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The Pope, Hope, and The Four Pillars

This month, Pope Francis is calling for the “globalization of hope…which springs up from peoples and takes root among the poor, and must replace the globalization of exclusion and indifference” (Frances X. Rocca, The Wall Street Journal, “Pope Calls for ‘Globalization of Hope’,” 10 July 2015).  Respectfully, I ask him to reconsider (the syntax of) his statement.  Humbly, I suggest replacing “globalization” with “universalization” because of the inherent meaning behind each word:

Globalization” generally denotes the act of extending to all parts of the world and is thought of as a movement towards worldwide integration and development.

Universalization” generally denotes something used, understood, affecting, concerning, or involving all or the whole that can be possessed in common, characterizes all or most members of a class, and may be applied throughout the universe to many things (e.g., an entity that can be in many places simultaneously).

Hope is a universal characteristic inherent to all individuals across political, economic, and social background.  For as long as s/he breathes in life, s/he possesses hope.  And like all inherent traits, this hope – in its entirety – cannot be taken away.

I repeat: by its very nature, hope is universal.  Although it is not immune from diminishing circumstance(s), it remains characteristic of each and every individual as such.  To say hope is something that should be globalized is counterintuitive; it is something all individuals already possess, universally.

The distinction between “globalization” and “universalization” is important.  When we are globalizing something, we are expanding its worldwide application, integration, use, and/or development.  Accordingly, the act extends its reach to untapped peoples, places, and things.  When we are universalizing something, we are affecting what applies characteristically to an entire class of individuals.  That character is what they each already possess intrinsically as a trait, with application as such.

In other words, globalization very often involves bridging distances and bringing together disparate entities that were not otherwise bridged or integrated.  Hope already exists within all individuals.  As a universal, it does not need to be bridged over or integrated to those who already possess it.

Circling back to the Pope’s message, it is well worthwhile to remind all individuals of their intrinsic right to and inherent possession of hope.  Rather than call for a “globalization of hope,” it would be meaningful and even more far-reaching to globalize a dialogue qua global communicative action.  During the course of this globalizing dialogue, the intention would be to globalize four critical pillars of this Transcendent Era: creativity, freedom, tolerance, and understanding.

Electronic technologies have already mediated the individual’s effective agency to overcome erstwhile limitations of time, space, and geography.  Indeed, one person really can make a difference and s/he can do so in a meaningfully significant way.  Likewise, within the political, economic, and social spheres, individuals have already bridged impossible distances in a truly globalizing manner, paving the way for meaningfully positive change.

So it is with reverence and humility that I ask the Pope and all individuals to reconsider the call to ‘globalize hope’.  Instead, I ask all to globalize the four pillars.  And by so doing, I call everyone to reclaim transcendence over all possible obstacles.

Now, more than ever, we must wholeheartedly adopt a defiance against repression, intolerance, terrorism, and fear.  In their place, we must firmly implant creativity, freedom, tolerance, and understanding.  Combined, these pillars are invincible and worthy of bulwarking our present reality and those of future generations to come.


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Modern Bridges to the Past

It’s not the digital revolution. James Murdoch is right. Look around you man, it’s the television revolution!”  –Michael Wolffjune, The New York Times, “How Television Won the Internet,” 29 June 2015

In “How Television Won the Internet,” Michael Wolffjune writes about the battle between television and digital media.  More to the point, he explains how television regained its rightful crown while colonizing the Internet in the process.  In a series of ironic ‘flips’, television proved itself superior time and again.

The most telling ‘flip’ of positions masterfully executed by television is illustrated in the YouTube story:

When YouTube threatened to become a TV piracy site, television…dragged Google, YouTube’s owner, into a painful spiral of litigation.  A throwback like Mr. Redstone turned YouTube from pirater to licenser.  He made Google his customer.”

Another significant ‘flip’ of positions centers on advertising:

Mass-market TV upgraded to class, while digital media…chased lowbrow mass.”

As television decreases its adverts, digital is “…drowning in free.”  Television chases paying customers while digital chases views, one click at a time:

The fundamental recipe for media success…is the same as it used to be: a premium product that people pay attention to and pay money for.  Credit cards, not eyeballs.”

In touting itself as the ‘next revolution’ entertainment medium that will usurp television’s throne, digital media proved just the opposite.  Ironically, television swapped places with digital media in terms of advertising.  While digital media is oversaturated by advertising, television is freeing itself from its historic reliance on advertising dollars to sustain itself.  Wising up, television cut through the ‘middle man’ and collects directly from paying subscribers.  More importantly, television offers quality worth its value to said subscribers.

