The Spiritual Golden Rule

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By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Warning! Before proceeding to review this article further, understand, you are about to be exposed to information that the majority of the gaggle you know may not be ready for. If you are sheepish or fidgety like a chicken, move along. If you are a believer and not a seeker, do not read this. This article is for seekers, not believers.

Now — here is the ‘death sentence’, a sentence the likes of which has gotten people killed for millennia: There is no God as monotheistic religious systems put forth. Apparently, most people who utter it are killed right as they say ‘there is no God…’ and they do not finish the sentence, as monotheists only seem to hear the first half.

There is the potential that any monotheistic interpretation of God is correct, but there is not only that potential, for God is limitless. Limitlessness cannot be limited to just one human interpretation, idea or religious construct. However monotheism limits the concept of “God” to a certain quantity with specific qualities, boundaries and definitions.

Monotheism also breaks the ‘Golden Rule’ — which is, essentially, do no harm to others and treat others mutually respectfully and compassionately. This rule extends to allowing others to pursue their spirituality however they see fit. Dictating how others proceed breaks that rule. We all can climb to the mountaintop using our own route. Your own spiritual path is your own path, only. Dictating otherwise through institutionalization and doctrine is harsh, and causes harshness.

In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the Prophets. — Matthew 7:12

God is Everything

There is no outside intelligent being watching over the entirety of creation. Rather, God is creation, creation is God. God is the intelligence inside of creation. God is the intelligence emanating from and underlying all creation, not an overseeing entity beyond creation. God is creation itself, here and beyond. God is the intelligence imbued in all of creation. God is everything, everywhere.

Everything is energy. The intelligence of God is energy, the most outstanding, loving, life-giving energy coursing through everything and all of us, uniting everything. This godliness, this holy wholeness, is expansive both inwardly and outwardly. God is energy both cosmic and atomic, here and now, but there is no God as monotheism most ardently puts forth — there is no detectable outside intelligence in charge, rather, there is intelligence and godliness in everything, charged.

God is the underlying, unifying, unspeakable intelligence that connects you to everything. God is not an outside entity, but the energy of holiness, wholeness, knowingness, lovingness, and expansion — the purity of entirety. Where monotheism bases itself on the concept of one God, outside creation, I believe God is infinite energy — it is creation. God is infinite, not finite.

That said, God is capable of Being in infinite forms in a singular moment, thus every speck of dust in the universe has a God — is God — as the Hindu traditions sometimes put forth. And thus, as the American Indian traditions variously put forth, everywhere has the potential to be the center of the universe, from heart to mountain. This fundamental understanding does not negate the concept of a supreme creator God consciousness, and more importantly, highlights that many systems and organizations that claim to offer the path to God do not actually operate in line with godliness, and walk in the dark rather than the light — in stagnation, disconnection and limitation instead of amplification, connection and limitlessness.

Of course, I could be totally wrong about this. God is limitless and timeless, like energy, and beyond our understanding, and there very well might exist the exact same figure monotheists believe in as “God”. Indeed, I don’t know. What I do know is that limiting God to one form or interpretation ensures that the interpretation will likely be wrong, and as history has proven, potentiates that the interpretation will be used for wrong — to institutionalize and therefore co-opt the individual relationship with God. 

If you believe that you know God, you really do not. If you seek to know you as God, you really might!

The Spiritual Golden Rule: Thou shall not force spirituality, religion, or dogma on others. Treat all pathways to the peak of enlightenment with kindness, so long as they also practice The Golden Rule.  

“Love the world as your own self, then you can truly care for all things. Look, it cannot be seen, it is beyond form. Listen, it cannot be heard, it is beyond sound. Grasp, it cannot be held. It is intangible. These three are indefinable. Therefore they are joined in one. From above, it is not bright, from below it is not dark, an unbroken thread beyond description. It returns to nothingness. The form of the formless, the image of the imageless, it is called indefinable and beyond imagination. Stand before it, and there is no beginning. Follow it, and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao. Move with the present. Knowing the ancient beginning, is the essence of Tao.” ~ Tao Te Ching, Lao Te Zu

The Metaphysics of Monotheism

Believers stop seeking. This book is for seekers, not believers.

Ethan Indigo Smith’s latest work, ‘The Metaphysics of Monotheism’, is a thought-provoking exploration of God, spirituality, monotheism and the occult, and reveals just how monotheism, through religious conditioning, turns seekers into believers, preventing the spiritual individual from continuing their personal spiritual development.

‘The Metaphysics of Monotheism’ is available on Amazon.

