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Medium is slow but still an excellent platform Friday, February 13 – Friday, February 20

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Finally some replies on Placemakers

Here is one of mine regarding the need for car free cybercities:

It is obvious. It is self evident. And it will happen. THe only question is how. I hope planners and designers will do what I have failed to do for five decades. Create — maybe with 3d printing — models that indicate what a cybercommunity of 10K would actually look like — within a square mile. Four levels no stairs. Surfaces modular, thin, soundproof, legolike. These small cities are integral, self governing. Eco sufficient. At least half the entire space on all levels is public. This is not that dense when you consider that it is around one-seventh of NYC’s density. The desperate need now is for people to imagine this and produce models that will move things along.

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Nothing that does no harm is evil

A Gluttonous Thought Is Harmless In Itself

Nothing that does no harm is evil

Evil is nothing but harm

Think like a glutton and no harm is done

Eat like one and all bets are off

Addiction is nothing but a harming word

when used on a person who’s free

A person who’s free can act he wishes

and only he can say if he’s addicted

and if he says that he is no longer free

having lost some of his humanity

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Negative characterization carries a measure of harm.

Beyond Binary Discourse

One of the practices of Triadic Philosophy is to be sensitive to binary discourse. It crops up all over and academic venues are hardly immune to it. In fact we are all guilty, if you count it harmful to judge someone wrong and yourself right, with no qualification, no admission of fallibility and no betrayal of the possibility that it is pure enjoyment of the binary conflict that underlies much such discourse. Is it harmful really? I would say that when it becomes characterization, particularly negative characterization, it does carry with it a measure of harm. As I see Peirce – and I regard him as foundational as Harold Bloom regards Shakespeare – this is Peirce’s world – it seems to me that he would have delighted in a triadic cast to discourse springing from his thought and that this cast would give a wide berth to the presence not only of fallibility but of mystery as what we do not yet know. When discourse becomes triadic that will be a cultural shift we can welcome as a product of CSP’s influence.
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The capacity to choose among values

Conscious thought is real

Triadic Philosophy, infant though it is, senses that conscious thought is real and that it is the only arena within which  a small band of freedom holds sway. And that small band of freedom is the capacity to choose among the values that make for progress or regression according to the ways that we think. Unless this is the case I would assume that the entire house of cards falls and that there can be little hope for humankind. Perhaps if language can be called metaphor, one might surmise that something like conscious surmising of signs might take place. . I myself think thought is conscious and that good (at least) is real. And that without the freedom to choose there is little or nothing that we can call freedom. 
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Expressing is the rehearsal for action.

Acting and Expressing for Truth and Beauty

See Being Loving and Free — Medium http://buff.ly/16vFeiV

Expressing is the rehearsal for action. Expressing is writing something — just a few words, maybe a paragraph. It is the conscious iteration of an intent. It may result in an action. It is the step consciousness takes before it jumps into the water. Action is the tangible reality that emerges from the expression. It may be no more than the publication of the intent. Or it may be a more substantial deed, a contribution, an act of help, or of tolerance, or of forgiveness or of sharing thoughts and ideas. It may well be taking the time to accomplish a goal. It can be anything.

The poet Keats concluded that truth is beauty and beauty is truth. That, said he, is not merely all we know on earth but all we need to know. Quite a statement, but it makes sense. Truth in itself may be wretched or hard or false or incomplete. There is little truth that is so pristine that we can allow it to stand alone. If we come upon a serious truth we are likely to say that it is identical with beauty. That is what we affirm when we act. Truth is beauty. Beauty is truth. For a truth to stand, it must be beautiful. For beauty to stand it must be true. If we want to call this a mystery, go ahead, call it a mystery. But it works as part of a daily index.

As I go about it, I submit whatever I am thinking of to Tolerance and Helpfulness and Democracy, allowing these terms to influence me. Then I say (to myself) Truth is beauty. Beauty is truth. And then I envision the Burning Bush Moses saw when he learned that God would not identify himself save as “who I am” and “who I will be”. And I say to myself: I accept that and am thankful that Jesus opened the door to the realization, in the gift of the Holy Spirit, that Abba —our universal friend — is within ME and in everyone else, in all.

If I am a Muslim I may translate this into the great Allah. If I am an atheist I may say this is none of it real to me. But freedom real. And and values are. And so is the need for recognizing wrongs I have done and standing on my own two feed in spite of it. At the end of whatever process there is, I have passed through ethical reflection to Expression and Action. I say to myself my Expression will be — whatever it is. And my Action may be — whatever it is.

So an active daily effort to consciously seek forgiveness and receive the same, along with active consideration of whatever is occupying my mind, ethically and aesthetically, is of high value. Did the Bard do this? Did Mandela? Did Sojourner Truth? Believe me they all did, one way or another. For there is no way to progress without universality and there is no way to universality unless it is experienced within.

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This is from a new Kindle book called Universal Good and Evil.

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