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Otherwise, such forms might be forgotten or used to link up with other operations. The universality of a medium that constitutes its own system is the other dimension of systems theory’s insight that systems can only operate with their own operations (and not somehow in their environment). Or put another way, that the system is an operatively closed system. 17 And thus the world is accessible to systems that process meaning only as a horizon—clearly not as a distinct line somehow drawn but instead as the implication of every single operation’s recursivity, of the operation’s ability to be identified.
For something (whatever it may be) has meaning whenever it makes reference to other possibilities in actual experience or communication (in what then emerges). In particular, without this reference actuality would not at all be possible as meaningful actuality. By that account, and for an observer who makes such distinctions, meaning is the unity of the difference between reality and possibility. ” Possibilities are only loosely associated with one another. 22 There may be conditions involved that make such connections more or less likely, all the way to excluding every other possibility—something that an observer might observe as a necessity.
Perhaps we ought to say that this imaginary space does not emerge until the reentry is completed. Whatever the case, however, the specificity of the operation is guaranteed by the specificity of the distinction with which it is performed—by this distinction and no other. The depiction of reentry (in line with its name) gives the impression that the initial distinction has to be made first, after which reentry can be performed within it. The stage must first be constructed on which the play is supposed to be performed, and then it has to be separated from the space of the audience, making it clear where reality and simulated reality are situated.