Third force blind

We have a conditioned habit of tending to only see opposites but not the larger context of which they are both a part

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We have a conditioned habit of tending to only see opposites but not the larger context of which they are both a part
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"We are third force blind. Our perceptions, our thoughts, our feelings are all essentially dualistic. Our mental processes are almost entirely based on affirmation and negation, comparison of like with like, of like with unlike. Our feelings are dominated by the pleasure-pain principle. Attraction and aversion rule our affective lives. This does not mean that reality is itself dualistic, but that our limited perceptions, feelings and intellectual processes, dualistic in themselves, graft a false dualism upon the world."
The Triad by
John G Bennett
 
George Gurdjieff
said that we are
Third force blind
. The "Third force" he spoke of was the
Reconciling force
which is an orientation of relationship and wholeness. Standing from the position of the first or second position all that they can see is one another. It takes a change of perspective to a more encompassing view to recognise that there is a broader context in which the apparently opposing perspectives are parts of a larger harmonious "whole".
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Opposite thinking
for instance is a way of perceiving & thinking which only sees one option at a time, and doesn't recognise the larger "whole" of which the opposites are arbitrary parts, and relatively arbitrary ones at that.
 
“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Albert Einstein”