Similation and Similistics describe the ways in which spiritual ideas inhabit all humans. The Four Antiphons were formulated by L.C. Frenzel in answer to questions on how the Nine Meditations, derived from the Enneagram, are revealed in meditation.
Charles A. Frenzel
Oddly enough, almost anything which lends itself to recursive evolution is similistic in nature. I might use a movie as an example. Seen as an ordered aggregate of frames, the concept of the “next” frame is really tied to the information that is repeated in that frame. That is a sort of recursive development in which the information is fed back into the next event and variation occurs. The fact that there is space between the frames is irrelevant to the way we interpret the experience.
However, this space is not at all irrelevant to the way similations work. I will come back to this illusion of connectedness later. For now, imagine that you take the film strip and you cut it into piles of randomly stacked frames. Even with the most fortunate of accidents, there is no way to prove that any assembly is like the original (unless, of course, you have an original to compare it with). In fact, it is similistically unlike the original. The recursive quality of frame following frame has been muddled. I would venture to say that this would be readily apparent to the viewer even if it were not easily analyzed objectively.
In fact, it cannot be objectively analyzed because we cannot come up with a rule which will tell us how much information must be shared between subsequent frames for the order to be the same as the original. One might say, “It varies.”
And this brings up another loose end in our quest for similation. This is the notion of prior knowledge, intention, affecting the outcome of the experiment—something else that we will explore later.
Don’t mistake personality traits for motivation. People may have the same traits for wildly different reasons. Traits may change through experience, while motivation usually remains unchanged throughout our lives. Motivation comes out of the process of actualizing your intent. For example, two people appear to be very helpful by sharing information with a client. However, one is sharing information because he intends to sell the information to another client. The other is sharing information because they take pride in being needed. Both are equally friendly, helpful people, but over time and in other situations, you determine that their motivations are quite different.
Seeing past personality and into motivation is not only very useful for judging the likely future behavior of others, it is also a way to understand your own behavior and to take intelligent advantage of your real strengths. In this example, you must understand your intent as energized by avarice in the first case and pride in the second case. Neither one is superior to the other. The merits of each case are decided by how the benefit resulting from the action is used.