Comprehension – A Canticle of Reality (14)


Comprehension is like a flower.
The flower is the striking beauty of a plant: the takeaway of comprehension.
But the ephemeral flower depends upon the leaves, which soak up light: the construals of data that render comprehension.
The leaves depend upon the stems: the relations of concepts that comprise comprehension.
The stems depend upon the roots: the assumptions that are the basis of comprehension.
The roots depend upon the soil: the paradigm by which comprehension arises.
Comprehension falters by pretext: appreciating the flower while ignoring the roots. This failure is the myopia of being stuck in the middle.
True comprehension is not of the flower, but of the entire plant and its habitat. Only in this soil does the garden of knowledge grow.



Comprehension is an affirmative construal event. The mind decides that the snapshot it has taken is representative and a useful addition to its knowledge base.

When we look at a plant, we are first drawn to its flowers, which we consider the epitome of floral beauty. Flowers are indeed a beacon, albeit one that the plant intended for a select audience: pollinators.

Flowers are an ephemeral expression, a minor portion of a plant’s life cycle. Comprehension is like a flower in taking what is most fascinating as apprehension. Especially for those with low awareness, comprehension focuses on the most striking, which is not necessarily the most accurate from a holistic perspective.

Comprehension depends upon one’s reality paradigm. Believing in dualism or matterism invariably results in misunderstanding the proverbial plant.

Relying upon the wrong assumption about reality is the mental state of “being stuck in the middle”: inability to get to the root of reality. Science turns into fiction with the blithe assumption of dualism or matterism, by confusing artifacts for energetic dynamics. American writer Hellen Keller observed, “The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction.”

A reality paradigm settles into the mind, growing roots that pervade perspective. Misconception is not easily removed, even if later found to be a worthless weed. This is especially true for those in iğnorance, who lack mental fluidity.

Knowledge is not an amalgamation of myopia. Genuine comprehension is holistic. A genuine philosophy is consistent at every scale of conceptualization.

English philosopher and economist Adam Smith wrote in the 18th century, “the theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts is the one that must rule all observation.” That theory is energyism, the reality paradigm which underlies the philosophy in this book.

Once one has the correct paradigm, facts fit together into a verified coherence. Nature’s display and dynamics are viewed as composing a wondrous whole.