Idealism: the hell & necessity

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Ideals must burn low and long and locally.  Lincoln was my kind of idealist. He understood the hell in his own idealism.

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Lincoln thought the winning ideals in 1783 and 1865 were the same, though few on the winning sides would have agreed on the ideals or were even idealists.

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The moderation I want is not a Hegelian dialectical synthesis. It is the test of ideals through subordination and patience.

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Eschatology – the ultimate ideal – leads to moderation, so Kierkegaard’s Knight of Faith is a tax collector, unrecognized.

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An ideal eschatology leads not to fanaticism but moderation. “Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.” – Phil. 4:5

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After the cock crew, Peter’s idealism was sublimated into moderation. He became “a new creation.”

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Only a few idealists have the highest moderation, but no one else does.

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Moderation may be an idealist’s highest ideal, subordinating her other ideals to the rule of reason.