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Transformation of Global Governance through Bullfighting

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Transformation of Global Governance through Bullfighting
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Annex 2 of Viable Global Governance through Bullfighting: challenge of transcendence


Introduction

Bullfighting (or tauromachy) is considered by many to be a flagrant example of glorified indulgence in abhorent human cruelty to animals and a highly problematic reflection on those who appreciate it. It is also considered by some to exemplify some of the highest values of humanity, notably courage, skill and elegance in the face of the immediate possibility of personal fatality. A bull is seen as the epitome of animal strength and courage, and much to be admired.

What follows is an exploration of how the challenges of global governance might be fruitfully represented through visual symbols and geometric metaphors through the lens of bullfighting, articulated in the main paper (Viable Global Governance through Bullfighting: challenge of transcendence). A valuable context for any such exploration is to be found in the cultural, even archetypal, significance of the bull over millenia. Bull mythology was widespread in the ancient world where it had been the subject of various cultural and religious incarnations -- now partly reflected in some neopagan cultures. Bullfighting traces its roots to prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice.

The visual experiments here follow from earlier exercises in relating fundamental symbol systems (Dynamic Exploration of Value Configurations: interrelating traditional cultural symbols through animation, 2008; Dynamic Interrelationship of Symbols of Coherent Experiential Representation of Nonduality, 2008; In Quest of a Strategic Pattern Language: a new architecture of values, 2008)