Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Exploring the diversity of thoughts through the lens of moral imagination: A good sense

In a mass diversity of thoughts where our minds are filled with a sense of either bad or good, there is an unimaginable sequence of lower and higher levels of standards which human minds can somehow comprehend it; good sense or bad sense. There is a dawn of thoughts which precedes it forward or get stagnant which leads to nowhere so it bends in some soluble remnant of moral imagination. Nevertheless, people have the notion of interrupting their thoughts and bear their minds to ponder on things, questions and queries and whilst, others simply ignores it for some certain reasons which quite settle their mind for some certain good sense of them. In search of their requisite or unattainable heights of glory in assuming things from the good and bad or right and wrong, a Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for everyone thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men (consider it as some part of is ignorant about); and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects (such understandings are a delight to my soul). For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.
There may be a conflict through the lens of moral imagination in some respect than those of the generality; on the contrary, not have often wished that they were equal to some others in promptitude of thought, or in clearness and distinctness of imagination, or in fullness and readiness of memory. And besides these, will be there of no other qualities that contribute to the perfection of the mind; for as to the reason or sense, inasmuch as it is that alone which constitutes us men, and distinguishes us from the brutes, it is disposed to believe that to be found complete in each individual; and on this point to adopt the common opinion of philosophers, who say that the difference of greater and less holds only among the accidents, and not among the forms or natures of individuals of the same species.
In the subsequent line of thoughts and exploring the minds of the people, here are some specific minds of a man where they ventures in wild and innocence, both declare themselves as in line of thoughts and nature of thoughts. The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellences, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it.
It is the curiosity of thoughts that doesn’t much hesitate, however, to avow one’s belief that it has been a singular good fortune to have very early in life fallen in with certain tracks which have conducted to considerations and maxims, of which has formed a method that gives the means, of gradually augmenting knowledge, and of raising it by little and little to the highest point which the mediocrity of talents and the brief duration of our life will permit to reach. Sometimes our thoughts have already reaped from it such fruits that (isn’t it delightful to know that?), although it has accustomed to think lowly enough of it, and although when seen with the eye of a philosopher at the varied courses and pursuits of mankind at large, there is scarcely one which does not appear in vain and useless, nevertheless derive the highest satisfaction from the progress has conceive oneself to have already made in the search after truth, and cannot help entertaining such expectations of the future as to believe that if, among the occupations of men as men, there is any one really excellent and important, it is that which we have chosen.
After all, it is possible the writer may be mistaken; and it is but a little copper and glass, perhaps, that the writer takes for gold and diamonds. Ii is to know how very liable we are to delusion in what relates to ourselves, and also how much the judgments of our friends are to be suspected when given in our favor. But It shall endeavor in this discourse to describe the paths it has followed, and to delineate one’s life as in a picture, in order that each one may also be able to judge of them for themselves, and that in the general opinion entertained of them, as gathered from current report, it may have a new help towards instruction to be added to those in the habit of employing.
And, to speak of human affairs, there is a believe that the pre-eminence of Sparta was due not to the goodness of each of its laws in particular, for many of these were very strange, and even opposed to good morals, but to the circumstance that, originated by a single individual, they all tended to a single end. In the same way, our thoughts on sciences contained in books (such of them at least as are made up of probable reasoning, without demonstrations), composed as they are of the opinions of many different individuals massed together, are farther removed from truth than the simple inferences which a man of good sense using their natural and unprejudiced judgment draws respecting the matters of their experience. And because we have all to pass through a state of infancy to manhood, and have been of necessity, for a length of time, governed by our desires and preceptors (whose dictates were frequently conflicting, while neither perhaps always counseled us for the best), the writer farther concluded that it is almost impossible that our judgments can be so correct or solid as they would have been, had our reason been mature from the moment of our birth, and had we always been guided by it alone.
It is a perspective involving a reflection back on oneself, which Levinas famously refers to as the Odyssean journey: “where the adventure pursued in the world is but the accident of a return”
Dr. Chingmei
Phonglung Avennoho
Nagaland Baptist College
Dimapur, Nagaland.

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