short note: Not political but META-political

If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

Confucius, Analects

To progress towards understanding the broad currents of the world requires a reduction in the level of confusion below a certain threshold, dependent on the individual and the context they live within. Yet understanding is easily confused due to an innumerable array of factors, some of which are well known such as differences in values, rights, goals, etc., which vary between individuals and groups.

Other factors less well known though can be equally confounding.

One such confounding factor is the confusion over the term ‘political’. The misusage and confusion over the term, judging from historical sources, seems to be growing along with the growth in complexity of human society. In hindsight this makes sense as the sophistication in our language, and the metaphysical world that it expresses, has not kept pace in mass culture with the increase in sophistication of the physical world we are surrounded by.

Upon repeated close observation over the human and societal characteristics that the word ‘political’ purports to describe, I get the impression that oftentimes what was actually meant were characteristics of a ‘meta-political’ nature, a second-order phenomena as opposed to a first-order phenomenon.

Much like consistently confusing physics and metaphysics, philosophy and metaphilosopy, emotions and metaemotions, consistently confusing politics and meta-politics inevitably leads to digging traps beyond the capacity of individuals to escape.

Hopefully as society advances there will be a trend towards increased knowledge and understanding of higher order phenomena and their resultant consequences.