How to overcome binary reasoning, and “good vs evil”

As I stated from the outset, the core purpose of these essays is to propose a new philosophy founded on will. However, every article after the first one seemed to be focused on black vs white and the concept of grey/grayness. The reason for that is because this whole conception of “will” relies on the fact that to overcome binary thinking, we need a willful/conscious effort to decide/create a middle path rather than accept a given set of binary choices (which are most easily represented as black-vs-white).

When I first introduced grey, some would argue that it was hypocritical.
After all, I introduced grey as a non-binary solution but paradoxically only allowed for “two binary options” to define grey. …

A fine line, yet a world of difference

If you’ve read the other articles about the world, black vs white mentality, and grey neutrality, you have probably seen the amateur diagrams used to explain some complex ideas. However I must admit that the diagram for this one is a lot harder to grasp conceptually. This is especially because regardless of the diagram, there can be so many ways to elaborate on the distinction between being, non-being, and not being. So before throwing out any diagrams, let me try to explain things linguistically.

A Mexican, a German, and a non-German walk into a bar…

The core of the issue here is: how many people are we talking about?
When you read that, you probably intuitively interpreted it as 3 people. …

The complicated nature of neutrality

Before going further, please familiarize yourself with the issue of Black vs. White Mentality. As the conclusion of that article states: 2=1 (black/white = grey). To put it differently, you could say that black and white are two sides of the same grey coin, but what exactly is this grey coin?

Theory of the Third

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©Sonderbodhi. 2=1 and the Theory of the Third

The previous article provided the diagram to the left. In essence, it argues that there are two ways to look at “grey”:

  1. As something that can be divided into black and white components.
  2. As something in and of itself.
    A “third” hybrid option.

You can see from this very Venn diagram that “zooming in” to the grey area could lead to the perspective that grey is simply a bunch of white and black dots put closely together (option 1 above), or it is an accumulation of dots that are inherently grey (option 2 above). Both of these options have their respective perks and…


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