State of Affairs, the Search after 30 Zines.


The search, looking back on its progress

It is time again to stop and look back for a moment. Since the last state of affairs (in 2004) I have, as I understand it, made great progress. My work has, compared with the beginning, become much more extended and more complicated; it covers a broader domain and digs deeper, while it also draws nearer to the everyday reality. The facts which have come to the surface, the 'common truths' as my well-beloved nephew rightly and very pointedly defined my basic assumptions and observations, harshly contrast with the delusion of 'the technological world' and the plastic world of Disney, Barbie and Calimero dolls. It continues to amaze, hurt and amuse me.


Patterns: objectification, timing the subjective self

In this series of three I have worked out the patterns of beginning of functions which approach their purpose in the world directly pointed at the own instinctive or conscious development. Always plan, hold on to or work at the progress of its function.

  • In ZZZine #22, the CAPRICORN-pattern |10|, the processes have been described which first of all ask themselves if, how and when they can realize themselves. By nature they are hypothetic. As examples the well-known personalities Coco Chanel, George Santayana and Michelangelo Buonarroti have passed by.
  • In ZZZine #25, the TAURUS-pattern |2|, the processes have been described which turn their attention to their memory and wonder wether that what they perceive is worth the trouble of persevering till it is finished. By nature they are antithetic. As brief examples I have chosen the well-known personalities Immanuel Kant, Charley Toorop and Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • In ZZZine #28, the VIRGO-pattern |6|, the processes have been described which - now and concretely - give the work its perfect finishing touch up to the minute detail. By nature they are synthetic. As examples I used the well-known personalities Charlotte Brontë, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and William Shakespeare.

These patterns are used by everyone, be it for different functions, areas of work and, of course, in different measure and mixture. As I myself use the Scorpio pattern to begin and the Capricorn pattern falls in the third phase, I use that last pattern to discriminate and acquire knowledge in a structural manner. There is also my self-governing function which at the same domain applies the same pattern. The Taurus pattern falls, subsequently, in the seventh phase, so I use that to pay attention to the values involved in relations of collaboration. There is no function which applies this pattern, so I shall have to use such activities and this method more or less effortlessly. The Virgo pattern I use then in the eleventh phase, to work carefully at solutions in activities of groups. That is where the integrate function, my capacity for empathy, is also located with which I apply that synthetic method to social matters in a targeted way.

This series dealt with inner consistency and therefore also with the tenacity and serviceability in which these people are specialised, and - tacitly - also with the possibility of potentialities of their being more or less active.


Structure: that on which processes and systems and thinking and such are based

In ZZZine #19, where dynamics and connections were studied, I had gone down the side-path of functions which originate subprocesses. That did not offer the expected view at relations between parts of processes and between processes mutually. Although it was informative for understanding the differences between the  functions of a process and their mutual affection and cooperation, the notion subprocess was and became not clearly distinguishable from the notion context and did not lead to a clear image (neither did the idea of a process as 'centre of relations'). The sense of puzzlement that remained did lead me to continue my search for clarity regarding the relations between processes.
In the three parts which are under discussion in this survey I have gone back again to my starting point.

In ZZZine #23, introduction to the internal operation of the process, I have studied the agreement, between the world and a new process, cooperation on the basis of a given purpose. With that the environment has for a moment become the whole world, nature. I have put abreast three world-views. The given purpose, or cooperation agreement, the moment of beginning and the space and time private to every process are matters that have come up for discussion.

In ZZZine #26, a complex network 1, I have returned to the organic process and thus to Whitehead, and to Gödel with his view on the limits of systems and the application thereof on the limits of our knowledge of the world full of processes.
I have established

that my thinking needs a fixed set of potentialities,
which has led to the notion that processes themselves actively coordinate and are being coordinated individually by the processes around them: nature as a coordinating unity, the agreement of coordination,
to the notion of a process that, as a unique and structured network of relations, has a purpose which determines it,
that sheer chance does not exist for the reason that a process can only have originated from another process and has to have been generated for a purpose,
and, based on the thesis that the intrinsic individuality of a process is determined by the relations between the components, I arrive at the conclusion that several families of relations consist within a process which will reveal themselves in behaviour.

