Vocabulary: Discrete and Discreet

Spellings discrete and nativized discreet co-existed until after c. 1600, when discreet became the common word for “careful, prudent,” and discrete was maintained in philosophy, medicine, music and other disciplines that remembered Latin and made effort to obey it.  Link

In the actual realm, things appear to be discrete, meaning they appear to have a boundary separating them from other things.  In the lower quadrants of Quadernity, the Male and Female are singled-out, or discrete.  Their relations in the physical arena are public and visible.

In the metaphysical realm, things have no physicality and therefore no boundaries.  In the upper quadrants of Quadernity, the Female and Male are mingled-in.  Their relations in the metaphysical realm are private and invisible, therefore discreet.

When one choice is selected from among many options, we make our choice count (it becomes significant) while everything else is discounted.

Chapter Two of the Tao te Ching says:

Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.  All can know good as good only because there is evil.  Therefore having and not having arise together.

Content (an idea or object noticed/selected, or made discrete) exists within a context (the background that is disregarded, is hidden or discreet).

We will also come across the physicist David Bohm’s explicate and implicate orders.  The explicate order reveals discrete objects in space or in mind, while the implicate order harbors a discreet potentiality that transcends and includes the discrete objects.