Power of Patterns

As I said, we will start at zero, with the very basics and go step by step from there. The entire thinking of this whole series is based on patterns.

What is a pattern NOT?

The opposite of a pattern is total randomness. An example of randomness is flipping a coin. Flip it 100 or even 1,000 times and you cannot predict the next flip or find a repeating pattern that would explain the previous flips. The opposite of context, purpose, and truth is randomness, which hides information. Patterns unlock it.

Randomness is the foundation of encryption, which is what we use to hide context, purpose, and truth. We disguise messages in the noise of letters and numbers that appear randomly put together. When we talk in random gibberish our words make no sense nor meaning, because they do not fit into any context, communicate any purpose, or tell any truth. They are patternless.

What is a pattern?

A pattern can be simple repetition, like the tiles on a floor or the dashes on the highway or the seasons every year or the habit of eating three meals per day. A pattern is a relatively simple description that connects a collection of items. Instead of listing all the stuff in the attic, you might summarize it with, “It’s all junk.” Now I know to take it to the dump, not to your new home.

When I say, “Alphabet,” all the 26 letters come to your mind. I don’t need to list them. Patterns can name, summarize, and simplify so that we focus on an essential similarity.

Now let’s look at progressive patterns, which are complete, ordered, and inspiring patterns.

Completeness takes us from beginning to end, and the end might be infinity. Order is the opposite of random. It is organized, clear to follow, and grows. Inspiration shows beauty, intelligence, power, simplicity. These are the ingredients of progressive patterns.

Let’s look at an example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, …

You might say the pattern of regular counting numbers is so simple that it is not inspiring, but it is complete to infinity, very orderly, and has inspired algebra and calculus which have given us millions of inventions.

Another example: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …

At first glance, this appears to be a list of random numbers, but look closer at any two consecutive numbers and see how they add up to the next number. This is known as the Fibonacci Sequence. This special progressive pattern of numbers reveals itself in many interesting and inspiring ways. When you count opposite swirls in sunflowers or pine cones or pineapples, you get Fibonacci numbers. You get a similar curve in snail shells.

One could say that science is the discovery and application of patterns in nature. What appears random and confusing to the layperson makes perfect sense to the experienced scientist, engineer, mechanic, doctor.

Now look at the following table. Try to find a simple pattern hidden in the different numbers written with different sizes and shadings.

If you did not find the pattern in the above table, this hint should help you:

There are all sorts of distractions and disorderliness, but there is a pattern of even numbers as you read left to right and top to bottom. In spite of “errors” in communicating and translating, which show up in different sizes and shadings and formats, the message is still clear when you look at every other cell.

How do patterns help us?

Patterns make sense of the data. Patterns organize, connect, and summarize the ideas, events, and things we are considering. When something appears without a pattern, then we say it is random, chaotic, unpredictable, and confusing. In other words, it appears encrypted. When we wonder what is the meaning of life, we are saying life appears random and encrypted. We can’t detect patterns that lead us to hope.

When you speak to someone with a language foreign from yours, their speech is random nonsense. However, if you take time to learn their patterns of grammar and pronunciation, then it all begins to make sense. Even when you don’t understand every little nuance of the stranger’s background that imposes slightly different meanings on their words, you can still communicate effectively for all practical purposes. As you become even more familiar with the language you can handle people who talk with lisps, or garble a few words, or speak to them on a bad phone connection. Patterns help us cut through the confusion of static and distractions.

Patterns set us free from experts and mind controllers. It might take an expert teacher to show us the pattern the first time, but ever after we can see the pattern for ourselves. Our source of truth becomes the pattern in the information rather than the reputation of the expert.

Once you see a pattern you can’t unsee it. Your foundation is now truth itself. You are an expert at seeing that pattern.

That does not mean we will now have a million experts saying a million different things. Everyone who sees the pattern will say the same thing, but in slightly different ways according to their personality. The truth of the pattern, once perceived, will cause greater, deeper unity than experts trying to make a population conform. Blind faith in experts cannot compare to seeing the truth and purpose of a pattern. Unity based on agreement is much more powerful than conformity based on experts.

Hopefully I am beginning to make clear my approach and the reasons for my method. I simply want to show you patterns. The truth of the patterns will point you in the right direction. I don’t need to tell you, “Follow me,” or “Do what I tell you.”

In this age of fake news, political power plays, mass hysteria, and conformity based education we need patterns as reliable as the universe itself.