A Few Thoughts on Objectivity and Subjectivity
As far as I can discern our very existence already brings the dialectic of subjectivity and objectivity into the fray. To say that there’s absolute objectivity is stupid and the same applies if you go on to claim that there’s absolute subjectivity. The tricky part comes when you try to tell them apart and integrate them in a coherent and healthy whole.
You’d find objectivity in things such as gravity, the anatomy of the human body, the water cycle, chemical elements, etc. To argue against their existence is just plain stupid and they don’t cease to exist just because you are unaware of them. Something interesting happens then, subjectivity comes into play when you experience those objective elements from different points of view.
An anatomist may smile by studying the human biology from a deceased body in his laboratory while another person may find it repulsive (yet the core elements of the human body do not adjust to their subjectivity), A couple may enjoy the human anatomy while they have sex while someone else may be terrified at the idea of exploring another human being’s anatomy in such playful manner; A little girl may smile while she’s under the rain, finding herself under the spell of rain which is part of the objective water cycle.
You’ll find subjectivity in music, poetry, painting, architecture, etc. Would Mozart or Beethoven have been considered two of the greatest music composers to ever exist if subjectivity didn’t exist? Would Salvador Dali have been considered a genius if subjectivity was not real? And then something magical happens because people like these also depend on objective phenomenons, objects or ideas. Antonio Gaudi could never had solidified his works without gravity, Mozart would have been dull had he only paid attention to the musical scale in a mechanistic way with zero passion. You could take the dynamic further and you’d realize that neither of these geniuses of subjectivity would have had such an impact without the objective water cycle.
This goes even further because then you could ask if materializing subjective ideas is sane, you could ask if studying a hurricane (a product of objective forces) up-close in a sensible thing to do. The current system is a product of human subjectivity by far, yet it is far from being a sane system. You could live in an area with beautiful vistas, but what happens if that area happens to have frequent and very strong earthquake activity?
By the same token you could develop subjective systems for the betterment of your Self. Music could be something inspiring, a tool for healing perhaps. Studying the biology found within the planet and its cycles may allow you to have a more comfortable life style and even eradicate superstitious views which hinder your progress.
Oh you could also explore the reach of subjectivity and objectivity. Gravity ceases to exist once you leave the planet and the degree is different depending on what planetary body you find yourself on/in. Curiously enough you can’t beat gravity, but you can work your way around it. Think about generating enough force to oppose gravity, you’d find yourself flying or floating as long as you can generate enough energy to oppose gravity. Subjectivity can be very real in your mind, but what does it take to solidify some or all of those subjective ideas? what obstacles are there?
So I say it’s a dance between these two polarities, they are a dialectic, sometimes the dance is very obvious, sometimes it can be very subtle. Sadly this world has been so fucked up that there are people who are obsessed with subjectivity and there are also people who only worship objectivity, they seek to create a dichotomy of toxic elements, instead of trying to establish a healthy dialectic. It’s just as appalling as those people who are obsessed about having a life solely guided by either the heart or the brain, it escapes them that the body is a whole system… sure the brain and heart are major centers, but where the heart and brain would be without stomach, liver, lungs or pancreas?