A Moving Equilibrium
If I had to sum up my personal philosophy of life in a few sentences, it would run something like this:
- We are on our own. There is no cogent God to guide or judge us. The deities we worship are human creations. But even if it is not 'God-given', man's spirituality is as undeniable as his corporeality. Therefore we owe respect to those who need organized religion as long as they respect others’ need to be different.
- Prejudice against the unknown, though often understandable, must be resisted, both out of humanity and for our own enrichment. A degree of pluralism – within the necessary and unavoidable constraints of, and respect for, a given national reality – enhances the quality of a community's life, and must be protected, encouraged, and handled responsibly by all concerned.
- Shaping our lives in keeping with our talents and inclinations is a first duty and the primary key to personal fulfilment – greater than financial success or blind loyalty. But – genius permitting – this quest must be tempered by reasonable attention to family and social responsibilities.
- Life's energy and meaning is to be found neither in total repose nor in aimless restlessness but in what might be called a Moving Equilibrium: the never-ending quest for the apparently unattainable balance between movement and inner stability, between the dynamic and the static.
I hope to develop these themes in a future publication.