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Patterning Archetypal Templates of Emergent Order: implications of diamond faceting for enlightening dialogue


Patterning Archetypal Templates of Emergent Order
B. Metaphoric examples of sustainable, dynamic coherence
C. Gemstones as an accessible metaphoric exemplar of the dynamics of coherence
D. Summary of gemstone faceting and crystals
E. Current metaphoric applications of gemstones
F. Enlightening dialogue dynamics
G. Behind brilliant lies
H. Personal relationships: reframing escapism
I. 'Otherwising'
J. Isomorphism and experience

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A. Introduction

The intention here is to explore radical new ways of reframing dichotomous relationships -- as epitomized by that between the perceiver of the world and what is perceived. Such an exploration may be considered relevant in response to calls for 'new thinking' and 'new paradigms' -- notably to understand some of the more divisive processes in society, as exemplified by the Middle East and other territorial disputes, whether geographical or otherwise.

But 'radical' here will also include revisiting some well-known archetypes and experiences -- for insights that they may openly conceal.

Two basic approaches are taken:

  • explore idealized understandings of the dynamics of psycho-social perfection as a self-contained, sustainable experience.
  • explore a variety of understandings of relationships between one thing and another as a way of reflecting on alternatives to more simplistic and limited understandings of that relationship

There are many much-cited examples of psycho-social coherence. Usually they are idealized as symbols of a Golden Age, or of an ideal future -- when all live in fruitful peace and harmony. Unfortunately little effort has been made to work out exactly what are the dynamics of such a psycho-social condition. Phrases such as 'living happily ever after', or references to life in Heaven or in Eden -- or metaphorically at the End of the Rainbow -- offer few clues as to how people would survive the kind of boredom that sets in after a few weeks on an ideal holiday -- or the rejection by young people of life in an idyllic rural community. And yet these issues are central to the sustainability of any psycho-social community -- notably in the kinds of space colonies that are envisaged.

The many exhortations to humanity to live 'in peace' also offer few clues as to how this is to be done in practice. The recommendations made are unsatisfactory to many. The intentional communities that endeavour to put such utopian ideals into practice are only attractive to a small minority -- and generally have problems surviving several generations due to rejection by the younger generation (cf communes, kibbutzim, etc). Much is made of the identification of 'best practice' and 'approaches that work' but these, often innovative and courageous enterprises, tend also to be significant because of their marginalization and highly specialized focus.

Efforts to explore more sustainable dynamics in fiction, drama or movies have also not proven to be amazingly insightful and attractive. Tragically their main 'interest' to any audience comes from the psycho-dynamics of their tensions, dysfunctionalities and breakdown. The same problem is reflected in the design of games. Few games exemplifying the dynamics of peace have been successfully designed or attracted dedicated, skilled players.

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