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On the Theoretical and the Practical

by Lee Duane FitzSimmons

Upon the examination of the cognitive faculties, it can be reasoned that there are various forces at work that affect the ability to draw conclusions. Because of these forces, many different end results are often at odds with each other. If there are different agendas at work, then different subjective passions may be responsible for producing different conclusions. The effect is obviously multiplied if these agendas are in competition with each other.

One of the more important guides that may be of use to the intellect is the ability to identify the conclusions that can readily make the jump from theoretical concoction to practical application. The mental filters that are used by many individuals and the actual filters used by reality are not quite the same. The filters used by many creative types are very loose because they are often used as creative tools that sift through ideas for various aesthetic creations. Oftentimes, there are many great aesthetic manipulations created by adjusting ideas that may or may not be practical in certain situations yet perform marvelously in the aesthetic realms. This phenomenon occurs because the aesthetic dimensions are not always subjected to the harsh reality of actual utility.

Selfportrait with brother Philipp, Justus Lipsius and another scholar by Peter Paul Rubens (1611)

Of course, there is always the use of non-practical theories as catalysts for new ideas that are merely adjustments or alterations of previously existing concepts. Sometimes, a new conceptualization that is created in this manner manages to find a very solid landing on the cherished grounds of practical application. However, regardless of how a new idea is created, these new discoveries are often capable of either supplementing or replacing existing solutions already entrenched within functioning society. When this type of situation occurs, the newly created solution is generally unwelcome because other similar solutions are already procuring privilege for one or more commercial entities. These entities are usually not very fond of having their privileges either reduced or eliminated.

Therefore, unless an idea's creator is politically and economically capable of bringing a concept and its practical application into the mind of humanity's collective consciousness, the basic idea and its application could remain dormant and stagnate over the course of time. So even if the crossover from theoretical to practical is accomplished, the crossover from practical to accepted must still be made. It is this final step that usually determines whether or not a new idea is implanted within the fabric of society. In order to accomplish this final element, the new idea must be introduced to a large enough percentage of the population so that its truth will be allowed to spread throughout society.

Although political manipulations might aid or hinder this process, the truth of an idea cannot be stopped once it is known by a large enough number of people.

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