Story 2a - In the Brilliance of a Night
"And if we don't?" I asked.
"If we don't, Euler will love us, and Gauss
will make us look like fools," said Ushi. "Leonhard Euler was one of
the great mathematician of the 18th Century, but he was also a fool. He threw
out his propositions before the scientific community, which he couldn't prove,
so he invented magic numbers to make the end result come out right. In the Meno
dialog, Socrates demonstrated to his friend Menon that even a slave boy can
operate in the complex domain and develop those kinds of proofs without having
been taught anything before hand, because the complex domain, where the human
mind becomes the main factor for looking at the universe, is the domain of our
humanity. That capability is what defines us as human beings, Peter. It is, what
sets us apart from any animal or any other being in the universe. Euler didn't
operate in that domain, or didn't know how to. Then Carl Friedrich Gauss came
along; he was barely 23 years of age, and in a written thesis that was required
of him for getting into the university, he proved all of the great mathematicians
of the past, specifically Euler and Lagrange, to have been fools who could not
prove what they were talking about. So he delivered the proof that they didn't,
or wouldn't, or couldn't be bothered with. With this single university entrance
paper Gauss uplifted the entire scientific domain. He changed the way people
were thinking. He took humanity beyond the limited concept of Euclidian space.
He opened up a whole new way of thinking physical dimensions. Bernhard Riemann,
who became a student of Gauss, build on Gauss's way of thinking and developed it
further. That is what we must do in respect the Principle of universal Love. We
have an inkling that it is something big, but we know literally nothing about
it. We have no proof of anything. Yes, we have made a daring step forward to
test the waters. In fact, we have taken a daring step to lift the whole concept
out of the waters to a high level, and I am looking forward to many more
advances along that line, but we can't allow ourselves to work like Euler did,
"Maybe we can begin in the same manner as
the slave boy worked things out in the Meno dialog," I suggested.
"I think we have already taken that first
step," said Steve. "It was a small step perhaps, but a giant step for
mankind. You have heard that phrase before, right? Still, we have no irrefutable
proof that we have stepped in the right direction. We have an idea, and
everything that we know tells us that this is a truthful idea, but can we proof
this to ourselves?"
"I know how we can prove this," Ushi
interrupted Steve. "I don't know much about Euler, and Gauss, and Riemann,"
she said to me, "except what Steve taught me. But there is something that I
do understand absolutely. I understand the proof that the slave boy worked out
in the Meno dialog. I understand it, because I can prove it to myself. Also, I
have been able to utilize the principles involved to proof the Pythagoras
theorem that for any right triangle the square over the large side is equal to
the sum of the squares of the remaining sides. Steve had asked me to prove to
myself that I could develop that proof, and I did it. I did it all by myself, by
building on the principle of the Meno proof that I already understood. So, I
proved to myself that the Pythagoras theorem is correct for all possible
situation, because I can see the principle illustrated in geometry, before my
very eyes. When I showed the solution to Steve, he just laughed and congratulated
me for having proven that I am a human being, because only human beings are
inherently able to 'live' in the complex domain. I think we can deliver the
proof for the Principle of universal Love on the same platform..."
"and so prove to ourselves that we are human
beings," Steve interrupted her, and began to laugh. "All that I can
say for sure is," said Steve, "that the Principle of universal Love
exists in the complex domain. The proof lies there. We know the Principle
exists, because it has touched our lives. We just need to discover the
underlying principles and so prove the greater by taking the lesser to a higher
level. On the lower level platform of what is called love, everything that
happened last night is absolutely impossible. The problems that would have
arisen are so insurmountable, that nothing of the sort could have happened. But
we are human beings. We are not bound to the lowest concept of everything. We
can lift ourselves to higher levels of thinking where higher principles come
into view, and so we develop solutions that are not possible on the lower levels
where the problems are defined. Thus we step into the complex domain where
ideas, principles, and truth take the place of emotions. And since love is a
distinctly human quality, I am sure it can ultimately only be found in the
Steve raised his cup of coffee. "This calls
for a celebration," he said solemnly. "We have taken the first steps
into the complex domain in the sphere of love; a baby step perhaps, but a step
nonetheless. And with that tiny step we have gone further ahead than anyone I
know has gone before us."
"Now that I can agree with," said Ushi, and raised her cup likewise.
"That's what happens when you open Pandora's
box," Steve continued, now grinning.
"Once you open it, it's open. You have to deal with everything that's in
it. You can't say: I don't want to deal with everything except sexual division,
or marriage division."
He turned to me. "Remember, I warned you to
be careful before you opened Pandora's box. As you may recall, the box was given
by Zeus to the beautiful and gifted first woman of Greek mythology, named
Pandora. As you may further recall, Zeus was no friend of mankind. Zeus gave her
the box that contained all of the ills of human beings plaque themselves
commanded, that this box must
never be opened. Evidently, Zeus wanted to keep the box closed so that the ills
of mankind would never be dealt with, and he wanted Pandora to carry the blame
for it as the keeper of the box. Nevertheless, so the legend goes,
Pandora opened the box
contrary to Zeus' command, and so did we. Now we have to deal with what's in it.
The final result of this action, of course, can't be anything less than the
total freedom of mankind."
Steve added that the whole of human society has to deal with this problem,
as we have begun to do.