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Three Helpful Habits A Kindle Book

From “Three Helpful Habits” A Kindle Book

Habits can be terrible or a wonderful thing. It depends on how they are built. Mindless habits are generally risky. One gets into smoking, drinking or drugs on the basis of conformism and impulse, without any prior thought, and the result is a change in life that could be fatal. The habits that are positive and to be cherished are the product of a series of triadic events. Let me explain.

Three-stage thinking involves at the most elementary level a reality, an index and some practical result. The reality is whatever issue or event you want to consider. The index is an ethical list of ontological values: tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry. The conclusion of the triadic thinking process is the submission of the meeting of reality and the ethical index to the demands of truth and beauty. This is the aesthetic expression and action that ensues from the consideration. You will find a thorough explanation of this process in the book “Changing Your Heart and Mind” which is the first in the series of Triadic Philosophy works in my Kindle collection. The point of introducing this here is to make clear that this conscious thought process can facilitate a move toward the creation of new and evolving habits

To get to a good habit should be high on the dance card of individuals who are thoughtful. A good habit is essentially something that requires no thought preamble. It is just something we do because it makes sense. Once it is in place and practiced, we do not need to think.

Three Helpful Habits: DIY to Get Your Life on Track (Triadic Philosophy Book 2) http://buff.ly/1zJyR4T
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“Changing your Heart and Mind” A Kindle Book

“Changing your Heart and Mind” A Kindle Book is up now.

From “Changing your Heart and Mind” A Kindle Book

Most human problems can be resolved by a change of heart and a change of mind.

To change your heart I recommend the only prayer that Jesus ever taught. It is called the Lord’s Prayer. And it contains within it the key to personal and global change. That key is forgiveness. It is a formula for freedom and happiness.

To change your mind I recommend thinking in threes. Allow your thought to have three stages. First, be conscious. Second, submit your thought to values. Third, think of expressions and actions that tend toward truth and beauty.

Changing Your Heart and Mind: Triadic Philosophy in A Nut Shell http://buff.ly/1xJvixM

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“I agree with the point- I just hope that it (and we!) survive long enough to manage the task…” — Sean Fears
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 On reading reviews of Dylan’s Visions of Sin by Christopher Ricks

I have been reading these reviews with great interest. Partly because I was more than likely the first writer to understand the possible theological relevance of Bob Dylan. My article “Bob Dylan as Theologian” appeared in Renewal, the magazine I founded, in 1965. I centered my analysis on two songs in particular: “It’s Alright, Ma” and “Gates of Eden”. Each of these songs seems to me to establish Dylan as aware of the limitations of belief in anything that can be understood on the surface. Dylan emerged for me as someone who understood what idolatry is and flagged it. My best response came from Hibbing – a card from Dylan’s dad asking for a copy of the article on “my son ‘Bob Dylan’” The quotes were his.

I was not impressed by Dylan’s Vineyard detour though there were aspects of the Vineyard during that time which were apposite as a criticism of moribund mainline Christianity. It is the later Dylan that most impresses me. Not merely songs like “My God They Killed Him” and “Death Is Not The End” but also “”Every Grain of Sand”, “License to Kill”, “I and I” and “Blind Willie McTell”.

Dylan’s influence cannot be minimized. There is one song that seems to me the equal of “Every Grain of Sand” – Robert Hunter’s “Ripple”.

As to placing Dylan in the rarified ranks of poetic eminences, the Bard is so superior among them that it is to him alone that I would want to compare Dylan. I feel that the Bard did something Professor Ricks may not have seen, since Ricks appears to have conceived sin and virtue in classical Christian terms. If I read Hamlet correctly, I believe he represents the tragedy of the Aristotelian world that we associate with a vanishing Christendom and the need to move beyond it.Whether like Hamlet Dylan has more to tell us – had he but time – I do not know. But I do know that, like the Bard, he has bumped up against the salient edges of modernity, of human immanence and human freedom. To do that as someone who, like myself, was weaned on Harry Smith, is a pleasure to think about. I cannot imagine someone with a mind as active as Dylan’s having the fortitude to actually survive in the world of power, greed and corruptible seed that he has delineated so well.

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Countering Leader Idolatry

It is the essence of triadic philosophy that it not be centered around anyone. The binary fascination with leaders is being shattered slowly but surely. Everyone is now properly confused. Individuals have never been more able to control the future from the bottom up.

From Triadic Primer: an exercise in lucidity http://buff.ly/1xEbomq

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