The “Elemental” Absolutes

This is a philosophical post.

As a younger man, I did a lot of traveling and searching.  I sought the knowledge of such lofty ideals as: truth, god, wisdom, etc.  I’m not really sure I even want to think about any of these anymore, but this isn’t about that search.  It’s about finding the real treasure of our existence.  The one that surrounds us every day and is so blatantly obvious that we tend to ignore it.

  • When we drop something, it falls.
  • When we listen, we hear.
  • When we apply force to the wedge, it splits the wood down the path of the grain.
  • When we craft something with attention to detail and quality, we get quality results.

The beauty of the obvious is that it can be universally shared.  The physical properties of our world are an inherent experience and are not open to subjective interpretation.  They are not limited by belief, doctrine or dogma.  They are foundational, elemental, perhaps the only “truth.”

Often, when we journey into this world seeking to find some enlightening “truth” it becomes far too easy to ignore what is right before us at all times.  The elements of iron, wood, water, whatever, are right before us sharing their wisdom every single moment.  Are we even willing to observe and gather this information?

This may seem silly to many of you, but the reason I feel inspired to write about this is because many of us have a tendency to distort, ignore or minimize these simple truths.

It is easy to get caught up in our ideas, thoughts, philosophies, institutions, you name it.  But, I find it helpful to remember that these ever-changing and adapting intellectual paradigms are founded on the backs of very simple, every-day truths.  Water erodes things, wood rots, hot steel bends easily, so many more.  I want to work with and to know these unchanging principles.  I want to find out how those absolutes move within me and effect me on every level.  With that kind of knowledge, maybe I’ll be able to take a stab at interpreting some of the more complex information that the world of human affairs has to offer.

But until then, I’ll keep working with wood.




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