By Daniel J. Shepard from the Panentheism (http://www.panentheism.com) site.
A Purpose, is the Purpose, of a Philosophy
Your goal the sky
Your aim the star."
- Inscription on Hopkins Memorial Steps
William's College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
“ The purpose” of a total philosophy, is to completely address all issues of “life”. The purpose of this book is to outline a total philosophy of life. Not life in the sense of mortal life, but rather in the all encompassing sense of, “life” before “life”, followed by “life”, followed by “life” after “life”. A beginning and end to a circle with no beginning or end.
It attempts to extract from what we already know, but find fragmented, and build a simple universal philosophy of man and mankind. It attempts to identify the purpose of such seemingly inconsequential beings as man, men, and mankind within the historically assumed infinite expanse of the universe.
It is a book intent on not destroying, but building. It is a book intent on accelerating intolerance to intolerance. It is a book intent on initiating contemplation and meditation upon man’s and mans’ inhumanity to man, whether it be in a small individualistic behavior, an isolated small social way, or a repugnant large scale social form.
It is a description of a philosophy that reinforces and maintains the importance of our past history, cultures, and traditions. It is a philosophy that accounts for mans’ past deja vu and “gut” feelings.
It is a philosophy that manages to provide a process of solving today’s social and individualistic dilemmas, yet allows for an open-minded approach to tomorrow’s problems. It is a book with a philosophy intended to unify, not splinter, the individual, people, social and religious groups, and men as men.
It is an attempt at using the past, agonizing with the present, and reflecting upon the future in order to build a working philosophy that will allow all men to feel a commonality with each other as brothers, not just in this life, but from their past lives and into their future lives.
Will this book be successful at accomplishing all these grandiose goals? Success is not the point here. The point, rather, is the direction this book takes, not whether it gets us there. Much greater thinkers than I will someday reach these goals if they develop a total philosophy encompassing all aspects of man and men rather than use philosophy as a tool to reflect upon fragmented ideas.