The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity is metaphilosophy. Philosophy is a way of thinking applicable to a limited number of subjects or objects. Metaphilosophy is a thinking model applicable to numerous and diverse subjects and objects. When I first began writing this I originally thought I invented the concept, but soon realized my expression of it was just a small part of a much bigger and ancient idea. The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity inevitably develops individual awareness and elevates consciousness. It can also instigate and enhance one’s intuition and understanding thereof. The formula is also applicable to, and assists understanding of politics, science, theology, mathematics, reason, debate, meditation and innumerable structures and systems.
I utilized the metaphilosophy for years, as you no doubt have too. I referenced it repeatedly, I presented nuanced thoughts composed of it, but was for all extents and purposes unaware of its specifics until I began to write and research. It’s a philosopher’s tool used constantly in rhetoric and wit, yet it often goes unmentioned and unseen. Metaphilosophy is like that, present yet silent, permeating so many subjects and objects as to be practically unnoticed. The matrix of four is ever present and yet elusive, and in some circles aspects of it have even been variously suppressed.
I initially conceptualized a set of four concerning the subject of our thinking and being in the political spectrum. In The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism I posit there are four political archetypes; idiots, zealots, elitists and patriots. I invented this set in order to understand individuals and bypass traditional prejudiced labels. The deciding factor in this matrix is individual reaction to information. Idiots don’t question relevance, finding comfort in their ignorance. Zealots question limitedly, in accordance to preconceptions. Elitists question in order to advance power and do not share information. Patriots question and share information openly.
These four base political archetypes correlate with Gandhi’s quote used as the epigraph for this book, and much more. Idiots laugh, zealots ignore, elitists war, and patriots win peace, through peace. The epigraph suggests there are four stages of reaction, and also four types of reactionaries. Gandhi had new ideas which were difficult for people to accept in a feudal world and knew all about how individuals react to new ideas and information.
Gandhi was a patriot among idiots, zealots and elitists. My definition of a patriot is more comparable to a peaceful activist or inactivist, like Gandhi, not a nationalist, or jingoist, or uniformed institutional representative. Perhaps my definition of patriotism would be best expressed as matriotism, of open maternal love for locals, land and liberty, as opposed to the blind loyalty to patriarchal, martial rule that patriotism is mostly associated with.
The idea on political thinking and being mirrored the ideas of many others, Gandhi’s point for instance and also subtle layers in George Orwell’s 1984, the inspiration for The Guide. There are clearly, though subtly, four classes of people described in this epic and influential political fiction; the Inner Party, the Outer Party, the Proles and the Brotherhood. George also implies there is a tendency to portray three rather than four, through the suggested elimination of the Brotherhood from the story.
The first sentence from what is known as the book within the book in 1984, titled The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, curiously states there are three types of people in the world, “Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle and the Low.”
One layer of 1984 concerns the elimination of language and words, while another reveals there are four parts and that there is an inclination to eliminate the distinct fourth part. In reality, for many different reasons, aspects of the truth are removed akin to the outright elimination of language. And in reality, the fourth part of many sets is often eliminated or unsaid as well as being distinct among them.
Judging people as high, middle and low is unfair and ridiculous. George was well aware of this. However understanding people according to how they react to information and less so what information they have, is possibly the most accurate and fair way to understand people. The specifics of thinking and being are difficult to view and quantify, but how people react to specific information is one clear window. We either ignore all relevant information, we choose what we want to ignore to maintain view, we use information for our own gains or we openly accept and share information for all to prosper no matter.
The idiots, zealots, elitists and patriots set is a fair way to understand political thinking and being based on our reaction to information, and via the matrix of four, it’s complete. I verified the set through correlating it with other ideas such as Gandhi’s statement and Orwell’s profound story. I limitedly applied the metaphilosophy as many have before me, in my case to politics. I was was basically unknowingly influenced by it and conjured my own set of four utilizing it, and yet still didn’t recognize even the entire silhouette of the idea. I felt there was more to four, I just had no idea how much more there was. I had been struck by the matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity, but had yet to even come up with the term to describe it. Sometimes philosophy and invention is like that, an intuitive course before becoming a recognized route.
