The Moebius Strip fascinated me since I was little I was a big M.C. Escher fan back then and he has made a beautiful drawing of it and in general plays with breaking up the expected perspective in his work.
I think the word "opposite" gives me the trouble here.
Two or more views/sides of the same thing or situation do not have to exclude each other, hence dont have to be the opposite. If you take a detailed painting (say one of Hieronymus Bosch). You can view only parts of the painting and make up different opinions about its mood/quality/meaning, yet its always the same painting.
Also I find it difficult to explain any abstract ideas by human behaviours. There are simply so many unknown factors, so many unpredictable reactions and influences that its impossible to compare anything. So your balloon example brought me much closer to what you mean than any interpersonal situation described.
Have a good monday!
Claudia, there are many interesting points you bring up here!
The subject of human behavior is something we can study our entire life and never fully understand. I'm not prepared to explore that subject here or at the moment! The example about the dichotomy of 'emotions' etc....does form a pattern.....a triad. However the example was not meant to explain human behavior necessarily or all it's complexities.
My private work and the ideas that have sprang from these questions is growing very exciting! I can't hold still! I think I have the tiger by the tail about some fundamental understandings!
I want to shine a bright spotlight on your point about the painting....and 'it's always the same painting'!!!!! Let's take that idea and look at another situation. In math......math was never my strongest inclination. I took college Algebra something like 6 or 8 times and still failed at it. However, I LOVE numbers. I love their quality and seeing the relationships and geometry they form. All that are important for me about numbers tends to be 1-9. I can work through abstract problems using only these numbers. I don't care about complex formulas and equations! But I love seeing the patterns of numbers.
Anyway, I've digressed....back to the idea about the painting......in the usual application of math....like 224 x 68 or solving aithmatic ...etc...the 'numbers' are static....and the 'function' is movable...dynamic......(subtract this ...carry the number....add this ...functions changes). There is another way to go about math where the function is static and the numbers move around. This is best explained in Marko Rodins 'Vortex Based Mathematics'. The 'key' idea here that is on my mind is the dichotomy of that 1 aspect is static and another aspect is dynamic.
From that last idea.....I'm looking at the dichotomy of chaos vs. order. Or Freedom vs. absolute cause and effect. I believe they go together mutually. I don't believe anything is infinitely free but is instead a 'confined freedom'. And nothing is completely absolute without a degree of freedom. These are sweeping generalities...but......
Energy moves around hidden nodel points. Or in other words...there always seems to be an underpinning pattern of how energy moves even when things seem completely chaotic. This is no light subject or abstract understanding that has no bearing on tangable situations. It's a window through which to see a door where before there was only a solid impenatrable wall. Specific situations there are many and what is more important are these fundamental ideas!
I like reading all of you guys's ideas here. I'll have to go for a walk and read more later!