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Re: [GTh] Mark's Dating

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  • Tom Saunders
    Mike, This is, of course, a total misunderstanding of Aristotle s square of opposition. Just putting any old four things in a box doesn t make it a square of
    Message 1 of 12 , Apr 29, 2005
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      "This is, of course, a total misunderstanding of Aristotle's square of opposition. Just putting any old four things in a box doesn't make it a "square of opposition".

      It is not a misues of a thing to adapt it to another purpose, or improve it, unless you are such a Scientist=Sophic, you can only recognize the "legalism" of the single use of the tool.

      Worse still (if possible), the suggestion seems to be that it's a _good thing_ to insert "sophist" as a middle (fifth) term - i.e., it's good to be a sophist!

      It is if you are trying to be funny, or a thief. If you want to check a concept for truth and logic, against the powers of Aphorist, Sophic, Scinetist, Truth and Logic, put any of the catagories in the middle. That is part of the idea. It is to show the reflective value of the paradigm, and can bring the aspect of dualism, out of the linear perspective. But this model can only be constructed if you first use truth and logic together in the "X-box." Then you can follow the polarity in the geometric model to expand it to the Truth, Logic, Sophic, Aphorist, Scientist.

      The model does not have to stay a box or quadrangle, but it can. The I Ching, used 8 elements to the base of the monad, Pythagoras and Clement describe a ten unit system, the Decalogue.....

      Decalogue: A term used by Clement of Alexandria..."And the Decalogue, viewed as an image of heaven, embraces sun and moon, stars, clouds, light, wind, water, air, darkness, fire. This is the physical Decalogue of the heaven. And the representation of the earth contains men, cattle, reptiles, wild beasts; and of the inhabitants of the water, fishes and whales; and again, of the winged tribes, those that are carnivorous, and those that rise mild food; and of plants likewise, both fruit-bearing and barren. This is the physical Decalogue of the earth. And there is a ten in man himself: the five senses, and the power of speech, and that of reproduction; and the eighth is the spiritual principle communicated at his creation; and the ninth the ruling faculty of the soul; and tenth, there is the distinctive characteristic of the Holy Spirit, which comes to him through faith. "

      I am not misusing the model, if others have seen the same variation. {What you suggest is we do not look at form, but in a single perspective like the Pythagorean triangles. There are no half triangles, and there is no reflective half of the form that can reveal its true dimensions. There is only the linear values of the circumference of the form.} Indeed this would illustrate a Sophic in the middle, of the X-box, stuck in a linear perspective.

      This is the glitch in the 'Kybalion' it never gets out of the dualism, and into the forms beyond it....

      The Seven Hermetic Principals, of the "Kybalion" upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:
      1.The Principle of Mentalism: "The All is mind, the Universe is mental." "All that is apparent to our natural senses." Energy, power and matter are subordinate to the Mastery of the Mind.

      2.The Principle of Correspondence: "As above, so below; as below, so above." "Studying the Monad he undertands the Archangel. The laws of correspondence enable one to reason inteligently from the known to the unknown.

      3.The Principle of Vibration: "Nothing rests, everything moves; everything vibrates." This principle embodies the notion that nothing rests, everything is always in motion.

      4.The Principal of Polarity: "Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are all the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." Duality is explained as different degrees of the same thing.

      5.The Principle of Rhythm: "Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates." Both Good and Evil are in this paradigm of the pendulum swing.

      6.The Principle of Cause and Effect: "Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; chance is but a name for law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law."

      7.The Principal of Gender: "Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principle; Gender manifests on all planes." Postulates the idea that gender, especially the feminine, or negative pole in duality is actually the pole where new forms of energy are manifested.

      Two websites I found try and give some academic study to Hermetic Philosophy, but none mention the Kybalion. It is suggested that some NHL works are of Hermetic roots, Such as "The Discourse of the 8th and 9th"



      Tom Saunders

      Platter, OK

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