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Why are BEING, IS, AM etc. and I, ME, MYSELF, etc. and GOD capitalized?

The verb 'to be', and conjugations and substantiations thereof, is essential in this project and can cause confusion: 

  • Firstly, because it can be used as an intransitive main verb, and as such points at the absolute that is the very subject of this document, but it can also be used as a transitive verb, and as such points in the opposite direction, at all that is relative, and even as an auxiliary verb, i.e. an irrelevant grammatical convention.
  • Secondly, because it is highly irregular and its conjugations (e.g. am, is, are, be, being, been, etc.) may not readily be recognized as mere conjugations of the same verb.
  • Thirdly, because 'being' can be a conjugation (i.e. verb) or substantiation (i.e. noun).
Therefore, to avoid confusion, the verb 'to be' and its conjugations and substantiations are capitalized (e.g. BEING, BE, AM, IS, ARE, etc.) wherever they are used as an intransitive main verb, or otherwise refer to that BEING which is the subject of this document. 

Any such capitalization is merely to avoid confusion, not because BEING is considered divine or holy or requires respect or anything like that.

To highlight the fact that the terms 'I', 'ME', and 'MYSELF' also refer to that same 'BEING' they are also capitalized. 

GOD, wherever it happens to be mentioned, refers to the Godhead (i.e. in its attributeless essence) of the various theistic religions and is synonymous with BEING.

In other words, the terms 'BEING', 'AM', 'IS', etc. and 'I', 'ME', 'MYSELF', etc., and 'GOD' are synonymous and refer to the same reality.

Thing, -thing, else, and it.

The word 'thing' (as in 'everything else', 'something else', 'nothing else', 'anything else') refers to any and all things, physical and mental; static and dynamic (i.e. events), animate and inanimate, past and future, etc.

The word 'else' (as in 'everything else', 'something else', 'nothing else', 'anything else') can be misleading, especially in chapters Ia and Ib, because it seems to imply that BEING is a thing, i.e. some 'thing' else. But BEING is not a thing, not something (else), nor anything (else), nor everything (else). And this is a rather essential point! (The word 'else' is nevertheless used to make the reading not even more odd than it already is.)

Similarly, the word 'it' is regularly used to refer to BEING. Please do not take this to imply that BEING is a thing.

First person singular.

This document is almost exclusively written in first person singular. Why? Because in the ultimate analysis, I can only speak for MYSELF. I cannot really know what 'you', 'he', 'she', 'it', 'we', or 'they' experience. As far as I can tell, there is but 'one' BEING 'without-a-second'. Then why am I writing it in the first place? Just because. For no reason. In fact, I do not write it, I see Ruud writing it. And Ruud can only just do what he has to do. He is a yellow bird, singing his yellow bird song. (For more details on this, see chapter IIIb, 'What should I do?'.)

Generally speaking, all use of 'I', 'ME', 'MYSELF', etc. should be read token-reflexively, that is, consider the 'I', 'ME', 'MYSELF', etc. to refer to yourself.

Double negation ('not not').

Double negations are generally eliminated to facilitate easier reading, even though double negations would be more exact. In similar vein, I use 'cannot be merely-apparent' instead of the more exact 'can be not-merely-apparent'.

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Various kinds of brackets are used, to aid in reading compound sentences, and to point out defined terms.