An acorn has within itself the potential to become an oak tree. A person may have the opinion that the acorn will become a yew tree, but unless the person is a genetic expert at manipulation of genes, the acorn has no potential to become a yew tree.
The Derveni Papyrus says:
“In these (verses) he indicates that the beings always subsisted, and the beings that are now come to be from (or: out of) subsisting things.
The Derveni Papyrus describes potential as something that subsists, that unless a potential already exists in a thing, such as the potential for an oak tree subsists in the acorn, but the yew tree does not, only an oak tree is possible from the acorn.
Deal with truth rather than opinions
Those in the LHP in theory deal with real things, that is to say, that they put aside opinions, and look for what is real. Human sheep will base their faith, truth and ideas upon opinions that have neither basis in material reality or in the subsisting potentials from which material things come about. A sheep will believe for instance that the yew tree will come out of an acorn based upon their faith, prayers and hubris; those of the LHP will base their truth on the empirical approach of observation, demonstration and experience of an oak tree coming from an acorn, and using the inductive reasoning of inferring that this common pattern is the same for all acorns.
With no potential for something, a thing can never become that something
If a thing has no subsisting potential for something else, then that something else will never manifest. If an individual avoids smoking tobacco, they remove one potential to manifest lung cancer. If an individual jogs each day, they create a potential to run faster when for instance they are rushing to catch a bus. In any problem or challenge, it is best to focus on looking for the potential in a thing rather than blindly forcing an opinion upon a thing that does not exist in a subsisting potential in that thing; only oak trees come from acorns, not opinions of yew trees. If an individual wants to create or invent something, look for the subsisting potential in the thing, then liberate it. Eros and his arrows know the subsisting potentials in things, and uses his arrows to liberate or release that potential into a material, manifested or kinetic form.
How to discover a hidden potential in a thing
Potentials are subsisting, which is to say they already exist forever somewhere, and they are called into being by certain processes in nature, for instance planting an acorn in soil initiates a process of growing the oak tree from it. One of the challenges of knowing a potential is they are invisible and hidden. How to discover a potential in a thing? Firstly, humility, seeing what is there rather than blinding self with hubristic opinions; using the empirical method of observation, demonstration and experience, then using the inductive method to infer that this pattern is common and applicable to a wider range of situations; oak trees commonly come from acorns. If empirically one observes galaxies and hurricanes moving in a spiral, one might infer a common pattern that all things move in a motion of a spiral rather than a straight line.
A potential has two qualities
A potential has two qualities. An acorn for instance has to have a pattern, idea or map to become an oak tree; but also the acorn needs the energy, gas or fuel to become the oak tree. If the oak tree is the final destination in the journey, the potential in the acorn provides the map and gas to get to that destination. Also to note is that all things visible and manifested in nature are in constant motion or change, that all things are a work in progress, there being no final states, but a paradox of completeness and working to completion; that the potential and the kinetic realisation of that potential is cycling in and out of each other at every moment in a thing. I have the potential of becoming human, and all my life at every moment that potential is being manifested in a kinetic state of being human, and I will never suddenly become a yew tree in my current life.
Where potentials come from
Where do potentials come from? The Derveni Papyrus describes the processes of nature in a metaphorical way, and describes a voice that is always speaking and teaching, but not instructing, neither can it be heard in the sense of hearing things. Those that connect with this voice learn or become aware of things in the same way as the metaphorical eating of the fruit from the forbidden tree of knowledge, and the individual gains two qualities: strength and the cause.
The cause (daemon) and potential
Strength has already been dealt with, it is another name for potential. Cause is described by the Derveni Papyrus as a “daemon”, which is the quality that drives potentials into a manifested or visible material form or kinetic state. The reason why Heraclitus and others consider war or strife as the principle rule of nature, is that all motion and change is driven by the clash of two or more opposites, without which no potential can be driven into kinetic form. It is not enough for an acorn to contain the map and gas to become the oak tree, there has to be a daemon or clash of opposites to drive that potential out of the acorn into the material manifested form of an oak tree; the acorn has to be subject to a process of liberation through planting, the addition of water, soil, light and air (all four elements) to get the oak tree out of the acorn.
How potentials become manifested
The Derveni Papyrus describes how the voice becomes the breath of Zeus, or the wisdom upon which all things in nature move. The wisdom is metaphorically described as consisting of three female weavers known as Moira. The first of the Moira spins out one thing from the clash of multiple subsisting potentials, like a baby comes from two joining separate sets of genes from two parents. The second Moira allocates the potential to a thing, such as intelligence in a baby. The third Moira spits the potential out into the material world, the baby cannot move outside of its potential, for instance every living thing is doomed to die because their genes can only function so long until they fall apart by the natural decay through old age that all living things are doomed to face, if they are fortunate to live that long.
A thing can never move outside of its potential
Once a thing is liberated from its potential state into the kinetic material world, it moves within the limits of its potential unless acted upon by some external contrary force. There is no mind or god acting to direct things in nature once they are released and manifested, they will flow along according to their potential state, the acorn becoming an oak tree, the oak tree throwing down acorns, and so on. If an asteroid smacks into the earth and kills everyone, it was a random accident, no god or mind is the cause of this; asteroid and planet have moved according to their potentials and collided accidentally.
The LHP individual has the edge over opinionated human sheep
Stupid sheep think opinions that a god or mind has sent three hurricanes crashing into the USA to punish gay people. The wise of the LHP know that the hurricanes are born out of natural processes following their own potential natures, strengthened by the warmth of the sea, dying as the land suck the energy out of them when they hit landfall. The philosophy of potentiality gives the LHP individual a significant edge over human sheep; whilst the human sheep pray for fruitless opinions, those of the LHP can find the potentials, liberate them, and use those potentials to their own advantage.