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Chapter 6. The Parts of Thinking > The Relationship Between the Elements

The Relationship Between the Elements

Because the elements do not exist in isolation but in relation to each other, it is important not to think of the distinctions between them as absolute. The distinctions are always a relative matter. For example, if our purpose is to figure out how to spend less money, the question we have to figure out is, “What can I do to ensure that I spend less money?” The question is a virtual reformulation of the purpose. What is more, the point of view might be expressed as “viewing my spending habits to determine how to decrease my expenditures.” This seems a virtual reformulation of purpose and question. The point is that it is important to recognize an intimate overlap among all of the elements by virtue of their interrelationship. At times, formulating some of the elements explicitly may seem to be a redundancy. Don't give way to this feeling. With practice, you will come to recognize the analytic power of making the distinctions explicit.


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