Over time I realized there were so many examples of the formula, that it was a matrix applicable to everything from political observation to personal meditation, that it was a true metaphilosophy, not limited to just political science. Politics finds its way into everything, even philosophy, even supposed science, so as to influence political thinking using what is politically steering. My observations of politics, specifically the thinking and being of individuals and institutions, led me to the metaphilosophy that is partly political, being metaphilosophy, but is based on real scientific absolutes, not politics.
As the metaphilosophy coalesced into focus I found the words to express the concept, the title to the book. There wasn’t one moment where I had an epiphany of sorts, but rather several when mathematical and spiritual concepts left me stunned. I still occasionally encounter new powerful ideas reflective of the matrix of four. The concept is mathematical, but goes beyond the numerical comparative. For instance after coming up the title for the metaphilosophy I was shown the concept behind what is basically the oldest symbol on Earth. When I learned about the four parts of Om, I felt some of the most immense and intense of what I have come to call shivers of signification. Om has four base parts in its sound and symbolism. I knew then with certainty that the idea was not mine, but rather an ancient and perhaps eternal idea, a matrix onto itself, a metaphilosophy I had simply recognized.
Every time I learned a new way to utilize the matrix or another way it had been utilized before, I experienced the shivers of signification. The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity is metaphilosophy. It is based on absolutes and yet as metaphilosophy, it is not an absolute in itself. It cannot be. Ultimately this is not a flaw, for the philosophies and doctrines presented as absolute truth or absolute infallible plan, have consistently been the most flawed and most dangerous ideas to ever be put forth.
Metaphilosophy has to be applicable to everything from meditation, or individual consciousness, to consideration of politics, or mass consciousness, a mirror reflecting the inner and outer world, joining object and subject. It should be based on absolutes and yet in order to remain unflawed, metaphilosophy must have what some might consider one flaw, that it not be a rigid absolute. Valid metaphilosophy is like American Indian rug, bowl and basket weaving patterns. Each design is perfect, except for one purposefully included skip in the pattern, so as to give the design freedom.
With each shiver of signification the metaphilosophy became clearer and expanded. So many absolutes were composed of it and so much theosophy celebrated it that I realized the idea could not be my own. I noticed it, I elaborated and focused on different aspects of it, but the idea is ancient and is not my own. I am just a transmitter of the idea, of a mandala or the mandala, a topic at times resembling an elusive and rumored golden correlative. The concept is so widely shared I quickly found validation of the idiots, zealots, elitists and patriots set, and eventually, more importantly, found the metaphilosophy, the omnipresence of which ultimately illustrates the brotherhood of man, the righteous rebel, nullisis and contributes to enhanced awareness.
The presence of the metaphilosophy is so overwhelming that it is impossible to deny its existence and influence. The matrix of four is bigger than a mere conjured idea, or numerological abstract celebrated among diverse cultures and myself. It may be beyond a human idea, rather something we noticed, being at the basis of so many objects and subjects, including absolutes. Some of those who pondered it before, like Gandhi, Orwell, Herman Hesse, Carl Jung, Socrates and countless others were probably acutely aware of it, others might have been simply under its influence, while many might have actively tried to keep it hidden for one reason or another. The metaphilosophy is rooted in science, mathematics, philosophy, theology and is not a numerical conjuration, but a metaphysical recognition.
This metaphilosophy elevates individual consciousness and inspires collective peaceful brotherhood. Consciousness is simply the awareness of awareness. And though for most analytical purposes it is intangible, consciousness has been proven to have real effects on the outcome of scientific experiments. It is scientifically validated that our consciousness somehow influences light particles and waves outside of us –without trying. It is also commonly understood that our consciousness can instigate healing inside of us. The notion of the placebo effect acknowledges the power of consciousness to gain relief and spur healing through meditative imagination. It’s spiritually accepted and scientifically validated that we can change ourselves as well as circumstances outside of ourselves through the power of our consciousness. Consciousness is everywhere, comparable to gravity in its reach, intangibility and unwavering power.
