Roots have two-fold meaning associated with Pi. Firstly they are a measure of time; of passage and the temperance that comes from knowledge gradually cultivated. Wisdom. Secondly they are expansive, as roots follow a web-like pattern through the earth covering a vast terrain. Breadth of perception. Pi is often described as a "web" or "network" of information synthesis. But while a spider web is a fixed structure, a tree's roots are always in growth. And they grow without leaving behind what's already been accumulated. And out from these roots springs a tree; the product/child of those roots -- voluminous in proportion to the subterranean network.
Whether it's Ni abstract web or Si's more tangible webs, the same applies.
In a similar vein, libraries symbolize Pi for their very literal structure of being information archives.
Ni is more sloppy and holistic. i'm trying to think of a physical parallel... An Ni archive wouldn't be compartmentalized. It would all be stuck together in one indistinguishable mass. A body of water, a web, one long tangled mass of string... i'll try to find a good visual to compare
Your profile picture is probably a good visual to compare. It flows together as one mass with different nuances, and then different aspects come to the fore at different times while still embedded within the mass.
"we're fumbling fools ignorant of ourselves" - Auburn "the depths of dark Fe can go beyond our deepest fears" - Commakaze
I see the connection between Si and libraries and bookshelves. I'm actually a librarian by profession.
SiTe-Si librarian! I've been watching the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and there's a librarian character named Sheska (who i specifically typed as a seelie SiTe-Si) and days later a real-life parallel pops up in this forum
Sheska is an Si stereotype. She actually loses her job at the library because she spends all of her time reading. She supposedly has a photographic memory and remembers the exact content of every book she's ever read. Obviously real Si-leads will not actually possess this kind of memory, but i think this aspect of her character serves as an exaggeration of her lead function.
My boss does not allow staff members to read books while working at the front desk since it gives the impression we don't pay enough attention to our customers. However, when it's quiet, I spend alot of time reading websites on the computer screen, sometimes I can find the book in an electronic format and read it on the computer screen.
This is how I see my Pi as well....similar to LeeLeeChirps.
It's a compilation of things perceived that lose definition and specifics, so that mainly just the general idea is left. It sounds like how Ni folks describe their perception...though I wonder if that's because this is what Si looks like too when it's not a strength?
This is how I often describe my memory... some people they can remember everything about their experiences...and I really can't. It's like random flashes here and there. And it's not in a chronological order.. I don't remember literal details very well at all. Facts I can remember...but real life things, I just can't.
sitbone maybe you just answered a question I had for a long time why the way I stored memories seemed more Ni instead of Si....
If it's almost immediately abstracted as it's perceived, of COURSE it's going to be a bit blurry!
That makes so much sense...
Because I've explained it before that I tend to just store layers of life experiences, removed from what really happened, so that just the general idea is there. That fits right in line with what you said.
So I guess I'm having a hard time seeing what Si would be like without the Ne abstraction then... I mean, I think I've seen it in the real world, but it would be nice to understand it better.
My step-dad I think is an Si user...and a song triggers an experience and he can relive it..hear the music, see who was around him, remember the feelings he had emotionally..
That same song triggered in me the emotions I have (in present context) about how sad I am that I lost my grandma at an early age, how much she must have loved me to cling to life as long as she did, and I haven't had her in my life since I was 6.
Yet even though I didn't attend the funeral, that song represented the death of my grandma because my mom told me they played it at her funeral.
I wonder what kind of picture my dad would pick to represent his inner world. I imagine it's very vivid and full of life.