The battle between television and digital is one between quality and quantity, dollars and eyeballs.  There is something to be said of television’s victory.  Indeed, China could learn a valuable lesson as it struggles through its falling political credibility, a plummeting stock market, and a virtually eviscerated middle class (Edward Wong and Chris Buckley, The New York Times, “Credibility of China’s Leaders Takes a Hit Along with Markets,” 9 July 2015).  On all four of its corners, its bubble looks like it will burst.

The SWF Answered:

The battle between television and digital media is one between a seemingly obsolete colossus and an omnipresent, ever-dominant technology.  However, the obsolete colossus bucked its fated trajectory to reclaim a new one with an even stronger foundation and an infinitely vast potentiality.  As China faces an imminent burst of its bubble and soon-to-be-forgotten “China dream”, it must prove its ‘mettle’ by seizing a new path away from its current trajectory.

It will be a matter of time which way it turns.

Perhaps we can send it the following image, courtesy of Iowa:

The High Trestle Trail Bridge in Central Iowa features an art installation mounted in forty-one spots along half a mile.  The installation is lit up by blue LED lights and is the work of David B. Dahlquist.  For landscape architect, Doug Smith of EDSA, the installation reminds him of a drill bit and the bridge represents to him “…the expansiveness of the land and the ability to repurpose old things for a modern use” (Heidi Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal, “A Bridge to New Ideas In the Iowa Countryside,” 2 July 2015).

It will be very telling how China repurposes itself and indeed, if it can reclaim its potentiality…


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Transcending Our Past

“I think of the past and the future as well as the present to determine where I am, and I move on while thinking of these things.”  –Tadao Ando

The life of the ever-present Spirit is a cycle of stages, which, on the one hand, co-exist side by side, but, on the other hand, seem to be past.  The moment which Spirit seems to have left behind, it still possesses in the depth of its present.” –Hegel, Reason in History

In every sense and measure, the past is with us, guiding our steps forward. It is up to us to determine the depth of its influence. Whether we let our past constrain, empower, or desensitize us, we are inexorable walking histories. Of course, this is critically relevant to the erstwhile paradigm.

Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) describes the qualitative ontological paradigm shift of dyads from the phenomenological-metaphysical duality to the infinite creative potentiality (ICP)-ultimate freedom (UF) collaborative interrelationship. In other words, we shifted from a tension between existence and essence to a collaborative interrelationship between creativity and freedom of and from the self. As a result, the individual is posited in an ‘other’ framework wherein he can make a meaningfully positive difference. Like outward-radiating waves, he achieves this beyond his locus to that of future generations.

This shift came about as soon as the individual activated his effective e-presence – at the individual level – to make a meaningful difference. This occurred circa 2001 in the Philippines, with the first successful political revolution mediated by portable e-technologies (please see Howard Rheingold’s Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution). Within four (4) days, “Generation Txt” demonstrated the power of the text message to topple a government. More importantly, they proved it on the global arena.

There is something to be said of little ripples in big oceans. Without notice, they quickly become tsunamis. A seemingly innocuous medium – the cellular device – and the simple act of text messaging turned into the ‘next generation’ metonymic adage of: “the pen is mightier than the sword.”

More importantly, the Philippine smart mob collaborated creatively to resolve a ‘problem’ in a completely novel way. Defying evidence of their past history, they remained undeterred. One could say they were even fueled by their past limitations. In an act of its wholehearted rejection, they used a significantly advanced methodology relative to the time, which would itself prove to have infinite future potentiality, and they did so in a revolutionary way.

A revolution indeed…

The SWF Answered:

Before the paradigm shift, the challenge of limitations overshadowed us. Rather perniciously, it inhibited our effective agency towards meaningful empowerment. Trapped in the quagmire of self-imposed gossamer nets of personal histories, the individual was confined to a self-mode of existing, rather than an other-mode of living life.

After the paradigm shift, the individual activated his own empowerment. On a global level, he transcended his past by overcoming erstwhile limitations of time, space, and geography. On an individual level, he became liberated from his self and all related – mundane – fetters. So liberated, he could focus on the other relative to the impact of his footprint.

Jettisoning obstacles of self-considerations, he can now focus on elevating others to the same.

From the one to the many…

Moving from a self-mentality focused on the one to an other-mentality focused on the many, the individual can create measures and means of transcendence in very real and practical ways. He already mediated overcoming time-space-geography constraints. He has proven himself at the individual level to create meaningful change in the political, economic, and social spheres.