About the author:

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity, humanity and justice, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

You can connect with Ethan on Facebook, check out his author page on Amazon, or visit his new websites, Geometry Of Energy and Meditation 108, where Ethan offers lessons on individuation, meditation, the conceptualization of energy, and the metaphysical significance of 108.




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By Ethan Indigo Smith, Wake Up World

“The elders knew peace would not come on the Earth until the circle of humanity is complete; until all four colors sat in the circle and shared their teachings.”

The sacred medicine wheel of the four directions is for all extents and purposes a mandala, a visual depiction of the universe, our Earth and our inner universe. It’s symbolism is simple and primal, and through these qualities it is powerful and meaningful.

Representing the intersection of duality and polarity, four is recognized as symbol for completion. In nature this symbolism is illustrated in the cycle of four seasons — spring, summer, winter and fall — derived from the flow of cycles between two solstices and two equinoxes of our orbit, as well as the elements of nature: air, fire, water and earth.

Four is also reflected in the four aspects of the self: the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional. Mathematically, the symbolism of four it is represented in the four forms of arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) while philosophically, comprehensive human thinking encompasses four dimensions: the thesis (is it so?), antithesis (is it not so?), synthesis (are both so?) and nullesis (are neither so?)

Correspondingly, this matrix of four is presented in the beginning of practically every creation story, from Genesis to the Popol Vuh (the Mayan creation story). Nearly all creation stories start with the polarities of Heaven and Earth, and male and female. In this respect, this matrix of four is the basis of most creation stories as well as being depicted in every cross-like symbol shared by so many religions (the Christian cross, the Hindu swastika, the Egyptian ankh etc.) The four Vedas (Sanskrit for “knowledge”) are the foundational scriptures in Hindu theology, while the cross symbol adopted by Christianity, Judaism and Islam, its presence in the creation story, and its basis in the four worlds of the Kabbalah reflect its major significance to those teachings.

Indeed, all peoples share traditions that include the symbolism of four directly (or subtlety) as part of their core belief systems — as I explore in detail in the article, The Common Origin of Religions and Theology. And it is this universality of the cross symbol and the unanimous celebration of the matrix of four, symbolically and philosophically, in Hindu, Taoist, Native American, Egyptian, Celtic and Judeo-Christian theology and symbolism that most clearly illustrates its commonality to human spirituality and understanding of our world.

But perhaps no group has lived so completely in unity and reverence to the seasonal cycles of Earth Mother and the universal system, as the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, now known as North America. Most significantly, the Hopi believe we are living in thefourth world. Hopi tradition states the first world was Endless Space, the second was Dark Midnight, the third was the Age of Animals and the fourth is the World Complete. Four migrations were written upon four sacred tablets which man was supposed to undertake once in this fourth world — to separate into smaller tribes, divided by color, and began to migrate in four different directions, settling in new lands.

The Medicine Wheel Prophecy: The Polarity of Institutions vs. Individuals

“At the beginning of this cycle of time, long ago, the Great Spirit made an appearance and gathered the peoples of this Earth together, and said to the human beings, “I’m going to send you to four directions, and over time I’m going to change you to four colors, but I’m going to give you some teachings, and you will call these the Original Teachings; when you come back together with each other, you will share these so that you can live and have peace on Earth, and a great civilization will come about…

“And so He gave each of us a responsibility, and we call that the Guardianship. To the Indian people, the Red people, He gave the Guardianship of the Earth… To the South, He gave the yellow race of people Guardianship of the Wind… To the West, He gave the black race of people Guardianship of the Water… To the North, He gave the white race of people Guardianship of the Fire… Each of the four races went to their directions and learned their teachings… [but] some of the brothers and sisters had forgotten the sacredness of all things, and all the human beings were going to suffer for this… The elders knew peace would not come on the Earth until the circle of humanity is complete; until all the four colors sat in the circle and shared their teachings — then peace would come on Earth.”

Source: A Cherokee Legend by Lee Brown, Cherokee

I have watched with dismay and horror over the last few years especially, and my lifetime in total, as the powers that be, every institution of each type — religious, government, corporate and media — have interjected and overwhelmed the discourse of the collective conversation, stifling the development of the discussion and thus the development of our thinking and being. This happens concerning practically every subject — topics are reduced to a consideration of limited polarities. This reinforces polarity in the human mind, which is trained from birth to look for opposites: Good/Evil, Right/Wrong, Left/Right, Thesis/Antithesis.

