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Triangles in Community

One of the things I have loved since moving here is the architecture of the buildings. The workmanship of the designs and the added details really make Franklin unique. I love walking around town and looking at the different houses and shop buildings. One thing that stands out is the number of triangles. Roofs, arches, doorways are all decorated with and made out of triangles. Triangles are used in architecture because they are strong; they handle the elements well. Triangles are also pleasing to people. Like the golden rectangle, there is a golden triangle in mathematics.

Triangles are important in communities as well. We tend to think of relationships in pairs of people, such as a couple is in relationship with each other. That's a pair. However, psychologists and sociologists have tended to notice that most of the time, humans are in relationship triangles. This starts with the most basic relationship triangle, yourself and your parents. Relationship triangles can be both good and bad things. Relationships tend to be more stable in sets of three, such as a system where a friend is able to listen to another about life stresses. Unfortunately however, triangles can also cause problems in relationships. Systems where people do not talk to each other directly, only through a third person, can be destructive.

Thankfully, we have a better example of how to be in relationship with other people. In churches we see lots of triangles because we worship God, the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We represent the Trinity as a triangle, though we have no real understanding of how God relates to God-self in that relationship. What we do know is that God is love, and the Trinity is bursting with love. The Trinity is the prime example of how we are to love in community: selflessly, fully, and uniquely.

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