So the questions remain:

How will you face your past?

What will be your transcendence?


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On Social Conservatives: A Response to David Brooks

In “The Next Culture War,” David Brooks extols social conservatives as the (exclusive) group capable to “…help reweave the sinews of society” because they are “…equipped with a vocabulary to distinguish right from wrong, what dignifies and what demeans” and who already “…in private, tithe to the poor and nurture the lonely” (David Brooks, “The Next Culture War,” The New York Times, 30 June 2015).  Specifically identifying “vocabulary”, Brooks would be well reminded that values are not a byproduct of etymology or even semiology.  Furthermore, application and discernment of said values is not the task of nomenclatura.

Brooks concludes his column by directing our attention to “…repair a society rendered atomized, unforgiving and inhospitable” through a concerted focus on the “…love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace” that social conservatives exhibit.  While he might be right in conferring upon social conservatives the sole ability to “reweave” and “repair” society, his choice is (unnecessarily) rather narrow.  He could (accurately) broaden the principals to a global horizon across all ‘types’.

By pinpointing one group as the ultimate answer and panacea to society’s ills, Brooks might just be placing undue weight upon that group’s shoulders.  After all, why should it be the sole task of social conservatives to fix what it has taken all groups – across type – to destroy?  Furthermore, why pin it down to a specific (socio-political) type, anyway?

Against a pervasive ill, why narrow the cure to one answer at the exclusion of the multitude of all possible existing, potential – and equally, if not more – effective answers?

While it might be a positive and effective step to shift society’s panacea away from religion and faith towards a secular arena, Brooks’ landing point falls short.  It is not that social conservatives are not up to the task but rather, that they are not the sole exclusive ones to be called upon to do so.  Instead, it is the task of all individuals – across social, political, economic ‘type’ and across time, space, and geography – who must address the ills with a boldness and unwavering spirit towards a solution in order for any meaningful change to succeed.  And it takes innovation, creativity, and empowerment from self-realized potentiality to make that success last.

Now, more than ever, the time is upon us all: Infinite Creative Potentiality and the dawn of the Transcendent Era.


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3D Printing: Subjectivity, Objectivity, and ICP

Dimension Alley in Berlin

FabCafé Global

3DLab Fab&Café Mexico City


Chef Jet


What do all these entities have in common?  If you haven’t already guessed it, I’ll give you a hint: printing.  Yep, printing.  To be more exact: 3D printing.

In January 2015, Hershey’s announced its collaboration with 3D Systems to create a 3D printer that makes personalized dark, milk, or white chocolate designs and confections (Jason Brick, PSFK, “A collaboration between 3D systems and Hersheys upgrades DIY chocolate,” 12 January 2015).  Joining the 3D printed food bandwagon, Chef Jet announced its creation of the very first 3D printer for pastry chefs.  It is specifically designed to make everything from tiny candies to complex cake toppers (Khushbu Shah, eater.com, “Hershey’s to Install 3D Chocolate Printer at Headquarters,” 29 January 2015).  Not to be beat, Lenovo unveiled its 3D food printer this month.  In addition to printing chocolate, it can print food in general (Khushbu Shah, eater.com, “Tech Giant Lenovo Unveils 3D Food Printer,” 1 June 2015).

The ‘food printing’ phenom is bursting with ardent fervor from the international arena, as seen in 3D Printshow London this past May.  At the show, the serving menu consisted entirely of 3D printed food (Khushbu Shah, eater.com, “3D Printed Food Pop-Up Hits London Later This Month,” 14 May 2015).  To make the point further, the food was served by a Michelin chef.  As Shah states: “The purpose of the pop-up is to show how 3D printing can ‘[give the world] better methods of manufacturing food and preparing our favorite recipes’, and can streamline ‘the process to offer greater efficiency and perhaps even affordability’.”

With the growing movement spurred by Dimension Alley in Berlin, FabCafé Global, and 3DLab Fab&Café in Mexico City – all of which are 3D printing cafés – the shift has officially been pushed forward from the era of internet cafés.  Beyond printing 3D objects, the advent of printed food – with a caliber of proven quality, taste, and affordability – signifies a bold revolution of the creative imagination in human innovation and ingenuity.

Imagine this: if the individual can print objects as easily as he can food, he could print a café in his own home, complete with pastries, desserts, and sundry food items customized to his liking.  Just as the internet brings the world to the individual in a globalizing fashion, the 3D printer delivers ocular and tangible manifestations of the creative imagination directly to the individual for his use, consumption, and effective lifestyle.  The creative imagination has truly come alive into the animate world.  In a very real sense, subjectivity qua the individual’s imagination has mediated its own objectivity qua materialization via 3D printing.

