The difficulty of values
The best definition of value I could find is that it represents the degree of importance to someone. Because no one seems to have only one thing of value we usually refer to their ‘set of values’ or ‘value system’. The common use of a “value system” is that of being a guide for our behavior. In that sense it can also help define who we are. Since I am trying to define a value system for a Simplist, the fact that I am trying to define a Simplist at the same time makes this effort especially challenging for me.
The need to do this now is driven by the fact that if I don’t define it then someone else will define it for me. This is actually a positive development because we should be defined by our value system. So by creating one I am defining the meaning of what a Simplist is. This should allow anyone to determine whether I actually am a Simplist in any sense of the word. I will list the core values first, then explain them one at a time as an attempt to establish their value.
Agency, Learning, Relations, Relevance, Consideration
Agency: the power to effect. Can be described as the ability of an actor to act. It could also be referred to as Free Will.
Value to a Simplist: A Simplist values Agency not because of a desire to possess it, but because allowing for it can make the world easier to understand. From understanding comes acceptance. From acceptance comes peace.
Learning: the process of acquiring something new.
Value to a Simplist: The highest value is in the newness. Regardless of the value inherent or derived from what is learned, the true value is in the fact that it creates the opportunity to grow oneself, to create a higher value, or better version of oneself. In the end it is about adding sight. The more we see, the more we can understand. The end result is more peace.
Relations: Those things that have a connection to something else.
Value to a Simplist: This is of Highest value to a Simplist because it is the driving factor that created the Simplist to begin with. To explain this one will be difficult to understand. All relations create complexity. The more complex something is, the harder it is to understand. The common approach is to disassemble it and analyze the parts. When it comes to Existence, however, this is not possible. The Simplist method is to remove all relations possible until you get to the first one. This is what is called the Simplist State. The idea is that by identifying the first effect, you can then understand all subsequent causes. It will require a separate post to explain this concept so I will do that in the future.
Relevance: determining the value of a relation.
Value to a Simplist: This is probably the second hardest to explain. This is obvious because it seems to conflict the concept of minimizing relations. Determining the value of a relation is a basis for its removal, but the less relations you have the more Relevance each one has. Relevance is like a tool for evaluating statements than anything else. To understand the true meaning of a statement, a Simplist will start by removing all the irrelevant elements that they can find. This concept will also require a separate post to fully understand its significance.
Consideration: a taking into account where account is defined as a reason for action.
Now is the time to reflect on everything created so far before we can continue. So I will stop here and continue when it seems necessary.