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Part Three

Chapter Seventeen

Actors and Audience (Continued)

For instance, let’s assume another hate play that also features three actors. In this case, they are adults of similar age.

We’ll call them Adam, Betty, and Charlie. As we follow them in their daily routines, we learn that Betty is more capable, more organized, and much smarter than Adam and Charlie. So much smarter, in fact, that they often turn to her for guidance. Using our concept of levels, we can say that Betty stands on a higher pedestal than Adam or Charlie.

And that’s all we need do, understand where each actor sits relative to the others. In our quick example above, I didn’t specify if Betty was the source, target, or observer of hate. Nor is it important at the moment. What counts is that I already have the ability to determine the height of her pedestal relative to that of the other actors.

Notice I said relative height, not absolute. I don’t have the ability to take out a ruler and measure anyone’s pedestal. And even if I did, I wouldn’t trust the number because there are so many other variables to consider. No, all I need to know is how one pedestal compares to the others.

With that understanding, we will now launch into a comprehensive examination of what our relative pedestals mean for the understanding of our hate plays.

Levels Applied

We have three actors, each of whom sits on a pedestal. Because we have agreed to use only relative measures of these pedestals, they only come in three heights: 1, 2, and 3. Using a little bit of math, we can conclude that there are only a few different situations for us to understand.

We start with the fact that there are 3 actors, each of whom can be one of 3 different levels. This means that 3 levels for the first actor gets multiplied by 3 levels for the second actor. Then that gets multiplied one more time by 3 levels for the third actor. That’s 3 times 3 times 3, which gives us 9 times 3 which totals 27.

Only 27 different hate situations to consider for our 3 actors, as there are only 27 possible combinations based on the math from above (3x3x3=27).

However, some of these situations are duplicates. For instance, if someone is an observer on a pedestal of height 2, and watches a source and target who are both on pedestals of height 1, this means the observer is higher than the source, and the source is equal to the target. O > S = T.

What if the observer is on a pedestal of level 3? And the source and target are still on level 1? Or what if the observer is a 3 and the source and target are both level 2?

Regardless, our formula that O > S = T is still true! This means that of our 27 different possible hate plays, some are duplicates.

If we remove the duplicates, there are only 13 possible hate situations to consider.

How can this be? How does this impact our understanding of hate?

Let’s address the impact first, before proving the number.

To be continued …