Thursday, July 9, 2015

         Imagine a dot on a sheet of paper. Under magnification, the point appears much wider. Still under magnification, find another point in its approximate center, and magnify it. Find its center. This exercise, repeated ad infinitum, illustrates that there is no true center of anything. A point is a geometric element that has position but no extension. It’s defined by its theoretical coordinates. Thus in measurement, hypothetical or theoretical starting and ending ‘points’ are used. From a quantum perspective, there is no absolute single point or center—just endless subdivisions. Although at first glance yin and yang appear dualistic, they represent the infinite blendings of qualities.
         Whether describing a pencil point, political stance, the universe, point in time, or subatomic particle, no true, absolute, precise center can be located. Similarly, there is no true duality (except in convenient categorization of such terms as black/white, right/wrong, on/off, male/female).
         In semantics or debate, a ‘point’ is an idea—a brief version of the essential meaning of something. The English lexicon contains many words with overlapping, common, or similar meanings. Where does joy become delight? Where does dark gray become light gray? Where does cool become warm?
         When considering any point, be aware of its imprecision and variability. 

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