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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #36: Archetype - The T Intersection

  

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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine  #36: Archetype - The T Intersection

 

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THE T INTERSECTION

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The Argo approaching the Symplegades, the crushing rocks, on the way to Colchis, at The End Of The World, where lies The Golden Fleece.

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THE T INTERSECTION - LEAVING KANSAS

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Dorothy leaves Kansas for Oz when the house she's in is whisked off in a hurricane. The house, and Dorothy, and her dog Toto, land right smack on The Wicked Witch of the East, obliterating her, but leaving her slippers. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, soon lands as well, and with her help, and the little Munchkins of that land, Dorothy sets off on yet another journey, wearing the Wicked Witch's slippers, in order to find another wizard, Oz The Great and Powerful whom she hopes will send her back home.  Joseph Campbell calls this right of passage "Crossing The Threshold". The T in T intersection stands for Threshold. 

The T intersection exemplifies nature's inherent polarity, and this allows us to describe physical phenomenon from more than one perspective.  As any lifetime appointed judge will tell you, reality lies where the grids from different points of view overlap. And vice versa, as fans of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can tell you, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Finding different viewpoints, and discovering the links between them, often requires a powerful arc from an enormous flash of insight.  Physics refers to the result of this process as an "emergent property"; when individual approaches are coordinated, something beyond the individual approaches emerges that is common to the structure of them both.

"Structure" is what is meant by the phase "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts".

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       Road sign. Quantum Junction: Get In Both Lanes.

Energy is fungible. An isolated atom is precisely spherically symmetric. Chemical properties are the result of the structure of the atoms and are not properties of the atoms themselves.  Atoms are only the building bricks out of which substances are constructed; any suitable atom can make a metal. 

Conduction of electrons in a metal happens when there's constructive interference in a collective of electron waves moving through the periodic lattice of a metal (called a Bloch-wave). Metals conduct when the electron's Bloch waves constructively interfere, and changing temperature changes behavior to, for example, superconductivity, with electrons (and other spin ½ particles like quarks) conducting without resistance.

Polarity - dichotomy - duality; this is not a dilemma;  this is an inherent part of the archetypal dynamic triad of point, line, circle, the dynamic-triad-of-energy-states-as-process.

 

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THE "T" INTERSECTION: POLARITY IN WORLD CULTURE

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       "T" Intersection traffic road sign.

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Joseph Campbell points out that world culture exists as two distinct systems, like a "T" intersection, and that these are the only choices: active or passive.  One system exists in the East and in traditional cultures. In that system, we're kept fixed within the context of a stable, fixed culture. This system keeps you subservient to the culture, critical faculties are suppressed, you become your culturally assigned role, live as expected in a richly supported way, and are used by the culture as the culture sees fit.  

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The Knight and The Snail, Terry Gilliam animation for Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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Campbell has this to say "In the East and in these traditional systems, life happens to people. They don't choose it.  As a result, the capacity for judging, evaluating, accepting responsibility for one's actions, for creating, is not developed." (Joseph Campbell, Mythos I, The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition, program One, Psyche and Symbol.)

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      Traffic road signing stating "one way" without any arrows, and beneath that is another sign, stating" good luck figuring out which one".

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One problem with this system is that some people living in it experience a kind of "incongruity", a discontinuity. What they know to be true of themselves somehow does not line up with the system they're in, and they crack up! 

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      Queen Of The Cats Eating Kebab.

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The alternative, Campbell says, is to follow your own way, responding to the call of whatever magnetizes you, however this is a perilous path, compared with the first way.

 

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      Smartly dressed couple seated on an 1886 bicycle built for two.

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This is what Joseph Campbell means when he says "Find the myth you are living" and "Follow your bliss".  

 

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       "Far away is close at hand in images of elsewhere" - The Master of Paddington.

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Joseph Campbell has this to say about the choice: "Here, you are in a realm for which there are no rules, and since your bliss is not mine, you don't know where you're going. Here you will live a life of danger, creativity, perhaps not a respected life, but certainly an interesting one. These are the (only) two choices, and there are mythologies for both. There is the "right hand mythology" which is local to each culture, and then there is what I would call the general mythology, the Hero's Journey, the Night Sea Journey, the Hero Quest, where the hero is going to bring forth in his life something that was never beheld before, namely the fulfillment, in time and space, of his own potentialities, which are peculiar to himself." (Joseph Campbell, Mythos I, The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition, program One, Psyche and Symbol.)

