Arguing the fundamentals and foundational thinking can be tedious for a great number of people. However, some find it to be great sport. But does it have any value?
If the center of a circle is the most perfect foundation, when we get our foundation really close to it – or even not that close (relatively speaking), our foundational thinking might not appear to be very different from someone else’s foundational thinking… but if you drew a line from the point of perfect foundation through my foundation and did the same to the other’s foundation, what is built on those foundations starts to deviate a great deal. The distance between those lines grows the more we build onto those foundations.
For most people, this isn’t that big a deal. One of the fallacies of the Enlightenment was the assumption that all people put a lot of thought into foundational thinking, politics, and philosophies of life and governance. Most people just don’t. They follow the majority thinking – the cultural thinking. The thought leaders in academics, their churches, their government, and the authors of their stories and tales drive the cultural thinking and most people just absorb it by osmosis. They wouldn’t even need to perfectly follow the precepts to gain benefit from a solid foundation on which those precepts are built.
One of my arguments against modern thought and politics is that I think the thought leaders – including those on the Right – have created foundations on faulty ground… or they picked a precept that was built on a solid foundation and made that their foundation, instead – like individualism and captialism. Identifying the foundations and figuring out why those foundations are off needs to be part of whatever comes next for the continuation of our country and her governance or in building what comes next.
I don’t believe I am right for this, though I know I am a thinker. I will seed the foundational thinking in at least one of my children, and maybe one of them will be a builder. Or maybe the discussions of foundational principles on these pages will make it to someone else who will be a foundational builder.