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In-forming the Chalice as an Integrative Cognitive Dynamic

Sustaining the Holy Grail of Global Governance (Part #1)

Tangible and intangible varieties of "Chalice" and "Grail"
The Chalice as an "elephant"
Subunderstanding of the nature of the "Chalice"
Questionable confidence of whom?
Containing appropriate belief: a dynamic "Chalice"?
Complementary visual metaphors of "Chalice"
Embodying the paradoxical dynamics of polarization
Morphic resonance hybrid of complementary metaphors
Cognitive singularity: ensuring nothing matters

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Produced on the occasion of the G-20 Summit (Cannes, October 2011)


This develops an earlier argument identifying the surprisingly widespread usage of "Holy Grail" with respect to issues of governance (In Quest of Sustainability as Holy Grail of Global Governance, 2011). The documents identified were clustered under the headings Trust: Holy Grail of Governance? and Confidence: Holy Grail of Finance?. The related challenge of greed and the acknowledged "poisoning of the Chalice" were then addressed (Greed: the Chalice and the Trough). The widespread mystification was then reviewed under the heading Holy Blood, Holy Grail: cultivating a murky world of illusion.

The argument was introduced by the statement of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon:

In these difficult times, the biggest challenge facing governments is not a deficit of resources; it is a deficit of trust. People are losing faith in leaders and public institutions to do the right thing. The forthcoming G-20 meeting in Cannes takes place against this dramatic backdrop. (The Clock Is Ticking, International Herald Tribune, 31 October 2011)

The exploration of "belief", "confidence" and "trust" is undertaken in the light of an earlier reframing of "theology" as offering insights into worldwide tendencies towards faith-based governance, however that is understood or appreciated (International Institute of Advanced Studies in Mathematical Theology, 2011). It is within that context that the nature of any "container" for confidence becomes of fundamental importance. As variously understood, the "Chalice" might then be said to be intimately related to the quest for the "Holy Grail of Governance" -- perhaps usefully to be understood as a container capable of holding the confidence of all.

In extending "theology" to the consideration of whatever individuals consider "divine" or worthy of belief -- above all else -- the question explored here is the "form" of that belief. This is of significance both objectively and subjectively, and with respect to individual and collective engagement. In the case of the challenge of governance, the issue is what is the "form" of sustainability -- both "mathematically" and as "something to believe in"? Mathematically this might be understood in terms of "conformality". The question then is the nature of the cognitive implications -- of "cognitive conformality" with a "supernal" form with which confidence can be associated

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