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      The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one's whole being. Nothing less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no compromises. - Carl Jung

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I discuss the consequences inherent in this choice in the article "The Myth Of The Hero Myth", a copy of which can be found here:
https://www.suityourself.international/appanage/magazine-32.html

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     Street sign in New Mexico: "Universe Closed, Use Rainbow."

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THE "T" INTERSECTION: POLARITY IN MATHEMATICS & THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES

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In the previous article #35 Archetype - Monkey See, Monkey Do, I quoted scientists Paul Dirac and Eugene Wigner discussing their encounters with this same polar "T" intersection. For continuity and clarity, that information is repeated here.  

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Humans assemble to create a moving light sine wave using flashlights; animado elevado a um outro nivel. Italy.

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Paul Dirac confronted a similar polar "T" intersection, when choosing how to present quantum mechanics:
"With regard to the mathematical form in which the theory can be presented, an author must decide at the outset between two methods. There is the symbolic method, which deals directly in an abstract way with the quantities of fundamental importance (the invariants, etc. of the transformations), and there is the method of coordinates or representations which deals with sets of numbers corresponding to these quantities. The second of these has usually been used for the presentation of quantum mechanics... It is known under one or other of the two names 'Wave Mechanics' and 'Matrix Mechanics' according to which physical things receive emphasis in the treatment, and the states of a system or its dynamical variables. It has the advantage that the kind of mathematics required is more familiar to the average student and also it is the historical method. The symbolic method, however, seems to go more deeply into the nature of things. It enables one to express the physical laws in a neat and concise way, and will probably be increasingly used in the future as it becomes better understood and its own special mathematics gets developed.  For this reason I have chosen the symbolic method, introducing the representatives later merely as an aid to practical calculation. This has necessitated a complete break from the historical line of development, but this break is an advantage through enabling the approach to the new ideas to be made as direct as possible." (Paul Dirac, St. John's College, Cambridge, 29 May 1930, preface to the first edition, The Principles Of Quantum Mechanics, Oxford Science Publications, reprinted in 2011 as ISBN 978-0-19-852011-5.) 

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Institut Fur Quantenphysik: Sie befinden sich Hier oder Hier,  cartoon by Sidney Harris, www.sciencecartoonsplus.com.
Institut de physique quantique: vous êtes ici ou ici. Institute of Quantum Physics: you are here or here. 

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Eugene Wigner confronts a similar polar "T" intersection head on, discussing the theory of quantum phenomena and the theory of relativity, the two coexisting physics theories:
"We now have, in physics, two theories of great power and interest: the theory of quantum phenomena and the theory of relativity. These two theories have their roots in mutually exclusive groups of phenomena. Relativity theory applies to macroscopic bodies, such as stars. The event of coincidence, that is, in ultimate analysis of collision, is the primitive event in the theory of relativity and defines a point in space-time, or at least would define a point if the colliding panicles were infinitely small. Quantum theory has its roots in the microscopic world and, from its point of view, the event of coincidence, or of collision, even if it takes place between particles of no spatial extent, is not primitive and not at all sharply isolated in space-time. The two theories operate with different mathematical concepts; the four dimensional Riemann space and the infinite dimensional Hilbert space, respectively. So far, the two theories could not be united, that is, no mathematical formulation exists to which both of these theories are approximations. All physicists believe that a union of the two theories is inherently possible and that we shall find it. Nevertheless, it is possible also to imagine that no union of the two theories can be found. This example illustrates the two possibilities, of union and of conflict, mentioned before, both of which are conceivable." (Eugene Wigner, "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences," in Communications in Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 13, No. I (February 1960). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 1960 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  A copy of it can be found online here:
http://www.dartmouth.edu/%7Ematc/MathDrama/reading/Wigner.html 

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Classroom demonstration of the conservation of angular momentum on "Make a Gif".

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HOW TO USE THE "T" INTERSECTION

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Polarity is represented in the Elementargedanke and Volkergedanke, the underlying archetypal energy and the local manifestation of it, respectively, as defined originally by Adolf Bastian, and subsequently used by Campbell, Jung, et al. 