The very inquiry into the origins of human thinking and being is posed through the duality of polarity, and yet it is most often considered a singular polarity. Why are we the way we are? Is it the result of nature, or nurture? The debate of nature versus nurture is posed in a single distinct polarization, yet the best question itself supersedes the mindset of the singular polarity. Traditionally, the question is viewed philosophically as a trinity of options – the thesis (nature), antithesis (nurture) and synthesis (both) of one and the other. And yet, in its natural state, this mode of thinking is more comprehensively a matrix of four: thesis, antithesis, synthesis (both) or neither — the mindset of infinite alternative potential.

Such comprehensive thinking is uncommon today, as the institutions of the status quo have worked to maintain limited, polarizing collective narratives (particularly through the corporate media) so as to keep control of the way we think, and therefore, behave. But, when we understand how duality and polarity can be used against us, we soon come to see there are many holes in the institutional façade. Sometimes it is their actions that expose them, but quite often it is what they say and how they say it — or what they don’t say — that provides clarity into their real motivation: domination.

Four Types of Institutional Lies

There are four basic types of institutional/political lies, which directly correlate to the four basic forms of arithmetic. Like all effective lies, each type involves some nugget of truth. The first type of lie is the addition of information: Sometimes the addition of a small bit of (generally false) information can change the story entirely. The second type of lie is the subtraction of information: The removal of small key components can result in entirely different meaning. The third type of lie is the multiplication of information: Exaggerations of situations and related information are included in its presentation, to dilute or emphasize. The fourth type of lie is the division of information: The facts are interlaced with ‘disconnects’ which separate or underplay the significance of information.

This approach is often used to cover institutional prejudices and bias; to maintain the appearance of objectivity among institutional leaders. The four main categories of human prejudice are racial, religious, institutional/national and cultural heritage/history. Often prejudice is simply based on the pigment of one’s skin, or other inherited features, but sometimes it is much more nuanced and complicated than that, particularly where a history of conflict exists. And while human prejudice is typically based on these four distinctions, the specifics of each are near limitless.

Every time we observe police abuse in the United States, it is framed primarily as a racial issue. This causes some emotional duress, but it is often a distraction that belittles the situation, believe it or not. For example, I once observed a police officer jump out of his vehicle and shoot dead a child. And yet no one blamed the policing institution, only the prejudice of one officer. The media institutions unfolded the narrative as ‘White officer shot a black child’ — but the headline ought to read ‘Officer shoots child.’ If we sift through the racial drama we see a bigger more piecing narrative; that, not limited to individual officers, institutions have created a culture that supports attacking individuals with extreme prejudice. Racism is common among authoritarian types, and therefore among individuals who seek to enforce authority, many of these events contain elements of individual prejudice, but the problem is thesystematic institutional abuse of individuals. Much like military conditioning, police officers are indoctrinated into a ‘police state’ mindset, then sent out into our communities — armed, and with brain-warping wifi devices mounted on their shoulders. That is why we keep hearing the same horrors repeated over and over — not because of individuals, but the institutions that create and enable them.

Take our water supply, for example, one of the fundamental building blocks of life on Earth. In observing Nestle’s government-backed plundering of the drought-stricken Californian water supply, and more recently, the water protection movement in the Dakotas, we see that individuals having to defend the environment (and indeed, their lives) from the systematic destruction at the hands institutions has become the new ‘normal’. In the Dakotas, for example, the media portray the people there as ‘Native Americans being attacked by private security’, or as ‘Native Americans acting to protect their water, and the water for millions of other people too.’ However, let’s firstly remember that the uniting of tribes of our Red brothers is an unprecedented event in the modern era! The Native Tribes coming together is historically significant not only in the number of tribal peoples that united, but also in the reconciliation of old tribal disputed and contentions that took place to make this union happen. These peoples saw beyond the lies — the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of information — and understood that the threat to water supplies and sacred lands posed by the Dakota Access pipeline superseded previous tribal divisions, and brought together peoples in unity against the institutionalizaton of nature. That is the story that would have been reported, were it not for the influence of institutional bias.

“It’s a major movement in Indian country,” said CJ Clifford, a member of the Oglala Lakota, who drove up from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He saw the protests as part of a historical continuum reaching to Little Bighorn. This battle, he said, was being waged peacefully.

“For many, the effort was about reclaiming a stake in ancestral lands that had been whittled down since the 1800s, treaty by broken treaty.

