On contexts

In talking about lived reality we need to speak about contexts, surroundings, environments, and that we live | behave | respond | exist in contexts of which we are but dimly conscious.

"Contexts" is fuzzy metaphor. Indeed it may prove hopelessly so. We can think of it as surrounding landscape. Or, in its literary manifestation, the surrounding sentences, situation, and discussion on which a sentence makes sense, or has a point.

Most of our sentences are spoken in contexts of understanding where the speaking and the meaning are made clear by the the surrounding situation.

We have evolved to respond to contexts. We know how to behave in multiple contexts even as we cannot name these contexts or say exactly what and how we respond in them. We do not have the words to describe these contexts, if for no other reason than we are a multi-processing being [q.v.]

There are contexts of landscape, contexts of social behavior and contexts of linguistics. There are contexts of flight or fight, hunting, contexts, dances, ceremonies, sports, and many others.

What is interesting about humans is that in many contexts we do not know what the other person will be bespeaking. Our understanding of contexts is weak, and we flip between contexts with hardly a thought, nearly unaware of the change. We flip in behavior and we flip in words. (Words | language are part of elaborate and undefined behaviors in contexts. There are many appropriate responses to words, and many inappropriate ones.)

Contexts define us in that we learn who we are (and what is appropriate) in contexts.

Contexts is not (of course) the right word. (What philosophy word (a word for something we are hardly aware of and that is most likely beyond our simple comprehension) is.) I use the word contexts for the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.

It is hard to know what metaphorical image to use here. And a working hypothesis, mind processes|explores all at once

We make sense of things within not only context aware of but also within contexts we are not aware of. Some can be know. Language, air, Some can't. Some are uncomprehensible.

Situation is both a factual one in time and space, as well as experienced as a context. Some contexts come naturally. Just as air is a context for life, so is language use in human ability appropriate for one's age.


How can we talk about something we can barely see, and hardly comprehend, and have no words for (except as major oversimplifications)?

First you understand my words. Then you don't. Then you think that yes you do.

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