Voyageur Storytelling: Fourfold Vision, Tetrads, Œvirsagas, etc.

Friday June 18th 2021

Fading Away

Voyageur Storytelling has had a good run, from its origins in Yellowknife in 1998, to 15 years of Country Supper Storytelling Concerts on Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula, to the Stephen Leacock tour in 2017 and subsequent endeavours.

Now passing the torch to:

KnICH Magazine

A Literary Affair

KnICH = KNOWLEDGE + IMAGINATION + COMPASSION + HUMOUR

This web site will vanish on December 12, 2021.

Meanwhile, weekly up-dates continue concerning current projects.

For information about old projects contact Paul Conway by e-mail at the address below.


This Week's Tetrad Pictoverbicon

Press upon the Pictoverbicon to see the full 2021 array.


The MUDL MODEL of FOURFOLD VISION

A Re-Imagination for 2021, Using Tetrads


The MUDL MODEL is a formal algorithm founded on FOURFOLD VISION. It uses TETRADS in strings and layers to fuse

KNOWLEDGE + IMAGINATION + COMPASSION + HUMOUR

(the Ur-Tetrad, a Stephen Leacock legacy)

and thus evoke THOUGHTFUL DECISIONS. It is real, natural, not artificial intelligence. It is evolving into a tool for RE-IMAGINATION.


The Prime Minister wants us to "re-imagine the Economy" post-Covid. Why stop there? Why not re-imagine Society? Why not re-imagine Canada? Why not re-imagine Re-Imagining? There are no limits to what can be imagined. Difficulties getting there perhaps, but so what? Air-castles first, then foundations, as H.D. Thoreau recommended.


The MUDL Model's Mission is to help re-imagine a country (Canada) whose political centre philosophically is Liberal + Conservative + Progressive + Libertarian, and whose ideals are PLURALISM + IDEALISM + PRAGMATISM + DEMOCRACY. The cause is Democracy, Social Justice and Wise Decisions. Fourfold Vision aided by Tetrads, in model form, is evolving as a tool. There may be others, but they must be able to handle the complexity and not try to reduce it to simplicity.


In the evolution of human mental capacity, that is where we need to go next. Our way of life is Complex, Interdependent, High-Velocity, and rife with Uncertainty. Our ways of thought need to be able to handle that. The MUDL Model of Fourfold Vision, using Tetrads, is so designed. I will post progress reports in detail on KnICH Magazine, with encapsulations here (until December) and on Twitter and Facebook. Spread the word, please.


The MUDL MODEL is TETRADICAL, pursuing THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE (another Stephen Leacock legacy) and other vexing contemporary imperatives by raising BOTH-AND THINKING to the FOURTH POWER.


To operate the MUDL Model place your KNOWLEDGE + IMAGINATION + COMPASSION + HUMOUR into a STATE OF READINESS and CONTEMPLATE the TETRADS. These are sets of loaded words, packed with Implications & Ramifications. Let their light shine upon the ISSUE AT HAND. Let your mind play.


The MUDL MODEL of FOURFOLD VISION

2021 Progression


May 27th

A Fourfold Vision of Canada

PLURALISM + IDEALISM + PRAGMATISM + DEMOCRACY


June 3rd

A Democratic Tetrad

MAJORITY + MINORITY + INDIVIDUAL + COMMUNITY


June 10th

A Tetrad for Social Justice

PROSPERITY + HEALTH + SECURITY + EQUAL OPPORTUNITY


Notes made in 2020, leading into 2021:


The FOURFOLD VISION QUEST


Fourfold Vision and associated prophetics applied to public affairs.

See recalled pictoverbicon below.


Twofold, Threefold, Fourfold, and Morefold = Fourfold Vision

Complex Thinking for Complex Times

Onefold = Single Vision: Inadequate


Tis fourfold in my supreme delight

And three fold in soft Beulahs night

And twofold Always. May God us keep

From Single Vision ... (William Blake)


Tetrational:

Earth + Water + Air + Fire

Life + Beauty + Grace + Choice

Nature + Culture + Unity + Diversity

Prosperity + Health + Security + Freedom

Pluralism + Idealism + Pragmatism + Wisdom

Knowledge + Imagination + Compassion + Humour

Fourfold Vision + Unsolved Riddles + Both-And + Muddle

etc.


Fourfold Vision in Public Affairs:

(Tetrationality Forever!)


Why?

