First, I would like to offer birthday wishes to my eldest daughter. She turns seventeen today. She is the focus of my future and the bright spot in my life. Now, here is an essay that I wrote a few years ago. Enjoy.
We all have moments of tribulation that decry the negative instead of the positive. These can draw the ire that may be introduced by rational thought or incessant rant that grieves for the loss of consistent justice. Yet, it is not the negative aspect of the world that I feel needs a voice. Instead, we need the ever-conflicting philosophy that must bring a certain balance to the world. It asks for a stage upon which its message has the chance to be heard. As the ancient Greeks practiced in their democracy, it behooves every citizen to listen to the underlying meaning of the statements by exploring the contexts of the declarations. The idea of civic duty arises from this tradition.
I would not seek to create that stage out of some desire to claim fame or fortune. I would not attempt it for some shallow reason to simply rationalize the inner pressures of my psyche. However, I would endeavor to have an alternate point of view to escape the ecumenical politics. The gesture would be for me to have a chance to review this wider analysis of the context.
This brings to mind a few solid questions on the method of my theory and how it relates to this indistinct term, realism. These questions ask for definition, parameters, and its own context in the society around us. For example, in Plato’s Republic, he presents the allegory of the cave which gives his explanation of the universals. The explanation allows us to understand that the reality and its objects are mere reflects of the true, perfect form of those objects. It is the philosopher that can see this true form while the rest are left with shadows or reflections. It is an enterprise that I wish to explore and discover the truths without falling into a senseless twist of rhetoric.
According to Merriam-Webster, realism is defined in these ways:
1. concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary
2. a : a doctrine that universals exist outside the mind; specifically : the conception that an abstract term names an independent and unitary reality
b : a theory that objects of sense perception or cognition exist independently of the mind — compare nominalism
3. the theory or practice of fidelity in art and literature to nature or to real life and to accurate representation without idealization.
I would like to look at the 2b definition. The “objects of sense perception or cognition” are able to detach themselves and view the situation from an objective point. It is similar to the act of creating a satellite to orbit the planet for a higher perspective. One might elect a surrogate to separate from the moment in order to collect more data for a clearer window into the situation. Hence, the original issue that created the conflict can be arbitrated from a point that has no bias to either party.
To separate from the conflict in order to absorb the entire context becomes the ultimate mindset of the realist. It is the state of enlightenment that the true follower of the philosophy seeks to reach. As with most philosophies that our ancestors brought to light, it is a pinnacle that one continues to strive toward and never stops to enjoy the view.
As this neutral voyeur comes to rest, it is the conflict and its context that draws the intellect’s gaze. The independence of this mind has the will to gather all the facts of the case in addition to opinions from inside and outside of the conflict. A fresh idea or thought can be interjected but the focus should remain on the case that is revealed before this judge of the realism.
This ideal thought creates the goal of the believer, which even the realist will find to be difficult to do because, in essence, to have someone completely without bias would be a near impossible feat.
Consider the idea that the Form from Plato can only be viewed by the philosopher as his perceptions can see past the shadows. The realist becomes that philosopher as he is able to see past all the shadows and reflections that are cast by the minds that are involved in the conflict.