Philosophy Begins in Wonder

“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.” – Albert Einstein

At the heart of a good education remains wonder. No matter how you turn the principles of learning, as long as they cohere and remain as one, they reveal the wellspring of wisdom, which means genuine fun for everyone. Lovers of Sophia are naturally drawn towards these ideals as though they are intrinsic elements of our very being, the gems by which cognition can come into play, by which others may participate in a colourful, meaningful and creative way.

By way of analogy we can represent goodness, beauty and truth with the three primary colours of the light spectrum. As long as these colours line up in the right way (as depicted in the image above) they will provide a unique pattern that consists of three additional or secondary colours, as well as a form void of colour at its pith.

In truth this middle form can only be present when all the other circles are symmetrically aligned. So for instance if you remove goodness (blue) from the equation, then you diminish the synergistic interplay. In other words, by omitting any of the primary colours (or principles) you end up denigrating or closing yourself off from the splendour and/or possibilities of creating (or colouring) some really awesome stuff.

Varity is the spice of life as they say, but only if applied in the right way. Even though the primary & secondary colours are 6 in number, consequently they emulate 6 tertiary colours. These 12 make up the standard colour-wheel, which may help us to choose appropriate colour combinations for all sorts of purposes. From conducting electricity to regulating traffic, it’s important that people agree and adhere to codes of conduct represented by colour.

It’s also helpful to use ethical standards (just as we avail of colours for direction and guidance) when interacting with others. So for instance when we blend goodness, truth and beauty in an appropriate manner in light of a particular situation, we naturally generate additional principles and/or options that may be drawn upon, combined and interpreted as variants of justice (purple), temperance (green), fortitude (orange) and wisdom (black/ether).

Rather than paint ourselves into a corner so to speak, these guiding principles and/or virtues can be used to enhance our interpersonal relationships if we keep wisdom and/or practical reason at the core. Like a ship passing through rough water, as long as she is able to keep an even-keel it’s unlikely that she’ll tip over on her side, unless of course the integrity of the other parts (virtues) of the ship come apart due to disrepair or neglect. Between the jigs and the reels a whole lot of hell can be unleashed at anytime, whether at sea or caught in a bind, but we got ourselves a fighting chance, if we remain centred in virtue of the dance.

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6 Responses to Philosophy Begins in Wonder

  1. Mary Jo Malo says:

    This is a fun illustration of the colors of virtue, Jason. I’ve always been more attuned visually to the secondary colors, but that of course ‘neglects’ the foundation of the primary ones. To me the color of wisdom doesn’t represent the ether or void but the presence and intersection of both primary and secondary colors. At least that’s what we learned in art class. And what appears as it’s opposite in the light spectrum, white, is the presence of all color! We can see your overlapping trinities of attributes emanating from the center, which is paradoxically ‘formed’ by their return’ to that center. Kind of a Hegelian structure of triangles within triangles. Random thoughts….

  2. Very interesting. Quite brilliant.

  3. What a brilliant visual representation! Thank you so much for sharing.

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