General Semantics Can Help You Contact Reality
- Adult humans spend most of their time in contact with thought, not reality.
- General Semantics understands that reality is silent, and contact is only experienced through inner silence.
- General Semantics was founded by Alfred Korzybski, see Science and Sanity.
“General semantics is the science of how not to be a damn fool.” —S. I. Hayakawa
“The analysis of error begins with the analysis of language.” —Hans Reichenbach, The Rise of Scientific Philosophy
GENERAL SEMANTIC RELATED IDEAS
- Being nothing is the only thing you can do.
- Controlling something with nothing fails.
- Everything that you say you are you are not.
- Everything you are is nothing.
- Everything you try to do only kills you more.
- I can talk myself into feeling any way that I want.
- Just because they think it does not mean you have to think it.
- Just because you think it does not mean that you have to take it to heart.
- Lose your mind find your life.
- No behavior is an object. No person is an object. Therefore no person is a behavior.
- No one has ever seen a human being.
- No self is the fake objects called behaviors.
- Show me the thing that you think some behavior is?
- Show me the thing that you think you are?
- The menu is not the meal.
- The self tries to control everything with nothing.
- The thought thing is not the thing.
- There is no such thing as a behavior.
- There is no such thing as a person.
- There is no such thing as yourself.
- We invent something as self from nothing.
- You are not anything for you are not something.
- You are not somewhere for you cannot be anywhere.
- You are responsible for your responses, NOT reality.
- You cannot become something because you are nothing.
- You may think that you are something, but you are nothing.
- Your self can do nothing.
- Your self cannot be something for it is nothing.
- Your self is nothing.
- Your self should do nothing.
- Your self should try nothing.
Albert Ellis on We’re All Insane
- Albert Ellis was voted the second most influential psychologist of all time by the American Psychological Association (APA).
“I found it a most unusual book that makes some excellent points, almost all of which I go along with. It sort of brings Alfred Korzybski up-to-date and makes some points which [sic] are not particularly clear in his own writings.” —Albert Ellis said of the first edition of We’re All Insane!
#Interpretation #Past: 2020-05-01
1. The interpretation is always what is already known.
2. The interpretation of the present is always the past.
3. The interpretation is a destination of the starting point.
4. The interpretation is a projection that might or might not fit some of the territory.
5. The interpretation is a replacement for the interpreted that might or might not promote better coping, problem-solving, or understanding; still, the interpretation is never the interpreted.
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