15. The Dialectic

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“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” Theses on Feuerbach 11th thesis Karl Marx 1845

Dialectical philosophers such as Kant and Hegel taught that, contrary to the discoveries of the previous centuries, resolution in fact feeds contradiction. But it was Marx who first posited that this process did not actually result in harmony. Continue reading

13. Harmony

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It has been somewhat hard to accept at times that the resolution of the contradictions facing me will merely create a further set, and the relentless truth of this has often led me to seek some respite. I have even made efforts to assert the supremacy of harmonious principles to offer me some comfort when faced with the irreconcilable resolution of these oppositions. Continue reading

12. Contradiction

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“Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?” Nursery Rhyme

Definition by opposition

Adolescents thrive on being negatively defined in opposition to their parents. One takes delight in being alternative. Potentiate. As a grown-up, where before one might have opposed, the effective focus needs not to oppose but to contradict.

The enemy is Harmony, which leads on to God. Continue reading

10. Boundaries

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A story….

I trained as a teacher. It was a one-year course, which meant you had to cram a lot in, being sent on teaching practice once a term to gain some experience in front of the children. We read up on all the theories of education but struggled with the transfer into practice, so we rarely knew success in spite of what we told ourselves at the time. It all seems terribly amateur now. Intellectually Continue reading

9. Landscape

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In order to read the changing landscape in which I have my being, and develop a useful view of it, I must come to truly inhabit my personal landscape. The Imprecise go further and more expeditiously than others when they treat their personal landscape as a series of ecosystems, for those who invest more fully in their personal landscape will become more Imprecise. Continue reading