An educated people can be easily governed.
— Frederick the Great (1712-1786)
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An educated people can be easily governed.
— Frederick the Great (1712-1786)

The titled responsion is not a call to arms but a realization that order and civilized society are easier to achieve with an educated population.

I end with a pluralistic point and begin again with a diverse perspective. This doesn't mean that the opinions I will attempt to articulate are symptomatic of a downward spiral into subjectivism. Besides, I have thought to myself on more than one occasion that if I wanted to get an objective measure of an article's worth, one of the metrics that we could use to objectively frame a framework is to count the number of isms in the text. With subjectivism already counting as numero uno, I am here to tell you that the common usage and pejorative that we associate with pluralism are anything but. Sure, you are correct in the context of a typecast post-modern nincompoop. In philosophy, we call this ad hominem, and it's easy to do when you generalize about the characteristics of a population.

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Are you saying that ad hominems are useless?

Well, that's the generally accepted principle behind a fallacy. However, I would like to illustrate a point: it lies on stage and the fiction we create. Our literature is littered with fictional representations of archetypal representations of virtue, goodness, mythology, evil, and many more characters. Good actors, bad actors, and all the stagehands that aid in the performance we call life are participants in this performance of a lifetime.

Now think about that for a minute or two.

Can you see why and how the functionality of an ad hominem might be useful to objectively frame who not to be or who to be like? Jesus and Robin Hood come to mind. You might say Robin Hood existed, and in that case, I have to agree with you. Keep on thinking. I dare you!

And Imagination is More Important than Knowledge

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
— Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

The titled responsion is "And Imagination is More Important than Knowledge." What follows is subject to revision. Do you have any suggestions?

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The last thing we imagined of you, General, is a lesson in geometry!
— Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827)

The titled responsion is a reference to the ruler of our worlds; however Platonic this may manifest. Imagination is what I am talking about. Ya, feel me?

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Holiness and the Implicit Order

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.
— John Keats (1795-1821)

The titled responsion is a little too pious pias for my taste, but that doesn't mean I can't understand it.

Let's approach this explanation from another direction. Besides, mixed with metaphor, the double negative leaves most people, including myself, flat-footed. There I go again, with the truism and euphemistic acrobatics. What I am trying to say and have been doing as of late is to understand the psychology of religious thought from a consilient perspective. Have you given it a shot? Try it out, and let me know how it goes.

Consider the difference between pious and pias. The former is religious in thought, whereas the latter is a plurality of membranes enveloping their corresponding brain and spinal cord, delicate and necessary for humanity to function. Beyond brain function lies the rational self. Some rational lies are told to the self to perpetuate a sort of becoming antithetical to a normative framework. Violators are to be shot or canonized? It sounds like cannon fodder to me!

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A Priori Axioms

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
— Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

The titled responsion is "a priori axioms." What follows is subject to revision. Do you have any suggestions?

So, what am I trying to get across? Axiomatic and a priori meaning; fundamental to an imagined state of being, individually and collectively, the imagination is necessary and arguably sufficient to give us direction. What do you think about that?

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