However, polarity is AGAIN AND ALSO represented when Volkergedanke manifests, because Volkergedanke manifest simultaneously in completely opposite ways, left hand right hand, with the result that the emergent systems must inevitably clash. In mythology, this inherent dichotomy is symbolized as something like the Symplegades, the crushing rocks, through which boats such as The Argos must (successfully) sail. These polar opposites are inevitably completely at odds with one another. 

This is source origin point > radii line> circle > circumference > two diameters > rhythm > octave  >  spectrum > convex >  concave  > the inherent manifestation pattern of Nature. 

Here's an example of how Elementargedanke manifest as polar Volkergedanke: it's as if we're still discovering that the earth is rotating around the sun. Locally, we say the "sun is coming up", the "sun rises".  But as we say the sun is coming up locally, as our local Volkergedanke, elsewhere, somewhere else on the earth, other people are saying at exactly the same instance that the sun is going down there, and their local Volkergedanke is that the sun is "setting".  Until the two locations get together and compare notes, neither location may realize that the earth is rotating around the sun, and the sun itself isn't "coming up or down". The fact that the earth is rotating around the sun is the Elementargedanke.  

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       Lovely Weather, Isn't It? Terry Gilliam animation for Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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Joseph Campbell refers to the polar Volkergedanke as the right hand path versus the left hand path, passive versus active. Paul Dirac refers to the polar Volkergedanke as the historical line of development versus the symbolic method. Wigner refers to the polar Volkergedanke as quantum theory versus relativity.  There's Heisenberg's uncertain particle and Schrodinger's wave equation. For philosophy, there's cause and effect, even though  too many things are interconnected for absolute statements, and the concept of cause and effect is better understood as the flow of information between two connected events, from the earlier event to the later event, with the information flowing from the past to the future, and not vice versa, so in one direction only. 

Dichotomies present the polar Volkergedanke as a "T" intersection presenting an either / or choice, an apparently irreconcilable pair each generating entirely different results. They're analogous to the Symplegades, the clashing rocks

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 Road sign, yellow diamond with black "Y" junction.

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However, precedents exist that demonstrate valid examples of the existence of viable third alternatives.  

One example is the mathematical concept of quarternions, first introduced as an algebra in 1843 by the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton; they were the first noncommutative division algebra discovered. Points in space can be represented by their coordinates, which are triples of numbers. Using the interrelationships between three axis and six diameters, Quarternions can calculate quotients of coordinate triples in four-dimensional space. They can represent coordinations and movements of three states changing in space, clockwise, counterclockwise, and interchange.

A more obvious example is opposing thumbs.

Humans, and not incidentally racoons, have opposing thumbs, and use hands as tools, and to make other tools.  Opposing thumbs are important; when used together, ensemble, they present a third option, for direct interaction between our internal states and those outside the system.  Opposing thumbs seem to be serving as an example to us, left and right hand as ensemble polar Volkergedanke, a coordinated activity pair.
 

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Twiddling thumbs.

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There are other examples of this coordination of poles effectively allowing expression on another level, another octave, another fulfillment of the underlying Elementargedanke. There's electromagnetism, as batteries and motors. And then there's the ammonia molecule, which can turn itself inside out. The ammonia molecule,  a nitrogen atom with three hydrogen atoms forming a kind of triangular tent, is a symmetrical pyramid and it's precisely symmetrical, not merely closely symmetrical, as would be a molecular model. The ammonia molecule can turn itself inside-out; that is, the nitrogen can pass through the plane of the hydrogens. This isn't easy, but the nitrogen can tunnel through, and there is a doubling in the emission band spectra as the result.

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Nitrogen inversion in  ammonia (Wikipedia).

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The states divide into those symmetrical with respect to this inversion, and those that are antisymmetrical (change sign). The inversion doubling is a very interesting phenomenon because it turns out to be possible to separate molecules in even and odd inversion states, and this led to the ammonia maser, the first of its' kind. Ammonia exhibits a quantum tunnelling due to a narrow tunneling barrier, and not due to thermal excitation; superposition of two states leads to energy level splitting, which is used in ammonia masers. An isolated atom is precisely spherically symmetric.

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Ammonia masar transitions in a time-dependent field (Wikipedia).

