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Plato argued that concepts such as justice, beauty, good, virtue, etc. are similar to mathematical proofs and can be argued and understood by using elementary deductive logic. His view was that they existed as truth forms, independent and external to the tangible, material world we find ourselves in.

Is this possible? Can we separate our understanding of phenomena from the natural world around us as we perceive it? To do so would we not need to line up to a sort of dualism that distinguishes the ‘natural’ from the ‘spiritual’ worlds?

These days my thinking is more in alignment with a view that the ‘supernatural’ is in reality only the ‘natural’ world not fully understood. Or in the case of religious institutions and orders, the natural world mostly misunderstood.

Perhaps the belief in an independent supernatural world or realm that exists mysteriously inside and around but not clearly and articulately tangible to the natural realm is merely a construct of convenience necessitated to offset the futility and frustration we are shrouded with in this world we live in? we who hold this as a dominant view tend to scoff at scientific approaches to the same issues.

On the other hand, a focus on the pursuit of reason and an empirical, scientific world view could equally be a construct of convenience that faithfully labours on, driven by a basic need for control and autonomy in the very same world of futility and frustration. This is often accompanied by severe effort to quell the emotive, intuitive side that raises its inconvenient presence so frequently.

Both sides claim to be free thinking but we all speak from behind the packed lids of cardboard boxes. When the rain falls on all of us we tend get inexplicably soggy and discomforted. As good as rain is the reality is that the sun also shines and if we both venture out we might escape the musty smell we both have redefined as incense to the gods of our own construction.

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