Triadic Reality begins with what is Vague. Things rising inside us, images perhaps, without identity or name. We choose amid the vagueness and arrive at words. Words are how we process senses and signs.

Charles Sanders Peirce said all thought is signs. Peirce also said, correctly, we never know everything. We are fallible pioneers on the way.

The sheer immensity of things seems to defeat us but we keep on. We explore. We move constantly. At best, we live by faith in progress, continuity, and movement toward good.


We are not meant to be steadfast and certain.

Tentativity and care make better sense. So often we are unaware.

When certainty arrives, it is because we have eliminated many falsities along the way. We take one road, hating to turn back. We get frustrated.

We know there’s always a beyond and that our knowledge grows and changes.


The so-called great beyond is not merely past horizons but all around, exactly where we are. It takes but a turning of our head to bring into view the things that we cannot see past. If understanding is needed, it may or may not be there, depending.

There is nothing more rewarding than stopping, taking in the immediate, and sensing the wonder of the now. It does not matter what it is. It is the melding of the mind with what is as time unfolds.


Culture trumpets blaring reassurances, noisy bars rob us of thought. Advertisements guarantee salvation. We need respite to reset ourselves. We need the mindfulness that enables us to go with the flow.

Vagueness is a given, all is tentative. Complexity’s the norm. Consider these approximations.

Books – 130 million.

Academic subjects – Thousands. Professions – Hundreds. Specialties – Thousands. Skills – Thousands. Languages – 7000.

The possibility of having more than a general sense of things is nonexistent. The chance of knowing much about more than a few things is not great.

We say the Web helps us know more than ever. But we only see a tiny fraction of what’s there.

There is much more beyond it.


Triadic Philosophy suggests that there are few words with universal importance:

Reality, ethics, aesthetics. Freedom, love, justice. Tolerance, helpfulness, democracy. Action, expression. Blessing. Will, time, space. Continuity, fallibility. Logic. Good, evil.

These are keywords of Triadic Philosophy. They are the stuff of a worldview that accepts vagueness, partiality, fallibility, and progress.