Think in Threes


Think in Threes

Thinking is a willed process.
Much of our action does not require thought.
It is habit, learned first by thought,
then accomplished without it.

All thinking is willed.
That means there is a free decision
only we can make,
that we will train our minds on
some aspect of Reality.
It could be as insignificant as a
view down the street.
It becomes thought at the instant that 
it is considered, turned over,
admitted to zones within us
where thinking gets done.
Triadic Philosophy suggests 
three such zones, hence
that we think in threes.
That view down the street
might become a work of art.
Accepted by us as such, 
the result of this thinking.

I have described a gentle
process of movement from Sign
to Index to Symbol,
if one wishes to make semiosis of 
a simple event.

In Triadic Philosophy the root triad,
Reality, Ethics and Aesthetics,
comes with a set of simple rules
for thinking that aspires to
achieve truth and beauty,
which is to say
the aim of life.
The starting point is simply to think.
The payoff is thinking in threes.

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Ethics is lodged within us all


Ethics is lodged within us all.
Just as our makings are.
We spring from a cosmic process 
founded, science tells us,
on a small collection of patterns.
We discover these as we move in the same
direction as the cosmos.
The most obvious pattern is the
least acknowledged.
It is the inherent presence of
ontological values 
in every soul 
on our small planet.
Each action we contemplate
is met by phalanx of blunt truths 
that constitute the very center of ethics.
Are we being tolerant?
Are we being helpful?
Are we being democratic?
Are we avoiding idolatry?

What we call conscience is the presence
of these ethical benchmarks
within each of us.
Each one can be shown to
interact with the others.
Each addresses
the foundations of true progress,
toward a cosmos that reflects
the intended pattern for humankind, 
set from the foundation.
This is the "more" that Hamlet could have told.

If this seems overblown and arbitrary
it is because of the mess that 
we've made of ethics.
We've lived by binary 
either-or thinking
which issued in narrowness,
and betrayal of the
aesthetic mandate 
to achieve
beauty and truth in our living.
The revolution of this century is
the recovery of the ontological values
within us all.

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