and the consequences of their marriage for society
Going down into the microcosm of sub-atomic particles we find that one electron is just like another electron and no individuality is apparent. This means that the electrons are pure quantities that have no differential quality. Even molecules of a particular variety, unlike humans, cannot be distinguished from one another.
What could differentiate one electron from another is position in space. But as the quantum physicists have found out even the precise location cannot be found without losing momentum. It can be estimated and assigned a certain probability. This means that we have to have a group of electrons – to even calculate a probability – before one can find one. This could lead one to question if electrons even exist as individuals.
Quantity increase we know does not mean that the quality increases proportionally; higher mortgage payments do not automatically increase the quality of your real estate. Nor does it mean decrease in quality. So what is the relationship between these two similar sounding words? Total quantity with no quality is impossible, I will show later. Total quality with no quantities involved would be the quality of one single whole.
For our purposes we define quality as the essential character or the intrinsic, indispensable properties that serve to identify something. One could say quality is what makes something to what it is. Thus quality creates identity.
The word identity derives from Late Latin identitās, from Latin idem the same. Any number multiplied by one is that number, as one is the identity for multiplication. Identity can be represented by the number one.
That one cannot conceive of any quantity without quality can be proven mathematically. We take the number two, we see it is an abstraction, so we say two what? Okay.
Let’ say two cars. Now we have something to count and we cannot deny that these two are different cars and that both of them have some quality. However both are cars and as such they are identical, because counting them we only take their car-ness into account. From this, one can easily see that two or more cars can only be counted as such by virtue of the fact of the oneness of car-ness. A car as a concept is a whole, a unit and to count we need the concept not the individual qualities of those cars.
Two divided by two is one. All numbers are divisible by themselves and yield one, thus our reasoning completely proves that quantity cannot exist without a quality based on oneness. And that is why quantity and quality are forever married and quality has priority.
Quality or Essence can easily be proven –as per the above –to be primordial. So why does orthodox science and our monetized society insist on measuring everything before they can consider it real or valuable?
Caspar de Nada
MGT Institute for Consciousness Exploration