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And Hide in the Shadows

The light is a heavy burden to bear when your character of virtue is surrounded by darkness. Sustainable for sure, but the economies of ideal ideas need no idols. Have you heard the analogy of the cave? Better yet, have you seen the light?

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And Hide in the Shadows

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
— Plato (c. 424 BC to c. 348 BC)
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And Hide in the Shadows

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
— Plato (c. 424 BC to c. 348 BC)

The titled responsion adds to the strategy of our collective nature when we hide from the reality that defines us as a species. The perversion that logically follows is fallacious despite this apparent contradiction, truth "lies" beneath our ability to reveal Goodness.

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Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens. He is widely considered the pivotal figure in the development of Western philosophy.
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The light is a heavy burden to bear when your character of virtue is surrounded by darkness. Sustainable for sure, but the economies of ideal ideas need no idols. Have you heard the analogy of the cave? Better yet, have you seen the light?

False-False Dichotomies

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."
— Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

The titled responsion is something that I don't entirely agree with anymore. The reason why I make this point is that the reference to "false-false" is trying to completely refute any and all utility for religion. Let's examine the wisdom that Jonathan is offering us.  

So picture this, the reality that Jonathan is trying to illustrate is one where he is observing religion as having aspects of amplified hatred and not going far enough to manifest the teleology of what belief is intended to move adherents towards.

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Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.
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The assumption that needs to be deconstructed and revealed is the linear path of hatred as part of the journey towards love. If love, as the Jesus myth advocates towards, is a Universal history embodied by (and through) the ideal man. Others advocate similar outcomes of living a better life with varying degrees (or emphasis) on Truth, Orthodoxy and Love.

So what is the ideal pathway for Universal Love? Perhaps we are asking for too much from a species that depends on survival. Could you imagine that the evolutionary adaptive reality of Universal Love became ubiquitous? What are the necessary ingredients for this sustenance? I can say for certain that we need more than the Eucharist as practiced by Christians.

For instance, the Greek eucharistia is "thanksgiving" and is relegated to a yearly turkey dinner commemorating agrarian settlers and pioneers. The wisdom behind giving thanks is something that ought to be reified on a daily basis. Here IS isn't derived from out. That choice (and I use choice loosely) is up to you.

Fictionalized Philosophy Will Be The Adaptation Away from Religion

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous."
— David Hume (1711-1776)

The titled responsion is inexcusable according to David, who, by the way, treated Philosophy as a hobby. Fiction is something else entirely and sui generis with imagination. The adaptive mechanism that I am referring to in the responsion is where I think philosophy should be headed. We need to be careful how we classify errors in philosophy. Communication is the key with wisdom as the rubric for maps of meaning (Peterson) and mattering (Goldstein).

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Mixing philosophy with religion is a special forme of ridiculing danger, laughing in the face of reality in spite of everyone who knows. Face your fears and realize there is more than one I in the pattern recognition that conveys emotion and intentionality, false idols are less than ideal so what's your excuse?

A Well Sprung Presupposition

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."
— Henry James (1843-1916)

The titled responsion emphasizes the wellspring of Goodness in alternative descriptive language. The presupposition is all Henry and emerges from the phenomenon of something bigger than the self. I am describing our eusocial reality. Are we saying the same thing? Are we converging on something Absolute?  

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I want to negate the necessity of Christianity with this icon. Iconoclast? Perhaps, but this is more than the refutation. This is an apology. The compatibility story starts, and ends for that matter, with the Greeks. How do you perfect a perfectible idea? Abstraction is the superpower that determines our being. Ontological in forme, the approach is Platonic in origin.

Free Yourself From Our Fictional Fathers

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him."
— Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

The titled responsion is liberating and I have to say that I am surprised how much the dogma is defended by religious zealots and academics alike. A weird alliance for sure, the liberation that I am referring to is articulating the difference between reality and belief. Better yet, let's simply be honest with ourselves, if you want a holistic approach then free yourself from belief, I did and I am no longer a slave. Existing outside the cave, the light of the fire worth returning to, besides, we all have to eat.

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Our editorial team is looking for elaboration or expansion on the thoughts of self-slavery. Delicately articulate the angst and solitude that we must all face in order to challenge the norms of society. Stuck for an idea or three? Norm is a fictional embodiment of the uncreative, duty-bound proprietor of his own room. Is your house in order? Jordan Peterson often preaches, "clean your room", whereas the isolated individual is the author of nothing. Discuss the necessity for new narratives by, as Ezra Pound started what is now know as a modernism mantra, ‘Make It New!'.

Literal Literary Fiction

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale."
— Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

The titled responsion emphasizes the fictional aspect of Gabriel's playful point of imagined reality. The truth of the matter is useful for some, according to Jonas' wife, not so much.

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We can imagine that this somewhat legendary story of the whale is premature. Premature because the zeitgeist isn't quite ready to relegate belief to the dust bins of a legend, myth or myopic objectivity. The "reality" that emerges from the Old Testament canon is the wisdom behind the stories. This is pure rhetoric intended to emphasize wisdom as being something hidden, which of course it isn't. Wisdom is accessible to anyone who wants to access her beauty. If you still need the stories to transmit the wisdom then you might be defending a culture worth holding on to. And that is okay, the only thing that I ask is that you can understand the duality of reality and make-believe.

Can you imagine? Suspended disbelief for the ones we love is a slippery slope of forgiveness mixed with ennoblement, forget the embodiment figures. Stories are part of our condition. Measured by remembrance, this is the only thing close to everlasting life.

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