Maybe a Spark
Beginning with the Peterson, Pageau, Vervaeke and Baron conversation, mentions of Thomas Aquinas began to enter the room. Since then, this has been happening more often. It happened several times in this conversation between Matt Fradd and Jonathan Pageau.
Pageau is famously known for talking about patterns. I have noted that patterns, in this sense, is not any different than purpose. I find that patterns are nothing more than purpose in action – as long as one recognizes that inherent in every being is a purpose common with other beings of a like type. Hence…patterns.
But now Pageau is making the connection overtly. He uses the words purpose and teleology. He has often mentioned this idea of a return to Aquinas. But, just as in the conversation with the four, hosted by Peterson, no direct mention in this conversation with Fradd of natural law. And this time, I lay the blame of Fradd, who cannot be oblivious to the connection (his channel is called Pints with Aquinas, for goodness’ sakes).
But…baby steps. I have waited several years for the conversation to at least crack the natural law door open. I believe it is inevitable that eventually those involved in this conversation will come to find the common point for all of them is to be found in the natural law ethic.
Through it, the question of where we should aim is answered; the question of how we should act is answered; the question of who we are is answered. These are the questions being asked in the discussion, and natural law points to answers for each of these.
Living a life in accord with the natural law ethic gives meaning in life – in other words, the cure for the meaning crisis.
Jonathan Pageau gave a lecture for an event put together by the Montreal Jung Society. During the Q&A, he was asked “How would you work with the problem of inclusive / exclusive categories in these times? Where do the movements of cancel culture or Black Lives Matter feed, or how to make sense of these movements?” Dangerous and loaded questions.
The entire section is about twelve min
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