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"Letter to a Priest"
Directed by Clayton Richard Long
Monday, January 14, 2013
Thoughts during a recent interaction on my Facebook account.
The world is full of “things”, the world is a thing and even a thought is a thing. The earliest known philosophers were intent on understanding what and why things are the way they are. Philosophy means the love of wisdom, which does not mean that all philosophers are the smartest people, it means that they are truly dedicated to understanding why “things” are the way they are. They love to have the wisdom of why things are so.
Aristotle is one such philosopher who believed that things in themselves do not deceive, things are what they are. It is only the human mind that distorts a thing from its true reality.
Early philosophers recognized “being” as the first act of things that are subsisting by themselves, things that need no outside forces for them to be. Aristotle was a naturalist who would philosophize and study living things by the experimental method. This would involve the internal workings of a thing and a things very essence. For Aristotle this would be substance, which is the function of root of all the actions the thing performs. For the cause of all things being is its formal substance and what thrusts the things very being, and is the cause and principle behind things is the soul. Not only do philosophers ponder these things but poets recognize the metaphysical truth of things as well.
Jacques Maritain once observed that a poet and a metaphysician “play on a see-saw, taking turns rising up to the sky. The spectators make fun of the sport; but they are seated on the ground.”
Aristotle believed in the intelligence of the first cause, he recognized that in nature there is something intelligent guiding or thrusting everything. Where there is matter there is mind and Aristotle establishes the transcendence of mind over matter.
How we perceive “being”, the fact of being does not end when we die, there is something deeper within, when a beings natural end is in God, its natural end is love. St.Thomas Aquinas taught, “When a being has in another its entire reason for being, it is impossible that it not love, by nature, this other more than itself.”
Every thing is meant to preserve its being, but why, for survival alone? We do not have to look far, only deep, that God is pure act at the beginning of every being.
Clayton Richard Long