context and content
The four documents, listed below, coextending like the layers of a map, are four elementary perspectives on semiosis. The first outlines meaning; this underpins the others. The second sets out the elemental relationship between life and information, while the third and fourth describe how this builds both society and individuals. I hope you can find your way through them, however unlikely that might seem.
The ideas we form and choices we make are misdirected when different frames of meaning are unconsciously mixed - there may be an epidemic in our minds, and one too in our souls, but even if so these are not the same. When feeling certain we know what things mean we are at our most vulnerable to deceptions and misunderstanding.
Ψ on being heard
Life was born when an environment was perceived as a pattern of signs - in the beginning was the word, just not a word that we recognize. Every being perceives others in its environment through the signs they make, and as consequence of this awareness, which is intrinsic to life, language and society have emerged and developed.
Δ making sense
fluency and health
Communication is central. From the beginning, as beings have multiplied and developed, their survival has depended upon them successfully interacting with their environment. Finding advantages of protection and empowerment in social integration they evolved, their mental as well as physical well-being coextending with their fluency.
As societies grow and develop their individuals become more dependent upon them and their roles increasingly specialize. Cohesion is achieved by means of a culture, a shared narrative that replicate in the thoughts and behaviours of individuals. By forming new colonies virtually, these cultures grow, competing with others as individuals do.
From the poem: 'Little Gidding', written by T.S Eliot during the air-raids on Great Britain in World War II.
In February 1941, as illness and the war disrupted his ability to write, Eliot began work on 'Little Gidding'. Dissatisfied with each draft, he believed the problem was with himself not the poem. He finished it in September 1942. It was the last in a series of four poems, which he wrote between 1936 and then, that were published in 1943 as: 'Four Quartets'.