A Moving Equilibrium

If I had to sum up my personal philosophy of life in a few sentences, it would run something like this:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.