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Triadic Philosophy Commentary - Memory Ethics Forgiveness


In Triadic Philosophy whatever 
rises up is a sign or word
and often it is a memory
if only fleeting
That memory is real 
it's in the now
and if we choose 
we wrestle with it
embrace it
allow it to become real to us
When we are mired in the past
memories can be overwhelming
The stage at which we wrestle with memory
I call Ethical
What that means is that we subject our thoughts 
to tests
to blunt questioning
to the process of being disturbed or troubled
So for example a memory seems to fester
and in our thinking we seek to come to terms
There might be grief or regret or anger

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Now let me introduce 
an element of this philosophy
I hold that forgiveness is the most iconoclastic of actions
It has even been a capital offense
Forgiveness can only achieved by the forgiver
It is only achieved when the forgiver
at the same moment seeks to be forgiven
Forgive us for the wrongs we've done
as we forgive those who do wrong
Forgiveness clears the deck
Forgiveness lets the past rest in peace

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Because we are fallible sorts 
forgiveness is never unwelcome 
in any thought process
We forgive wrongs done
and in the bargain receive forgiveness
The proper place for this is the Second
the Ethical
When forgiveness occurs
it paves the way for
a beautification process
The Aesthetic is the completion
of the root triad of Triadic Philosophy
Reality Ethics Aesthetic
We move forth in
the now
settled
new
accepting what it is
unshadowed 
unimpeded

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Thus does what is Real
become reality
 
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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…