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Physics is currently longing to "unify" the dichotomy of quantum phenomena with the theory of relativity. The endeavor is both encouraging and simultaneously frustrating. Like enantiomers, these polar Volkergedanke are entirely different manifestations currently uncoordinated.

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Waves traveling in opposite directions add to each other.

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Analogous to left and right hands with opposing thumbs, dichotomies are useful when coordinated. To clap hands, unscrew bottles, and make and manipulate fulcrums, dichotomies are useful when used ensemble as tools, with tools.

Of course this requires a tool to be available to be used by the OpposingThumbsEnsembleTool, but we first have to understand the utility inherent in opposing thumbs before we can exploit that ability. This is the job of consciousness.

This is the job of consciousness, and expressing this so we can all understand and use it falls to the role of the artist / scientist,  as both manifestor and interpreter, and "interpreter" means "teacher" as well as "performer". The  artist / scientist  illuminates the consciousness of others, awakens understanding, through expression or interpretation, and reminds us of the roles we play as various expressions of the law of cause and effect within nature.

 

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Raccoon samples one cheez-wiz, then correctly assesses he can successfully steal outright the entire bag directly from the kind hand feeding him, before the human realizes what's happening.

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The ancient riddle of the Sphinx says that we first crawl around on all fours, eventually with luck we stand up and start walking, and in old age we stand on two feet but lean on a crutch for support.

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Creative animation: Raccoon with a cane, tap dancing across a street at night.

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Until we have mastered dichotomies, we won't know how best to handle any situation involving "culture clash". 

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Volume = length x width x height: "What if someone hits the mute button?" Cartoon by Mark Anderson, www.andertoons.com

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Just because cultures share a common Elementargedanke does not mean, nor does it imply, that their Volkergedanke manifestations will be in agreement. In fact, Volkergedanke manifest simultaneously as inherently polarized cultural systems that clash,  and in spite of appearing to be completely at odds with one another, should ideally learn to work together for mutual benefit. 

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Color photograph of a raccoon, standing up and cradling his cat in his arms; is he a "cat burglar"?

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Joseph Campbell points out that eastern and western traditions have manifested the Volkergedanke local personae masks and rules, in polarized ways; the two systems are polar opposites. Without understanding "two hands, with opposing thumbs, clapping" it is difficult, if not impossible, to integrate convex and concave, introvert and extrovert, individual ego and group identity, enantiomers, without annihilating both with the result becoming neither. These are two entirely different paths that coexist, and both, as the saying goes, are barking up the same clapping tree.

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Harpo Marx with a puppy on his head.

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The Yin Yang symbol is the archetypal symbol of the reconciliation of the "T" intersection quandary. Both sides of a penny coin, the heads side and the tails side, are two sides of the same coin, and likewise, the same coin has two sides. A penny is a penny, no matter which side is "up"; the head and tails serve as polar Volkergedanke working as an ensemble of "opposing thumbs".  The head and tails serve as  a way to differentiate between the sides. This matters if you add something to them, and if your penny is now a slice of bread, and you spread butter on one of those sides, you've "changed" them, pun intended, and you want that buttered side to land sunny side up 

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Etiré symbole yin yang; how the Yin Yang symbol is formed from circles.

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The physicist Wolfgang Pauli's dream series, as analyzed by Carl Jung, also serves to illustrate this integration. Apparently, dreams themselves are Elementargedanke - Volkergedanke repositories, representing the process of the Elementargedanke archetype manifesting as Volkergedanke in dreams.  According to Carl Jung and Marie Louise von France, symbols will appear doubled in dreams, polarizing into Volkergedanke opposites just prior to manifesting by projection into the physical world, where they become a polarized pair.

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Fractal gears as interlaced circles.

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THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF ARTISTS / SCIENTISTS AS MANIFESTORS / INTERPRETERS

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Our culture is unique in history for having so many unhappy, unfulfilled artists and so few notable artists. Why are artists important? What is the role of the artist in the world? 

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Piet Hein: "There is one art, no more, no less: to do all things with artlessness."

