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Rethinking Reality Part Two

Triadic philosophy sees reality as all pervasive and all embracing. It can be no other. If all thinking is in signs and all that is can become a sign, can there be anything that is not a sign? Triadic philosophy sees the spectrum as the best means of  evaluating (valuing) the elements of reality that we perceive and consider. A spectrum is the projection of a hierarchy that denotes values. The heights are reserved for terms we associate with good, with the positive, with life. The depths for terms that denote harm, evil, death. The spectrum is a utility within the mind that enables and facilitates discrimination.  The terms which we value at the high end could be called ontological, meaning that they are universal. Why so? Because they enhance the being, the fulfillment, the realization of every person on earth. Now to be a realist and not a nominalist is to believe that these terms are not merely what we put up there on a spectrum of our own making, but that they represent realities that exist regardless of whether we perceive them or not. It is to such terms that I would attach the description ontological.  And yes I would hazard the guess that they are indeed part of the being to which history aspires.

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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…