3 MODES OF KNOWING.
The Simple Stage – An uninformed or naive view of reality. One who engages in this world view is wrapped up within his or her own experience, nuances, and subjectivity. This level of knowing belongs to children or ignorant adults who are unaware of the deep and underlying structures beneath the perceivable and immediate reality.
The simple stage/view of reality of thought is the self in its primordial state, and almost biologically programmed state. Many of the amatory problems of life do not arise in thought at this stage of development. The simplicity of thought lacks the rationality and the knowledge it needs to rupture the symbolic. Therefore, thought is trapped and warped tightly within the invisible boundary of the imaginary, where it thinks it knows itself, but it really doesn’t. Thought in this stage is self-refuting, self-referencing, self-illusionary, and self-deceptive.
The Complex Stage- Most educated adults are aware of and capable of complex cognition. It is having awareness of the underlying structures and complex systems of the world. But complex thinkers sometimes fail to identify, clarify, and abstract connections and patterns that are situated within complex structures.
This second stage of thought is the antithesis (complexity) to the thesis (simplicity), where thought projects and “throws” itself outward, into a path or journey of uncertainty, chaos, and probabilities. This journey into the desert of the Real can be perplexingly alienating, but if the trajectory of the spatial temporal unfolding of thought follows through and is guided by the predisposed and symbolic patterns of deep structure, the knowledge of such structure should be obtained, preserved, embodied, and applied. Schooling, learning, and skill acquisition is crucial at this stage of thought because without it, simple-thought (thesis) could never merge, unite, and harmonize with complex-thought (antithesis) to form a final synthesis in a dialectal, sequential and horizontal manner. However, thought must be careful not to be overly embedded with the multiplicity of information and be carried away with the skills it had acquired. It must be careful not to stray away from its course of trajectory into the states of over-complexity, cognitive overload, and alienation. It is dangerous for thought to cling itself onto the external stimuli of knowledge, for the more one knows, the more one doesn’t know what he knows or does not know. The internal field of pure creativity and consciousness can be easily polluted and contaminated by external factors to a point where thought loses its originality.
The Complex Simplicity (a.k.a. informed simplicity) Stage – Complex/Informed simplicity is the most enlightened and informed view of reality. It is the third level of knowing. One must start out in simplicity, move towards complexity, and with a stroke of intelligence, manifest and recover the mind back to a mode of informed simplicity. One has to be complex before one can be simple, for simplicity comes from taking away complex systems and recognizing and clarifying their patterns and mixtures. Such abstraction is a crucial step towards obtaining order from disorder.
The third stage of thought is the birth of a new thought. It is the synthesis of the simple and complex modes of thinking. The informed simplicity mode of thought is to be applied to the pragmatic and the practical, but only after shedding the layers of pollution and cognitive/information overload thought has accumulated over the years during its complexity and learning period. This is the stage where human consciousness attains self-understanding. It completes its vocation when it reaches the point at which its own origin, progression are fruitfully productive and creative.
Note that not every thought is capable of reaching this stage, for most thoughts cannot get over the second stage of knowing. For many thoughts lose themselves in the process of the journey of self-alienation. Some thoughts are warped and trapped in the multiple realms of the symbolic, never rupturing it to the point where they project themselves onto the patterns of the deep structure of the real. These poor consciousness get carried away in the complexity and contingency of knowledge, education, language, numbers, and equations. They cling themselves tightly onto the skills they learned, the truth (with a small t) they discovered without considering the possibilities of returning to the primordial and instinctual stage of Truth and of simplicity. Instead of being flexible, dynamic, and fluid in their modes and styles of thinking, these thoughts are rigid, mechanical, overly reflective and analytical. These thoughts failed to “forget” about what they learned in order to apply their knowledge and skills to tap into the pure and unconscious flow of creativity.
Ideas must regain their original nuances of simplicity and flexibility while applying the information they have learned onto their kinesthetic impressions as they pursuit their personal interests and practicing they own skills. This is the stage where thought recovers and regains itself to the instinctual and the primordial, the intuitional and the sentimental. Here, thought evolves into a stage where ideas move toward ultimate reconciliation and telo; reason and freedom in the sense that thought does without doing, and thinks without thinking. Truth is reached by thought in this final stage, where thought overcomes all struggles that were embedded and latent in the simplistic and the complex mode to become a single thought pattern that is unifying, self-creating, self-understanding, and self-revealing.