The four noble truths of Triadic Philosophy
can be expressed in many ways
but they all boil down to
statements about four words:
Democracy and Non-idolatry.
These words are the ontological basis
for the ethical barrier or gateway
between all human beings and
Reality on one side
and on the other the Aesthetic realm
which we occupy and where we fashion
our ongoing performance
as occupants of Earth.
These words describe the only
ascriptions of worth that
would be worth saying
if you were toting up things
you had done that made you admirable,
good, noble, etc.
You might then say:
"I have practiced tolerance
by being strong in the face of difficulties
and forgiving in the face of things I abhor
and non-judgmental toward those
with whom I profoundly disagree.
I have practiced helpfulness by keeping
my eyes open to the needs of others
and by giving of myself as I am able.
I have practiced democracy
by speaking out for humane values and rights
and by exercising my own rights
to life, dignity and freedom.
And I have stood silent and speechless
before the vast vista of Reality
which I will never,
from where I am,
grasp but which I daily affirm.