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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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62                       II. GENERAL ON STRUCTURE
where such activity would be impossible or hampered, these imposed conditions would lead to degeneration or death.
Similarly with 'rationality'. Once we find in this world at least potentially rational organisms, we should not impose on them conditions which hamper or prevent the exercise of such an important and inherent function. The present analysis shows that, under the all-pervading aristo-telianism in daily life, asymmetrical relations, and thus structure and order, have been impossible, and so we have been linguistically prevented from supplying the potentially 'rational' being with the means for rationality. This resulted in a semi-human so-called 'civilization', based on our copying animals in our nervous process, which, by necessity, involves us in arrested development or regression, and, in general, disturbances of some sort.
Under such conditions, which, after all, may be considered as firmly established, because this investigation is based on undeniable negative premises, there is no way out but to carry the analysis through, and to build up a -system based on negative fundamental premises or the denial of the 'is' of identity with which rationality will be possible.
Perhaps an illustration will make it clearer, the more that the old subject-predicate language rather conceals structure. If we take a statement, 'This blade of grass is green', and analyse it only as a statement, superficially, we can hardly see how any structure could be implied by it. This statement may be analysed into substantives, adjectives, verb.; yet this would not say much about its structure. But if we notice that these words can also make a question, 'Is this blade of grass green ?', we begin to realize that the order of the words plays an important role in some languages connected with the meanings, and so we can immediately speak of the structure of the sentence. Further analysis would disclose that the sentence under consideration has the subject-predicate form or structure.
If we went to the objective, silent, un-speakable level, and analysed this objective blade of grass, we should discover various structural characteristics in the blade; but these are not involved in the statement under consideration, and it would be illegitimate to speak about them. However, we can carry our analysis in another direction. If we carry it far enough, we shall discover a very intricate, yet definite, relation or complex of relations between the objective blade of grass and the observer. Rays of light impinge upon the blade, are reflected from it, fall on the retina of our eye, and produce within our skins the feeling of 'green'., an extremely complex process which has some definite structure.