“Aspect” is defined as a particular part or feature of something In other words, the role the viewer registering the perception is left out. What is perceived is what is and function is ignored/overlooked. Never mind that the something has no aspect when encountered by a blind person.

The omission of the perceiver/receiver is widespread, if not universal. It accounts, for example, for the logical flaw known as “the false attribution of agency.” Agency/function is invisible. Perhaps that is why it is overlooked/left out. Perhaps it is evidence of a lack of self-awareness.

My musing began with the word “suffrage,” whose dictionary meaning refers to voting in elections, rather than the ancient sense of suffer as an allowance or lifting of a prohibition, as in “suffer the little children to come…” In other words, speaking functionally, “suffrage” is an allowance of public participation or civic action, which does not challenge the potential to disallow. What can be given, can be taken away.

Can “aspect” be properly paired with function as is “form and function”? I don’t think so. Form follows function. But what if there is no perception of function?