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THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
we have put on her. Our language structure is such that we use the "is" of identity without an awareness of its fixating and limiting character.
2. Korzybski makes another point, this in connection with the Law of Contradiction: A is not not-A.
The order to which Korzybski subscribes is, in his language, "multi-dimensional" This means that order is established in "multi" (many) "dimensions" (directions). If all things are process and all things are related, any one thing may conceivably be "A" to one set of related circumstances and not-A to another. Thus something may be both A and not-A.
When we "think" or talk about a person or a thing, we forget that we perceive and evaluate that person or thing from a unique perspective. We forget that everyone everythingis part of a situation-as-a-whole which is, itself, only part of a broader situation-as-a-whole, etc. We see so little from a particular perspective and we are inclined to forget the more.
Jack, the grocer, for instance, looks at Mr. A and finds him a miser. Mr. A goes into the grocery and haggles over the price of vanilla wafers, but, of course, only for the principle of the thing. Vanilla wafers are sold across the street for one cent less. Jack the grocer will tell you that Mr. A is (of identity) a miser. But Mr. A's wife, who never goes near the grocery, incidentally, parades around in a mink stole and wears a diamond that would choke a horse. Mrs. A does not "think" Mr. A is a miser; for her, Mr. A is (of identity) a sugar daddy.
Any single thing is an atomic event in space-time with an infinity of relationships. Korzybski believes that the Law of Contradiction is inapplicable to a world of process, of uniqueness, of relatedness, and of multi-dimensional order.