As I reflect further on this, it becomes very clear to me that those very different perceptions of ‘self’
are in turn associated with two radically different kinds of Geometry:- (1) Abstract, freeze-framed
geometry – ‘Cold Geometry’ – which is primarily rectilinear, and (2) Natural flow-geometry – ‘Warm
Geometry’ – which is primarily circulatory.

What I am calling ‘Cold Geometry’ – the kind of geometry many of us are taught in school – is
viewed ‘objectively’ from ‘outside-in’ and is hence ‘Whole-centred’, within a pre-imposed, 3-
dimensional box-frame or ‘perspective’ with an infinitesimally small rectilinear point at its origin.
‘Warm Geometry’ is viewed subjectively from inside-out and is hence ‘Hole-centred’, radiating
infinitely outwards in all directions from an intangible inner focal or zero-point of space.

Cold Geometry hence imposes instantaneous DISCONTINUITY upon Nature, isolating what is
inside any PARTICULAR box-frame, with limited horizons and exactly divisible into equally sized
rectilinear units, from ALL that exists outside its pre-imposed limits. Warm geometry on the other
hand is both spatially and dynamically continuous, with limitless horizons and divisible only into
sectors of equal angle (conventionally 360 degrees in any one diametric section) expanding

These radically different kinds of geometry can only truly be transformed from one to the other by
‘freeze-thawing’. Freezing entails rigidly restricting within a box-frame that excludes ‘extraneous
space and time’ and so renders discontinuous, while thawing entails rendering continuous by
incorporating ‘extraneous space and time’ (which we perceive as ‘heat’ and energetic ‘current’,
associated with a rise of ‘temperatures’, increased ‘freedom of movement’ and ‘flow’).
Now we have to ask which of these two different geometries is actually truer to life and what would
be the effect of imposing one upon the other – placing a ’round peg in a square hole’ or vice versa?
Quite clearly cold geometry is innately STATIC whereas warm geometry is innately DYNAMIC.
Only the latter is true to the lively life we actually experience. So, we have to ask, what is the
psychological, social and environmental effect of attempting to live in accord with the restrictions
of ‘cold geometry, and how does this shape our human relationships with one another and the
natural world’? There can only be one real answer: DESOLATION.

Correspondingly cold geometry instils a ‘solid’ sense of self and groups that is motivated primarily
by an assertive desire for ‘domination over other’. This comes with a sense of total ‘control’ and
‘responsibility’ or a submissive desire for ‘domination by other’, which comes with a sense of
‘subservience’ and ‘passivity’. Such motivations and senses are prevalent in the economic, political
and academic superstructures of modern human cultures. They come with strong conceptions of
‘Success’ and ‘Failure’, ‘Rights and Wrongs’. These are associated in turn with feelings of Triumph,
Reward, Incompleteness, Loss, Self-Righteousness, Guilt, Innocence, Despair, Blame and Shame.
Feelings of Faith, Hope & Love, on the other hand, are set aside and kept private, or mistaken for
Obedience, Expectation and Lust.

By contrast, warm geometry instils a ‘hollow’ sense of self that is motivated primarily by a receptive
and responsive desire to serve the needs of self and others within natural neighbourhood. This comes with a sense of humility and compassion. Such motivations and senses occur in the ‘behind-
the-scenes’ caring and distributive infrastructure of modern human cultures. They come with strong perceptions of ‘Benefit’ and ‘Harm’, ‘Truth’ and ‘Falsehood’. These are associated in turn with
feelings of Fulfilment, Satisfaction, Insufficiency, Grief, Virtue, Fallibility, Honesty, Possibility,
Involvement and Forgivingness. Feelings of Faith, Hope and Love are paramount.

Painting: “Y do U Turn Away” by Alan Rayner