It has been suggested that one may lead a horse to water but one cannot coerce the same into drinking thereof.
This blog is based upon my latest (published) project by similar title: “Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose.”
What do Horses and Water have to do with uncommon sense you may ask. Well if we assume that water is somehow significant to horses, than I’m suggesting that “Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose,” is likewise significant to Humans.
Although an analogy only goes so far toward making sense, I shall attempt to continue here as far as it seems reasonalby sensible.
Firstly, (as in the book) I consider conditional words such as “if” to be of pivotal significance in the discovery of significances (or “truths”) if you will.
For instance, water may not be of any significance to a dead or dying horse. Therefore we cannot assume that under any particular set of circumstances that water is in fact significant to a Horse.
[At this juncture it seems likely that a significant number of readers may already have lost interest in this process of sense-making. In the book I refer to such an orientation as “common” as opposed to “uncommon sense-making.” If a horse or horses have ever actually gotten sick or died for the lack of water, yet water was provided in abundance, the analogy continues to hold water (if you will). However there is a marked difference between water and words. At this juncture I can only attempt to persuade any remaining “common-sense-makers” to “hold your horses” and at least attempt to hold out for just a drop of the deluge of uncommon-sense-making “significances” I have attempted to elucidate within the book as well as this blog]
…So, if we assume that water is fundamental to the health and life of any given horse, then I am likewise proposing that knowledge and information is fundamental to our ultimate purpose as Humans. But only if our ultimate purpose is significant.
If our ultimate purpose is of significance (which I argue it is) then purpose is the driver of all other motives (significances).
If we were to assume that a horse’s ultimate “motive” were to survive and reproduce (in which our analogy breaks down a bit in a distinction between motive and instinct), and said horse was capable of drinking and in a state of dehydration, it seems logical to assume that water would be highly significant to said horse.
As alluded to above there is a significant distinction between words and water. Water is highly significant to even a moderately dehydrated Human, however I would argue that Words are of much greater significance since words have become crucial in knowing where to find, how to store, purify, distribute, share, and trade value for, water.
I submit at this juncture that more humans have suffered and perished for the lack of knowledge than the lack of water in pursuit of purpose.
Ironically (particularly in this meridian of time), Humanity is drowning in words and rhetoric; it is more practicable and undemanding to the survival of the self to merely go along with whatever is rhetorically presented (en mass) as significant, regardless of “truth/s.”
Rather than a mere trough of water from which to drink for total instant gratification, we are consistantly presented with innumerable “troughs” sloping over with rhetoric in an attempt to persuade us that particular “significances” are of greater exigency than others.
Although in the book and Blog I support the idea that “truth” is relative to the observer, I also suggest that “gravities” of truth can and do exist between communicants. Just as with any rhetoric, Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose exists to persuade the reader (symbolically) that particular significances are “truer” than others in our quest for Human purpose.
The jury is still out however as to what is actually significant in the pursuit of purpose in terms of both the book and the Blog (although I attempt to go to great lengths to suggest such). The main function of both book & Blog is to create a sort of dialogic “operating system” through which to analyze purpose, motive, and gravities of truth in pursuit of Human purpose.
Ironically it seems much easier to lead a horse to water and pursued it to drink – even though not particularly parched or in dire need – than to persuade Humans (which have been significantly dumbed-down through rhetoric), to pursue knowledge and information unassociated with gratuitous and superficial entertainments, i.e., “bread and circus,” even though the consequences – both concurrently and historically – have been and are much more dire than those of horses.