How To Not Try

What people say about being funny generally doesn’t make sense. They will for instance say that you shouldn’t try to be funny. But it often turns out that the ones that do try find themselves at least trying to be very funny, and therefore funny. There is no one in the world that would self-exclaim to not have a sense of humor. Well, except me and some other radicals perhaps.

Even if we are not educated we are capable of seeing our psychic apparatus as constantly being confronted with duality of some kind. Bad of good, pure or cluttered, vague or clear. We can’t see beyond because we would lose control of everything, including of meaning. Being human sometimes means attempting to control the uncontrollable.

A system of society could also have us in its control. That is easier to understand. Many scientists have seen this possibility and the metabiological perception of a system that is beyond anyone’s reach providing each and every person with the choices that be, is one such contribution to the search for a maximum to these dualisms. ‘How’ a system’s language plays on us and the subsequent radical observation of what happens on this meta level must seem at least as funny to such system as it seems hopeless to us.

Using the below diagrams I present a summary of 4 years of independent research into the dynamics of four-folds.  I have categorized and labeled over 70 well-known (to the world) fourfolds based on one – what I believe and have discovered to be – all-pervasive one.

These diagrams together form the basis of a strategy to sense-making, proposed in chapter 7 of the book PsiCopter Life (2015), applicable to any life situation.

First, the eight major societal realms in Niklas Luhmann’s work are shown and new labels are suggested for the era in history that claims ‘authority-out-there’ has been replaced  by ‘authority-in-here’ (i.e. ‘politics’ is now ’emancipation’, ‘economy’ is now ‘DIY’, etc).


Second, the eight major societal realms in Niklas Luhmann’s work are combined with the four binary personal  dimensions.


Third, the combination of four- and eight-fold dynamics is shown for other pivotal four- and eightfolds. This diagram begins to think of ESP as a form of freedom acquainted with the personal strive for art.


Final, a list of fourfolds is presented that have influenced many in the course of history in making sense of their lives. These are aligned with the four-eight dynamic to make them multidimensional and thus applicable as parallel paradigmatic and narrational lines.

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