ground wrote:"Other factors" qua concept (i.e. idea) as factors that determine an effect or effects (this is the context here) either corresponds to forms, sounds, aromas ... (an idea may only correspond but can never be a form, sound etc.) or cannot be affirmed as "being more" than just an idea. "being more" is misleading since an idea can never be "more" than just an idea, "being more" just implies that there is a sense impression regarding the 5 senses which corresponds and conventionally (i.e. across several human individuals) may entail the idea "other factors" and the symbols "other factors" as means of linguistic expression. The latter (sense impression of the 5 senses ... - > idea and linguistic expression) is just an instance of dependent origination.
there are concepts and reality. concepts should explain reality in relation to reality, i.e., the experiential, and show a way of working with or understanding reality.
Qualities do not develop on their own, and require a training, what should be developed and why, or even how things should be looked at (right view) can be understood through such concepts, and their usefulness can be gauged through such concepts, a practicable theory rather than an intellectual exercise.
Circumstance is the situations we are in, not all by our volition, be it the season, or how others treat us.
Disease is illness, something we do not volitionally bring upon ourselves, as in the three humours or a combination of the three.
carelessness is things that happen due to not paying attention, unwittingly done.
see SN36.21 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... html#fnt-2
Pretty ordinary ideas.
yet not accepted by all as seen in MN101.
It occurs to me after reading the text (quoted by Mike) a bit more that the gradual training leads one away from worldly to spiritual endeavours in a gradual way. each "step" closing the door on the worldly life, this is more obvious in the gradual instruction, and refining the training. focusing us inward, sharpening the focus, then making the focus all encompassing.
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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.John Stuart Mill