As I was going to sleep listening to a talk by John Peacock on dharmaseed, I noticed that he uses the term proliferation as an english translation for papanca. He was using it in the context of how people tend to conceptually proliferate and run amok in their thought worlds all while centering around their perception of themselves or self. It was at that moment when I thought of Thanissaro's alternative translation of papanca as objectification and I had a strange visualization/imagining of cutting off the top of a head and seeing a big "I" in the middle with conceptual/mental proliferation tethered to this "I" and circling around it in some sort of mental samsara based on an object with no proper or locatable referent, the referent being "I". So, given those thoughts, I wondered if papanca can mean both objectification and proliferation in an interrelated sense, as in we objectify things, objectify ourselves and then mentally proliferate around these objectifications.
Anyway, just felt like writing the thought down. I'll think about it some more tomorrow. Please do offer your thoughts on my thought and/or about your thoughts on papanca in general.
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."