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An Example of Thinking in Threes

I am not sure if the following will muddy things or clarify things that in my own mind are hardly set. Hardly set means that I do not have a systematic sense of how a triad exists in the mind. In my own practice it suffices to repeat to myself the key words of my own sense of the order in which things should be done to achieve the result I urge. I assume that we begin with Reality which might be a conscious (thought, considered) thing like my friendship with X and that I would then move to ethics which for me might mean merely considering that word, but which more often means saying to myself the four values I deem to be ontological and efficacious in moving toward action. These are tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry. The actual application of these terms varies with the Reality. In this case I might consider tolerance in terms of the effect on others or on myself of pursuing the relationship. I might consider helpfulness in terms of what is good for all concerned. I m…