In its appendix, ZZZine #26x, I collected some sets of basic notions used in philosophy and started with listing the relations of the process which can occur within its structure and which constitute the uniqueness of it. After finishing #30 I set up anew the overview of the structural connections between the parts of a process. My insights had become considerably more clear. The overview is not yet definitive, some parts still have to be deepened in future zines.

In ZZZine #29, a complex network 2, I dealt with the situation of a process in the midst of contexts. The contexts of a process and seeing that they are genuine processes has been a real eye-opener for me. It has deepened my insight into the interaction with the unsettling outer world.
Beside that, diving into the complexity of an infinitely small but still identifiable process has helped me to further develop my insight into the process that cannot do without the coordination through the environment. It has considerably clarified my image of the coherence of the whole: the process applies both discontinuous generation of processes and continuous generation of cycles.

It is clear that now the process in time really starts to come within sight. A process is, after all, the de-velopment of a given purpose in a versatile environment, isn't it?

Is she still there, the story line? No, she has really been replaced by the themes line. But the stories have not disappeared at all. Alongside the main subject there still is room for a personal recollection, a reaction, a counterpart or nuancing in the form of an example from my experience which can elucidate that theme.
In these first three themes it turned out to be possible to expand the up till now flat theoretical model with the dynamics of everyday reality and to show the spatial properties of the model. I have tried to analyse the practical potentialities of the theoretically constructed, complexly built up layers of the network within the process. I try to show what the insight into this and the knowledge of it can mean for our daily life.

3 Themes: three dialectic steps, the most dynamic side of the process

It is clear that in the themes line human beings, which are considered of all animals to have the clearest notion of their individuality, can be treated in a more general sense than in the story line which only dealt with my own stories. I now apply my insights into the process, not to all organisms inclusive of the world as a whole, but focussed on human activities. In this way it is obviously possible to lift out refinements of the process.
Because the individual human is almost incessantly in interaction with his environments he must have the capacities and parts at his disposal which enable him to understand his experiences and steer his thoughts and actions. Together they form what is called a self-regulating system. In the themes line the contents of the connections between parts of the underlying structure, of the process, are under discussion.

In ZZZine #24, 'Inner stability and language use', the story 'Exclude' illustrates, with a text which Einstein once offered his wife, how he protected his inner stability. It is flanked by 'Alienation', a personal memory of my parents, illustrating how mother could become alienated from her environment.
The properties of (hypothetic) contact with the environment confront one's personal (masculine) resolute action with the (feminine) power of attraction of the other; the properties of (hypothetic) inner stability bind with the own (maternal) emotional basis or claim the (paternal) (in)certainties towards the other party.
The subject was to steadily have to keep our balance in an environment which is extremely variable and in which we always cause some agitation ourselves.

In ZZZine #27, 'Play for values, respect at stake', the stories illustrate twice the subject 'school'; the story in 'Cosě, a play', that shows how the pair da Ponte - Mozart tried to propagate its values, is flanked by 'Room for Play', a personal memory of my presumably last day at the elementary school which shows how Mother Superior transmitted her own deep confusion on her environment.
The properties of the (antithetic) place in the group confront one's self-steering with the necessity of acceptance by the self-steering essentially different people; the properties of (antithetic) inner values recognize or deny respectively either the own interest or the searched for value of others.
The subject was the mutually dependent relation; by wanting to distinguish ourselves from others and the necessity which follows thence to get to know what the own and other people's values contain, we learn to assess risks, consequences and possibilities. In short, we have to gain experience for our de-velopment by challenging, being challenged, and playing the game of in-velopment and in-capsulation: homo ludens collects experience and has to learn to stay alert.

