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Symmetry in Life and Messes in Life

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Oct 15, 2014 7:21 PM

Nerd that I am, I was listening to my TED phone app about the mathematical concept of symmetry. There were pictures of perfectly symmetrical objects of nature and architecture, from starfish to Rubix cube, to mosaics. But, what impressed me the most was the Japanese temple with all symmetical columns and one backward one. On purpose. Because having something different, ambiguous, even "wrong," imperfect leaves room for growth. What a concept!

In life, we can't solve all problems all the time, can't make all relationships perfect or plan things out according to our image of perfection. We can come up with a process, a way of thinking, clear emotions and flexibility enough to change things based on what happens.  There's room for growth.

The same thing goes for political programs and activities. What's important isn't a party line but an openness to ideas which work andweighing options carefully all along the way. Rationality includes acceptance of symmetry and lack of symmetry, the real self and the real world with its real structure and it's real messes.

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  • lukashik img 2016-05-07 11:00

    In our lives we live with every day, everywhere and always meet the symmetry. This symmetrical objects and geometric shapes, wildlife, and mirror symmetry, etc. thus, the "sphere of influence" of symmetry are truly endless. Nature - science – art. Everywhere we see the confrontation, and often unity the two great principles - of symmetry and asymmetry, which largely determine the harmony of nature, wisdom and science and the beauty of art. Showbox

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