Barack Obama. A point in my triangle.

Start 11:19

Been awhile since I wrote about/on my dissertation. 

Life intervened.

[In a big way

Not for recording here!


Have to!]

But I have continued thinking about triangles and when I first became conscious of them.  Went back to Jung’s “Man and his Symbols” to see if I could find any references to triangles. He hardly mentions them.  I was a bit miffed that most of his geometric references were circles.

I remember been profoundly struck by Johan Galtung’s representation of structural violence when I was studying Peace Studies in Northern Ireland.  He used/uses a triangle to show what is needed, structurally, to build and maintain peace.  Peace Building, Peace Keeping, and Peace Making formed the points of the triangle.  All were needed to build a peaceful society.  Peace was not just the ‘absence of violence’, but the absence of structural violence.

The missing piece for me, however, was how the coordinates of all three helped find ‘lasting’ peace.

[and so?

what relevance now?

don’t know, but can feel the connection

lost a bit of the bond with my notes

It’ll come back

Hope so

Often thoughts criss cross, think I’ll remember but the move across

never to return.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul..” (Emily Dickinson)

How did Emily Dickinson get in here?




Barack Obama is now President of the United States of America.  What kind of triangle is he building?  What coordinates his he using as a reference to find a new political dispensation?


Why am I so keen on them?

They help you find yourself, they point to where you are, they point to where you want to be.  In Trigonometry and geometry, triangulation will help you find a point.

[like a focus in a PhD?

I dunno know.

Why ask me?

Cause you’re writing this thing?

Oh, yeah!]

Pythagoras’ Theorem – the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides!

[it is soo hot here, 38 degrees, and my super-energy-awareness-persona doen’st allow me to have an energy guzzling air conditioner.

Heat rises

I’m in a loft

Will go downstairs]

 Finish 12:34 pm

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