Offsetting (Bad) Characteristics

Ilexa Yardley
Nov 8, 2019 · 3 min read

Why people criticize, analyze, idealize… explaining politics,and polarization,in general.

‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Behavior (Photo by Anelale Nájera on Unsplash)

Dichotomy: Zero and One

Humans dichotomize (and categorize) everything into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ‘containers.’ That is, people criticize, analyze, and idealize, using the core arithmetic ‘character’ called the number ‘two.’ It looks like this:

Dichotomy (Category)
One and Two

Therefore, we can notice (and say) everything in Nature revolves around the number ‘two.’


This means there is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in everything. In Nature. And, of course, ‘human’ Nature.

Good and Bad
Human and Nature

Criticism: Zero and One

Thus, criticism, in general, and, therefore, universally, involves the ‘offsetting’ of ‘behavior.’

Offset Onset

Meaning, humans offset the bad aspects of their behavior by observing it in, and attaching it to, ‘others.’ Where ‘other’ always means ‘human’ and-or ‘Nature.’

One and (Other) One

Meaning, you cannot escape the diagram if you want to understand ‘Reality.’ (Humans.) (Nature.)


Behavior: Zero and One

Although you can escape the ‘bad’ behavior in your ‘self’ by offsetting it to ‘others.’

Self Other-Self

Meaning, we all have at-least (and at-most) ‘two selves.’ The ‘good’ self. And the ‘bad’ self.

Which explains why we love to characterize other ‘selves’ as ‘the bad self.’ We are just trying to ‘get to know our ‘self’’ better. Or, we are trying to ‘offset’ our bad behavior onto ‘others.’

Politics (Polarization): Zero and One

Explaining politics. And, polarization. In general.

Good Self Bad Self

Conservation of the circle is the core dynamic in Nature. Explaining the ‘abstract’ concept called ‘self.’ (And ‘other’ ‘self.’)
Ilexa Yardley

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Author, The Circular Theory

The Circular Theory

Conservation of the circle is the core dynamic in Nature.

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