My 10-minute video summary of my philosophy, "I wish to know"
- I lead Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, an online laboratory for
independent thinkers. My own "independent thinking" is my lifelong
quest "to know everything and apply that knowledge usefully".
I invite you to see a 10-minute summary I have created of my thinking:
(click on the picture and the video will start).
I'm submitting it to the art show "Truth" which Markus Petz is curating
at The Center of Contemporary Art Pispala in Tampere, Finland. Thank
you to Markus for encouraging me and also thank you to Zenonas
Anusauskas and his Internet TV station http://www.internetinetv.lt for
providing me with a camera, teaching me how to use it, letting me film
his house and giving me lots of encouragement.
I have worked on my philosophy for 27 years. The last nine years I have
worked on my notes almost daily. They are online at:
and here is my script, which is much shorter:
My video is my first complete sketch of an account of everything. In
the first half, I document the conceptual structures that I'm aware of.
In the second half, I propose a theory that these structures derive from
God's considering whether he exists even if he doesn't exist. The
structures arise as God withdraws until God is not necessary, leaving
simply truth. But the associated growth of understanding appreciates
the lack of God as relevant and ultimately as a demonstration that God
is necessary, that there is much work for us to do.
Our Worknets culture of independent thinkers is such a wish for tangible
truth, for incremental compassion, for a "kingdom of heaven" where what
we believe is what happens, and so what unfolds unfolds along with our
beliefs. I imagine that my philosophy is relevant, or will be relevant,
as we seek such a universal culture.
I'm pausing to think about what I've learned. There is much more to do,
such as nail down the details of the theoretical frameworks from which
derive the languages of argumentation (how things come to matter),
verbalization (how things get meaning) and narration (how things
happen). This is relevant for our work together based on our values,
questions and endeavors.
I'm stopping, though, to reflect on what I've learned. We can describe
our mental world without reference to God. But as I try to derive that
world, I find that each and every step makes sense as God's withdrawal,
making room for us. And then we can see the enormous opportunity that
we have to act with love in a world of imperfections, lack of empathy,
lack of slack and incompleteness of life. We grow by going beyond
ourselves to take up God's will, good will, wisdom and eternal life, all
of which acknowledge and embrace those faults. We thus come together
around God's reality that we join in making real.
How have I changed since I started this quest as a child? I have a much
warmer relationship with God. In the beginning, God was for me a very
cold hypothetical, for I understood his absence coldly. Now, over the
years, I have warmed to God, I think because I have come to God, rather
than he come to me. I appreciate his absence as his warmth, his not
imposing himself on me. I suppose in this way God's absence and
presence are the same.
I don't have any reason to question God's relevance overall because
that's allowed me to arrive at my results. So now I may think freshly,
how might God like to participate? What might God like to investigate?
I hope to dedicate myself and understanding and supporting God's growth,
his values and investigations and endeavors. I think he values love, he
endeavors to reach out to the hard to reach, and he is interested in how
we understand each other's values. I believe that this outlook will
yield real progress for my own study of argumentation, verbalization and
I have also arrived at an answer to my thought as a child, that if I
knew everything, then I would know what I might do useful with that
knowledge. I think that alongside the opportunity to love and wish, to
obey and believe, we can also care to co-create a culture of independent
thinkers as I wrote above, and as I sketch with the Worknets charter
I'm happy that we are working alongside each other, both online and
on-the-ground, to create a world where this is also relevant, where God
can be with us both in his absence and presence, where we can all be
independent, or simply alone, both together and separately, and we can
grow in love to embrace those of a more or less different mindset. I'm
blessed to be with us in a society where all this is possible.
I invite you to watch this video! I hope it helps you understand me and
what I think is "true, direct, constant, significant". I welcome your
thoughts and questions, your ideas on working together, and your help to
share this all with others who might join us.
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