Triadic Philosophy - Where 1 2 3 Works and When It Does Not


Charles Sanders Peirce spent 
a life of reasonable length 
elaborating what he always thought.
He thought, among other things, that 
we move forward
and that we are social, 
collaborative sorts.

Foundationally, Peirce thought 1 2 3, 
that is to say, in threes.
And he structured the categories
at the heart of philosophy
as First Second and Third.
By the time Peirce elaborated everything,
he had a truckload of triads
and a massive fleet of elaborations.

Peirce did not think
we are ciphers who will
follow even such a one as he.
He thought we might build on
his notions, as folk for two thousand years
built on Aristotle -
to the detriment of ethics,
as Aristotle lacked a proper value system.

Now it is Promethian and unnecessary
to so immerse ourselves in
Peirce's Threes
that we end up arguing about 
what he may have meant 
as a twenty year old 
or as a seventy year old.
He might say 
I am  merely pointing
to what an ordinary sort might infer
from living life.
Peirce said many things in passing that are,
for the rock-ribbed quasi-nativist he was,
oddly democratic, oddly tolerant,
oddly helpful 
and most certainly non-idolatrous.

The utility of 1 2 3, 
if Peirce is right,
(and he is)
is we can (and do) 
all work creatively 
to evolve reality,
 trying daily to get things right.

So, yes, read and benefit from Peirce.
But, more than that, use your bean.
Conjure up more of the magic he was on to.

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