Previously known as the Permanent Laws, I realized that is woefully inaccurate as nearly the most factual of things come under revision over time. Sadly permanence is too subjective and unstable. Also the fourth rule has been replaced entirely.
These laws describe the basis for true knowledge.
1. Everything has linked, separately understandable components.
Everything in life can be broken down nearly infinitely. A bicycle to the frame, wheels, chain, etc., but then further from each. The wheel to the spokes, tire, etc., down again and again all the way to the very atoms that bind them. Each individual part has understandable and specific purposes that come towards the whole.
2. Assuming law one, a complete understanding of all separate components leads to a complete understanding of the whole.
If you understood every component of a bicycle, and everything about each component, down to the metallic and alchemical properties of materials used, you would know the complete and pure knowledge of a bicycle’s structure.
3. Law one cannot be ignored if pure understanding is sought. Attempting to understand the whole, overlooking its components becomes hypothetical, and open to complete revision.
On things more complex than a bike, taking in the whole picture at once, overlooking individual components within them can be,
- Overwhelming, there is far too much information to take in to be understood fully;
- Inaccurate, overlooking subtleties can have a drastic impact on the whole;
- Hypothetical only, factual basis for presumptions becomes impossible and as such can not be relied on.
While something as the metallic and alchemical properties of materials used in the construction of a bike seem innocuous, these may have an enormous impact. More importantly than that, what could possibly be understood of the earth without understanding the life within it? What could be understood of English without understanding the roots and other languages that formed it?
4. These rules must be used conversely to gain a full understanding of the individual components. A component’s true purpose can only be realized comparatively and in conjunction to relationships between components and within the understanding of the whole.
This may be more important than all the other laws. While the individual component can be completely understood within its own abilities and properties, ignoring its relationship to the whole and other components is just as gross an error to force the entire understanding into revision. What could be understood of the ocean by looking at only coral?
I may write more on this later, but its time for bed now, and my wife keeps giggling hysterically at her book. She’s so adorable.