“Lands were constantly getting reduced, shaken up,” said Dave Archambault II, the tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux. “I could give you a list of every wrongdoing this government did to our people. All of that is frustration pent up, and it’s being recognized. … It’s a tipping point for our nations.” [source]

The White, Yellow and Black skinned peoples of the world would do well to take note.

But this water protection event is also historical in that institutions openly united against individuals, and individuals responded (for the most part) by uniting against those institutions. Of course, you won’t see that discussed in the controlled corporate media. Instead, they continue to add, subtract, multiply — and divide.

The Matrix of Four: Overcoming Institutionalization

Everywhere, in every issue of contention, there are complex dynamics at play. But the overriding factor behind each major issue of today is the institutional oppression of individuals, and the main focus of information presented in the mainstream is to convince individuals that this oppression is not the case; that the main factor is racism, or a one individual, or that it is just a problem that should concern only black people, or white people, or red people, or yellow people — instead of an institutional problem (such as the water protection issue in the Dakotas) that affects us all, and could therefore unite us all in solidarity.

The truth of institutionalization must always be concealed from the public in order for it to prosper. That is the nature of institutionalization: we would only play along so long as we don’t understand. As a result, institutions (and the institutionalized) will always portray important issues and points of contention in a way that maintains conceals the truth, by blaming an individual or group of individuals, when the mechanics of institutionalization are actually responsible; when institutionalization — prioritizing institutions over individuals — is the obvious common denominator.

Nanice Ellis accurately explains this phenomenon:

“Virtually all dysfunctional behaviors and dangerous social dynamics are held together by secrecy [which] perpetuates the cycle of repression. … [Secrecy] is the glue that holds the whole illusion together. Without secrecy, large groups of people could not be repressed – only through a system of secrecy and separation can an organization maintain compliance. … Open communication will likely bring hidden issues to a head, and, as a result, things might seem to get worse before they get better, but… communication and information [ultimately] results in empowerment.”

In the postmodern era of nuclear contamination, water wars and petrolithic poisoning, the worldwide institutions plundering our natural environment are forming recognizable patterns of destruction, exploitation and community division. And this pattern can be seen and predicted, to our benefit.

When we consider all information using the Matrix of Four — including the crucial ‘infinite potential’ represented by the nullesis/neither option — nothing can prevent us from seeing through the dogmatic hindrances of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. That is what the NetherWorld Oligarchy fears the most.

That is the lesson of the Four Sacred Directions: unity. Unity of individual and universal, and unity of individuals over institutions. As individuals we are made up of and dependent on the elements of the web of life, the sacred circle of water, air, earth and fire, as represented by the Medicine Wheel. And by the same token unity comes from breaking down the false perception of division between peoples of all colors; by black, red, yellow and white coming together.

When all four colors of man, and accordingly, all four polarities of dualistic thought, are finally unified as one, we can finally bring the intersection of duality and polarity to completion and unite as family in the total awareness of truth. Only then will we be able to change this culture of compliance-by-deceit, and put an end to the institutionalized destruction of Earth Mother we know would lead to our demise.

Celebrate the Matrix of Four, symbolically and philosophically,remember our mutual origins, embody the sacred interconnection of all things, and allow that understanding to guide your actions in all you do. In this age of enlightenment, our task is to understand the limits imposed by the dualistic language and thought-forms that led us here, and hold accountable to our enlightened truth those so-called “leaders” who intentionally steer us off cliffs.

When we act in unity, neither institutions nor the institutionalized can harm us. When the circle of humanity is complete, and all the four colors — black, white, red and yellow — sit in the circle and share their teachings, as brothers and sisters, then peace will come to the Earth and humanity reclaim its place as Guardians of the Earth… just as the American Indians prophesied.


The Little Green Book of Revolution

By Ethan Indigo Smith…

The Little Green Book Of Revolution - Ethan Indigo SmithThe Little Green Book of Revolution is an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans.

A pro-individual and anti-institutional look at the history of peaceful proactive revolution, it explores the environmental destruction inherent to our present political and energy distribution systems, and offers valuable and insightful ideas to counteract the oligarchical institutions of the failing ‘New World Order’.

The Little Green Book of Revolution is available here on Amazon.

About the author:

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

How to Overcome the Hegelian Dialectic, a Political Mechanism that Limits Social Thinking ~ Ethan Indigo Smith

30th October 2013

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Is the universe eternal? Or not? Or both? Or neither? Is the universe finite? Or not? Or both? Or neither? Is the self identical with the body? Or is the self different from the body? Does the Tathagata* exist after death? Or not? Or both? Or neither?”