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Again, it is the job of consciousness to recognize and utilize old tools for current needs. However, it falls to the "role" or "job" of the artist / scientist,  as both manifestor and interpreter, and "interpreter" means "teacher" as well as "performer", to express this in ways that everyone finds accessible.  They possess, manifestively and/or interpretatively, one endowment: the ability to perceive archetypes and to manifest them, in ways that everyone can understand with their minds, be inspired by in their hearts, integrate personally, and utilize in practical ways for their everyday lives. This is what Joseph Campbell means by the Return Of The Hero; it is not the commonly portrayed "happy ending" but a continuous ongoing process, a yoga.  The role of the  artist / scientist  is to illuminate the consciousness of others, awaken understanding, and through expression or interpretation, remind us of the roles we play as various expressions of the law of cause and effect within nature. 

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Harry Whittier Frees photograph, 1933: amusing artist as interpreter.

The puppy draws a rat in chalk on the chalk board instead of drawing the kitten, who is posing on the chair just for the drawing, and whose ears and whiskers resemble the rat's

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In our culture, this manifestation and interpretation by the artist is increasingly difficult. It is impeded and all but eradicated by conflating expression manifestation and interpretive manifestation with commercial mass production.  Western culture currently depends on commercial mass production for stability; addiction to the culture is encouraged while individual expression  and interpretation are discouraged at every level as threatening. 

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Pandora opens the box, drawing by Frederick Stuart Church.

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In such cultures, the odds are stacked against any genuine expression or original interpretation reaching the public as communication before becoming irreparably compromised. Even commercial artists are frequently quoted today as saying they can't hear themselves, let alone find themselves, in their own results. Free speech is nearly extinct. Teaching has become severely restricted.  Speaking out is increasingly risky, yet everyone is shouting, and over all the noise, there are fewer ways for any individual expression to be discerned. All any genuine artist can do in this environment is fight for air to breath.

Humans depend on the artist's manifestive and interpretive expression of archetypes to find themselves beneath and within the rubble of so-called civilization. We need myths, stories, and tales, and in the West, we have no modern manifestations because our current culture is too new, changes too fast, and is too commercial.  

Without reliable guidance from our past, there is no emerging awareness of the present, no comprehension of the cost of conflating genuine self expression with the masks that work only to sustain the current culture. We face the labyrinth of life without a compass. 

Without this awareness, the culture itself stagnates and dies; it has only itself to feed upon as there is no new energy. Joseph Campbell states "A society without a myth to support it and give it coherence goes into disillusion, and that is what is happening to us, now." ( (Joseph Campbell, Mythos I, The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition, program Two, The Spirit World.)

 

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The labyrinth maze of life dissolving without a compass.

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As Joseph Campbell points out, Plato uses the circle to represent the soul; the soul is like a circle with ego and unconscious within it (Joseph Campbell, Mythos I, The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition, program One, Psyche and Symbol).  The Greek word for "soul" is psyche. 

The point, line, and circle are the archetypes of manifestation.

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Point, Line, Circle. Si la longueur d'arc égale à la longueur de son rayon, l'angle résultant est égal à un radian.

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The center point represents the infinite perfection of the archetype. The circle is the archetype manifested  as mastership;  the truth, goodness, beauty, and inspirational power, of the fulfilled work of art. It is the refined and sensitized consciousness of the artist as manifestor--interpreter, and remember, "interpreter" means "teacher" as well as "performer".  

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All manifestation begins with the point. 

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The circle is perfectly symmetrical; it is a continuous, perfectly controlled, "flow" from a given point, and as such, the circle symbolizes both perfection and completion. It is both convex and concave. It represents the ideal rhythmic, harmonious expression of potentials and their perfect fulfillments.  

The circle is the archetypal symbol of the Hero's Journey.

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The Golden Mean.

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An artist fulfills the "radii of the wheel" with each satisfactory demonstration of their manifestive and/or interpretative endowment. A human individual fulfills their "radii" when they become aware of the spiritual principles involved in their experience-patterns, and then express this realization in daily living. 

The archetype of the point thus also represents the archetype of the artist. Recall from above that an artist illuminates the consciousness of others.  The artist has the ability to perceive archetypes and to manifest them, is both manifestor and interpreter, and "interpreter" means "teacher" as well as "performer".  The point is the  "starting point ".

