I presented this a year ago at the 2011 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Weekend Conference in New York City. What I said about the state of general semantics and the Institute still holds. Since the 2012 conference is coming up, this seems like a good time to re-post this for anyone with an interest in the condition of Korzybski's legacy today. Click right here to link to the downloadable file: Korzybski's Legacy...
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
My endless inquiring makes it possible for me to achieve something at any given date— I get to think about my own thoughts of the situation in which I find myself.
I even think that I think of it.
This gives me the power of flexibility to go with change.
I embrace the infinite progressive sequence of abstracting myself to a higher level of abstraction, of mapping a map, mapping myself, a process I seek to continue indefinitely.
I don't call a halt to the process, because I momentarily have to stop at a given point in it.
I accept the 'infinite' and accept that though I'm a part of it, I can't possess it.
I don't identify myself with one fixed point along the way.
I look 'down' from my viewpoint at a date and appreciate the broader view.
Because I don't reject the knowledge that I do have because it always has some degree of uncertainty, I take courage.
I can pinch my finger.
I can feel my breath.
I can feel the ground beneath my feet.
It is not words.
Whatever I say it 'is', is not it.