From Dimension Alley in Berlin, FabCafé Global, 3DLab Fab&Café Mexico City, Lenovo, Chef Jet, and Hershey’s to any individual accessing a 3D printer, the paradigm is moving ever forward towards a full embrace of this Transcendent Era.

 Infinite Creative Potentiality, indeed!


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Man, Machine, and the Collaborative Initiative

In “Meet the New Robots: They are nimbler, lighter and work better with humans. And they might even help manufacturing back to the U.S.,” James R. Hagerty writes of the next generation robot changing the economic calculus for manufacturing as people “…spend less time chasing low-cost labor” (3 June 2015, Wall Street Journal).  He goes on to explain two main trends in how robots are being made:

  1. that they are lighter and thus, more mobile, and
  2. that they are more collaboratively designed so as to work in proximity with people.


Collaboration is the key operating element in this.

Furthermore, in “Robots Have Emotions, Too: Just ask the people who work alongside them.  And companies need to be prepared to deal with that.,” James E. Young discusses the interaction between humans and robots as robots become increasingly widespread in the workplace (3 June 2015, Wall Street Journal).  He makes a point that “…new research shows that people…treat them as living things” and we have a tendency to “…use emotions and personalities to describe…how machines such as our car act.”

Here we have a trending case of man’s humanization of the machine.

Finally, in “At SoftBank and Alibaba, Robots ‘Are Family’,” Alexander Martin reports on SoftBank Corp and Alibaba’s plan to “…bring humanoid robots out of movies and comic books and into the real world” (19 June 2015, Wall Street Journal).  Specifically, he covers the story of “Pepper”, a robot with “Ninnin Pepper” software that enables the robot to be a companion for “…the elderly, teachers of schoolchildren and retail or office assistants.”  The software “…allows Pepper to urge patients to wake up and take their medicine at scheduled times, and report to a doctor, via the Internet, whether the pills were consumed.”  Among other tasks, the robot will have conversations with it assigned companion.

Alas, the humanization is complete as the robot has become “humanoid”.

Man’s creative imagination is extraordinarily fecund.  With it, he has mediated his own transcendence over classical limitations of time, space, and geography.  Evidence of his effective creativity is unwaveringly omnipresent.  At every turn, there is tangible and ocular proof of this.

And yet, the question beckons:

As man creates machines with a collaborative and humanistic mindset, why is he acting in non-collaborative ways away from his fellow man and towards an increasingly isolated mindset?

In other words, why is man acting more inhumanely as he creates automatons with increasingly “humanoid” features and functions?

Not convinced that this is happening?

Look around you.  Listen to your surroundings.  Observe the actions, behaviors, and mannerisms of others.

Rather bleak.

The SWF:

If man can create mediations of collaboration through automatons – with a humanistic mindset – then he can also transcend the creation itself.  By empowering his fellow man towards a meaningfully collaborative initiative of a new paradigm in other over self, he can and will transcend.  As soon as he realizes the new paradigm already exists, he can and will transcend.  By adopting the other through an ultimate freedom of and from the self, he can and will transcend.  IPT encourages the way of creative realization as the most direct and effective path towards this end.


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IPT and the Volatility of Nothingness

If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.”
–Tadao Ando (Japanese Architect)

 “…ex nihilo, nihil fit” (from nothing, nothing comes)
–Shakespeare, King Lear

The crux of Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) is the indefatigable tenet: “ex nihilo, omnia fit” (from nothing, everything comes).  Beyond simple agreement with Tadao Ando, IPT calls everyone not just to ponder but to act upon and create all positively meaningful possibilities from nothingness.  And it does so with unmitigated courage and defiance of all limitations, challenges, and obstacles.

 At the basis of IPT’s call is its reminder that a qualitative ontological paradigm shift has already occurred enabling individuals to accept and succeed beyond the challenge.  Because of the shift, infinite creative potentiality (ICP) is a powerful force that not only can be realized, but also is being realized every day, multiple times a day.  In the erstwhile paradigm where challenges trump ability, IPT’s challenge might seem insurmountable.  However, because of the current paradigm – a reality of effective individual agency – creativity truly does transcend all.

 How and why did the shift occur?

