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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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disregard these differences and retain the 'is' of identity, we must somehow copy animals in our nervous processes. Through wrong evaluation we are using the lower centres too much and cannot 'think' properly. We are 'over-emotional'; we get easily confused, worried, terrorized, or discouraged; or else we become absolutists, dogmatists,. The results of such copying of animals are usually tragic, as might be expected. Owing to wrong evaluation we add self-made semantic difficulties to the difficulties which we actually find in nature. When we live in a delusional world, we multiply our worries, fears, and discouragements, and our higher nerve centres, instead of protecting us from over-stimulation, actually multiply the semantic harmful stimuli indefinitely. Under such circumstances 'sanity' is impossible.
It seems that here in the elimination of the 'is' of identity we have put our hands on an extremely powerful reflex-mechanism for the education, or re-education, of our 'emotional' life. As has already been said, suppressing or repressing our feelings is dangerous, and should be avoided. The old animalistic educational systems were built on repression and suppression, with sad results. But since we had no other means of education, we had to use the older means or else abandon this special education altogether. Not so in the new A way with the Structural Differential. We do not repress or suppress. We teach silence on the objective level in general, which is a most impressive 'emotional' education, on perfectly neutral grounds, one of the consequences of the elimination of the 'is' of identity. Any bursting into speech is not repressed; a gesture of the hand to the labels reminds us that words ;ire not objects, or action, or happenings, or feelings. Such a procedure has a most potent semantic effect. It gives a semantic jar; yet this jar is not repression, but the realization of a most fundamental, natural, structural fact of evaluation in which we should all be well trained. Disturbing s.r subside, and no one is 'hurt'. It takes long and persistent training, but the results are most beneficial.
We must note an important difference between a statement involving the 'is' of identity, that 'we are animals' - which has nothing to do with the actual facts; all of us (the animals, too) are not words, but represent absolute individuals and all different - and the statement that we 'copy animals' in our nervous reactions. In the first case, nothing can be done. In the second case, although the results are equally sad, we can stop 'copying animals' the moment the mechanism is discovered and we begin to realize that we are doing so. Thus, the old hopeless becomes hopeful.