Taking a radically different approach to looking at reality.
Aristotle introduced the idea of two statues made of bronze: one in the shape of a ball; one in the shape of a horse. We can look at these two statues in two realities: what they look like (ball and horse), and what they are made of (the bronze). I may say that the ball and horse is the form of these statues, and the bronze to be a hypostasis (the underlying reality) of the statues. I could melt the ball and horse down so that all is left is the bronze i.e. form is gone, hypostasis still exists. I could create a new bronze statue of an eagle from the melted ball and horse bronze, it thus has a new form (eagle), but the same hypostasis (bronze).
Three philosophy camps
If I asked what is the reality of these bronze statues, the philosophers would break into three camps: I would suggest both realities, form and hypostasis exists (team Alex Jones); others would reject the form as illusion and only accept the hypostasis as real (idealists), and others would reject the hypostasis in favour of the forms (realists). Some of the great bust ups between the philosophers throughout the last 2500 years has been the champions from amongst these three camps.
Example of Amun-Ra
The ancient Egyptians have a god called Amun-Ra, who exists in two realities, a result of the combining of two archetypes. “Amun” means “hidden” or “invisible”, it is a hypostasis; “Ra” is the form, the face or revealed aspect of Amun-Ra. All gods of all human cultures have a hypostasis relationship with human minds. Hypostasis may be equivalent to purpose, whereas the form is the outer manifestation of that purpose.
Examples of WordPress and the human body
Another example of these two realities is WordPress. How WordPress looks and behaves is its form, the WordPress software code is the hypostasis. We are another example of two realities, how we look and behave is our form, our DNA in ten trillion cells of our body is the hypostasis.
Examples of practical use
In practical terms I use the “two realities” approach in website design, where the code is the hypostasis and how I would like the website to behave or look is its form. In marketing the form is the “look” and “actions” of the marketing campaign, and the hypostasis is the purpose of how the target of the marketing campaign should “react”. In dealing with people I will note how they look, speak and act as their form, and their intentions as their hypostasis.
Examples of animal mothers and babies
Below are two videos of animal mothers adopting babies of a different species. These mothers appear to be unable to recognise a different species (form), but are acting out a universal mother-baby pattern that is shared between all mammals (hypostasis).
Dog mother, tiger babies.
Cat mother, squirrel babies.