In the First Quadrant (I)

CF = 15 – The First Quadrant

First1The initial or new start of a communication cycle is ambivalent, because this point (with a CF-value of 15) is also the end of a (previous) cycle. Any beginning in such an environment is an arbitrary choice. The First Quadrant is in no way ‘higher’ or more important than the ones which follow (or preceded it, for that matter). Added to this given quality comes the notion that this value is higher than the (visible) visibility boundary CF = 11 and therefore ‘invisible’ from an empirical-dualistic point of view. Nobody actually knows, at this stage, that a communication has started. The ‘beginning’ of any kind of communication is, in fact, a matter of (later) reconstruction, when the building stones (values) have been properly noticed.

The CF-values of the first quarter in the First Quadrant (I, 1) increase after its start at CF = 15 and reach a maximum value of 22. Therefore, the relation between the communication partners seems to widen at the beginning of the communication cycle. This is an important observation from a philosophical point of view: partners in a primeval communication take distance, they drift further into the realm of the invisible.

CF = 22 – The first summit

First2The maximum distance between the communication partners is reached at the end of the first and the beginning of the second quarter within the First Quadrant. This position of maximum CF-values (CF = 22) signifies the greatest ‘remissio’ and the moment of the least ‘understanding’ in a communication. It seems as if, at this early stage in the communication, a entire lack of knowledge of the other exists. The relation is worlds-apart. The CF-values begin to decrease after the first summit (CF = 22) is reached. Just as the principal move of the (main) Second Quadrant is one of approach (intentio), so this movement is foreshadowed in the second quarter of the First Quadrant. The approach, however, is only slight (from CF = 22 to CF = 20) and still fully situated in the remote world of the invisible invisibility.

CF = 20 – The saddle

First3The maximum approach point (CF = 20) within the First Quadrant (excluding its boundaries) lies right in the middle of the quadrant like a point of symmetry. The approach point forms a saddle between the two summits with CF-values of 22. There is a strong resemblance of the saddle with the Pivotal Point (CF = 10), which will be later encountered in the communication cycle (right in the middle of the visible visibility of the Third Quadrant). The First Quadrant is, in many ways, an early reflection of the things to come. The CF-value 20 is the start of the third quarter in the subdivision of the First Quadrant. The CF-values drift away to their maximum value (CF = 22), indicating the greatest possible distance between the communication partners.

CF = 22 – The second summit

First4The culmination for the second time (CF = 22) is a point of maximal remissio. The shift between the communication partners has reached, again, a maximum value and all the characteristics of such a (theoretical) separation apply at this point. The decent of the second apex is a mirror image of the climb to the first apex. The CF-values drop rapidly back from 22 to 15 in the fourth and final quarter of the First Quadrant. They continue to do so in the Second Quadrant to the maximum approach (intensio) of CF = 6). It seems as if the time of preparation to a (visible) visibility draws to an end.

CF = 15 – A point of decision

First5The CF-value 15 marks the end of the fourth quarter of First Quadrant and forms the start of the Second Quadrant. It bears, just like the same value at the start of the First Quadrant, an ambivalent character, being part of two main quadrants. However, this is – in a more general setting preceding the idea of division – a very special point, because the (invisible) unity breaks up in (visible) plurality. This borderline marks the most important moment in any communication. Here, at this very point, the ultimate decision of division and the nature of linearity/cyclicity must be made. The rest of the communication, in particularly the nature of visibility, will bear the characteristics of that choice.


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