One can study what exists and how consciousness functions; but one cannot analyze (or â€œproveâ€) existence as such, or consciousness as such. These are irreducible primaries. (An attempt to â€œproveâ€ them is self-contradict ory: it is an attempt to â€œproveâ€ existence by means of nonexistence, and consciousness by means of unconsciousness .)
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Just as man's physical existence was liberated when he grasped that 'nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed', so his consciousness will be liberated when grasps that nature, to be apprehended, must be obeyed - that the rules of cognition must be derived from the nature of existence and the nature, the identity, of his cognitive faculty.
Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men's vices or men's stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment's or a penny's worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame.