The Fourth Dimension

The fourth dimension acts without our control and clear awareness

 A 3 dimensional being can view a 3 dimensional world, but not with awareness. To be aware and perceive a 3 dimensional world we need to be 4 dimensional creatures. But we cannot be aware of our awareness of the 3 dimensional world with only 4 dimensions.

To try to represent life in four dimensions we can imagine the little man and the flipping of the pages to create the impression of movement and the passage of time.

In this case, let us take liberties and image that the little man can move around on his page in his 2 dimensional world. So on each page the little man can move up, down, left and right.

This is a section of our 3 dimensional world, but by making it 2 dimensional, we can visualise the time or 4th dimension. (In this case, it will really be the 3rd dimension).

In the same way, when we take a picture of something, say a cat, and show the picture to someone and say, 'This is my cat', it isn't really our cat. It is a 2 dimensional image of what is really 4 dimensional.

In this scenario, the third dimension represents the 4th dimension in our world. So using this image we can see what we can only 'sense' in our own world. When referring to the 4th dimension in this image, it is really the 3rd. If it were really the 4th dimension, we could not visualise it.

Let us say that the little man gets some wood and makes a fire in his 2 dimensional bubble. For the fire to burn we need to flip through the pages. He lights the fire, but what happens depends on the 4th dimension.

The fire may fail to light. It may light as intended. Or it might burn out of control. Say in later scenes a wind appears and blows the fire so it goes out of control. Or, in another way, it blows it out.

This is outside the control of the little man and is the unperceived 4th dimension.

Similarly, we might make him grow old as the pages are flipped. This again is not within the control of the little man, and it appears to just happen as time passes.

Similarly, in this section we are using to represent our world, the little man on one page is not the same as the little man on the next page. The new little man drawn on the next page is drawn according to rules that are consistent with the whole picture.

The little man as a baby is not the little man as an old man in the later pages. Each page is separate and unrelated to the other pages, except according to certain rules.

However, the little man is in another sense the same little man from birth to old age. This is not something to do with each page, but is the total of all the pages. The individual who remains the same throughout the movie is the apparently animated person who is the result of all the pages.

The individual exists as a visible thing in the 4th dimension to those who can operate in at least 5 dimensions and therefore actually see the individual. Beings who have attained the World of Form can percieve individals.

If we were to remove a page then the individual would not be affected or not affected greatly. And if we draw a few things out of character in a few pages, there would still be the individual.

If the little man and his philosopher friends were to discuss on one page what is the individual, they would not be able to find the individual and might even assume it does not exist.

They might ask, what is the identity that makes the little man the same little man from birth to old age, even though he changes so much.

They are able to remember the past and even view photographs of the little man at earlier stages of life, but they cannot find the individual or identity.

We looking on can see the identity of the little man (and other objects) as the pages are flipped through and we see a unity which is the animated little man. This is not available to the characters on the page, although they are actually in the 4th dimension and viewing their world from the 4th dimension. However, they can only be aware of the 4th dimension and they cannot see the objects in the scene in 4 dimensions.

(Remember that we are using this image to represent our world. Really what we call the 4th dimension, is the 3rd dimension in the world of the little man!)

They have only a feeling of identity, but they cannot see or touch it or perceive it as real.

Similarly, they have a feeling of justice.

They can imagine or remember a scene where Mr Batch the baker and Mr Wick the candle maker were in dispute. They can imagine the just solution. They can strip all the parts from the scene so that a 'wire frame' remains in which anyone in similar circumstances can apply this framework to determine what is just.

But they cannot simultaneously see all these wire frames, together with all the examples that make justice simultaneously as one comprehensible object in a higher dimension.

They cannot 'see' justice. They might have a good feeling for it, but they cannot explain it completely. Beings who have attained higher levels can actually 'see' justice.

They can view a square that grows more and more sides so that it becomes a circle. The square appears to change into a perfect circle. They can in some way have a feeling that there is an identity between the square and the circle, but they cannot express this in any rational way. We can see, although only vaguely, that the identity is the square   and the multi-sided figures that eventually become a circle according to our rules of drawing the pictures in the 2 dimensional world. Yet we cannot actually see this unity even from our 4th dimensional viewpoint.