To Benefit the Common Weal

To Advance Social Justice, Unsolved Riddles and all;

To Nourish Human Contentment;

To pursue sane, orderly and continuous Social Reform.

the Prosperity necessary to it

the Society necessary to it

the Culture necessary to it

the Environment necessary to it

the Democracy necessary to it

the Government necessary to it

the Security necessary to it

the Education necessary to it

the Understandings necessary to it

in particular of

Pluralism :: Complexity (Muddle) :: Overview :: Both-And

and the consequent need to cultivate

Knowledge + Imagination + Compassion + Humour

(the Stephen Leacock Tetrad)

Other Useful, Attractive, but Insufficient Casts of Mind


The Mariposan

Fragmented, Incomplete, Inconclusive

Muddled, Sometimes Inefficient, Democratic


The Ideological

Clear, Convinced, Sometimes Closed

Enticing, Unworkable, Inclined to be Authoritarian


The Scientific

Intensely Focussed, Rigorously Disciplined, Fragmented

Enticing, Impatient with Context, Sometimes Dogmatic


The Literary Cast of Mind, properly mobilized, retains the advantages of all three

while avoiding the traps.

Much more could be said, and will be.

Since Stephen Leacock's book (The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice, 1919-20), and maybe earlier (Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1879) the cohabitation of Social Justice and Unsolved Riddles has been known, effective, and sometimes deplored. Conversations surrounding the attempt to marry them officially and thus make their relationship respectable yielded the following ideas, general in scope, specific in application, and blessed by their mutual attraction:


(1) Make a Mantra of Social Justice. At present it seems that the words we hear most often in public discourse are "The Economy", meaning economic growth of the common, quantitative kind, measured by a very small number of indicators, such as GDP, the stock market indices, or (un)employment. We should elevate 'Social Justice' into that dominant position, and think of economic affairs as simply one tool in the box.


(2) Complex Thinking for Complex Reality. The cumulative effect of democratic, industrial, and commercial progress in the past few centuries has been a hugely complex, interactive society, or set of societies, seeking to satisfy individual, local, national, regional, and global imperatives. In order to make those our servants rather than our masters we need to think as complexly as they are. Simplicities, however consoling, cannot do the job.


(3) Sane, Orderly, and Continuous Social Reform. There is no magic formula. If something needs improvement, work to improve it. If we try something that works, we should do more of it. If we try something that doesn't work, we should try something different. We may in fact work that way naturally. We need to trust the process, and distrust those who are impatient, dogmatic, or authoritarian.


(4) Education. All advancement of any kind begins here, and not only with schooling, important as that is. The humanaculture of learning and teaching needs to permeate public discourse and private aspiration.


(5) Social Safety. We cannot call ourselves socially just as long as anyone is in distress through no fault of their own, and we need to be very careful in our judgements about fault. What looks like fault is often our lack of understanding. In particular children should not inherit the misfortunes of their parents.


(6) Fitting Taxation. In order to provide the public services and protections so essential to Social Justice, we need to tax whatever creates or manifests material wealth for individuals and corporations, using a set of largest possible bases and at steeply progressive rates.


(7) Guaranteed Incomes. The Big Four pillars of Social Justce are, or ought to be: Income, Housing, Health Care, Education. If people have incomes they can help with the other three. If we don't guarantee the income we pay a huge price trying to provide the others.


(8) Right Œvirsagas. Œvirsagas are the macro-stories we tell ourselves in order to know who we are, where we are, where we have been, and where we ought to be going. They are the propaganda we generate for ourselves, in order to keep us focussed and energized.


HOW GOOD WE ARE WILL DEPEND ON HOW WE THINK!

A Tetrad of Post-Covid19 Specific Measures

based on lessons learned


(1) A Guaranteed Annual Income. If we had had that from the beginning the social safety net it would represent would kick in automatically for those in need.This measure would require higher taxation of the progressive redistributive kind.


(2) Massive Reform of Elder Care. Towards Home Care and minimally institutional forms of residence; away from large institutions especially those of the warehousing kind.


(3) Sophisticated Understanding of Risk. Covid19 is a new risk and we don't know how to think about it. We take risks all the time in our daily lives, especially with disease and accidents, and we know how to think about them. We need to apply the same kind of understanding.


(4) Journalism for Our Time. The present whip-saw oscillation between sensationalism and sentimentalism, along with grotesquely inadequate expertise in statistical interpretation on the part of journalists, is making any kind of contextual thinking extremely difficult for those who rely on regular journalism for understanding.


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