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    As I've stated there is a difference between a center and something or someone who defines itself as the center. A cosmological analogy (which I believe is relevant as cosmologies have historically accompanied worldviews) is the difference between a Geocentric or heliocentric cosmology that placed the Earth or the Sun at the center of the universe (and by extension man in a privileged position at the center of God's favor) and an Einsteinian cosmology based on relativity in which all positions are centers and in which a given center can perceived as incorporate with larger centers -- the Earth is a center but is also incorporate with the solar system as a relativistic central position which is also incorporate with the galaxy as a central position which is also incorporate with the local cluster as a central position, etc. That is what I mean by a dynamic center.

    I am a center but not the center. My center is also incorporate with family as a center which is also incorporate with community as a center which is also incorporate with my country as a center which is also incorporate with humankind as a center which is also incorporate with the planet as a center and by extension, also with the universe. As a center, I hold my own views but I am also understood to be a responsible actor within the other centers in which I am incorporate. That means I do not demand to my nation that I am the center (like a dictator or king).

    If I make that demand or if my religion, clan, or state makes such a demand of exclusive centrality, it is an ideology. It is, then by analogy, arguing for a Ptolemaic or Copernican worldview versus an Einsteinian worldview. It is not only a backward perception but is also an open invitation for perpetual war as endless series of ideologies compete to claim the center and extinguish the others.

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