Experience Cannot Broken Down Into its Components
This is one of the fundamental assumptions of the business world: basically a mechanical, and even inhuman, world.
This observation is so simple it hardly needs saying – but so important it needs saying constantly.
Take an extreme example: sex. Can a sexual experience be completely described (or broken down) into its physical sensations? Can any experience, for that matter, be completely physical? The answer is obviously “No.”
At one level, we are talking about the difference between mind (or consciousness) and the brain. How on earth do they correlate? We haven’t a clue, but we know they are not the same thing at all.
But even more is involved: what Karl Jaspers calls Mundane Existence and Existenz. Or physical reality and transcendental reality. I quote:
I may crave the world as the font of my joy of living. I can indeed not exist without this craving, but as an absolute impulse it becomes self-destructive; it is against this impulse that my possible Existenz warns me to detach myself from the world lest I become its prey.
This world is the business world, which has become our whole world. Which is destroying us.