It’s precisely this that led me to realize that I wasn’t looking for “the answer” but for “my answer” and hence, building my own Ontology to describe my Theory.(using Theory Theory as my model for Theory).
It’s the only way I could get around the seeming arbitrariness of category in that yes, it is arbitrary but ALSO, it’s ok that it’s arbitrary and also yes, it’s okay to choose how I want to best construct my ontology and possibly taxonomy and theory of how this ontology functions.
Analogy: Money is a legal fiction but that does not make it any less real and consequential.
We’re mostly “empty space” yet we’re also not.
I used to go into battles with Chris until it ‘clicked': building a theory which best describes reality from your perspective in a manner that is as universal as possible is about as honorable a pursuit as I could imagine.