An artist is inherently also a scientist, and a scientist is inherently also an artist. The two are inseparable; they are the right and left of the same number line, the two diameters of the circle with only one center, and the circle is the archetype manifested as mastership.  

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Harpo Marx dealing cards to Mrs. Rittenhouse, or rather not dealing them.

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I discuss the circle archetype later in this series, and the role it plays in our culture as zero. But to get there from here we need to sail our Argo past one more thought barrier, the Symplegades, a.k.a. the "crashing rocks".  

 

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Jason finds the Golden Fleece in Colchis, beyond the ends of the world, and now must bring it back. Movie still from the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts.

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ALGEBRA & MATHMATICS: THE SYMPLEGADES

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To get anywhere from here we need to sail our Argo past one more thought barrier, Algebra and Mathematics, a.k.a. the Symplegades, the "crashing rocks". 

Mathematics, in our culture, is the equivalent of the Symplegades, the "crashing or crushing rocks" of the Ancient Greeks. I am not referring to arithmetic.

Don't cringe! "Algebra" is not a "dirty word"; it's just a NOUN. Your own name is just a NOUN. "Mathematics" is another noun, a pleural noun.  All nouns only make sense when you specify WHAT KIND or type of noun it is: is it a person, place, thing, or idea?  Is it one or many? Generally, nouns refer to configurations of matter, or ideas;  likewise, there are many different kinds and types of algebras and many different kinds and types of people.   Think of an algebra representing pearls strung together to make a necklace.  If you play a musical instrument, such as piano or guitar or flute or violin, you know there are different types of each of these instruments, and while you may be able to play the same song on all of them, they aren't exactly fungible. If they were, we wouldn't have orchestras.

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The orchestra bit battle between Harpo Marx with his stolen violin bow, and the Conductor with his baton, in the movie Night At The Opera.

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Too many people who eat and breath and move around every day are under the impression that they can't "do Math", yet that is precisely what they are doing as they eat, and breath, and move around every day. Too many doctors I've spoken with have told me "Math is too hard".  In fact, anyone who has ever wanted anything, and then proceeded to go get it, whether a cookie or a career, is "doing math".  So something is wrong somewhere. 

 

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Then A Miracle Occurs: "I think you should be more explicit here in step two." Iconic cartoon by Sidney Harris, www.sciencecartoonsplus.com.

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Algebras are mathematical symbol configurations (usually alphabet letters) that designate some special set and its' members, and then, these sets are used to represent both quantities and general relationships unique to the members of that set. Think of the set and its' members as the noun, and the verb as the actions that set represents or can take, available via its' unique relationships and qualities. The noun "Algebra" refers specifically to these sets, and like any other noun, it only makes sense when you specify WHAT KIND or type of "algebra" it is, because by itself, it just indicates a general concept, and doesn't imply anything. 

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Algebras, demonstrated.

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"Schools" usually teach students just one basic "algebra", the equivalent of teaching only one word, the word "it", to designate all the colors of the rainbow, all the musical instruments in the world, all the musical progressions and emotions in a symphony, all the ballets and all the art and all the amphibians, invertebrates and mammals, and all the facts of Nature. Now really. That's like teaching that all reproduction is asexual reproduction.  The assumption, I suppose, is that teaching one "it" is sufficiently better than nothing. After all, average humans don't need or want to represent or express much of anything, much less understand. It's well nigh impossible to motivate yourself to master anything difficult when you are given absolutely no practical reason or use for it whatsoever.  

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Harry Whittier Frees photograph c1930. The three little kittens at school, learning their ABC's, addition, multiplication, and how to spell RAT, all from their teacher, Miss Puppy.

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Noun names for places, people, and things are taught as mentionable only under certain conditions and not others, an indication that the abstract concept of boundary conditions, limiting initial conditions, a.k.a. censorship, is alive and well.  Sexual reproduction is still an uncomfortable topic for many. Nouns for abstract concepts such as accumulative sequences are mostly missing, for example for specific ideas, combinations of specifics ideas, sets of specific ideas, and emotions, combinations of emotions and sets of movements of emotions, and potential, combinations of potential, and potential as directed power, and mathematics, algebras and set theory. Forget accumulations along the lines of species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, kingdom, domain, life. As Bullwinkle says, that's hard to spell. 

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Species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, kingdom, domain, life.

