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March 11, 2008

Labyrinths: journey to the center

"The way in is the way out"

The notion of labyrinths is that the path to the center, the destination, is circular, and perhaps symmetric. On the contrary, a maze is meant to confuse; its a puzzle which is difficult to navigate. It is somewhat of a bifurcating system. Labyrinths do not welcome dead ends. This is as if to suggest that the only way to the center is via the route provided, which, although isn't a straight line, will eventually lead you back to where you started.

I propose a question that I am currently working on in my semester project. Which is, can there be a maze within the labyrinth we are walking? For instance, is it possible to arrive at the center through another mode? Is it possible that we get sidetracked on our journeys through the labyrinth?

Can we depart from its original path, and surrender into the temptation of deviating for awhile?

For the purpose of seeing what is possible? (Isn't this a valid reason to do anything?)

Perhaps we need to get lost first before we find our way back to the center, and maybe its not even the center that we desire -- what about corners? This idea adds some asymmetry to a perfectly rounded, symmetric labyrinth.

This path may not always guarantee us the destination we desire, but how can we know for sure if we do not try?

Posted by pbali at March 11, 2008 07:14 PM


It seems likely that departures within labyrinths,

which are teachers, guides to what is believed to be the destination that should be the destination,

convert the labyrinth system
into a maze

where the center can shift
unlike the labyrinth where the center is fixed

as a point of distinction between the two.

A Labyrinth helps you find a way that is already a way. A person lost may still enter a labyrinth, but upon exist is no longer lost.

A maze is a way of not having one way.

This is a very worthy undertaking
that really clarifies benefits of mazes and other shifting-center bifurcating systems

Posted by: thyliasm at April 27, 2008 04:55 PM

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