The paradigm shift occurred as soon as portable electronic technologies mediated the individual’s effective agency, making him capable of very real and meaningful difference at the singular level.  Defying all classical limitations of time, space, and geography, the individual is a proven effective, walking satellite unto himself.  Indeed, he has pushed the paradigm forward into a transcending forum.  More importantly, he enabled his own effective agency through the mediating technologies of his own creative innovation and invention.

The SWF Answered:

Astrophysicists seek to find the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the universe and our place in it.  They apply the laws of physics and chemistry to theorize the birth, life, and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and other objects – real/observed and hypothetical – in the universe.  Astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology collaboratively attempt a comprehensive philosophy for the measurement, positioning, constitution, formation, and entirety of the universe.

The overarching mystery astrophysicists are working on is the physics, chemistry, definition, and constitution of hypothetical dark matter and dark energy.  Together, they constitute 95.1% of the total mass-energy of the universe.  Accordingly, if what we know is a mere 4.9% of the universe and everything else classified as ‘hypothetical’, then there is a tremendously extraordinary potentiality of nothingness to be achieved, as Ando would state.

If we add to this universal entirety the quantum realm of physics, then the equation of unknowns – from the microscopic wave level to the macroscopic particle level – becomes elegantly abstract, at best:

In the quantum world, the discreet measurement of change and interaction amongst atomic and molecular particles is completely imperceptible.  Quantification and measurement can no longer exist at the particle level.  Instead, wave functions are utilized, and the sphere of dynamic probability amplitude of position, momentum, and oscillation in a complex vector space thus unfolds a further complexity.

Again, there is a tremendously extraordinary potentiality of nothingness to be achieved, acted upon, and leveraged for a positively meaningful impact on the – real and imagined – transcending paradigm.  Ironically, we are on a precipice of fortunate happenstance.  With what little that is known and the enormity of what has yet to be known of our universal entirety, our ICP is tasked with an inherent challenge to the well and core of its innovation and invention.

Potentiality itself is volatility of nothingness.  ICP is fecund with a nothingness that is the basis of all and everything.  As a ‘kin’ to dark matter and dark energy, ICP is powerfully and effectively vital.  Unlike dark matter and dark energy, it is not hypothetical.  In its realized manifestations, ICP is very real and tangible, as ocular proof of man’s transcending creativity to shift paradigms of his reality ever forward, defying erstwhile classical limitations.

Ex nihilo, omnia fit, and so the advancement of man.


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Schadenfreude/Gluckschmerz vs. Infinite Creative Potentiality

In “Schadenfreude Is in the Zeitgeist, but Is There an Opposite Term?  Word used for taking pain in another’s pleasure is ‘gluckschmerz’; or is it?” Ben Cohen writes of “Schadenfreude” (shameful joy in another’s pain) and it’s ‘made up’ counterpart “gluckschmerz”.  The counterpart term is supposedly penned by “…a writer who identified herself as Wanda Tinasky and claimed to be a bag lady living underneath a bridge” (13-14 June 2015, Wall Street Journal).  As it happens, Ms. Tinasky herself might be a made up person, pseudonym for Thomas Pynchon who himself denies any connection.

Whether or not Ms. Tinasky or Mr. Pynchon coined the term, the fixation on another’s misfortune, even if exhibited in pop culture as comedic, actually speaks to a profound tragedy within the human psyche.  What is the fascination with the negative? Why do we take pleasure – shameful or otherwise – in the other’s pain?

What is the reality we create with such a mindset on negativity?

Look around you. Whether or not you are attuned to the daily news, the predominance of negativity is stifling.  The shrill rancor of tragedy and suffering is omnipresent.  The fall of one company to the demise of another and the toppling of erstwhile empires and titans of industry are almost delightfully celebrated.

And so, the fall of man.

Let’s suspend disbelief for now and flip this around.  Rather than settling for “gluckschmerz” as a counterpart to “Schadenfreude”, why don’t we consider terms of celebration, potentiality realized, and jubilation in another’s success and happiness?  What if we extolled greatness and achievement?

What is the reality we create with such a mindset on achievement?

IPT suggests a world liberated of and from the self for ultimate freedom in the other achieved through the individual’s realization of his infinite creative potentiality.  By so doing, he exists in an absolute realm of the other, free from all fetters of self.  From the position of other, he will be able to engage and leverage actions and achievements towards a positively meaningful end not just for his generation, but also for future generations to come.  Very much like outward radiating ripples in a pond, the pebble of greatness he sets forth bursts forward from the pond into the ocean as unrelenting waves.

