Preston Harold gives us a mathematical lesson on the concept of a “point.” In this installment we will quote him at length as we prepare to discuss how Jesus understood the concept, which we will explore in the next post. Now, for your pleasure, Preston Harold:
Zero must be seen as the whole, beyond examination, and therefore its measure, unapparent, is expressible only in negative terms, so that zero’s division must correspond to: (-/- = +). But this simple division is equivalent only to taking the diameter of a circle; to define the center point in its being, the product of this division must be divided by itself, so that the whole equation of zero-divided must correspond to: (-/- = +/+ = +). Again, the positive sign (+) is presented as answer, just a s the configuration of the cross appears when one determines the center point of a circle by bisecting its diameter. The center point defined by the cross cannot be seen as a correspondence to negative-one or positive-one; it is neutral in its position and must correspond to one-neutral for one-whole. The point itself cannot be defined, except as it is defined by the cross (+), that is, in the definition of the cross itself.
Nicomachus said that a point is “the beginning of a line, or an interval, but is not itself line or interval.” The point enfolded in the cross is not the beginning of either line, but is an interval in both lines, and is the one point so arranged and sustained by the opposing horizontal and vertical lines or “forces.” One might say that this point is defined in negative, positive, and specific terms, so that it is the only point in actual being.
Until next time, peace.