Continuum Knowledge: A Knowledge System Without Opposites
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Duality of Opposites Is Necessary
The duality of opposites is necessary for such systems as knowledge, measurement, mathematics, science, electronics, electricity, and language. For instance, you define high in contrast to low. For example, you measure literacy compared to illiteracy.
- The duality of opposites is also used by problems and problematic systems such as ego, pride, hate, racism, intolerance, bigotry, nationalism, self-esteem, and self-talk.
Duality of Opposites Escaped
The duality of opposites can be escaped by practicing mild, variable, or vague dualism or even non-dualism. For instance, you can practice gratitude, forgiveness, tolerance, non-judging, unconditional acceptance, viewing things as unimportant, or by practicing a oneness perspective (viewing all things as one or non-dualistically).
- Such practices are often recommend when one has psychological problems because mental problems are invariably maintained by severe or extreme opposites (see Beck’s thinking errors).
Continuum Knowledge (Duality of One)
What is not commonly recognized or understood is that there exists an entirely different knowledge system from the dualism of opposites. This knowledge system Kevin Everett FitzMaurice has named “Continuum Knowledge.” This is a form of knowledge that exists as an alternative to any dualism of opposites knowledge or measurement system.
Continuum Knowledge uses one principle and follows that one principle from its beginning form to its mature form a long a continuum. The continuum can have as many points in-between the two ends as you are able to find, name, or locate. You can also generate measurements on a continuum by comparing something’s beginning and end points, for example, you can measure empathy based on the degree and/or the generalization of empathy. No opposite to empathy is required for such measurements or comparisons.
Continuum Knowledge still uses duality as must all knowledge. However, Continuum Knowledge uses a duality between one principle rather than a duality between two opposite principles. A duality for one concept, value, or principle is what forms the continuum. A duality of one (a continuum) will be formed by discriminating between features of the same value such as beginning and end, lowest and highest, nascent and fully formed, beginner and master, or primitive and advanced.
5 Thinking Positions
The 5 Thinking Positions provides an easy way to develop continuum knowledge. Using The 5 Thinking Positions you can easily develop five positions on a continuum for any one variable, principle, or value to be delineated.
From those five positions, you can then use the same 5 Thinking Positions to develop another five positions for each point and so forth and so on until you have as detailed and extensive a continuum as you desire.
Continuum Knowledge Invalidates Platitudes
Continuum Knowledge invalidates many common understandings of the necessity for a duality of opposites. For example, you do not need to have evil to know good. You can know good, better good, greater good, higher good, and the greatest good. By using Continuum Knowledge you can know good without knowing evil.
Of course, then you have to give up platitudes such as “You cannot know happiness without sorrow.” Because you can know happiness, better happiness, greater happiness, higher happiness, and the greatest happiness.
You can then cycle along that same continuum forever without finding all of its points or becoming bored with it. The continuum provides enough variation and potential that no opposites are needed.
Continuum Knowledge Instead of Opposites
When you understand how to use Continuum Knowledge, you are no longer trapped into always using dualistic opposites. For instance, you no longer think everything is black or white or think with just an “either-or” mentality. You can often plan and prepare just using Continuum Knowledge and so focus on the positive and productive.
- Continuum Knowledge, like the duality of opposites, is not suited to everything and every circumstance. Continuum Knowledge is not meant to replace or do away with the duality of opposites.
- Continuum Knowledge provides you with a new tool and a new way of thinking so that you can avoid the many pitfalls and traps of always using a dualism of opposites mindset when such dualism is not necessary or relevant.
For much more on continuums, duality, triality, the Five Thinking Positions, the nature of thinking, the nature of reasoning—read:
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