on the nature of ‘IS’

SKS – Every philosophical article uses the word “is” many times. But how can we discuss about anything at all if we do not know what “is” is? How can we talk about what we humans “are” if we do not know exactly what “to be” actually means? The big philosopher Heidegger noticed that and tried all his life to answer what “is” is. He failed. Can we do something more?SK – Philosophy is the search for the truth concerning life that is still a mystery. Philosophy is the science of  answering the unanswered mega questions of life. The most important question is the truth of things; the very nature of things; the very essence of the reality behind life and every thing in it.  The most important question related to “is/am” is – what is the very nature of my own self?. Who is I – who am I ?  “Is”  represents the very nature of ‘being’ of persons and things. “Is” means the very fundamental reality of any phenomena including humans. Philosophy tries to help in making sure that we know exactly what the fundamentals are that compose each and every aspect of life.

My own work is devoted to finding what the destination of each life should be; as well as how to get there. The “is” of any aspect of life can be uncovered only by means of the brain. The quality of the brain determines the quality of how close to the truth the “is” is perceived. The comprehension level of “is” for each brain level is different. For a premature brain the omnipotent self image distorts the meaning of “is” and as a result the life of a -2 premature brain is also -2. Only the +2 super mature brain is able to perceive “is” as “is”. Thus my work, my philosophy, is devoted to making available on a mass scale brain education that ensures a brain that perceives the self just as it “is”.

SKS – I have read that the “self” is actually a line every person draws between him/her-self and everything else in the cosmos. Where you will put that line and where you will draw the limit between “you” and the “others” depends on the person. Does that fit anywhere in the -2/+2 scale you mention? What is that scale exactly? Has anyone reached the level of perceiving the self as it “is”?

SK – All human behavior stems from the brain and the quality of the behavior depends upon the quality of the brain. Where the person draws the line also depends on the brain level. For a premature brain it is all me, me and me. It is me and everyone else. For an immature mind it is mostly me and my family. And everyone else. For a mature brain me and my family comes first and then everyone else is just as equal. For a super mature brain there is no line. The whole world is one family where everyone else is # 1 irrespective of class or creed.

I have quantified the mind/brain development into four basic stages as follows:

1) Premature mind of a new born child quantified with a value of negative 2.
2) Immature mind of a teenager quantified with a value of negative 1.
3) Mature mind of an adult quantified with a value of positive 1.
4) Super mature mind of a master quantified with a value of positive 2.

Those who develop their minds to the +2 super mature level are able to know, understand and become their true self just the way the self “is”.

My rough guess is that about 4 – 5 % of entire societies are -2. In third world countries the % is probably 60% -1, 20% +1 and 15% +2. In countries like America 50% is +1, 30% -1 and 15% +2. This is all due to lack of proper emotional intelligence education. Most people can be educated into becoming +2.

Yes my guess is that there are quite a few people who perceive their self just the way it “is”. However even  in +2 there are levels. For instance Jesus is the Field Marshal of +2. Gandhi is a 5 star general. President Obama is a 3 star general!

SKS – I think that the most insightful result of your reasoning is that the highest level of maturity results in a human perceiving himself as “one thing” with the whole cosmos itself. Thus “is” for humans becomes equal to the ”is” for the cosmos. However does it define “is” or it just transforms the question to another?

SK – Super maturity creates the brain power to actualize the real self. It enables each person to become what he really is – a selfless and humble part of the whole cosmos. It truly defines who one is. It is the quality of the brain that determines the quality of the is/am.

The highest level of emotional maturity is well recognized since the ancient times – it is called wisdom. What they could not figure out is what is wisdom exactly. Wisdom is the natural potential in every human being. It flowers when the emotional brain becomes super mature. When the full potential of the brain is actualized then the brain projects wisdom automatically.

KS – “is” is a good start for a philosopher .
what does it mean, when we say : A is B .
my idea is the same as that of Noam Chomsky and of SK :
it’s the system or the structure of our brain, which enables us to have a system or a structure inour brain which enables us to learn a language
the (formal) nature of “is” is : A is A .CQ – I like the starting premise, “The Nature of is but I’m not quite ready for the level of debate and complexity that SKAKOS and SK have already plunged into. To me, “is” first denotes “existence” in raw experience. Next, “is” may represent  a connection between something like a term and its definition, for example “Philosophy is an affection for wisdom”. Then ‘is’ may attach a quality to a value in a generalization, for example “Simple is better” or it can join a cause and effect together into a statement like “Wisdom is born of pain.”  ‘Is’ might also be used in a specification such as “That is about all I have to say on this point, at least for now.”

SK – CQ’s defining of is in different shades/contexts of meanings is beautiful. While in the context of philosophy, where philosophy is the quest for uncovering the fundamental nature of the truth behind reality/life; is/am is about expressing the true nature of mans existence/life and everything else in it. Is is about helping to connect the dots and arrive at the truth.

It is about explaining reality just as it’s is is. The other synonym of is is truth.  Is connects the subject to its true meaning or state.

KS – i took out the h3 tags in the posting of SK . text is not a header .
@ CQ : five stars !

SKS – I agree that CQ stated some extremely interesting points! Indeed “is” can be used to denote “being” and to note characteristics of things. And the more simply you think about “is” the better, since ”is” is a “primitive” notion that is encapsulated in everything. One thing Parmenides (Greek philosopher) stated about “being” is that a thing can either “be” or “not be”. Is that something we agree upon? He also said that we cannot talk about something that “does not exist”. We cannot talk or analyze something that “is not”. Again, what are your opinions on that?

KS – the examples above show that “A is B” connects or joins A and B in the same way we join or connect an answer and a question . “A” is the question and “B” is the answer . and the answer is always yes : A is B .
in the case of “is not B” the answer is always no .
Parmenides is right . “nothing” does not exist . we can’t imagine a total void room .
btw. in the case of a term and its definition we can define : “is a B” .


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