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Non-idolatry. Aesthetics. TruthBeauty, BeautyTruth.

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16.

Reality. Word. Ethics. Tolerance, helpfulness, democracy. Non-idolatry. Aesthetics. TruthBeauty, BeautyTruth. Expression. Act.



When we begin doing Triadic Philosophy we will soon acknowledge that all words have power and that we are the captains of our lives. By embracing reality we embrace all. By naming what comes up we acknowledge that we are namers. By considering ethics and running over its index of master values we are orienting ourselves to reality, opposing it with ethical speed bumps. As we do the ethics part, the aesthetic is already present, prompting us to think of the expressions and actions that reflect truthbeauty, beautytruth. Lest you think this is an effete pursuit, not appropriate for rough and tumble, simply let rough be your word and run through the words. You will see that rough leads you through a thicket in which its very connotation is modified. Truth is not sappy, it is close to the pinnacle of what life is about. Doing this every day changes you and opens you to new vistas and new awareness.

Reality. Word. Ethics. Tolerance, helpfulness, democracy. Non-idolatry.

The Slow as Molasses Press

This selection from
Triadic Philosophy
100 Aphorisms
is available 
with the other 99
at my slow-moving
press above


15.

The rubber meets the road when we practice Triadic Philosophy. The way this is done involves stopping. This may be in solitude or in a crowd. The practice is simply responding to a series of keywords that you bring up. In order they are: 

Reality. 
Word. 
Ethics. 
Tolerance, 
helpfulness, 
democracy. 
Non-idolatry. 
Aesthetics. 
TruthBeauty, 
BeautyTruth. 
Expression. 
Act. 

When you start you develop your own mode. Simply allow it to roll out. Here is a sample in which the word that I used to name the reality is Diversity:  

Reality: Diversity

Ethics:

Tolerance: This very process of using a template for conscious considering of actions is an acknowledgement of the reality of diversity, even as we consider things in terms of the highest of values and the most efficacious triad for moving from signs (words) through ethics to aesthetics (the state of action and expression). The glory of tolerance is its recognition of incredible diversity and its affirmation that all of this diversity has universal meaning. Each has within the stuff, the patterns, the reality that infuses all creation.

Democracy: In a functioning constitutional democracy, like the United States, we reckon with diversity constantly and battle over how we will apportion our abundance. Back and forth we go and in doing so (when our better angels rule) we progress. Without democracy the possibility of ethical action diminishes. Ultimately democracy will be the polity that underlies the entire world. Imperfect, fallible, but the best system for the realization of all.




Helpfulness: Diversity becomes helpful to the extent that its virtues are manifest. When we become aware that it is in the gifts of all that we most shine forth, we hold up diversity as a banner of fulfillment, not a cause for fear and resentment. On the other hand as the world moves more toward consciousness, we see that one of the least helpful syndromes is the tendency of individual elements in a gathering to assume that they possess the truth that must apply to all. This is accentuated when groups idolize their own benchmarks to the exclusion of others virtues. The bottom line is that help should be equally available to all regardless.

Non-idolatry: There is no idolatry more insidious than that which rises from such forces as nationalism, religious prejudice and racial or cultural bias. All of these tend to create hierarchies based on false premises. Ultimately all elements of our diverse humanity contain the same potentials, the same mental capacities and the same status as members of the universal human family. Humility is the main application of non-idolatry to diversity. Humility before the fallibility that exists universally and thanksgiving for the grace that enables any individual to make progress.

Aesthetics:

Truth Beauty: Diversity is literally the foundation of life itself. We cannot begin to think at all unless anything that rises meets something that is not it, something different, something that it must relate to in order to even emerge into consciousness. The act of thinking spawns an infinite diversity.

EXPRESSION: 

Diversity is reality. 

ACTION: 

Celebrate diversity.



Practicing Non Idolatry

The Slow as Molasses Press

When you
have imbibed
and set your will to
abide by and
exemplify
and act
and speak for
the three active values
tolerance
helpfulness
and 
democracy
you are ready
to consider
what it would mean
to practice the root
core value 
non-idolatry

Leave it all to Abba
or whatever name you give
to the highest one
with whom you confer

What does that mean

It means you do not 
worry about what to do
you simply do
using
all the tools
and utilities
you possess
from having studied
Triadic Philosophy
and Abba's Way



The short answer is
that nothing is
required
nothing is demanded
you simply are
and what you do comes out of you
from your heart

By honing practice
of the three active values
you become positioned
to practice non-idolatry
which is trust
that you are in
good hands 

You are free

Consciousness Can Be Measured

The Slow as Molasses Press