Part of the Core Idea of ProxThink is the notion that to be is to be related. If to be is to be related, how do you operationalize that in the real world? If things are defined by their relationships, and also define other things and relationships, how do you know what anything is?
Alan Watts says the Hindus say you’ve got to draw the line somewhere. Well, an element and a proximity both draw a line, since they define, in a relational way, what you are considering. A relationship can also draw a line.
Yet in real life, things aren’t fixed forever, so we need flexibility in what we consider elements, relationships and proximities. The lines we draw can’t stay drawn forever. So we wind up with a somewhat fluid, somewhat stable situation in which we are continuously defining and redefining, consciously or unconsciously, elements, relationships and proximities.
And this seems to work. It’s just that we don’t think of it this way usually. However, I’ve found it useful to do so sometimes. It helps, or can help, one stay in the loose/tight somewhat neutral position from which we can be creative, react appropriately, and exert influence.