~ The Fourteen Unanswered Questions of Buddha

* Tathagata is the name Buddha used for himself, meaning “the one who has thus come and the one who has thus gone”.

The theories of special relativity and general relativity, as theorized by Albert Einstein, state in part that reality is four dimensional, made up of time, length, width and depth. Also he states there are four forms of fundamental force in the universe; weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force, electromagnetism and gravity. A fifth force is thought to exist and yet is undiscovered.

Four is representative of completion in numerous systems, from our physical composition to the laws of the four dimensional universe and its four forces. Without the balance of these four forces, life as we know it would not be possible. The matrix of four is physically and naturally exemplified in our inner microcosm and the celestial macrocosm, and is spiritually and mentally recognized by many people’s throughout history, across cultures and subjects.

The Imponderables

Our minds are wired to question, only frequently we ask limited questions. Curiosity is a quality shared by all people, only many people are trained not to be curious. We are capable of questioning everything in the four dimensions. Some questions are of physics and nature while others are about spiritual or mental applications. There are a few questions which all people have all posed since time immemorial. Some of the same questions have been asked, like those posed to and unanswered by Buddha, for millennia. They reveal our nature to question everything, even and perhaps especially the unanswerable.

Sometimes answers are found. Einstein found many answers to his questions about the universe. Normally when questions are answered though, new questions arise. Some questions however are not worth asking and not worth pursuing, like the fourteen unanswered questions of Buddha, also known as the imponderables. The Fourteen Questions are actually four questions, three with four aspects and one with two. Despite Buddha’s refusal to answer the questions, they were still posed in the most developed manner possible in hopes of getting an answer, in four ways to form completion.

Buddha believed people existed in either two states; in existence or non-existence. Many people visited him with questions and these were said to be the only questions he did not answer. It is believed he thought the imponderables could never truly be answered and that they led to states of negativity and non-existence, ultimately inconsequential to our earthly predicament of eliminating suffering and attaining enlightenment. Many questions are worth deliberation and elaboration because they are pertinent to our earthly predicament. But at least these four questions, the imponderables, are inconsequential.

Questions are posed completely in four ways, as illustrated in the formation of the imponderables. The formation of the questions are valuable on their own, and indicative of the matrix of four and the duality of polarity. Buddha is asked these four questions in the philosophical formation of the duality of polarity, with four important parts.

Is it so? Is it not so? Is it both? Is it neither?

The very inquiry into the origins of human thinking and being is posed through the duality of polarity, and yet it’s most often considered a singular polarity. Why are we the way we are? Is it the result of nature or nurture? The debate of nature versus nurture is posed in a single distinct polarization. Yet the best answer supersedes the singular polarity. Traditionally, it is philosophically viewed as a trinity of options, it being the synthesis of one and the other, of thesis and antithesis. And yet this is actually the matrix of four and the duality of polarity with the fourth part missing. It should be asked in the same philosophical formation as the imponderables, which despite Buddha’s refusal to answer, were still posed in the most developed manner possible, in hopes of an answer.

Is human thinking and being the result of nature? Or nurture? Or both? Or neither?

This idea may be explored in multiple ways and has roots among many disciplines. We question our thinking and seek evidence of an actual answer, however the pinnacle purpose of such debate is to understand the possibilities, the in-betweens, through the duality of polarity. Whenever the either/or option is put forth, options are limited, for there are always four possible answers; one, the other, both and neither. In the case of ‘nature versus nurture’, the most sensible answer is both nature and nurture makes us who we are. But perhaps it is neither, perhaps other systems rather than biological or experiential are at play, like astrological systems for instance.

Does art reflect life or does life reflect art?

This similarly philosophical question is aimed at its own answers, but yet is primarily based on understanding possibilities via the duality of polarity. There are four basic forms of answers to this question and those like it, and yet in typical form, only two or three aspects are normally explored; ‘one, the other or the combination of both’, philosophically known as thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. There are the obvious two answers posed, one contrasting the other and a mixture is the third choice. The distinct fourth option, which is seemingly always left out – possibly because of its ability to shake the status quo – is the unlimited alternative, the nullisis.

Does art reflect life or does life reflect art? Or both? Or neither?

The Nullisis

In the philosophical set of thesis, antithesis and synthesis, the ‘neither’ option is missing, the distinct possibility, the unlimited alternative. The nullisis answer is outside the box, or outside the cave, of our thinking.

Nullisis can be compared to and understood through the four human blood types. In every dialectical discussion there is thesis, antithesis, synthesis and nullisis or A, B, AB, and O.

