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Thoughts on Perpetual Habit Creation - A Pragmaticist Meditation

It is well-known that we are creatures of habit
but do we think about it much I think not
Each day calls us to new reflections
and only when we are at ease with them do they
morph through the stages of consideration to become
bona fide habits
A habit is what you do without needing to think
much about it
It is a product of belief
One might habitually repeat a prayer
or some simple ritual of daily life
But if my experience is illustrative
habits themselves are continually
in some sort of flux
When that is true you no longer
believe in your habit so strongly
that you will not experiment to change it


We think in threes
The first is our declension of reality
The second wrestling with it in some way
The third always experiment


When a habit is fixed it vacates this downward elevator
until such time as doubt creeps in and belief is nudged
and a new sign gets us thinking again
and we refine or change or move along
Thus do we become LESS creatures of habit
and more free nomads of a universe that itself
changes and progresses

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…