Let's face it, humanity has a lousy definition, accompanying practice, and analysis of peace.
So, what's going on here? Why does humanity persist in orienting itself to patterns-of-two (such as Peace/War) when there are physiological mechanisms which are clearly three-patterned based and would imply that such an underlying pattern might find itself in the realm of conscious endeavors? Why are some people inclined towards using two-patterned references more than three-patterned ones, whether they are aware of it or not? Do cultures, with their old traditions, act as a restraint to developmental growth? Are the traditions of busines, government and religion types of cognitive imprisonment? Though the brain, or at least our interpretation of its hemispherical attributes can be organized to display a one, two, and three-patterned structure thanks in part to Paul Maclean's Triune brain illustration, his representation does not itself describe such a formulation.
By describing the reptilian, old mammalian and new mammalian structures and emphasizing the functionality of the latter two as being represented by identifying two and three-patterned references of functionality, we essentially elaborate on Maclean's view as part of an old idea that needed to be upgraded. The following image is accompanied by several examples and can be found on pages six and eleven in this series. The differentiation of the hemispheres is shown in the following image with the absence of the reptilian portion fully noted. The "reptilian" is associated with the value of "1" because of its "self-survival" orientation, with the "me" of its "self" designated as a singularity:
Associative~ Commutative~ Distributive
A2 + B2 = C2 ~ Sine- Cosine- Tangent
1st# (+ - X /) 2nd# = 3rd#
Thesis ~ Antithesis ~ Synthesis
Indulgence ~ "Middle Way" ~ Asceticism
Major Premise ~ Minor Premise ~ Conclusion
Seconds~ Minutes~ Hours
Past ~ Present ~ Future
Day~ Week~ Month
Language - Speech - Grammar:
Subject~ Object~ Verb
Consonants ~ Vowels ~ Supra-segmentals
Period ~ Question Mark ~ Exclamation point
Right Body Side:
Tri-cuspid heart valve
Macro versus Micro
Whole versus Part
Inner versus Outer
Major Scale vs Minor Scale
Loud versus Soft (Quiet)
Consonance vs Dissonance
Background vs Foreground
Light vs Dark (Contrasts)
1 Dimension vs 2 Dimensions
Pain versus Pleasure
Positive vs Negative
Love versus Hate
Left Body Side:
Bi-cuspid heart valve
Previously, it was shown that the double-slit experiment identified (electro-magnetic) waves... which were later found to have different frequencies... some of which are in the range our eyes can detect called the visible spectrum, though on many an early morning just after street-lights have gone out, I have seen the image of a triangular emergence of rays... though upon mentioning to others, they think I'm seeing things and clearly shows that if someone could see the world within both the typically visible and the other non-visible range, they would be living in a world of observation that differs from others and would enable them to visualize different perceptions. No doubt this is the case for many an artist, scientist, inventor, etc...
Waves also exist in hearing due to sound waves, and there are also brain waves; and are part of a growing list to which we can include radiant energy (waves), ocean waves, earthquake waves, and might as well consider that all variances in detection... whether biologically accessible to consciousness or requiring particularized instrumentation to enhance perceptibility, are all waves. For example, we might say that different smells and tastes and textures are... in a sense, waves with different intensities, subtleties, and duration. As such, we can also reverse this idea by saying that a thought is expressive of a particular wave pattern just as is speaking, singing, music from instruments, dancing, etc... If this is the case, then the peace/war dichotomy can be plotted on a wave diagram from which might be extracted that which is producing it. This does not necessarily mean that the peace/war pattern is the same as when we write it in the order "war/peace", or that it represents an actual end product. It may be the representation of an internal construct such as from overlapping waves that can form a crescendo which peaks into either a war or peace situation. No doubt different people have different perceptual abilities which enable them to intentionally or automatically fine-tune or distort their reception of a given level/type of electro-magnetic radiation, though they may have no socially acceptable means of conveying such. For example, how does one describe an ability for perceiving subtle energy signals amongst those in a social group who do not have the same ability nor have even heard of it? The one confessing such a perception might either be given the benefit of a doubt or viewed as someone strange.
