I’ll start at the beginning, or, what I consider to be the beginning, although, it is actually the middle or possibly close to the end, in terms of linear progression of this function that I’ve been performing. I guess I could say I’ll go from the simple to the complex or “from the ground up” . . .
There are 3 words in the English language. I should say that there APPEAR to be 3 words, and I should stipulate that this is my own perspective, which might very well be very flawed.
There are 3 words in the English language . . . actually, there is just 1 word in the language. That word, of course, being “universe” or “God” or “reality”. I like the term “unity”, but whatever. But, if we take a look at that word, that meaning, we can break it up in 3 ways. There is space, matter, and their “interactions”. There is God’s will, God’s knowledge, and God’s acts. There is reality, non-reality, and the boundary between the two. There are those things which are unified, those things which aren’t, and the unifying force or element. The metaphors may need some work:
selection-▶sequence is the first “word”. It is the first because we had to start somewhere. Stated another way, we might call it “an act” or “to cognize”.
pattern◀-element is the second “word”. (These are hard to understand separately from eachother.) Stated another way, we might call it “object” or “memorization”.
◀-aspect-▶ is the third “word”. Stated another way, we might call this “relatedness” or “a perception”.
All the other words are related at a fundamental level to these three. Here’s examples:
“one” – as an action, one is “to unite or to isolate”, “to make one or to single out”; as an object, one is a fundamental building block of our conception of “value”, literally the numerical object that we use to construct all other numerical objects; as an aspect, one is the perspective that all elements of a group share a certain sameness, be it of action or substance or purpose.
“two” – as an action, two is “to divide or to double”, “to halve, to replicate, to increase from 1 by 1 . . .”, depending on what we are looking at and how we look at it; as an object, 2 represents a unification, a “one-ing” of a unified object and another unified object that has a very limited differentiation form the first, i.e. is very similar to the first; as an aspect, 2 is an interplay of a perspective and “one”. Apples, for instance, modified by 2, says that there is the unifying concept of “apples”, but we divide the substance representing that concept or you could say we double that substance, depending on what it is and how we look at it.
“dog” – as an action, “to dog” has many meanings. “dogged determination”, “He dogged his opponents heels.”, “All men are driven to copulate with members of the opposite (or same) sex, just like dogs.”, etc. In each expression, the actions of “dog” are material to the expression; as an object, a dog is incredibly complex and there are a multitude of varieties of dog and individual dogs, but there are some specific facets of that complexity that all specific dogs must share in order to fit into that category of organic, animated objects. And, so, a physical dog is the expression of the idea of a dog in physical substance, and not necessarily as organic matter, but also maybe symbolically, on a piece of paper or on a computer screen; as an aspect, well . . . “dog” IS an aspect. It is a category of matter/space. It is a set of criteria by which we may judge things as the same or different from other things, that is, it is a way by which we can see something as being a dog or not, as having that sameness or not.
Aspect is probably the hardest to wrap one’s mind around. Action is the verb in a sentence. Object is the noun. Aspect is the arrangement of the words in a particular order, for a particular reason. That reason is the aspect, the unifying inter-relationship between all the concepts, the “between-ness”. There is really no word for it in the English language, because we don’t use words to show it in our communications. We use arrangements of words, i.e. “frame of reference”, “point of view”, “way of looking at it”, “unifying idea”, “scope of this discussion”.