Vocabulary: Subjectivity and Objectivity

Subjects and Objects are differentiated in Quadernity to follow the action around the quadrants using the simple grammatical definitions.

Subjectivity and objectivity are the noun forms of the adjectives subjective and objective.  Digging deeper, any determination of what could be described by either of the adjectives, subjective or objective, would, of course, depend upon the definitions of subject and object being used.  So let’s compare the several different meanings found in the dictionary, including the way most grammar school students first learn about subjects and objects — describing parts of a simple sentence.  We will summarize now, and then list the definitions in a chart afterward.

Subjective can be defined as biased, not impartial, or based upon someone’s opinions.  The word, subjective, can be used to refer to something that exists only in one’s mind that otherwise has no physical existence, so subjective is sometimes used to mean interiority.  The grammatical use of subjective pertains to the subject of a verb.

Objective, the antonym of subjective, means the opposite.  The word, objective, can be defined as free of bias, or impartial.  Objective can be used to refer to something having a physical existence, so objective sometimes refers to an external reality.  The grammatical use of objective pertains to the object of a verb.

Subj Obj Definitions.001Simple Sentences and Complex Philosophy

Minimal sentence structure solely requires either an exclamation or a verb.  A command, “Run!”, carries the implied subject, “(You) run!”  The second simplest sentence names the subject and its state or action, the verb.  Third simplest structure is subject-verb-object (SVO).

We learn early that the subject of a sentence does something through a verb, and what that action relates to is the object of the sentence.  The transaction between subject and object is the verb (or predicate).  How is this grammar school foundation to our understanding of language going to rise into the heights of philosophy?  Perhaps it is the other way ’round, and a quintessential relationship of life itself rose through evolution to be reflected in language patterns of our species.

Quadernity takes us step by step from the basics.

Subject –> Verb/Action –> Object

Subjective and objective are used to distinguish cases of pronouns.  ‘I’ is the first person subjective pronoun with the capacity to act: ‘I’ make things happen.  ‘Me’ is the first person pronoun for an object at the effect of an action or status: Happenings affect ‘me’.  The understood sequence, Cause-Action-Effect, is expressed by Subject-Verb-Object.  In terms of linguistic topology, this structure is labeled SVO (subject-verb-object).

Scientists and those perusing the field of consciousness studies currently employ limited standardized definitions.  For them, objectivity refers to exterior reality and measured physical bodies; subjectivity refers to interior experiences and immeasurable non-physical ideas.  Quadernity explores elementary linguistic topology for hidden-in-plain-sight treasures of truth, and then mines the simple syntactical definitions of subject and object for here-to-fore hidden, yet scintillating insights into a stubborn conundrum called the hard problem of consciousness.

Reactivity of Objects vs. Proactivity of Subjects

Chain reactions occur as the effect/Object of the initial cause/Subject is passively or reflectively regenerated.  When reductionist science seeks for original source by going backwards in the progression, reverting to smaller and scales, looking for a fundamental particle, they shall find their endeavor is futile.  The original cause is not another Object, only different by degree/scale, but a Subject, entirely different in kind.

When we behave by rote, by habit, or by conditioning, we are behaving as reactive Objects at the effect of previous stimuli, rather than proactive Subjects who use our genius to tap the Omniscience of ECP to Create/OUTform or to INform anew.

Objects that operate at a superficial level produce as results homeostasis, pattern reinforcement, familiarity, and inertia.  Subjects, on the other hand, are causal operators who dive deep to deliver Objects that stimulate evolutionary advancement.

When the Female Subject Creates/OUTforms on purpose, Her offspring/Object is freshly inspired.  She must Pull/invite/receive an inspiration around which She can crystallize a material Object.  Mothers of prophets, whose teachings live on eternally, are often described as virgins who are inseminated by a Holy Spirit, rather than by an ordinary man.  Now we understand the allegory; such a Mother is in sharp contrast to an uninspired Female Subject, who merely re-creates Objects that leave nary a trace when they expire at the hand of entropy.

When the Male Subject Informs on purpose, He chooses/Pulls input by careful attunement and His meaning-making emanates/Pushes only Patterns of impeccability.  Otherwise, His thoughts would be no more than the echoes of others before Him, contributing nothing to conscious evolution.