The first step in making my own map is to get my bearings.
the Idea of scale, and scalar
Cosmogony: (or cosmogeny) is any scientific theory concerning the coming into existence, or origin, of the cosmos or universe, or about how what
sentient beings ...
Emanation theology: (literally "dripping") is a belief, found in Neoplatonism, that the cause of certain beings or states of being consists of an
overflow from the essence of God or other higher spiritual beings, as opposed to a special act of creation. This overflow is usually conceived in a
non-temporal way as a permanent relationship of causation rather than as an event causing an entity to come into existence at a given point in time.
The word "emanation" can refer either to the process of emanation or to the thing emanated.
Equivalent concepts are found in Gnosticism and in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism).
The Idea of scale, and scalar
There is a legendary scene in the blockbuster "Jaws" where the camera zooms in on chief Brody sitting on the beach. A moment of panic. To get the
shot, a track was laid,
and the camera was rolled at high speed directly towards the actors head. Normally the person would quickly drop out of focus. But with a twistable
zoom lens Spielberg was able to adjust the focus as the camera approached. The effect is a nearly subliminal optical illusion. The chiefs head stays
the same size, and in focus, but the beach and the people behind him, change scale.
While sitting still,
it appears as though the world is swallowing him.
This is one case of scale being a profound influence on reality,
which I feel is the thesis in the opening post.
The question posed seems to be
couched in a scalar cosmogony,
where scale itself is the
source of all knowing.
If that is the case,
no 1 is greater than any other 1.
But I get the feeling you are more interested in grouping humanity
into categories larger than 1.