Metaphysics Bringing “metaphysical mind set” into my life has been a tremendously rewarding experience. It made me realize that most often humans have propensity for getting by something with the least possible expenditure of thought because thinking appears to be hard and burdensome to them. However, tackling something with a minimum of thought is like driving in twilight with no lights on. According to Heidegger, it is a downright hindrance to pure objective employment of one’s intellect, which amounts to no more than an impediment to an enhancement of one’s cognitive powers. I view science as the primary means of learning about life.
Science becomes our passion when we realize that it is the grounds for our existence. However, man’s cognitive processes are based on his or her perceptions where human five senses are the only tools for acquiring data from the outside world. Sadly enough, all scientific systems people created tend to be incomplete and full of paradoxes since it’s impossible to get out of oneself to see the world in itself, that is the way the world truly IS. Hence, it would be reasonable to conclude that humans do not have the accurate and the true knowledge of the natural laws comprising the Universe. Nevertheless, science improves as better and more accurate data is extracted from the outside world with humans developing sophisticated technology as means of obtaining more precise scientific data.
Thus, as science and technology get more advanced, humans become conscious of metaphysical problems they had never encountered. From this standpoint, I believe that science and metaphysics have the common goal but different ways of reaching that goal. Metaphysics and science go hand in hand in their evolution. It’s greatly fascinating for me to regard myself as a metaphysical object full of mysterious unexplored intrinsic methods to cognize the unsolved systems inside and outside of us. Every achievement offers several options of going a particular direction. For example, one can use technology the way the ancient Greeks meant it to be used, particularly utilizing the sense of the word techne. On the other hand, one can degrade oneself perverting the original purpose of the technology advancement.
Thus, I assume that one can legitimately view human progress in all fields of science and humanities as a recursive process deepening and broadening the tree structure of various paths humans can take to achieve their goals. It implies that more metaphysical questions will arise in the future as the progress goes on. One might argue that metaphysical questions appear born, emerge out of nothingness without having previously existed in nothingness. Being a soft determinist, I am personally inclined to believe that all the metaphysical questions that have arisen, arise, and will arise had previously existed. They do not appear born. We simply become aware of them as we advance our evolutionary realization of the world’s complexity.
We merely find ways of extrapolating them from the world in itself, from the true world outside of us. All in all, metaphysics reveals itself to me as an unquenchable urge to be ushered unto the noble and innovative task of getting in tune with actuality. It’s not a new religion, neither is it a system created by men. Rather, it constitutes an intrinsic desire to know the truth, to choose the impartial path devoid of prejudice, bias, or preconceived notion. Choosing this path requires a certain level of maturity, and I candidly hope that in the future I can truly call myself a metaphysician, which is not a profession, but a way of life.