The philosophy of wholeness Volume 5

9781231199343: The philosophy of wholeness Volume 5
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 Excerpt: ...the thing "rod" ceases to be in evidence. At each limit the rod comes to an end. In whichever direction you move along its substance, in order to examine its condition and determine its length, an end is soon reached. Thus the rod has two ends. Without the feature of "end," associated with the numerical character of "two," no such thing as a rod could exist. This establishes duality as a feature of the rod. Without both ends, always in equal relation to the central point of equilibrium, the rod could not exist. This is equally true of every THE ROD AND ITS ENDS. 193 object or thing in the universe, either physical or mental. Thoughts are things, and as such are subject to the same laws of construction as material objects themselves. The rod as an entity, and its ends as features of its being, imply each other. You cannot think the idea "rod" without recognizing ends, two in number, and as inseparable parts of the rod. Neither can you think of two ends or limits of any kind or in any relation to each other, without your mind instantly traversing the distance between them and establishing some objective relation over that space. And be it rod, line, or thought, that object has its existence in the relation of the entity to its ends. The rod and its ends are opposites. But in the estimation of the mind these two ends are not the same. Neither are they interchangeable. One is "this" end, the other is "that" end. This is one end, that is the other end. They are two and are "set over against" each other. And so they become established in the mind as two, and quite distinct from each other, regardless of any likeness that may exist between them. The mind never loses this distinction. This end is...

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