A Venn Diagram Named Desire

From Lucidchart: A Venn Diagram uses overlapping circles or other shapes to illustrate the logical relationships between two or more sets of items. 

I imagine that you have used such a diagram in a presentation before, and John would be gratified by that. Ramon could have been jealous of John, had he known, but by now they have apparently worked out their differences. Perhaps they used such a diagram for their cogent arguments. Ugh, but then what to call it, guys? Did you get that worked out yet?

Well, John is ahead so far. Venn Diagrams are named after British logician John Venn, who reportedly described them in “On the Diagrammatic and Mechanical Representation of Propositions and Reasonings”. That was in 1880. However, in the 1200s, philosopher and logician Ramon Llull of Majorca described the graphical method of showing relationships as well . . . last I heard anyway.

If we expand our thinking beyond presentation charts, we can easily see a penny in a coffee cup and a carabiner beside the penny, not touching it. But, both touch the cup and are inside it. Then a split ring, not round, is on them both, touching them both, connecting them and overlapping them. And it is inside the cup. The cup, with its contents, is on a round table, and is sitting partially on a piece of folded cloth. The cloth, if unfolded, could cover the cup and it contents, making them invisible to us. But we could still see the larger round table on a tile floor that is divided into a grid. And each line of grout between the tiles is a wide boulevard or avenue, filled with tiny-to-us treats for the small creatures that roam in the night.

It is all in a rectangular coffee shop that is on one edge of the inside corner of a larger building that is cross-shaped. The building is located at an intersection of streets, mostly on a grid. It is in a city whose shape is expanding every time the authorities vote on the Urban Growth Boundary. In a state on the west coast of a country. In a hemisphere of a kind of sphere. In a solar system in a galaxy in a universe in a cosmos. And then we add other dimensions. You get the point by now: we can plot almost anything graphically.

Let us think about our desires (you can call them preferences, even, to soften it a bit if you prefer, but that means it is your desire to do so). Then, let us use a virtual Venn for our plotting.

We will start small, then you can scale up and apply it to your own life, your own views, your own preferences, your own desires.

Let’s say you have a penny preference for strawberry over vanilla, when it comes to ice cream. But then you taste pistachio gelato at that corner shop over by the park with the fountain. You desire that now over the others. All of this is plotted within the penny itself, like the layers of metal, or within the molecules of mostly copper if the penny is an older one. But, you desire good health, so that split ring takes precedence as a desire much of the time, allowing the one cent desire in, but not always.

But, why good health? Why do you desire it? Because you are hanging on, clipped to a rope of purpose by that carabiner, or maybe you want to maintain connections with friends or a lover, and maybe you want to have a long, full life to enjoy those connections? Maybe they like pistachio too, and maybe they also desire good health for the same purpose. Could be, you decide. But why? What is the coffee cup for you? What is the desire within which the others exist?

And then there is that pesky piece of cloth. And the table. And the floor with its grid and creatures that move. They are small plot points that move outside any of your other identified desires, but on a floor that represents a desire larger than those others.

Well, that is enough to run with: identify all of your heart’s desires, and plot carefully. Also be sure to scale up until one of them is out of this world. Or, it may be easier for you to start outside and scale down.

Either way, let’s give Ramon some credit for the idea.





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