From Chapter 11, The ELEMENTS OF DRAMATIC STRUCTURE
"By looking through two filters instead of one, we have not only blocked out more of the original 'Light of Truth' but we have also added some distortion because of the greater 'thickness' between us and Truth. Ultimately, it is this progressive distortion that shifts the Elements from Class to Class."
It's hard to know which parts to quote here. The basic ideas here are:
- Elements are arrived at through a filtration system
- The levels form a lens, and your view of the element is progressively distorted by the thickness of the lens
- The dynamic pairs pivot around External State and Internal State as the distortion increases, thus
"driver and passenger' members of the quads
Melanie emphasizes that by the time you've filtered at the bottom, it's not always perfectly clear what's external and what's internal. Not at all. You're own discomfort and confusion is the right reaction, and means you are a human trying to understand the inscrutable. More on this later.
Second quote: "All Truth is measured against Knowledge and Thought."
Meaning, external state, internal state, pivoting and distorted, but there.
"Simply put, we aren't omniscient. We are not equipped to see the whole Truth directly but must seek to learn more about it by glimpsing a part of it, and then assembling the pieces to try and grasp the whole."
She notes elsewhere that men and women synthesize a fourth quad from three, but they possess a different three and synthesize a different fourth. Her perspective on this lends a certain amount of credibility to the thought, yes? Because of her personal history, she's experienced both *not as an outsider but from the 'I' point of view.' You and I probably haven't done that (not speaking for you, if you have.)
By the way, that she has done this, recognized the difference internally, in herself, and been willing able to speak about it in a brilliant and illuminating way is an extraordinary piece of historically contingent good luck, for you who are like me, inexplicable awake eyes of the universe on a speck of dust in the middle of billions of miles of Not Very Much. This is the age of miracles and wonders. We in this lucky little group have the unheard of benefit of a consciousness that expanded across genders and stayed awake and reported back from the trip in a profound way. Pinch yourself.
Never forget that this is happening as the story unfolds in Time. It isn't a static 3d sieve. It's whirling spiral. Never forget that, he said to himself.
This will require some more thinking, and at least a part 2 and possibly a part 3.
(see a better rendering below)