The first image is a hypothetical consideration of the Peace/War (and/or War/Peace) occurrences as waves extending throughout history. It is a simplified rendition of a water wave which gives the impression of a regular cycle:
This next image is that of recreated brain waves related to the sleep and wake cycles, to represent what the Peace/War wave situation may actually reflect, when the ideas of peace and war are viewed in a larger sociological application involving riots, protests, crime, noise, legislation, etc., as being variables which can disrupt the peace:
Let's now take a look at some different images illustrating waves:
Yet, there is a problem with this type of thinking in that it suggests waves have a sort of up and down linear motion. Some readers would not necessarily include the idea of a circular activity as being a wave model, because they are inclined to think of the word "wave" related to motion associated with water, even though the two-word phrase "rolling waves" may be part of their memory. Whereas a pebble dropped into a pool of water creates circular looking waves, the "circularity" portion typically takes a back-seat to the word "wave" or "motion". For example, when we think of the seasons, we might think of them in terms of "coming around (or again)" instead of "coming back". If we were to use the terminology of "coming back", this would suggest a linearity that is not conducive with the knowledge of a circular planet nor its revolving... even though it spins and follows a linear path due to the expansion of the galaxy/universe. Like a circular spring being stretched, the circular motion of the Earth, with its tides affected by the Lunar orbit, coupled with the linear movement through space; what is produced is a sort of doodling effect as a signature wave pattern:
But the "doodling wave" is but one that comes to mind. When we take the next image of a radio wave "bouncing" about the Earth, the outline of "radio wave bumps" can be seen. Althought only two bumps are seen, visualizing them around the entire planet gives the impression of the center image. The rotation of the earth couple with these "bumps" gives the impression of camshaft lobes:
(Describes triangular path of the Sun)
The source for the second and third images comes from this page: Threes Hypothesis page 2. The aforementioned "bumps" were referring to the triangular path of the Sun on a daily course, but work well in the present context related to waves. No less, the page mentions a reference to the rotation of the Earth and its effect on the DNA strand. We can imaginatively view the strand being pulled outward by centrifugal forces and that when we think in terms of optical effects from polarizing light associated with a mirror imaging effect on molecular chains, a double-helix image might come to mind.
Triangular path of Sun and Moon
|The earliest living systems
Most organic molecules made by living systems inside cells display the same optical activity: when exposed to a beam of plane-polarized light, they rotate the plane of the beam. Amino acids rotate light to the left, whereas sugars, called dextrorotatory, rotate it to the right. Organic molecules produced artificially lack optical activity because both â€œleft-handedâ€ and â€œright-handedâ€ molecules are present in equal quantity. Molecules of the same optical activity can be assembled in complementary ways like the stacking of right-handed gloves. The same monomers can be used to produce longer chain molecules that are three-dimensional mirror images of each other; mixtures of monomers of different handedness cannot. Cumulative symmetry is responsible for optical activity. At the time of the origin of life, organic molecules, corresponding both to left- and right-handed forms, were no doubt formed as they are in laboratory simulation experiments today: both types were produced. But the first living systems must have employed one type of component, for the same reason that carpenters cannot use random mixtures of screws with left- and right-handed threads in the same project with the same tools. Whether left- or right-handed activity was adopted was probably a matter of chance, but, once a particular asymmetry was established, it maintained itself. Optical activity accordingly is likely to be a feature of life on any planet. The chances may be equal of finding a given organic molecule or its mirror image in extraterrestrial life-forms if, as Morowitz suspects, the incorporation of nitrogen into the first living system involved glutamine, the simplest of the required amino acid precursors with optical activity.
The first living cells probably resided in a molecular Garden of Eden, where the pre-biological origin of food had guaranteed monomers that were available. The cells, the first single-celled organisms, would have increased rapidly. But such an increase was eventually limited by the supply of molecular building blocks. Those organisms with an ability to synthesize scarce monomers, say A, from more abundant ones, say B, would have persisted. The secondary source of supply, B, would in time also become depleted. Those organisms that could produce B from a third monomer, C, would have preferentially persisted. The American biochemist Norman H. Horowitz has proposed that the multi-enzyme catalyzed reaction chains of contemporary cells originally evolved in this way.Source: "Life." Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite, 2013.
All the foregoing examples are waves, like ocean waves which have their own cadence as well. However, we keep them segregated from one another. We don't allow ourselves into thinking that the rhythm of the heart has any connection to heat transfer wave, radio waves or brain waves. Likewise, we might not encounter someone referring to the waves of the electro-magnetic spectrum as brain waves. Such ideas are much too abstract for some people to even conjecture about. They have to categorize in a way which provides for separation because overlapping multiple instances of wave patterns has no readily internalized practice of dealing with seemingly divergent subjects. For them, brain waves occur with the brain because they are labeled as such, just as we don't try to put bicycle tires on a tractor. While they both have wheels is an acknowledgement, the very idea of a spoked wheel on a car may well have been a far-fetched idea at one time, just like using solid wheels for bicycles (now seen in bicycle racing venues), was an idea that most people might not have thought of.
