Are we whole or are we our parts? Are Numbers real?

I always wondered of how to correctly present my ideas. I am not necessarily interested in the analytic fashion of giving a clear outline of your ideas. Peter Sloterdijk writes on the aspect of presenting your ideas in terms of well-arranged points:

“I have subdivided my ideas into four sections, which shows, by the way, that I am not addressing you as a member of the theological fraternity. Theologians, as you know, arrange their thoughts preferably into three chapters because they like transposing themselves into God’s interiority, where the triad sets the tone, or sometimes into seven sections, if they are lifting their voice in imitation of the creator, or ten, if they are trying to match the author of the Decalogue tablets. This evening, however, I shall try my luck with the classical philosophical quaternity, which is based on the assumption that to tell the truth one must be able to count up to four”

There are some rhetorical guidelines of how to construct texts. For some reason, it has become common to break a whole into parts and to structure your argument in points. But how to identify the correct line of breakage? Maybe our method is just an arbitrary construction and, in fact, our lives develop in wholes. Even here the question of parts and whole plays a crucial role.

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