Greatness, Achievement, and Meaningful Positivity with Infinite Creative Potentiality act in unison as the sun and moon, ebb and tide of the new paradigm in other over self.  In this paradigm, “Schadenfreude” and “gluckschmerz” are jettisoned as obsolete and irrelevant to the general zeitgeist.  In its place are the miracles of human innovation, invention, and imaginative creativity.

A brave new world indeed…


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From Adversity to Freedom via Truth

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
                –William Arthur Ward

 Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
                –Anais Nin

 Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

 Adversity is the first path to truth.
                –Lord Byron

Clearly, there is something to be said about strength through weakness, success through failure, and triumph through loss.   Each challenge, failure, loss, and even tragedy is an opportunity for truth qua self-enlightenment in the rawest possible sense.  Key to all of this is a critical discernment of the transcending element towards our newly recognized strength, success, and triumph.

Some might identify the transcending element as perseverance, tenacity, or even stubborn will.  Others might identify it as courage against seemingly insurmountable odds.  Ultimately, it could be the truth of our raw vulnerability – as our common human condition – daring us to hope and strive relentlessly.

The SWF Examined:

While overcoming adversity might be the case for some, it is not the case for the majority.  The aftermath of this is painfully observed by most.  Too often, we come across – and avert our attention  away from – those who give up and succumb to their respective challenge, failure, loss, or tragedy.

Beyond exposing our raw vulnerabilities, the treasured underbelly of adversity is opportunity.  Indeed, the opportunity to choose which direction to turn when loaded with the bricks of insurmountable odds is our fortunate happenstance.  It is fortunate because we have a choice in all this.  It is happenstance because the reality of our coordinate locus in time, space, and geography presents us our uniquely defining moment.  And the choice made at that moment very often determines the entire course and trajectory of our life path.

Circling back to those who gave up and succumbed, choosing to preserve their adversity in perpetuity, there is a greater lesson to be learned.  In their tragedy, we can discern trenchant poetry, compelling pathos, and even argue persuasive logos.  Ultimately, what we learn from their example can be summed up in one word: truth*.

The SWF Answered:

The point of all this is to delve into a fundamental causal phenomenon affecting every individual at any given moment of their life.  This phenomenon is best illustrated as follows:

Test of Adversity →
Exposure of Raw Vulnerability →
Opportunity of Fortunate Happenstance →
Defining Choice of Truth*

*Beyond our human condition, the defining choice of truth enlightens us with meaning.  This meaning appears as our purpose, legacy, and our role either as an inspiration or as a lesson.

Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) empowers all individuals to realize their creative potentiality (ICP) towards ultimate freedom (UF) of and from the self.  In creativity is a world of extraordinary prosperity, refuge, wisdom, and resilience.  In freedom is absolute transcendence over the world of extraordinary prosperity, refuge, wisdom, and resilience.  The most direct way to break free from necessity is to ingest it in its entirety, fully realized.

And through his example, the individual will inspire others to follow suit as a ripple to outwardly concentric waves…

And so to the marriage of adversity and IPT, we would state:

After the fortunate happenstance of truth through adversity comes our absolute liberation from necessity and its compelling need for meaning; an ultimate freedom indeed!






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Integrity Redux

What do you do when you fall short on your personal benchmarks of integrity?

How do you reconcile yourself to your shortcomings? failings? mistakes?

It definitely holds true that you really can never be too old to learn a life lesson, make a silly mistake, or act like a naive – or rather foolish – juvenile who should have definitely known better.  Such are the truly humbling moments in our life.  The key is to leverage those times as fortunate happenstance for humbling self-enlightenment.

Of course, the self-realization of all this smarts at the ego.  Good.  Our egos could use a bit of acute prodding now and then.  Indeed, this is one of the more effective steps in liberating the self from the ego and all related fetters.

And the SWF to all this boils down to:

At the same time we would like to be at our best and realize our highest creative potentiality, it is more often the case we WILL miss the mark.  Some will do so rather more brilliantly than others, while others will go about it in a manner spanning the entire spectrum in-between.  Critical to note here is this is not a signal that we are ultimate failures in any way – at all – rather, quite the contrary.

These times offer us compelling opportunities to make profoundly resonant and long-lasting changes of self-improvement towards a truly meaningful freedom of and from the self.  That liberation is sweetest after those moments we have truly earned and fought for our transcendence.  Truly, it is not the triumph but the aftermath of our defeats that enable some of our greatest achievements.

In turn, we can inspire by example our highest creative potentiality realized through erstwhile darkest moments –  our little badges of transcendence – that we ourselves surmount and turn into our brightest triumphs.