Some ideas are not permitted to overlap because there is no standard by which such an overlap can or might occur. A new type of category, thus definition, is required... just as is the case when thinking in terms of the old peace/war category. For example, if we take the previous brain wave example and turn the information around a bit, we might view it as representing a spectrum:
And so we must ask the obvious. Why waves? Why not some other function? Why be conservative? Why have a conservation of energy? Why have a limitation to the definition, analysis and application of peace and/or war? And if we were not aware that the waves of the human brain were connected to a sentient being, how would we know that they had anything to do with a "mind"? No less, if the different waves of the electro-magnetic spectrum give evidence of a "higher" (different) intelligence, how are we to know this? And how do we then communicate with them or it? Do we interpret ocean current undulations as the "brain" waves (or heart beat rhythm) of a sentient being or a "being" existing in a primitive state, thus inviting an animistic reference akin to some ancient notions that the Earth is a living being? Do all the different wave patterns describe different life forms with their own type of sentience like that of insects, plants, reptiles, and other animals? Are such explorations of thought helpful in our analysis? They are, if we actually want to get to the deepest root(s) of the predicament.
And speaking of getting to the root of the problem, humanity's interest in relating ideas to trees should be explored since the usage of wood as a source of shelter, fire, weaponry, tools and paper have all placed a role in the peace/war domain. Let us start with the Norse Yggdrasil tree:
(Yggdrasil) in Norse mythology, the world tree, a giant ash supporting the universe. One of its roots extended into Niflheim, the underworld; another into Jötunheim, land of the giants; and the third into Asgard, home of the gods. At its base were three wells:
After Ragnarök (Doomsday), the world tree, though badly shaken, was to be the source of new life.Source: "Yggdrasill." Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite, 2013.
Is the last line a type of metaphor in that the "tree" spoken of is the lineage of humanity and its ascent towards recognizing the meaning of "threes" as a reference to the effects of the deteriorating planet on biological life? And yet, why not use a two root symbolism when the presence of twos abound in one's eyes, ears, nostrils, arms, legs, etc...? And why doesn't the legend speak of the quantity of branches, despite the present illustration using three? Why the dichotomy between the upper and lower realms? Did humanity dwell for a time at a depth below the surface, other than the obvious oceanic or primordial soup origin? And let us not overlook that all three roots has a liquid realm contained in some sort of vessel (two wells and a kettle), perhaps owing to the fact that Norsemen lived a life close to waterways. No less, the first of which in the list describes the Norns (or Fates), but doesn't tell you that there were three:
(The Norns) in Germanic mythology, (are) any of a group of supernatural beings who corresponded to the Greek Moirai; they were usually represented as three maidens who spun or wove the fate of men. Some sources name them Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld, perhaps meaning â€œpast,â€ â€œpresent,â€ and â€œfuture.â€ They were depicted as living by Yggdrasill, the world tree, under Urd's well and were linked with both good and evil. Being frequently attendant at births, they were sometimes associated with midwifery. The name Norn appears only in Scandinavian sources, but the cult of Nornlike beings occurs in several European folklores. In Norse literature the Norns are sometimes called dÃsir.Source: "Norn." Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite, 2013.
The second well mentions a monster gnawing at the three roots perhaps referring to many a guilty conscious and can be linked with the Christian idea of Original sin, though the associated ideas could well be elaborated on besides this simple reference. It's alignment with the idea of a "roaring kettle" is necessarily implied to mean a realm with a fire. Hence, what we of today refer to as Hell, but in days of yore was spelled "Hel" and referred to as a being... that some might interpret to mean the devil or a disciple thereof, when the idea is related to how it was used in the Scandanavian context:
(Hel) in Norse mythology, originally the name of the world of the dead; it later came to mean the goddess of death. Hel was one of the children of the trickster god Loki, and her kingdom was said to lie downward and northward. It was called Niflheim, or the World of Darkness, and appears to have been divided into several sections, one of which was Náströnd, the shore of corpses. There stood a castle facing north; it was filled with the venom of serpents, in which murderers, adulterers, and perjurers suffered torment, while the dragon Nidhogg sucked the blood from their bodies. Mention is made in an early poem of the nine worlds of Niflheim. It was said that those who fell in battle did not go to Hel but to the god Odin, in Valhalla, the hall of the slain.Source: "Hel." Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite, 2013.
The third root is associated with Odin, who can be referenced in context because of his association with war... and even though some refer to War as being Hell, as if the kettle had boiled over and rose from the depths to create a swampland called a battlefield:
(Odin) also called Wodan, Woden , or Wotan
One of the principal gods in Norse mythology. His exact nature and role, however, are difficult to determine because of the complex picture of him given by the wealth of archaeological and literary sources. The Roman historian Tacitus stated that the Teutons worshiped Mercury; and because dies Mercurii (â€œMercury's dayâ€) was identified with Wednesday (â€œWoden's dayâ€), there is little doubt that the god Woden (the earlier form of Odin) was meant. Though Woden was worshiped preeminently, there is not sufficient evidence of his cult to show whether it was practiced by all the Teutonic tribes or to enable conclusions to be drawn about the nature of the god. Later literary sources, however, indicate that at the end of the pre-Christian period Odin was the principal god in Scandinavia.
