Copying without copying

The methods which we use to describe objects have also led us to a way of seeing things and objects surrounding us. In maths, ‘1 + 1 = 2’ is a rule, a rule that we have all been taught from childhood, and now this rule no doubt has become a truth. But what is the 1 and what is the other 1? And how is it that two separate units (1 and 1) can combine into one unit (2) again? ‘Real objects are units, but not empty poles of unity, since this would make all things identical. Things also have qualities that belong to them while differing from them’.14 We count people, but we all know each of them is unique, even in the case of identical twins. However, quantification can make us forget how vibrant objects are. We may say: two glasses of water and One Thousand and One Nights, but are the two glasses filled with the same water? And is the thousand and one night the same or different nights?

The replication of objects does not necessarily result in them losing their inner-soul. Everything that exists in this universe, ‘handmade and readymade, manufactured object and crafted object, written and printing, language and image, visualization and conceptualization infect and “correct” each other’.They are here and they affect together. Just because human beings cannot hear objects speak does not mean that they do not communicate. In traditional Chinese philosophy ‘Five Phases Theory’ is used to describe interactions and connection between objects. Things might have their own language, and can communicate. Humans can be very self-centered, despite knowing there are still many unknowns in the world. But they still prefer to believe the world is how they believe it. Human beings develop in ways that create a self-altered way of being in the world, even though they know so little. In simple terms they follow their belief system to reinforce the idea of the world caused by the belief system they have inherited.

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