Integral Math Basics: Our Vantage Points: “1p(1p)”, “2p(1p)”, “3p(1p)”

IMPP part 3: Our Vantage Points: “1p(1p)”, “2p(1p)”, “3p(1p)” (draft)

Article Originally published March 3, 2009 for

We’ve identified the basic persons and basic assertions of Integral Mathematics of Primordial Perspectives (IMPP) in the last 2 posts.  Now let’s examine the concept of vantage points. The easiest way to define our vantage point is whose eyes we experience the world, or Kosmos, through.  As human beings, we generally observe the Kosmos through our own eyes.  The Kosmos manifests differently depending on the eyes we are looking through.

The notation is a combination of the person and person within parentheses “()”.  The parentheses indicate the vantage point.

(i.e. me with my own vantage point – in other words, from my eyes)

(i.e. you with your own vantage point – in other words, from your eyes)

(i.e. Bush with his own vantage point – in other words, from his eyes)

By being specific, we can ensure that we address all vantage points.  Each human being has their own vantage point, no matter who they are, and this vantage point makes up the puzzle of who we are.

In our own life will go a long way in improving our own relationships, and improving the quality of our discussion.  I know when I’m discussing an issue with a colleague, such as the scope and direction of the War in Iraq, I notice a willingness to deepen the conversation when I stop and check-in to ensure I am acknowledging other person’s unique vantage point.

Already, it’s perhaps becoming clear that having a notation to break down a communique or any stream of thought allows us to inquire and probe a dialogue into more precise, more penetrating ways…as well as be aware of shortcomings in our own communication along the way.  So much of our poor communication comes from the inability to take into account the vantage point of who we’re talking with — the 2p(1p), or who we’re talking about — the 3p(1p).

And we’re barely getting started…

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