Reification or Nominalization who cares?

So what?

The fact that states or countries do not objectively exist may be nothing more than an a philosophical point unworthy of much consideration until we explore the deeper implications of this issue.

In psychology there is an idea of integration or an ‘aha ! moment where an apparently abstract concept fully solidifies in a persons psyche.

Here is a video from Marc Stevens exploring one aspect of this critical aspect of reality

 

 

An Apple in Valhalla

Valhalla is a mythological location believed by some to be objectively real or to ‘exist’ in a real sense, at least for those who have held or hold Norse mythology as not mythical.

Existence according to Googles Alexa

For convenience, here is Wikipedia’s description: In Norse mythology, Valhalla (from Old Norse Valhöll “hall of the slain” is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s field Fólkvangr...

I chose Valhalla as an example because like states, it has been written about, and held to be a fact by many people, at least at some time in human history – and yet held to be mythological (not real) by most people.

Imagine placing an apple into a cowboy hat – if you had a green apple and a red cowboy hat, could this be done?

You can put an apple into an oven, a hat or a sock.

But, can you put an apple in Valhalla?

No, because an apple is real, but Valhalla is not.

In the same way, can you as a real person, made of mostly water, be within a state or country?

A girl that was born in Dragisa Misovic Medical Center in Yugoslavia (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) in 1964 visits the same hospital in 2017 – does she return to her place of birth in Yugoslavia (imaginary) or merely her place of birth at the physical location, a brick building?

We have never (objectively) been within a state or country.

So this begs the question – have you ever been a resident or citizen?