There are two things in life that we confuse. Values and character. Values are what make us do what we do. They are freely chosen. They require acts of will to attain fruition in deeds. Then there is character which has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with how you are seen by others and by yourself.
If we can all be said to be philosophers, my philosophy is one in which the words realist and idealist are prominent. I am never quite sure what either means but I know they are not dualist or nominalist and that is good enough for me. In essence I am a universalistic quasi-mystic iconoclast which I suspect is close to the norm. Why shouldn’t it be. After all, we are human and to be human, I believe, means that we come with universalism as our default and we also come with ontological values which are the default. These inner realities, they might be seen as a spark of life, get skewed by what the Bible calls principalities and powers whose weapons include division (dualism) and obfuscation. All this is pretty obvious and not far from where many are. So why write it. Only to quest for a bit of clarity as we survey the wall of stuff out there.
What is interesting to me is the spectrum of consciousness whereby a person who might become fearful and even paranoid in one setting would be completely at ease in another. I tend to feel that the more we begin building from the ground up the society which is more face to face, more trusting and more integral, the more hope can be kindled. The matrix we are in now needs to be shaken a bit so that something new can take its place. Something greener and more environmentally savvy. Something fairer. Something more attuned to the values of Abba’s way.
Dualism divides everything into twos. Thinking naturally moves to threes unless one has been convinced that there are never more than two options and that there is no way forward.
These are from my Complete History of Adam Panflick – a Semi-fictional Memoir.
Fraternity System Rejects Adam and Then Accepts Him 1955 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com: “Yes. Well. We shall see how important this Williams College rushing and fraternity thing was.”
Slowly but Surely Adam is Becoming Alienated 1955 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com: “For for a while, Adam bought into the good cheer. And to the prospect that he, like Peter Marshall, might become an admirable fellow, beloved by the people. Flourishing. In a loving, upbuilding relationship. Without the coronary.”
Adam Starts at Williams College His Room is Trashed 1954 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com: “Adam came to Williams College with an unusual thought. He was going to study. To apply himself. Make Dean’s List. Prove to himself that he could do it.”