Under the influence of Charles Sanders Peirce, I launched an idea called Triadic Philosophy. It is summarized in the Kindle book Triadic Philosophy 100 Aphorisms . A free sample can be accessed by clicking Look Inside. Triadic Philosophy grew into several more books outlining specific methods of triadic meditation and thinking. “Open Source Individuals” is among several follow-up texts that examine expressions of, and propose actions related to, triadic thought. Quotes from Pierce are included as appendices.
The Enablement Thing
This is about education. It is about this book. It is about shaggy dog books. It is about society. Each of these sentences needs to be fleshed out and then we can move on.
This is about education.
Enablement is education. To enable you need two — an enabler and a referent. Someone to enable. Someone to receive. Enablement is the process of education. Anything else is irrelevant, not part of the matter we are considering.
It is about this book.
This book is a Slow as Molasses Press imprint available only on Kindle, not copyrighted. Like all books it is stuck in time, worthwhile mainly to ‘enable’ sparks to ignite when what is articulated here finds receptive kindling there. Books are teachers. At least aspirants.
It is about shaggy dog books.
Yes this IS a shaggy dog book because an open source person is nothing other than a GOOD person. Nothing secret or earth-shaking about that. But we do not easily use such lingo to talk about our fallible selves, particularly in public. This book is about what we are like when we live according to simple values: (Self Respect, Critical Thinking, Being Responsible, Contributing to the Community, Valuing Tolerance, Helpfulness, Democracy and Non-idolatry, Acting and expressing for Beauty and Truth and finally Being Loving and Free.)
It is about society
Society is what Open Source Individuals are about. Reality is society. Here or in the cosmos at large. Particles and waves not only socialize, they morph. The biggest unresolved issue about society is how we can morph without everything blowing up. Society is now locked in a battle. Both sides have reason to fear. The past was no bed of roses. But uncertainty about the future is not easy to swallow. My ministrations are based on my experience of the future. We need to create a world based on enablement. Enablement begins with the values noted in the paragraph immediately above above. To be enabled. read it eight times.
Now We Can Move On
The most discouraging thing in the world is to know how you are doing. When you really know who gets you, you are left with a small number, maybe just a few. Often one.
A teacher who emotes to a class of ten or fifty or thousands would be amazed at what those souls took from what was offered.
It is the same with sermons, anything where there is a message or deliverance.
I loved it when you said ….
Did I say that? (No I didn’t.) Thanks (anyway).
This is why education needs to be less random reification and more pin-point enablement.
There can be no real communication if the communicator has nothing to offer.
And there can be no happy referent unless said soul has something he or she must know.
The only way to get these two things together is to have a CURIOUS referent and a willing ENABLER. Someone who can minister to curiosity.
If I am hot and bothered about the American Revolution I may want to know what drove farmers in New Jersey either fight or not fight. Now it is unlikely that even a teacher familiar with the material can provide more than a slick answer designed to burnish his or her creds. But by the time anyone has heeded the ideas in this volume, cyber will have advanced its search capacities to stimulate teacher, I mean enabler, to ring up something pertinent. Imagine Wikipedia in a quarter century. Even now, it turns out that New Jersey was a welter of back and forth between loyalists and revolutionists, it was practically the decisive area of the whole shebang.
My point is simple. To answer any urgent question, most teachers will need to become cyber investigators, enablers, Sherlocks. Most schools will need to become enablement nodes where, interactively, students and teachers arrive at conclusions that are … truly helpful.
Once we say that what anyone can do is what they can enable others to do, their significance is magnified.
What a person can do may have only a tangential relationship to what they now do for a living. Or what their job is. Or what their title may be.
I, for example, am a whiz at jumping from one question to another and getting the word out. It’s what I most enjoy. That is why Twitter is my oyster. That is why, when I was a communications consultant at UNICEF, I was often found finding things for folk who wandered by.
Our true talents may have nothing to do with our job description.
Anybody got a job for a finder???
So what future for education?
The more it is enabling, really stimulating, the more it answers real questions, the more it enables the fruition of real talents, the more it serves real interests, the better.
This is nothing new. Dewey and others wanted more practical application and less traditional schooling.
The difference now is that we need to anticipate a world where the following are not merely pipe dreams but possibilities:
End of states
Collapse of militarism
These are all potential developments that will be broached and perhaps brought into being by open source individuals. So the underlying word about enabling is that it does not dwell on the past. It enables the workings of imagination to visualize the options that might exist tomorrow.
“No general description of the mode of advance of human knowledge can be just which leaves out of account the social aspect of knowledge. That is of its very essence. What a thing society is! The workingman, with his trade union, knows that. Men and women moving in polite society understand it, still better. But Bohemians, like me, whose work is done in solitude, are apt to forget that not only is a man as a whole little better than a brute in solitude, but also that everything that bears any important meaning to him must receive its interpretation from social considerations.” (Charles S. Peirce, MS 1573.273 [undated])
“675. Do you know what it is in Christianity that when recognized makes our religion an agent of reform and progress? It is its marking duty at its proper finite figure. Not that it diminishes in any degree its vital importance, but that behind the outline of that huge mountain it enables us to descry a silvery peak rising into the calm air of eternity.” (Peirce: CP 1.676)
“448. The value of an icon consists in its exhibiting the features of a state of things regarded as if it were purely imaginary. The value of an index is that it assures us of positive fact. The value of a symbol is that it serves to make thought and conduct rational and enables us to predict the future.” (Peirce: CP 4.561)