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Triadic Philosophy - The Testosterone Problem


Triadic Philosophy
may strike some as light on male values
I accept that 
There is a simple way 
to move beyond a binary we-they approach
Triadic Philosophy itself

Triadic Philosophy confesses our universal ignorance
Triadic Philosophy sees that our grasp of reality is limited
Triadic Philosophy acknowledges that
 we may never know all that is true
Triadic Philosophy rests on 
chronology continuity and pragmaticism
What we believe 
is limited and highly tentative
We "know" at our peril

Triadic Philosophy
infers from Reality
a common sense response
to this universal ignorance
Triadic Philosophy infers that there are values
found in Reality that are proved by 
their resilience in human experience
their capacity is to drive history 
toward progress
These values are non-idolatry  
(our admission of ignorance)
and these active values 
tolerance democracy and helpfulness
These replace inherited binary ethics
ethics that have looked away in the face of 
patriarchy violence abuse and greed

The action portion of
Triadic Philosophy
I call Aesthetic
Aesthetics belongs at the center of life
It is more than a quality by which we judge "art"
Aesthetics is the fusion of beauty and truth 
 Keats propounded it in his Ode To A Grecian Urn
Beauty is truth, truth beauty
This is an intensely pragmaticist utterance
Herein lies Triadic Philosophy's
Testosterone Problem

We are engaged this century in 
move beyond onerous patriarchal dominance
which throws culture and society askew
Our world does little to counter
inequality and intolerance
Helpfulness remains for many 
an afterthought that charity will solve
leaving a world of manifest injustices
Only a universal move of individuals to the 
values of Triadic Philosophy
will create a universal sea change
Triadic Philosophy's
Testosterone Problem
is precisely about moving past 
these retro characteristics of male culture 
Men are in flux today
Triadic Philosophy 
is the future of us all 

The revolution of this century is 
timplicit in the enactment of 
the values of Triadic Philosophy
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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

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Stephen C. Rose Bio

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…