Friday, May 20, 2016

From Lifestyles to Metaphysics

[By Hassaan Hyder]

In lay men's understanding metaphysics is the belief/ theory/ idea or thought which is the point of reference of and for anything.

Intention is the purpose/ the "why"/ the driving force behind anything. This intention is derived from the metaphysics.


Knowledge is the outcome of the intention which is fueled by the metaphysics. This knowledge can be accumulated in various ways.

Lifestyle is the way we act/ behave/ live/ socialize/ do things/ view things. The lifestyle is shaped by the knowledge we have accumulated.

It is far easier, efficient and effective to make changes on a lifestyle to directly affect/ modify/ transform the metaphysics.

Thought becomes things but that takes too much time and effort. It is easier to change things around so that thought can be affected. 

Thoughts   =    metaphysics
Things       =    lifestyle

Descartes thought/ beliefs/ theory/ ideology/ is a metaphysics in itself. The reason for that is that his thought gives a framework which is capable of presenting itself as a metaphysics.

His work has been used to create many social systems that we religiously follow which directly affect our lifestyle and thus have a significant impact on our metaphysics.

Now that we have covered some basics of metaphysics and how they operate we can delve further into the application of metaphysics in society.

Following that will be an explanation of how Cartesian and post Cartesian thought affects how we do what we do which directly affects why we do anything.

In sociology and anthropology the process of socialization is whereby humans learn how to be humans.
  • Every society has different  rules that define what is human and what is not.
  • What is human is in one society may or may not be human in another.
The metaphysics which is dominant in a society provides these rules of interpretation of human behavior.

The interesting observation is that if people adopt the life style of an alien culture they imperceptibly also adopt the metaphysics of that culture without realizing and in such a manner that they realize it when it is too late. This is shown by the dotted line in the above figure.

This is what is happening in Pakistan when people adopted the western life style, they also eventually adopted their metaphysics. Similar process can now be observed in their adoption of the Hindu customs of marriages and lifestyle from Indian cinema which has begun to show in the transformation of their metaphysics.

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