Wednesday, December 2, 2015


We percieve the world in a semantic integrity.  When we see a Mercedes, we percieve it as a car, as a vehicle, as a product, as a composite material, as material and finally as a being and  we treat it according to the attributes and functions these categories/classes provide.

The semantic integrity arises from a semantic three that we form and maintain through our life experiences.  Anything we experience is recorded in our episodic memory together with the time/place information of  occurrence.  The pith of the information that is driven from the episodic memory is recorded into the semantic memory as knowledge.  Knowledge is transformed into meaning in the semantic memory.

The knowledge of Mercedes being a car attaches Mercedes to the car node in the semantic three.  This enables us to infer that Mercedes is a vehicle and thus it carries people and goods.  Semantic three comprises everything that we learn personally.  The common knowledge of humanity accumulated in the universal semantic three includes everything we know as human from the beginning till now.

There is no doubt about the lower leaves of the semantic three but there are different approaches to the understanding of the top node, namely the root.  The root of the universal semantic three is considered as creator, the 'creator' from which everything is inherited.

Some believe that the top node is 'matter' itself and everything is inherited from 'matter'.  I believe 'matter' and 'non-material beings' are children nodes of the 'creator' node.  The 'non-material beings' are inherited by ideas or different disciplines of thinking such as science, religion, ethics etc.

Religion provides an understanding of the creator and semantic integrity and a discipline of living according to this understanding.  There are/has been different religions with different  names and understanding for the 'creator'.  There is also 'agnostic' approach which accepts the status of the creator but does not instantiate it.

RUMI stresses the unity of beings, emphasizes that they come from the same 'creator' and states that they are the reflections of God the creator. This provides a mind-set of seeing the common points in conflicts rather than magnifying the differences.

RUMI points at a better understanding of the meaning of life which serves tolerance and tenderness.