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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Whole and the Parts

Is it good to rely on others or is it wiser to be as independent as possible? How would you define: (a) Dependence? (b) Independence? (c) Interdependence? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1192).

Think of any analogy to a human social community and you will find that interdependence is a product of independence and dependence. Take for example a car engine. A functioning engine requires a high degree of active interdependence. But this interdependence would not be possible unless all parts of the engine maintained integrity and were in a sense independent and self-reliant. But the parts alone would make little sense and would accomplish little as isolated parts. It is through dependency that all parts function well towards the end of transforming one form of energy into another.

This observable reality is why it is possible to make all of the following arguments: Independence is the key essential; Dependence is the key essential; Interdependence is the key essential. Since all these arguments are defensible in a social setting, politics is unavoidable as the various arguments attempt to exert influence. The successful society is one that can incorporate conflicting points of view and derive strength and system integrity through the working out of different philosophical proclivities. But this inevitably requires a degree of trust and even a kindly nod to mysticism.

There is a sense in which the God hypothesis advances and underwrites the conceptual resolution of logical tensions. It is a way to transcend conceptual impossibilities. It makes tangible (though the disciplines of love) the creative dynamism of the squared-circle, the inexplicable actualization of Trinity. All believers (as do I) additionally are given the set conviction that the Trinity transcends any human conceit.

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