In this essay the Aristotelian relation between potency and act is revisited, not only in its theoretical foundations, by adding complementary features, but specially in praxis, expounding a map on how this theoretical concept has direct influence in our personal and social lives, how we should use it to understand the importance our acts have in the fulfillment of our human purpose.
False Potency and Fantasy Acts
A false potency generates a fantasy act, i.e.,something that becomes real on our minds that actually it is not. This fantasy acts do not change our essence, but instead drive us further away for what we could become, they are inhibitors that slow the actualization of our real potencies, increasing the gap between the two, i.e., making us less and less what we could be.
So a false potency does not belong to our essence or proceeds from any real actualization, since the actualization of it doesn’t produce any effect on our essence, it is the dark side of potency, the anti-potency. This idea of potency can only exist as human variant, since only humans are capable of creating fantasy worlds. This tell us that the dynamic of potency/act can be affected in its balance by the human mind.
Which should point to the question, if there are at least two kind of potencies, can we be aware of them prior to their actualization?
If so, we have can have intention in affecting the balance of the dynamic potency/act, which means we can be the main efficient on what our being will become before it is, and if we are the main efficient we must have a final cause, hence a purpose on what to become.
Having only two kind of potencies and one of them being an anti-potency, the purpose becomes elementary, to actualize only real potencies. But what if real potencies have different dimensions?
Dimensions of Potency
Profession, The Symmetry of Actualization and Its Dimensions
The question often asked ‘what is your profession?’, should have a correct answer and most importantly a common one.
Profession is the act of actualizing a mission. That being so, we as a being should then ask ourselves ‘what is our mission?’, which brings us back to purpose and the intentionality of it, we being the main efficient in its final cause (as we asserted in chapter I).
Our being manifested as human is conditioned to a tridimensional world in a limited period of time, so in our human form we should have as primary mission to actualize our full potency in this condition, i.e. to become our essence, to look beyond the veil and ascend to higher dimensions.
So we know now that we have a human condition bound by three dimensions during a limit period time, we also know that, as conscious and free will beings, we can unbound this conditioning by becoming our essence, it is important to understand this in order to have a sharp and crystal clear idea of how fundamental is this mission and how all the other ones must fit on to it, to create a symmetry.
If our primary profession is to unveil the Truth, any other is a secondary profession, and thus has lower dimension, meaning that it must respect the symmetry of the higher one in order not to block the fulfilment of the primary mission.
So secondary professions must copy the symmetry of the primary one in a lower dimension, which extend to sub levels of secondary professions, e.g., as a human to unveil the Truth will require time, during which I have such necessities to survive, so I have a secondary mission to respond to such necessities, like eating, if to eat I need currency I now have a sublevel of a secondary mission and so on. But if eating or acquiring currency is no longer a necessity to the primary mission it becomes an inhibitor because the symmetry of the dimensions is not respected and it will break.
A fortiori the highest dimension of professions, the mission for Truth, is the common one, any other becomes individual because it responds to a human condition need and not an essential (in relation to the essence) and common need, which gives a clear perception to the hierarchy of the dimensions and its symmetry. Being the highest of dimensions a common one and the lower individual ones, we understand that if an individual dimension does not respect the symmetry of the common one, it will block us from ever reaching the latter, i.e., if in an individual dimension I create a different symmetry of my friend’s individual dimension, we together could never form a common pattern. This does not mean that we have the same secondary professions, or the need to perform them in the same way, because as persons we have individual and different needs in every dimension (with the exception of the common one), but the symmetry of it must remain the same.
Love is the will of the good, and good is a manifestation of the Essence of God, and so a manifestation from a higher dimension, this brings yet another point to profession, because we have secondary professions that catalyse our primary profession without being necessary to it, i.e., we can fulfill the primary profession without them, yet with them we will fulfill it more efficiently.
These secondary professions come from the will of the good, e.g., I am more in touch with being when painting and afterwards a work of art is created. In this example I have engaged a profession which catalyses my primary one in two ways, first in the process of it, becoming more aware of being and so closer to my essence, and at the end by analogy of the Activity of God, creating something that is good, which gives me a greater perception of my purpose, me being someone that was also created to be good.
All these dimensions of profession should work as one in different scales, overlapping each other in perfect symmetry. Profession here being the designated space where a mission is actualized from potency, and so the different dimensions of potency are the same of the professions, for they are the dimensional space of potency.