The New Oxford Dictionary defines ‘contemplate’ as: look thoughtfully for a long time at; think about; think profoundly or at length, meditate. The verb ‘contemplate’ is derived from the verb contemplari, based on the Latin templum, meaning: ‘place for observation.’ In actual fact, to contemplate means to absorb oneself in a data stream. (more)
There are two ways to contemplate.
1. Observe a focus as it appears, meaning: absorb (i.e. flood yourself with) the data transmitted by the focus. In this case the observer as it were ‘stands on’ (or in) the focus and so gradually feels (or becomes) at/as one with it.
2. Break up the focus (i.e. penetrate its appearance) to observe the background (or ground) data of the focus, meaning: absorb the data hidden by the focus’ (foreground) appearance. In this case the observer as it were ‘under-stands’ (German, verstehen, meaning: stand off or at an angle) the focus by standing on the focus’ background (or grounding) data. The objective of this contemplation is to recover the essential function (or driver) of the focus. This is done by ‘cutting the crap’, meaning: cutting off the inessentials with ‘Occam’s Razor’.
‘No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.’ William of Occam, 1285 - 1349
Both contemplation methods can be applied to both the visual and verbal foci presented on Victor’s Way. The 1st might be profitably used by fun seeking day-trippers, the 2nd by ‘impasse’ idlers (lying uncomfortably on ‘the devil’s cushion’) and who need to increase their level of understanding to upgrade their specific or general survival responses.