The Triad - JG Bennett
The Triad – JG Bennett – From “The Dramatic Universe”
The use we have made of the six modes of becoming in our survey of human activity has shown us that not all that happens does so in the same way, but it has not shown us the mechanism of the different kinds of happening which are possible, nor has it shown us whether there is any hope that they can be controlled. We have seen that events happen in different ways, but we have not seen why this is so, nor how. Yet there is no question which can be more important. All men’s problems are bound up with the why and how of events. This is equally true whether they are philosophers or theologians, scientists or engineers, historians or statesmen or common men and women going about their daily lives. That the question is one and the same on all scales and in every context is seldom recognized and never sufficiently understood, with the result that philosophers and theologians seek one kind of answer and scientists another kind. Historians and jurists approach it with quite different pre-conceptions from any of the first three; while in our daily lives, where the answer matters most of all, we usually ignore it entirely. If we once realise that the question of the why and how of events is the same wherever it occurs and that; moreover, it always has the same answer, we shall have laid the foundation for an objective understanding of the world as it really is. We shall also have taken the first step on the path which can ultimately lead from our present state of mechanicalness and helplessness to the power to control ourselves and to regulate the course of external events.
The answer to the question why and how events occur is given by the law of Three. We may start with a brief statement of the law. Every event, of whatever nature and whatsoever scale, is composed of three elements and can be seen as the interaction of three forces corresponding to three elements. The coming together of these three components constitutes the event. It is also the cause of the event and the manner in which it happens. Each of the three components has a definite character which is always: the same, and, for this reason they are sometimes called three forces or three qualities. Every event from' the creation of the world down to the smallest and most insignificant happenings, from purely mental processes to purely physical ones, from events which have duration in time to these which can be conceived outside of space and time, all, without exception, can be seen as the combination of the same three components.
This law is by no means a new discovery. It has been formulated, misunderstood, lost, re-discovered, misunderstood again in innumerable forms throughout the history of human thought. The Triad is the very centre and root of more than one philosophical system. It is clearly implied in many of the most important generalizations of natural science. The deep rooted and universal importance which, among all the races of the world, is attached to the number three is evidence of its antiquity. The Triad has entered into the profoundest dogmas of religion. It has perhaps never been so much disregarded and misunderstood as it is at the present day, so that the re-formulation and fresh development of the Law of Three are a necessary preliminary to any attempt at understanding man and the universe.
The full text of this article can be found here: The Triad - J G Bennett: From an early version of the Dramatic Universe (pdf 19 pages)