Whom-Decides-Meaning?

Socialalchemy.com site created 08-15-2000

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Symbolic Diagram Of The Operations of Nature. From Manly P Hall Book “Secret Teachings of All Ages”. Image by Theodore de Bry

Note: Most important factor to remember about this site is that it’s not a destination. These notes represent messages left on a virtual rest stop on one’s own journey.  

These thoughts are shared notes, some from the author of this site, often from others in the form of hyperlinks.  These notes are not perfect, perhaps poorly edited, and will change over time. 

These notes reflect some of the following:

  • A portion of information that has been passed down by ancestors directly. Then, there is the Interpretation and revisiting certain shared experiences. 
  • Other information comes from various aspects of knowledge attained by associations over the years
  • Then there is experience attained along my own shared journey which I share.  

These notes within these messages may not be for all, but are shared for those who embrace the idea that roads and journeys often exist by many designs. These notes are for traveler who perceive some dimensions of the landscape, upon which the road was designed to exist. The ability to accept, cultivate, and use knowledge of social alchemy: landscaping, intent and design may lead the traveler further on. 

Next before we embrace Social Alchemy, we should review more basic concepts.

As we travel various paths, our perception of organic awareness, changes. If one wisely uses the tools within the art of being and the craft of social growth: perception evolves. If we don’t use these or other useful tools we may struggle comprehend as existence appears to change.

  • What is the meaning of your life? This question should not be confused, with the more general question of what is the meaning of human life?

Note: Perhaps the very idea of the word “Meaning” should be considered? How you define the word will influence greatly how you view this site and the information presented. The term in western philosophy “Meaning” is seen in few ways. Then there is the idea of “Belief” , which also comes into play as we perceptive that which we exist in and perceptive is various ways. Then we should not forget the idea of “Perception“. So the tags, if you like are: meaning, belief and perception. It is useful to refresh one’s ideas on these concepts before going any further on this web site.

On what factors do you base your conclusion on the meaning of your life?

Who, what and why created or controls these factors that have influenced how one defines their life?

Are there reasons why these factors exist? Are their influences upon our lives intentional or just an issue of random events?

In the text: The Philosophy of Freedom [This PDF of the book has useful links] by Rudolf Steiner the very concept of human action, the world as a percept and the notion of freedom are addressed.

These are the questions that underlines the concept of social alchemy and this website. The notion underlining social alchemy is that social forces, human self identity, self determination, biology and one’s physical environment are all factors in how living things grow and change.

 Social alchemist move and grow beyond the realm or a nationalism, religious ideology, or ethnic isolationism, these things are symptoms, but not the final deciding reason why we are here. Yet, anyone can be a social alchemist, its matter of perception, multidimensional health, and tools.

There are social forces that can mold our perception of life, when one exists within the range of such powers.  Awareness of such power is one of the first steps in human self determination and trying to exist with some control over how such manipulation affects one’s life.

If social alchemy is the molding of social structure and behavior, what is the intent of such an intrapersonal and interpersonal art form?

Social Alchemy and Intent:

The manipulation of living things occurs usually with some kind of intent. A gardener’s intent when he cares for plants is to see them grow. Often he wants them to grow a certain way. The Gardner’s intent caring for plants is based on his perception of the ecosphere, his own perceived personal identity and needs..

Does the philosopher like the gardener see himself as a part of the natural environment, thus accepts the notion of an interdependence of all living things? Then again, he may see plants as lower forms of life, just tools to be used for his own needs, such as food or a commodity of trade.

There are some social philosophers who have tried to make sense of how/why of people interact in groups and how such interaction might be influenced by factors around them. Such thoughts are part of the makeup of social rules and structures. Different cultures have addressed this concept of social philosophy in various ways, within the context of their time in history, geographic location, but perhaps also their own scope or range of perception. As we will see: the manipulation and engineering of social groups can reach far beyond the notion of a dualistic enterprise. What affects social interactions, present and future, is partly the creative vision of cultural influencers and sometimes social alchemist This may be issue these players own beliefs, health perception, environmental awareness, and their own social history.