In ZZZine #30, 'Dependent in the midst of changing purposes' I pursue the story 'Room for Play' which presents extremely suitable material for this dialectic part. Beside it there are some brief examples of contexts which create confusion when the purpose, and thus the process, imperceptibly has been replaced by another purpose.
The properties of (synthetic) difference in the environment touch the relation with the knowledge about and of the world around us. It concerns on the one side our own thinking, relating, and conveyance of matters, our own knowledge, with - across that border - the reconnaissance of other ideas and relations, of interpreted and transferred knowledge which is present in different ideal frames of thinking and contexts; the properties of (synthetic) inner unity experience in success and failure on the one hand that the question of use and necessity forces us to analyse one's own possibilities and limitations as an individual and on the other hand that, at the same time, the existence of the world as the coordinating and dissolving whole is that to which you can surrender yourself and can cooperate with, like a herring into its shoal.
The subject was the assimilation of the things experienced while playing, the weighing of thoughts and frames of thinking, of private possibilities in varying contexts, the discovery of the own path in relation with coordinating nature.

The group of three dynamic connections forms the dialectic part of the process. Keeping one's balance and watching your limits on the path toward the own purpose is now rounded off, after the new supply with challenges and values in all sorts of playful and formal experiences of life, with the distinction of facts and interpretations and the insertion of the own function in the whole. Together these parts rotate around the development from weakness to the strength to master one's own life in and with the assistance of the environment and to take in our own hands the resposibility for that behaviour. We have formed an image of the structural background of interaction, changeability, balancing, of conversation and dialogue about differences of opinion and common interests, of conflicts and play, of history and solution.
The structure elucidates that the dynamics not only work differently on the functional level, but already at the structural level itself: the twelve patterns present 12 different phase structures inside of which these activities take place. This is not only true for the dialectic aspect as discussed but also for the remaining aspects which should come within view. It is always the first thing we come across.


Values and other aspects of the process

It is clear that every process has its own scheme of values, it follows from the purpose as being given. That purpose can only be fully known after the process is completed. Here we see the great difference between the knowledge of the value of one or more actions and the insight in the set of values of this unique human being; the first is feasible up to a point, the last is definitely impossible while alive and only scarcely afterwards. Who knows the values of Shakespeare or Hegel or even Stalin sufficiently to be able to say that he knows that person in his entirity? Here it becomes clear how process thinking can provide clarity: we can at the most judge matters which we can oversee in their entirety and have examined as a whole. That all this contains both positive and negative experiences, that dialectics can be understood as a method to obtain information and as a discussion for reaching a compromise, can be used as a tool for cheating and as a lightning-rod may well speak for itself.
After a dialectic and therefore historic inquiry in which facts about the occurrence have been collected, new cycles and activities can follow. There are consequences to be drawn from the facts which have led to the upset balance, plans can be developed that might restore that balance, between these plans a choice should be made and successively these things will have to be carried out. All of these pieces are new processes which are determined in cooperation with actuality and the prevailing values and not only with these. At a point like this, other aspects can appear in order to deliver their contribution.

So first I have to study the other aspects of the process. These are the aspects which certainly also play a role and that can contribute their own vision of the values and interests which are at stake and in the behaviour that is to be pursued. Luckily I have already some important materials - about present-day thinking and the moral questions which it raises - at my disposal notes and sources .

The planning of the remaining work

The dialectical aspect gave an interesting bit of insight in our behaviour, but still other viewpoints present themselves. Unlike the differences with the world and the contexts in which dialectics expresses itself, other groupings of the same basic elements lead to other connections and thus to other possibilities. In the themes line I shall first study the grouping of more corresponding parts with their specialising character. After that I want to take a look at what possibilities the grouping with the reaching for compromise character can offer. Whether the more precise, formal description of these networks can come out fully in the themes line or that this should be treated in the structure line remains to be seen.
The representation of the human individual that the process offers is complex. The processes of contexts are, as we saw earlier, equally individual and equally complex and, because of the changeable purposes, in practice also very elusive for us. How the contexts jointly determine the spirit of the time and form the measure of time for every individual process I shall discuss later in the structure line. That comes in last and will close the whole work.
The spirit of the time process holds up a mirror to humanity and lets me work on the structure of processes. So I'll go on with my work quietly and in confidence: the de-velopment of the given basic structure, while keeping an eye on the relation with the everyday world.