Proximity – Advanced

Each Defined by Other Two
Elementsrelationships and proximities are woven together. In a sense, each is defined by the other two, and all three relate to situations. Taking each in turn: Elements are defined by their relationships in the proximity of a situation. Relationships are any kind of association or connection between elements in the proximity of a situation. The proximity consists of elements related or potentially related to a situation, in physical, mental and other ways.

Each Can Be Each Other
An odd and useful characteristic of elementsrelationships and proximities is that they can each be each other. We might call it a kind of equivalence. You can consider a proximity to be an element and also a relationship. You can consider an element to be a proximity and also a relationship. You can consider a relationship to be a proximity and also an element. Perhaps the oddest one is a relationship being a proximity. An example of this equivalence property being useful is the value of substituting one for another, allowing you to group/ungroup (a ProxPattern) and also perhaps consider different points of view (ProxSets).

A proximity may overlap other proximities for other situations.

Containing and Contained
A proximity may contain proximities, and itself be contained within other proximities.

Proximity Relates to Situation
Proximities are to varying degrees flexible and chosen. So, a situation may change as a proximity changes, and vice versa.

Relationships and Proximity
We can consider how relationships and proximities co-create each other (since we can’t know which comes first). Relationships make proximity possible. A proximity is created by one or more relationships. A proximity does not exist without one or more relationships. Proximity creates the conditions for relationships.