Identical Triangles

via Daily Prompt: Identical

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The Gemstone Buildings – Shenzen. A series of identical triangles become both the strength and design of this building. I have a memory from school days, that identical triangles are a strong foundation for building, and are a basis for architecture.

The Jewish wisdom tradition includes the book of Ecclesiastes, which contains this gem: “A threefold cord is not quickly broken” which became a principle of modern rope-making. Roof trusses, honeycomed cardboard packing, bridge frames, bicycle wheel spokes, a fulcrum, all rely on three. In all the faith traditions of the world three is a significant number. A day broken into thirds of work, rest and play is a healthy process. And who remembers the dictum – meat and three veg for dinner? And, just for good measure, 3 is the first odd prime number. Clearly, there is something about three.

I think this speaks to the makeup, or potential awareness of the person: body, mind, and soul, perhaps the most important three of all. If we keep body, mind and soul in balance, I believe we are stonger, like the unbreakable cord. Three seems to keep a balance that one cannot provide, and two complicates, and where four potentially cancels out into two pairs. Whereas three creates a balance of thirds in all we do. Identical triangles can be one or two dimensional technical drawings. But as an object, identical triangles can be a thing of beauty and strength. But even more, the triangular of life, embodied in practice, friendships, groups, lifestyle patterns, and above all, keeping the balance of body, mind and soul is crucial for life to flourish and grow.

Paul,

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13 responses to “Identical Triangles

  1. I agree in the importance of balance of body,mind, and soul. Three is significant to my husband and I. We say we are clinging to life by a thread made of 3 strands of gold. We have God and each other.

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  2. Think of the Trinity – thanks for the words about how to break down days.

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  3. Well, i don’t… but the Catholics would love this.

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  4. interesting take on the prompt with lots of nice messages in there!

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  5. Lyn Cannon

    Very thought provoking

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  6. yes, 3-ness is a foundation concept for the cosmos. thinking/feeling/willing. affirming/denying/reconciling. truth/beauty/goodness. man/woman/child.

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