Principle 11 Opposites 5, The Faction of Humanity

Principle 11, fifth week
This month we are focusing on principle #11 It is also called “The Principle of the Negation of Opposites” it says:


“It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”

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Principle 11 Opposities 3 and our meeting

Principle 11, second week
This month we are focusing on principle #11 It is also called “The Principle of the Negation of Opposites” it says:

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“It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”

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Principle 11 Opposites 2

Principle 11, second week
This month we are focusing on principle #11 It is also called “The Principle of the Negation of Opposites” it says: “It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”

Last week we looked at some general impressions about this principle. This week we’ll focus on how we could have applied it in the past. In following weeks we’ll turn to how we might apply it in the present and future.


I find the best way to approach these kind of considerations is concretely — that means that this week I’ll take a look at the principle and try to discover at least one situation where applying the principle made or could have made a difference in the outcome of events, or at least how I felt about that outcome.

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This is the “rabbit-duck” it’s an ambiguous image that became widely known through the philosopher Wittgenstein’s use of it in his book Philosophical Investigations. He used it as an illustration in a discussion about seeing.

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Principle 11 Opposites 1

Principle 11, first week
This month we are focusing on principle #11 It is also called “The Principle of the Negation of Opposites” it says: “It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”

This week well look at some overall impressions about this principle. In the next weeks we’ll at how we could have applied it in the past, and how we might apply it in the present and future.

For me, that means that this week I’ll take a look at the principle and try to discover at least one situation where it was or would be applicable.

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Principle 8 Comprehended Action 5

Principle 8, fifth week
 
The “vagaries” of the calendar mean that not every year has 365 days and not every month has 4 weeks. So this is one of those months when we get an extra week to think about our chosen principle.

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Principle 12 Accumulating Actions 4 and more

This week we continue our reflections on principle #12, “The Principle of Accumulating Actions” which says: “If you repeat your acts of internal unity then nothing can detain you.” 

I was thinking about that principle when I received an email. The email questioned the wisdom of countries allowing in a flood of refugees which might harbour some individuals bearing ill will, and even some willing to use violence against random strangers to advance their cause.

With both of those things going around in my head I found myself reflecting on the big problems in the world (and sometimes in my life) and how my small actions — even if they were positive or felt unitive— weren’t even close to being on the same scale as the these destructive events all around.  

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But I kept coming back to the idea that, while a drop of water has no impact on a block of granite, over time many such drops wear away at even the strongest rock. In this way the relentless drips of water produce what is at first the slightest of grooves but which eventually might become a great canyon. 

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This month we are looking at Principle #11, The Principle of the Negation of Opposites”, from chapter 13 of The Inner Look. It says: “It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”  

Take a look at the principle and this week try to discover at least one situation where it was or would be applicable.  During the  week we will try to apply it and compare results when we get together.

Since this is our first go at the principle this month I’m sending around a kind of overview on the principle. We can discuss it at this week’s meeting. In the next weeks we’ll consider how we’ve seen this in action in our pasts. We’ll look at how the principle could be applied to our present circumstance and what it might mean for us in future situations.



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Illustration thanks to Rafael Edwards

Here are some of the considerations about this principle. I’m drawing them largely from conversations with many people. Also from materials we created over the years to illustrate various aspects of the principles. I’m sorry that in most cases I can’t credit specific individuals for their contributions but if I can I will.

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