Nullisis, ‘neither’, the unlimited alternative is complicated for it opens every dialectic to any alternative. Consideration of alternatives is typically limited to ‘one, the other and the combination’, because the next option, ‘neither’, opens up the door to anything else. And entities seeking to control societies, during every time period everywhere, prefer to eliminate the fourth option; it represents the unlimited alternative, while the either/or situation usually results in controllable back and forth combinations.

The origin of the celebrated triad of thesis, antithesis, synthesis, is often attributed to Georg Wilhelm Hegel, however he criticized what is now often called Hegelian Dialectic. Johann Gottlieb Fichte actually formed the original presentation. Hegel is known to have called the triad of thesis, antithesis and synthesis ‘boring’ and a ‘lifeless schema.’ Without nullisis, ‘neither’, the unlimited alternative, the commonly referenced philosophical triad is a lifeless schema, for if one combines a wrong answer with the right answer, a half correct solution might result.

Hegel did use and note a similar extrapolation of three; immediate, mediated and concrete. Critics note this trinity to be limited by way of assumptions and errors, and in what is assumed to be concrete. Without nullisis or new information, one could possibly begin with information which is then countered by disinformation and ends up misinformation. Nullisis is needed. Nullisis is the distinct and developed fourth philosophical part which today often goes unconsidered.

The Mathematics of the Nullisis

If mathematics can be considered beautiful, nullisis can be beautifully illustrated through the most mysterious and elusive of all arithmetic equations, an imponderable of sorts. It is represented in one of the most mysterious equations of the most complicated of all numbers; zero. In fact there is no zero. Zero can never be physically represented and in the entire universe there is not one. Even in nothingness there is something. And through its cancellation is its verification; there are in fact zero zeros. Zero represents uncertainty, uncertainty similar to that of the unlimited alternative.

Mathematics seeks clear answers, and there are clear answers in practically all arithmetic. But there is only one arithmetic equation that represents uncertainty and unlimited possibility, the nullisis.

0 + 0 = 0

0 – 0 = 0

0 x 0 = 0

But the answer to 0 divided by 0 is unlimited possibility, an undefined unknown.

0 ÷ 0 = ?

The answer to zero divided by zero is reflective of the nullisis. It is the only simple arithmetic equation to which the answer is unknown. A valid answer to this equation could be anything from zero to infinity, just like the nullisis, the unlimited alternative.

It is notable that in arithmetic, division is the distinct operation. It represents sharing for one, and not necessarily what has come to be known as divisiveness.

Applying the Matrix of Four

The most sensible answers to both the debate of ‘nature versus nurture’ and the question of ‘art reflecting life or life reflecting art’ is synthesis, or ‘both’. It is a combination of nature and nurture that makes us who we are. It is a balance of influences in art and life which influence one another. Art contains a spark of life, while life is artful. Nature and nurture, art and life, are inseparable; like a swirling Yin Yang, contrasting syntheses. Both contain interrelated and interdependent contrasts.

Synthesis is the answer to these two questions, and to many questions. But sometimes the answer to questions and dialectics are in the nullisis. Otherwise systems would be lifeless schemas, without alternative, development or invention.

Socially and politically speaking, when an either/or question is presented, one must always take into account the four possibilities of thesis, antithesis, synthesis and nullisis. Question the validity of the thesis. Question what is being heralded as an antithesis and if it is truly anti at all. Equally question how the thesis and antithesis are being presented as synthesized, for frequently the synthesis is not a true mix but a mere adjustment, a euphemism or exaggeration aimed at steering perspective. And especially question the aspect of nullisis, for it not only means ‘neither’, it is the unlimited alternative.

The dialectic of large scale energy sources is currently typically limited to either the burning of fossil fuels or the ignition of nuclear fuels and both. Examples within the nullisis in this dialectic is solar power or wind and water power generation, harnessing geothermal energy (Japan is one of the most active geothermal places on the planet and now the most ruined from nuclear experimentation) ocean current/tidal energy. The alternatives are unlimited, however petrol and nuclear maintain thee societal status quo. There is always more than one, its counter and the combination of the two; there is always nullisis, the unlimited alternative. Nullisis is the enigma wrapped in the riddle of the matrix of four and the philosophy of the duality of polarity.

Embrace the consideration of nullisis. Apply the matrix of four. The examination of situations through the contemplation of thesis, antithesis, synthesis and nullisis will open minds around you, and your own.



The Hegelian Dialectic and its use in Controlling Modern Society