Integral Math Basics – Plural

Originally posted March 5, 2009 on Integral Math.com

We can’t talk about persons without distinquishing between singular and plural. This is done with the symbol *pl. Below is a comparision between singular and plural:

1p: me
1p*pl: us

2p: you
2p*pl: you (plural)

3p: George Bush
3p*pl: The previous White House Administration

Singular and plural are stratightforward concepts. However, it’s important often to have a specific number. Below is an extension to Wilber’s initial outline in his IMPP website — changing *pl to an actual number: Three examples:

1p*3: the three of us
2p*8: the eight of you
3p*12: the twelve of them (e.g. all the members of the Presidential Cabinet)

To get even more specific, we can pluralize the internal and/or external dimension of who we are. For example:

1p*3(1p): a shared vantage point all three of us share
(e.g. my family’s shared faith in Jesus Christ)

1p(1p*3): three separate vantage points I have
(e.g. dissecting a situation through three different wisdom paradigms)

2p*3(1p): the three of you, and you shared vantage point
(e.g. your family’s shared faith in Jesus Christ)

2p(2p*3): you alone, and your three separate vantage ponts
(e.g. dissecting a situation through three different wisdom paradigms)

3p*3(1p): The three of them, and their shared vantage point
(e.g. George Bush’s family’s shared faith in Jesus Christ)

3p(1p*3): George Bush, and his three separate vantage points
(e.g. dissecting a situation through three different wisdom paradigms)

By identifying singular and plural, as well as number, we are able to more precisely identify what is a shared point of view among different people, or different points of view within one person. This provides a much more granular understanding of individuals and persons.