Is this a vision or a theory?
That might be a highly dubious question, meaning the question itself might not really make sense. But a provisional answer/response to the question might be found in what I understand of mathematical discovery and proof (and if any mathematicians wanted to add a comment clarifying this, I’d love it.) My understanding is that often mathematicians will “see” some new theorem, see some new idea that explains something. They might have a clear idea of what that theorem is, but then they have to prove it – they have to show that not only does the idea look good, but it is actually true – which I think means that it fits in with other things that the mathematical system the person is using believes to be true.
So part of how I think about Fractal Society and The Fetish of The Individual is that it is a vision, a way to see things. It isn’t something I can prove is true, because it isn’t true. Of course, from my point of view, very few if any things are “true” in an absolute sense.
Another way to think about this is something I just read this morning, in The Golden Sun of the Great East – a commentary by Chogyam Trungpa. In it he says that a phrase came to him, “The golden sun of the great east” and that the rest of the book is an unfolding of what the phrase means, and the implications thereof. So maybe this entire blog is an unfolding of FSATFOI, and the implications thereof.
Most of the implications come from looking at FSATFOTI as a vision, as metaphors to help us understand ourselves and the societies in which we find ourselves. But another set of implications come from looking at FSATFOTI as science, as ways to accurately understand, predict, and perhaps control/influence ourselves and our societies.
The vision is that we are all intimately connected to each other in more ways than we can imagine, (intertwingled), and that what each of us does may impact not only ourselves, but the rest of society. Again, in more ways than we can imagine. As Walt Whitman said;
“I sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume,For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you
The “science” of this is an attempt to understand how it is that we are all intertwingled, and how what you do influences not just you, but yours. I am trying to do this using the ideas of s-fractal (“social or semi-fractals” that are not true fractals in the mathematical sense) and s-functions (the ways s-fractals interact with each other)
While i have a reasonable chance of explaining the vision, creating the science is way beyond my pay grade. So if you have any ideas about how we might create the science of Fractal Society — please jump in.