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Triadic Philosophy, Occupy and the Foundations of Hope

This video was made in 2013 when I thought Occupy was going to resume efforts in October of that year. I have long since seen this as the century of global democratic revolution. Watching this video now what is remarkable to me is how constant its premises remain. We are still the world in which justice can take the form of the trial of George Zimmerman and where indignities and injustices daily remind us that the issue is not whether struggle is needed, but what sort of struggle holds promise. I hold ever more strongly to the precepts and aims made crystal clear in this video. Democracy remains the beacon, flanked by tolerance and helpfulness. These are the universal action values. Non-idolatry remains the foundation value to which everyone on earth should cleave. We must and shall move past the binary culture which demeans us all. We must embrace the triadic nature of reality which extends to each person on earth. We must move past the divisions of the past and embrace a way in which division itself is the only enemy and harm the only evil.

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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…