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Triadic Philosophy - Economy Ethics Aesthetics

Triadic Philosophy embraces profound simplicities
that expose the obfuscations
that shelter injustice

A good example is the massive gap between 
wealth and poverty
a gap which has nothing to do with
laziness or lack of ability
and everything to do with
the manifold means of advantage 
available to those who find themselves
among the privileged

Jesus was spot on when he said
we will always have the poor with us
but this has nothing to do with accepting 
poverty as inevitable
It has everything to do with a clear-eyed view 
of hypocrisy the glue
of our unjust world order

Triadic Philosophy is the 
simple direct and efficacious means
of upsetting this order 
with words that serve as signs
that serve to activate the wills of billions
who can in unison alter injustice
with a minimum of conflict
merely by refusing to accept
a world that sustains itself
as ours does

With that preamble
a triad of liberation

Economy - 
the sign of thrift reason and fairness to all
Ethics - the necessity of overcoming the idolatry
intolerance unhelpfulness 
and undemocratic strategies
by which the powers maintain sway
and finally
Aesthetics -
the daily means by which we reverse
unjust conditions
so that beauty and truth coalesce
in lives full loving
and spirit-filled
Do not deceive yourself into 
regarding these statements as naive
On reflection you will see that daily work
toward tolerance helpfulness
democracy and non-idolatry
is the very soul of overcoming
and that individuals empower this soul

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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…