“is” can be a bit of a lie.

 

  • I’ve wondered about the ‘is” question myself many times. Not being able to give myself a good answer (and I didn’t discover Heidegger ’til you pointed him out to me a few weeks ago), I had to conclude that I must avoid too much “is” and instead use more “perhaps, maybe, appears, seems” language, which I’ve been doing for the past 25 years or so. [the “is” question gave me a headache in high school and I couldn’t find any good example to use it, unless I was trying to prove a point and using “is” as emotional leverage of some kind. I didn’t call it emotional leverage back then… I was a teenager and didn’t talk that way.. but it’s the same reason I didn’t like math in school. I was good at it, but having had computers from when I was 11 and learning about binary and alternate math systems, I knew that the = was a bit of a lie and depended upon the base 10 system. I didn’t really ‘get’ the whole “axiom/proof” thing I learned in Geometry though until about a year ago when I finally went, “Oh! ok, got it. Still don’t like it”
  • Kenneth Udut lol brain vomit up there. To me “is” approximates to “=” and suffers much of the same issue for me: the machinery that has to surround them to make them a ‘truth’.

 

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