Korzybski's idea was the following: any confusion as regards the appurtenance to one or other of the levels of abstractiveness
from the chain described above surely led to semantic distortions and even to psychic pathology, in this sense the confusions of this kind being encountered most often in political discourse.
However, this abstractiveness covers not only the language of scientific prose; for instance, despite the rich imagery of his poems, in his letters Keats frequently refers to his art as being "abstract.
In other words, there is no way out from the process of Burkean general symbolicity, just as there is no way out from the Korzybskian process of general abstractiveness.
A consequence of the highest importance derives from this state of affairs, in the terms of the two great thinkers, Burke and Korzybski: reality is grounded in generalized symbolicity and, respectively, general abstractiveness.
Because action is in itself a new event, from the level of action the whole chain of abstractiveness is resumed, and the process repeats indefinitely in this manner.
Korzybski's fundamental thesis mentioned above (the infinite chain of abstractiveness, the idea that symbols are second order abstractions) and its crucial consequences thus appear, clothed in "logology," in Burke's theory.