This philosophy of living weaves two complementary approaches: the way of simplicity and paths of thoroughness. The way of simplicity you have illustrated in your comments on the first two posts.
A path of thoroughness is an excellent map for a careful inquiry or course of action. We can walk these paths in the degree of thoroughness that suits our purpose, exploring details, considering difficulties, spending time in study and discussion and silence. Paths of thoroughness complement the way of simplicity.
True simplicity has depth that we acquire by walking paths of thoroughness.
The long path to mature love takes patience and pondering, and it is designed to complement the short path—the immediate availability of love found in communion. The long path depends at all times on the short path, which is enriched by each forward step on the long path.
When we are living at our best, we rely on the simplicity of intuition most of the time. Only occasionally to we take time to do our best thinking in thoroughness; but study and reflection sharpen intuition. Our best thinking prepares our best decisions, which establish a foundation for trustworthy, spontaneous, intuitive responses.
This philosophy works with three main paths of thoroughness, three great sequences. The first two have just three elements: (1) the values of truth, beauty, goodness; and (2) the dimensions, material, intellectual, and spiritual. The last is a seven-fold path: (3) science, philosophy, spiritual experience; the beauties of nature and the arts; morality and character. This seven-fold path of thoroughness we will pursue during the coming months.
The sequences must not be taken in a dogmatic way; variations on them can be very instructive.
Can you recall something of your quality of thinking, how you feel, and how you act when you are living at your best? What tastes do those times give you of truth, beauty, and goodness? Do these sequences help you interpret the way of simplicity as you understand it? You know how grateful we all would be if you would respond.
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