This DiaBLOGue is longer than normal even though I’m supposed to be taking time off. It’s important to expand on some points that Lisa Maroski and I talked about yesterday regarding paradox, and how the Mereon Matrix allows us to identify and resolve ‘either/or’ thinking. (Please forgive the constant revisioning...)
We live in a universe that was birthed in paradox, and learning to inhabit and cohabit a ‘Both/And’ world is critical to enduring and evolving as a species. Finding Paradise in Paradox opens our eyes to illusions and brings an end to jumping to conclusions that cause us to make life or death decisions that are based on delusions. The ability to make such resolutions can mend broken hearts, heal spirits that have been beaten black and blue, and lead to the evolution of humankind and the conservation of our natural resources.
Contradictions in social discourse are opportunities to engage in a mutual search for understanding. Because unity occurs through diversity, it’s time for us to comprehend that difference is unity’s only product. Without honouring distinction we cannot celebrate our sameness and thus adversity becomes a predictable and perhaps even a premeditated certainty.
What we hear, sense, feel or otherwise observe internally or externally may appear to be equally real and true. However, there is no single perspective that we can afford to confuse with ‘The Truth’ or ‘Reality’. As I shared in the interview, we are blessed and sometimes feel vexed by our concurrent realities. Too often, the perception of contradiction leads to a serious misinterpretation. Without resolution, breakdowns occur and when communication goes sideways, conflict often ensues. A temporal truce is insufficient to resolve struggles that are based upon tangible and long-term differences. Resolution requires that all involved parties come together, not to defend, justify, rationalise or explain their position but to agree to identify a single point that is mutually true. A breakthrough in communication occurs when a single point of ‘not different’ is found, and it is this connection that permits the beginning of true transformation.
Last night I offered a thought experiment using a triangle turning inside a circle. The purpose was to catalyse rethinking about the dynamics of perspective. Consider these illustrations and the ‘=’ signs that make it clear that the 3 images are the identical.
Like a coin, the 1st is standing on edge facing you; the 2nd is face down on a surface, and the 3rd is the 1st turned 90° making it appear as a line instead of the planar form we know it 'is'. And while it can absolutely move, its motion is limited. Imagine this triangle spinning and you can see that it indeed define the circle. Stand it on a point and spin it and you can visualise spherical coordinates. However, the minute it stops the illusion that it’s more than 2D ends.
Next, lets introduce the triangle as a whole part of something ‘greater’; in this instance, it’s the dynamic structure that R. Buckminster Fuller called the ‘Jitterbug’.
You can see that it is one of many other equal ‘parts’ in a complex 3-dimensional form that moves in Time, a 4th dimension. Because it has a rotational axis, an equatorial plane is defined that takes equal to a new level, one that is real and true. Notice the six red concentric rings that highlight this plane. When the Jitterbug goes into motion, these images illustrate that the sphere on the vertex at the Y axis splits into two with one vertex rotating in the plane towards the X axis. Following this vertex sphere, it moves in one direction in the plane represented by the six red rings, each triangle rotating 90°. But what happens if we start with the Jitterbug in the open position and this time we focus on the rotational axis that’s in the centre of the triangle? Look carefully at the images below:
In the image on the left, the Jitterbug is open and we see our triangle standing alone save the vertex to vertex connection to three other equal triangles. Then, in the image on the right the triangle is bound at every edge with those same three ‘others’. Having seen how every triangle rotates 90° in the equatorial plane, what happens when we change our perspective and look at the rotation from of the face of the triangle. It’s moving 120°. Nothing has changed. Both are physically real, actually happen and occur simultaneously. The only difference is a change in perspective.
The real lesson in this illustration comes when we are willing to ask and answer the following:
- Have you ever believed something to be ‘the truth’ only to have it eventually prove to be false?
- What did it cost you?
- How often does something appear to be a contradiction or impossible when a change in perspective would have allowed you to see it for what it really was?
- How often has holding on to your position led to a relational breakdown?
- Has hammering a point in a need to be right ever cracked or broken a relationship?
- Have you ever bought into a belief that proved to be false? What failed as a result?
- When has investing into the illusion of control ever led to a positive return?