The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity began for me with the idea of idiots, zealots, elitists and patriots. I believe understanding how we react to new information can enhance the awareness of our consciousness. As a metaphilosophy it begins with and is based on some of the most poignant and inarguable absolutes in the universe. It is based on four all-encompassing absolutes, a very primal set of four, each reflective of or made up of a matrix of four on its own, each birthing and birthed from the same matrix. The four primal absolutes are used as the basis for the matrix of four, but in fact numerous related absolutes are intertwined with each aspect of this matrix of four.
The primal set of four makes up the basic aspects of reality, each composed of an absolute in the form of or forming a matrix of four. The idea of mind/body/spirit reflects a trinity lacking the fourth part, the universe, the natural setting of Earth. The four aspects of reality are the natural/universal, the mental/scientific, the physical/biological and the spiritual. The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity is based on natural, mental, physical and spiritual absolutes comparable to the trinity of mind, body, spirit, only with the lacking fourth part included. The spiritual absolute of the matrix of four, related to consciousness, is the distinct one of the four in that it has not been scientifically or analytically validated, but is based on ideas so ancient that it’s comparably inarguable as much as the scientific observations.
The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity is metaphilosophy based on multiple inarguable absolutes, like two plus two equals four and more. It is applicable and helpful, but it in and of itself, it is not an absolute. All philosophy of merit has at least one absolute at its basis and yet no philosophy is absolute, no matter if otherwise presented.
There are very few absolutes in the universe and the matrix of four is based on four of the most primal absolutes of the highest order. The four absolutes at the basis consist of two primary sets, the universal/natural and mathematical/mental absolutes and a secondary set. The matrix of four is based on absolutes, but this is no absolutist manifesto, and one should never trust a philosophy presenting itself as an absolute for even the following metaphilosophy based on four of the most primal absolutes of all existence is not an absolute in and of itself.
The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity is useful in understanding meditation and political situations, the individual and the collective. It enables understanding of the connection between the macrocosm and the microcosm, the inner and outer worlds. It links science with spirituality, mathematics with the symbolic, and it transforms diversity into commonality. It is useful in honing one’s communication skills, one’s intuitive capability, observation skills and in expanding one’s perspective on everything from quiet breathing to the ruckus of globalized politics.
The matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity is a highly elusive and yet totally ubiquitous, frequently suggested, now clarified metaphilosophy that proves the brotherhood of man and at the same time presents a way of thinking to uplift the brotherhood of man. The formula can be used for social and political problem solving, like arithmetic is used for mathematical problem solving. In fact, the matrix of four is born from the same womb as the four operations of arithmetic at the basis of all mathematics.
The first absolute is a result of perhaps the most constant absolute across the entire universe. All absolutes are arguable spare an elect few. And the matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity begins in the most primal and inarguable of absolutes. All things are in flux and even the stars are finite making absolutes rare. Any yet some things are the same here as they are everywhere else in the dynamic and dramatic universe, now and X billion years ago.
All of mathematics, in its infinite complexity, is based on the four operations of arithmetic. This set of four, of two contrasting pairs of opposing operations is exactly depicting the matrix of four, the philosophy of the duality of polarity. Arithmetic exists completely in the mind, a mental intangible, yet it is still represents invaluable absolutes. There is addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in duality of polarity. All further mathematical formulas are simply different combinations and variations of the four operations of arithmetic. Mathematics is the most reliable and valuable subject in the universe and is based on two pairs of contrasting operations, the duality of polarity.
Matrix of Four: the Philosophy of the Duality of Polarity is an exploration of our consciousness, and presents a formula to develop our consciousness and surpass the limitations of traditional political and social constructs. In this work, Ethan relates and explains correlations between the four seasons, the Om, and a myriad of esoteric and exoteric ideas on consciousness to inspire creative thinking and being. He also explores mathematical and philosophical concepts to engage a higher thinking and being, verified using universality and human traditions beginning with the four operations of arithmetic, referencing the four archetypal characters in Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave, and much more.
Matrix of Four: the Philosophy of the Duality of Polarity is available here on Amazon.
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Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.
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