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Abstract process reasoning is totally missing, in the hopes that you'll forget all about the far more interesting real world with its' very real abstract subjective challenges.  

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Raccoon stealing the inside cat door mat, from inside the cat door.

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This is the real "T" intersection: self-limiting thought, the software ability our species has to rewrite and self-censor. And as programming myths tell us, this ability of ours is not a bug; it's a feature.   

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"What do you think our most powerful renewable resource is?  Denial."  Cartoon by Bannerman.

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As a species, we are at a T intersection. An auto-censor is a luxury we can no longer afford if we are to survive as a species. We can no longer leave the responsibility of an auto-censure to our culture because it has dropped the ball. If we are to survive as a species, we will have to assume personal responsibility for turning this feature on or off, and for the consequences as we learn to use this wisely. 

 

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On the box, flip the switch to on, the door opens, and a wood piece comes out that resets the switch to off. 

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We are already going past the Symplegades, the Crushing Rocks, and for this, we need a very different sailing approach.  

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The Argo, facing the Symplegades; painting in gouache and watercolor by Gurnsy.

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There are many versions of the Argonauts and their search with Jason for the Golden Fleece. In all of them, the Argo sails through the Symplegades with the help of a gift from Phineus, a man whom they rescue. 

 

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Phineus tormented by a Harpy, from whom he is subsequently freed by the Argonauts and Jason. From the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts.

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The reasons for Phineus's punishment vary, but sources agree that initially Phineus accepted the God's punishment as just; however the Gods were immortal, and Phineus was human, and his human sense of time judged the punishment as having continued unjustly long. When Hera, Queen of the Gods, can no longer help the Argonauts, she urges them to go to Phineus, explaining that Phineus can act as a surrogate for her help. 

 

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"You've left me only one move, My Lord"

Hera exclaims to Zeus, as she places the figure of Triton on the Chess Board, directly in the path of the Argo. Movie still from the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts.

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The Argonauts free Phineus from being tormented by Harpies, and in return, he gives them the gift of the Amulet of Triton, a God of The Ocean, of the Unconscious, who holds aside the Symplegades, the Crushing Rocks, allowing the Argonauts to pass through. The Argonauts successfully sail through the Symplegades with the earned aid of Nature's ocean god of the unconscious.  

 

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Triton helping the Argonauts pass the Symplegades. Movie still from the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts.

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And all versions tell the same subsequent tragic story, of what happens to Jason when he abdicates his responsibility to Media, after bringing her back with him from this voyage, and fails to successfully integrate her into his culture. Media is a Priestess, and a representative of the active power of the "gods".

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Jason rescuing the Priestess Medea. Movie still from the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts. Todd Armstrong as Jason. Nancy Kovacs as Medea.

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What does this represent?  What are the "Gods"?  To the Greeks, they represented the Archetypal patternings of Nature, the transformations of Elementargedanke energy into the local Volkergedanke forms specific to that manifestation time.

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The crew of the Argo watch as Triton emerges from the sea to enable their passage through the Symplegades.

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Precisely because life surrounds you, life, and its' patterns, can't be hidden from you, and you already know more than you may realize about this. You can, frankly, figure out quite a bit simply by observing and comparing notes. With the current culture dropping the ball, it's up to you to find your own unconscious Phineus and rescue your own subconscious from Harpies, and to teach yourself such things as "Neptunian" mathematical symbols and the rules for manipulating these symbols. These are the Gods that can hold the Symplegades at bay, so you can pass, and return. Yet, should you pass, but fail to integrate what you bring back, Jason and Media's story spell out the consequences.

 

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Surveillance on the rocks.

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So. Go figure.

And before we get to Zero, which is the next topic. Thanks for traveling with me.

 

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Jason finds the Golden Fleece in Colchis, beyond the ends of the world, and now must bring it back. Movie still from the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The sources for the material in this Archetypes series are listed in one place,  #40 Archetypes Additional Resources:
 https://suityourself.international/appanage/index.php?_a=newsletter&newsletter_id=88
or
https://www.suityourself.international/appanage/magazine-40.html

If you're interested in exploring these topics further, then I recommend the resources at the above links. 

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I sign our magazine articles "See Into The Invisible". Thanks for reading.

Best Wishes, 
Debra Spencer

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