This sketch illustrates how I often envision our beliefs, our philosophies and our ways of thinking. My intent here is not to argue about the terms [“usefulness” or “accuracy”, for I toyed with other words too], but to hope you feel what I am trying to say and use this metaphor for useful dialogue.
Questions for readers: Imagine you see the folks (the boats) in the diagram (a, b and c) trying to navigate their lives (the sea). Which boat is doing best? Which direction should each boat point her bow?