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Unity And Units

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The circle image is mathematically defined by a specific arrangement of infinite points all equidistant from the center point. The circle is not that arrangement, nor the imaginary points, or the line that forms the image. Nor is there a center to the circle if you think about the movement of concentric circles going out and going in. The circle is the center. Unity is not the uniformity of units. Unity is the context that generates the ordering of endless units. Units come in all descriptions, material, sizes, and arrangements; even ideas become unitized by similarities as we minimize differences. We add and subtract, divide and multiply them, cut them into parts towards constructing some kind of imaginary unification. All of our knowledge is gained in unit segments. Everything is subject to unit measure and becomes uniformity. We are born, nourished, educated, measured, live by, and die as cultural units identified by name and number. The uniqueness, the interactions, relationships, the context, the values that gives meaning to life has been eliminated in order to generalize formulations of unit construction.

The circle is a one-line symbol. We have broken the line and straightened it. Circles have become a barcode of straight-lines. The longest unit-measure of a circle is the diameter. We assume this straight line times three plus infinitely smaller units find equality with the circumference. We give proof using a straight-line formula thinking we can reconcile the measure of a finite part with the infinitude of unity. It is confusion and irrational to think any number of parts could ever equal the circumference boundary Whole.

It matters little, how many, how much, or in what arrangement we put units, we cannot construct unity. There can never be enough units to demonstrate Unity of the Whole. When something is considered a unit, it is taken from context, isolated, striped of individuality. Meaning has been generalized away leaving an abstract idea, a mathematical term, a comfortable generalization so we do not have to deal with the messiness of individual differences. There is no obligation to a unit. This takes a toll individually and in cultural progression towards any meaningful purpose of value or moral responsibility.

To reduce people, animals, environment, ideas, to units provides a way to rationalize greed and destructive self-centered behavior. For those that have seen the bumper stickers that goes something like; ‘he/she who dies with the most of what ever it is wins,’ can recognize the humor and the seriousness with which we embrace this kind of win/lose separation. This is all too evident by the condition of human culture on this planet. Every human being bought and sold, in every way possible, is a unit mark on somebody’s ledger. Disassociation and separation are cause for confusion, disharmony, and the fears that plague us all.

A unit is an idea about a part in separation from the Whole. Without equality in unique and individual differences there is no unity and we are left with sorted parts and constructed unification. The Whole is ordered to patterns of harmonies and rhythms of integrated and coordinated differences to infinite expression; not one part being better than another. To understand unity as our progressive destination we must first start with unity as our highest ideal, then with discerning mind and determined will, move towards that reality.

The Whole is singular and through movement creation becomes a plural expression of Unity. The Whole is both unity and unit without separation, without number. This brings us around to the circle, a symbol for everything and nothing. The circle is the only form to represent unity, but unity is not the circle. The circle reveals infinite parts in creased lines, areas, and points of intersection. The circle can be reformed to endless configurations. By defining isolated properties rather than interrelationships and interdependent functions between all parts within the Whole we have become confused about the nature of forms of expression of the circle and the circle, of the Whole and parts.

Our animal inheritance binds us to the particulate, abstracted by mind to individual units. Our moral and spiritual endowment motivates us towards unity. We have the capacity to make choices and influence the direction of change, individual and social, towards higher ideals of transcendent perfection. To make progressive choices we must be clear about differences that give value, without being caught in separation and the isolation of units, or in the static form of uniformity. With endless reconfigurations of the circle it is never less than Whole, regardless of the levels of reformation and multiple joining. Each circle remains whole, visibly functioning to reveal endless expression in part. In what ever Religion, and in all the ways we chose to describe and acknowledge this energetic, personally realized, creation of seamless existence; unity belongs to God as the greatest concept of a personalized reality. Without the Whole there are no parts, without the circle, no lines; without unity there are no units.

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