logical analysis, or our perception of “reality” to be placed aside for an internalised interpretation. All things are internal to our being… what I mean is, reality is not external to the individual, is not a presupposed state of being sitting independently of the person, objects just waiting to be explored, understood and interacted with. Symbolism allows the individual to convey meaning not only to self but directly to others which in turn creates or produces a reactionary “feeling” or internalised interpretation. In this sense, symbolism and emotion hold a delightful systematic relationship, each dependent on the other, affording us a deep and comprehensive understanding of our individual self, that is, the only way to attain an all-encompassing awareness of the complex human experience is with an abstract concept. Reality is a figurative representation of the personal experience.





Further Reading:

Alchemy and Symbolism

The Language of Symbolic Logic

Nietzsche and Symbolism

Susanne K. Langer  1895-1985

Contemplating Cause & Effect

Musing: with Plato





3 thoughts on “Symbolic Reality

  1. Hi Mir,
    Personal reality may be figurative representation of the personal experience, but gravity still sucks. When a hammer is dropped on me, I still bruise, whether I’m in a coma or not…

    • Hi Kevin,
      Consciousness and thinking is a bodily mechanism, the “word” hammer, bruise etc however are purely symbols we’ve attached to objects we see as separate to ourselves. The perception highlights a separation of self from the “sensual” world. This separateness though is an illusion. There is no separation between subject and object (knower and known).

  2. Symbols participate in the pre-language which our thoughts come to represent (often ineptly) through language-structures as embodied within sub-discourses as participating in (or being rejected as unfit for) knowledge. Could we not say that reality is that which feeds back when we interpret the world around us through the symbolic-linguistic structures and presumptions we read into experiences seemingly external to ourselves? It is not that the experiences are truly external, for they are only perceived internally, but that we incorporate such feedback into that which we term understanding or reality.

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