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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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language, and so we populate the world around us with semantic phantoms which add to our fears and worries, or which lead to abnormal cheerfulness, well known among some 'mentally' ill.
It should be realized that in the A system of evaluation many individuals profit in various ways by what amounts to distracting the attention of mankind from actual life problems, which make us forget or disregard actualities. They often supply us with phantom semantic structures, while they devote their attention to the control of actualities not seldom for their personal benefit. If one surveys the A situation impartially, one occasionally feels hopeless. But, no matter how we now conspire one against another, and thus, in the long run, against ourselves, the plain realization that the difficulty is found in the standards of evaluation, establishes the necessary preliminary step to the escape.
It is a well-known fact that, in a large proportion of 'mental' ills, we find a semantic flight from 'reality' (m.o) when their 'reality' becomes too hard to endure. It is not difficult to see that different mythologies, cults., often supply such structural semantic 'flights from reality'; and that those who actually help, or who are professionally or otherwise engaged in producing and promulgating such semantic flights, help mankind to be un-sane, to deal with phantoms, to create dream states,. There is no longer any excuse in the old animalistic law of supply and demand - that, because there is a demand for such flights, they should be supplied. That argument is not held to apply to those who peddle drugs or wood alcohol. The flights from reality always have the earmarks of 'mental' illness. Very often such actively engaged individuals are themselves ill to the point of hallucinations; they often 'hear voices', 'see visions', 'speak tongues',. Very often other morbid symptoms occur which are similar to those shown by the 'mentally' ill of the usual hospital types. It is not generally realized that, although the patient suffers intensely, he usually shows marked resistance to any attempt to relieve him of his semantic affliction. Only after he is relieved by semantic re-education does the patient realize how very unhappy he was.
The situation is very serious. There is a powerful well-organized system, with enormous wealth behind it, based on A and pre-aristotelian standards of evaluation which keeps mankind in delusional semantic states. Its members do their best, better than they know, to keep mankind un-sane in flights from 'reality', instead of helping to revise the A standards of evaluation and to reorganize the horrible 'realities', all of our own making, into realities less painful. The comparatively few psychiatrists are naturally not a match for such vast numbers of well-