From earliest times Odin was a war god, and he appeared in heroic literature as the protector of heroes; fallen warriors joined him in Valhalla. The wolf and the raven were dedicated to him. His magical horse, Sleipnir, had eight legs, teeth inscribed with runes, and the ability to gallop through the air and over the sea. Odin was the great magician among the gods and was associated with runes. He was also the god of poets. In outward appearance he was a tall, old man, with flowing beard and only one eye (the other he gave in exchange for wisdom). He was usually depicted wearing a cloak and a wide-brimmed hat and carrying a spear.Source: "Odin." Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite, 2013.
Interestingly, the subject of modern warfare contains three types of doomsday levels incorporated in the ideas of Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear. While all three can have devastating consequences, they nonetheless comprise different levels of an effected "doomsday scenario" that may or may not have survivors of those who are subjected to one or more of the three uses. As with a discussion concerning "Peace" and its presumed adversarial component "War", the topic of war has generated numerous models of investigation.
For example, Carl von Clausewitz's "On War" is considered a classic on military strategy whose usage of a triadic or trinitarian approach involving distinctions of the people, the military commander and his Army (or Navy-marines, Airforce), and the Government— as described by the historian Christopher Bassford's, "The Strange Persistence of Trinitarian Warfare" identified in: ( TIP-TOE THROUGH THE TRINITY). Such a phenomena where a persistence of a "threes" orientation can exist in warfare, suggests we may be dealing with two (or more) separate issues. On the one hand when we find that a "threes" perspective exists in different subjects, we might conclude that if a "three" is not readily apparent as identifying, say... three bones... as in three bones in the ear (hammer, anvil, stirrup); then the usage of a three in a topic such as either peace or warfare is due to it being imposed on the subject matter. The same goes for the usage of dichotomies. If either peace or war are not actually structured on a pattern-of-two but are created into such an amalgamation, then we must look at the source of the amalgamation... hence, the brain and the environment which influences it. Looking upon Peace/War as an artificial construct which enables us to distinguish it as a symbolic phenomena of a fundamental brain activity due to its presence on this planet... sort of as a reflex, just as when viewing a triadic structure in Warfare; the usage of "twos" and "threes" thus become that which is imposed on the topic and is the topic which is ore important to elucidate than all the social embellishments (awards, ceremonies, history of application, etc...). They are patterns which are products of life forms... such as we humans... in the presence of an influential environment that is deteriorating. They are indications of the "state of being" humanity is presently subjected to. For all our theorizing, analysis, celebratory distinctions to this or that perspective to be defined as a classic or not, we actually overlook the simple statement of facts related to the meaning of the recurrence of basic patterns in our thoughts, from whatever venue we approach one or another topic.
Whereas one can discuss Trinitarian warfare or threes in legends and mythology, or twos with the "dialectical" language of Hegel or diplomatically in terms of the Peace/War dichotomy; such discussions typically constrain the information within a narrow scope of examination like a person defining a set of rules to be played in a game that could have a larger application and appeal, but one or more others are fearful of losing control of the game they define as to the way thoughts are to be organized if you want to be involved. Even if you have a better way of doing something it may be excluded from consideration by those whose motives for personal gain would be thwarted. Such is the case for those wanting to play at war and those who want to generate large incomes from the manufacture of war materials. And as for peace, it is poorly marketed because it can advantage everyone in a like manner, instead of permitting one or a few to increase their position, power or pecuniary standings. Peace revolves around a standard of equality that greedy people do not know how to control... unless it is in the form of some recipe utilizing a dichotomy or even a trichotomy. For example, peace becomes the word to define charitable donations controlled by a religion whose actions are inclined towards perpetuating desperate conditions so that an atmosphere of charity can exist and it control... and receive power, prestige and an increased coffer through donations. Religious texts are lousy at providing information on many topics such as medicine, science, and art... despite all the defensive positions that might be offered in response. And in particular, they are lousy prescriptions for waging peace, though they are often used as a means to justify war... or lesser conflict. Indeed, if we were to view all religious texts as historical manuals describing conflict and war, the psychology of humanity might be better understood.
One such understanding is that we do not have an "On Peace" classic account comparable to the "On War" exposé of Carl von Clausewitz. Whereas the Trinitarian warfare strategy of Clausewitz is known to many a military strategist, they are neither taught nor perhaps even teach themselves a strategy of Peace to circumvent the usage of military strategy. There are no military encyclopedias praising the efforts of peace used by Generals as a military strategy. There are no military badges, ribbons or promotions given for heroic peace efforts. Humanity is such a very primitive creature it is no wonder no advanced extra-terrestrial beings would want to make contact. Humanity might well misunderstand a guesture of peace (in alien terms) with an affront to human dignity.