New Insights: the Ideal World is the Real World

This post will doubtless meet with extreme skepticism. But I plan to prove my point here, as usual.  As almost everyone would suggest, this identification, the real with the ideal, encounters too many obvious counter-instances — meaning every tragedy you might read of in the news that makes the headlines.  But these do not clinch the debate so easily as one might imagine.  There’s more.

Recently, in my continuing studies, I began to ponder the point that only one real world exists, and that, when the (more) ideal world arrives via progress of whatever sort, the referent — that thing that our words intend to point at when we say “ideal World” will index exactly the same referent we name today when we say “real world.”  The TRAITS of the real world might change, but not the matching referent to the phrases, Real world, and Ideal World.

Proof 1 — the terms bear precisely the same “extralinguistic referent.”   Think on this.  There never has been any “fall.”  I believe this blog post is an absolute paradigm-shift – in – the – making.  I shall attempt to post more about this subject later.



Because Vocal Harmony Is Just Better: P. Craig’s Top Twenty Favorite Songs (In Stereo)

We may live in tough times, but we can still enjoy the music.

Here, I shall attempt a brief description of the vocal harmony tradition, as a brief list (These are typical and customary, not absolute, descriptions).

  1. A love for the classical sound. Both would have much good to say about the European composers. Note the use of the violin among both groups.  The fact that the violin can be synthesized is here beside the point I intend.  A good violin is a good violin, just as a “voice print” rendered digital (like the digitized sound of WL or BSB on a CD) is still the same band.
  2.  Emotive drive.  Both bands create and implement emotionally-charged ballads we should applaud as “top shelf.”  “Walk Away” and “Spanish Eyes” are both platinum.
  3. Vocal Clarity and (highly-skilled) Modulated Resonance. Try to stay with Kian in the song “Us against the World,” and you could very well hurt yourself.  Brian (BSB) seems to do this kind of thing almost as second nature sometimes.
  4. Streaming Melody.  The opposite of “streaming” would be “choppy,” “rough,” “brutish,” “abrupt,” volatile — er, just think of an “auditory mugging”  (Some hip-hop and most disco).
  5. Contrived and Controlled Empathy.   This perspective enables the listener to see through the eyes of someone they have never met, and yet feel what they feel.
  6. Imaginative Transposition.  This term describes the ability to make you feel like you live for the moment, in another time, and in another place – A World of Their Own, so to speak.
  7. The Quest for Symphony and Harmony United. Well, sometimes. Not every song suits this purpose; but some do.   In my Ideal music-theory world, this always happens in all instances of superlative music. This is in part an explanation of why I like WL and BSB so much, and think of 90% of the music — the other guys — so far created as, well, dismal and mediocre.
  8.   Personal-Relational Theme Development.  Their music treats the topics (e.g. “love lost and recovered,” or “life lived well in a volatile world”), and creates the settings, where people and narration interact to show what is (Sometimes what OUGHT TO BE) truly human.  Some explore human potential  or progress (We ought to be “more than just amazing.”   Songs that aim at social criticism occasionally adopt a different motif than the personal-relational, but those are exceptional.
  9. Dramatic Engagement.  The VH (vocal harmony) narrations of these groups often transition with a kind of sudden transition (or slow-then-faster, or quiet-then louder, transition) that introduces new momentum, in stages, with intermittent refrains. The “new momentum” often involves “dramatic flare.” “Maybe Tomorrow,” and “Drowning” both  show these kinds of “Pick-me-ups.”  Taylor has quite a few songs that do this too.
  10. Choreographed dancing often attends the musical presentation of VH groups.  This shows and underscores the intended unity of VH in motion.  It says “We are One,” and “We’ve got the moves like Jagger.”
  11. They Aim to Explore the Full Range of Emotional Expression.  I do not believe I need to say much about this aspect of VH, since the songs sing for themselves on this “Obvious” count.
  12. They often Explore DreamWorld and Real World.

DreamWorld can be good and even “Ideal,” (e.g. Answer to our Life), OR it can be harsh and illusory (e.g. Fool Again).   Reality themes include “If Your Heart’s Not In It,” which reminds us that, for a relationship to last, and for it to be worth the risk involved, its love has to be real.

I’ll continue this post later, if time and any new insights might warrant additional comments.  Remember, whatever your view, the right answer is “Because VH is just better.”

The Ideal Value System: Life + Joy

Here are the most important elements of this extremely important hendiadic value:

  1.  The ultra-life diet and lifestyle
  2. Freedom & opportunity
  3. Friendship & work
  4. Entertainment & leisure
  5. Romance and Marriage (Living Together in Harmony & Joy)
  6. Arts & Culture (Including 8 Annual Festivals, each of which celebrates one of the ideal values)
  7. Language & Humor

Further Studies in Ideal Values: What We Mean By “Wisdom & Understanding”

What is WIsdom and Understanding?

The ideal value system has a decidedly empirical emphasis in its grasp of W & U because this virtue must be practical; it has to work well in the real world to count as wisdom.

To grasp what we might mean by this hendiad [value], we will begin to specify its eight parts this way [Here, the “*” means to indicate the connctive “and”] :

1. Patience * Self-control

Time remains the important element here.  Patience is extremely important because it takes a longish time to develop excellent character, and to grow one’s wealth.  Patience enables one to take the long-term view, to create a 1-year, 5-year, 20 year * 50 year (or even 100 year) schedule to live out his/ her life wisely, and to follow the schedule.

Self-control aims to manage one’s self internally and externally to maximize behaviors consistently with profitability and the creation of value over time, & to make these as useful for promoting the success of others as one might.  My favorite Chinese addage is this: He who rules his spirit, rules the world.

2. Discretion * Discernment

Discretion identifies the limits (legal and ethical boundaries) of excellent speech and behavior, carefully managing to stay well within them, while navigating one’s course to success, throughout her lifetime.

Discernment studies to place within their correct categories the various ideas & objects, processes and phenomena, one encounters.  It manages them with skill the way a taxonomist does the animals he works to classify accurately.  Which members belong with which sets?  Discernment answer this question aright every time.

3. Education [Includes sciences and free market studies] * Training [To Develop profitable skills and skill sets]

Not just any education will do. The point of real education skips the bare memorization of scads of obscure factoids, say, to impress people at cocktail parties.

One’s education should aim at studying those elements of human achievement and cultural development that most closely fit the ideal value system — the wise, the innovative, the profitable, the ideal, the humanitarian, the way systems actually work (science and technology), and how to improve them, business ethics, etc.

4. Strategy * Tactics

5. Insight * Innovation

6. Ideal Studies * Ideal Principles

7. Studies in Intelligence and Learning [efficiency]: LE is called “Heuristics”

8. The Study of Systems * Optimal operations/ functionality

If any important change takes place in my view on this topic, I will post it here.  The reader can also expect elaborations on these subtopics [8] to appear here.