Math Quiz Demonstrating Problem of Rational Elitism  

What is the correct answer to the following mathematical equation?

1  +  1  =  ?

a) 2              b) 10             c) 11

d) +             e)  =               f) all of the above

g) None of the above


a) Base ten summation 1+1 = 2.

b) Base two summation 1+1  = 10.

c) One and one adjacent to each other, 1+1 = 11.

d) One vertical bar and one horizontal bar, 1+1 = +.

e) One horizontal bar above one horizontal bar, 1+1 = =.

f) If the premise is to establish a correspondence, a)-e) are correct.

g) In an absolute world 1+1 = 1+1, without esoteric complexities, none of the above are correct.

This quiz demonstrates the fundamental problem with any rational solution. In order for it to be correct, it is critical to comprehend the correspondence of the elements of the problem. In the end we must come back to the ancient doctrine of correspondences, which says that the structure of the human being, inner and outer, recapitulates the structure of the cosmos as a whole. Science has never improved on this fundamental axiom, even though it has demonstrated a plethora of esoteric dogmas. Science is just another form of religion, regardless of its belief that its theories are somehow superior. If scientists did not believe in their superiority, they would change. But that is the essence of all experience based learning systems. Knowledge of past experience should be honored without vanity, and it should always be tested for validity in the current application. When vanity interjects itself into rationality, then the correspondence equation has been redefined to mean, "I Am". These considerations have yielded the ancient responses;

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And from Hamlet's Mill by Georgio De Santillana and Hertha von Dechend we have the echo of Plato;

"Most ingenious Theuth," said the god and king Thamus, "one man has the ability to beget arts, but the ability to judge of their usefulness or harmfulness to their users belongs to another; and now you, who are the father of letters, have been led by your affection to ascribe to them a power the opposite of that which they really possess. For this invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practise their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom, for they will read many things without instruction and therefore seem to know many things, when they are for the most part ignorant and hard to get along with, since they are not wise, but only appear wise.

In the conclusion to their book, de Santillana and von Dechend present the ultimate problem of modern civilizations that attempt to discover ancient civilizations; Now that Plato's apprehensions have become fact, there is nothing left of the ancient knowledge except the relics, fragments and allusions that have survived the steep attrition of the ages. -- but the system as a whole may lie beyond all conjecture, because the creating, ordering minds that made it have vanished forever.

It is the vanity of youth that draws us to the conclusion that ancient wisdom will never be recovered. All we have to realize is that they were not different than us in any way. They looked at the same cosmos and found meaning. In finding that meaning they despaired at the prospect that they could never comprehend it all. De Santillana and von Dechend looked back in sympathy with their desperation and forget that the cosmos is still here to be discovered again and again. The goal of each generation is to write a message which can be found when it is viewed to have become antiquity as a result of the steep attrition of the ages. When the esoteric message is retrieved, the ancient cosmos returns to life. The ancient cosmos has not changed, only the names of the innocents who take the opportunity to search for the hiding places of the inventor of the esoteric message have changed. We need to open our minds to let the "Most ingenious Theuth" reveal those places amongst the stars of heaven where the hidden cosmic truths of ancestors are waiting to be rediscovered. The pyramids of Egypt remind us to look heavenward form which and to which all transcendent wisdom cycles. Throughout all the ages, only the Egyptians understood how to create understanding without any pertinent information. Their solution was to let it be born again through another intuition. The rationality of modern science often disintegrates at the notion that truth can come from lack of understanding. That is one of the reasons the fantasy of the "Big Bang" has met with approval. Beyond the moment of the "First Occasion" in modern science's "Big Bang," there was no information. This rationalization is the elixir of modern science. We know it all now! Unfortunately, we do not know that we are wrong. We have taken the wisdom of the ages and subordinated it to our own vanity. How we package the fruits of intuition is less important than the utilization of intuition. Rational tyranny destroys intuition by packaging it into a perfectly fitting box and then sending it down the river of forgotten lives. In the Hunefer papyrus, Egypt warned that intuition of the heart should be weighed against the feather of truth before it is made a conscious experience, or else we will turn into addicted consumers of our own identity.

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