Dialectical Interchange (Excerpt)

Diotima: From our initial dialectical interchange with you and your response to the training material, there may not be much more we need to explore.

Elbridge: Emily, your developing the Authority Test shows clearly that you understand the underlying principles of the CCC enterprise. Are there any additional areas you'd like to cover in this dialectical interchange?

Emily: Yes, a couple. First, do you both think it would be possible to find equally useful and appropriate terms to replace the terms Overseer, Manager, and Technician?

Diotima:I think it would be possible to find equally appropriate terms to refer to those functions; the ones we chose were merely the best we could come up with at the time.

Elbridge: We feel that any nomenclature used in the entire CCC enterprise is open to improvement.

Emily: Excellent! I agree that there should be complete openness as to either concepts or terminology in the CCC enterprise.

Do you both feel that the CCC enterprise's connection to certain documents and concepts within the Perennial Tradition means that the enterprise is based on and/or subordinate to that tradition?

Diotima: We both are "in" the Perennial Tradition in the sense that we are helping to define and delineate it and we practice its concepts. The primary aim of the CCC enterprise is to assist in human evolution: development of functioning individuals and the coordination of such individuals into a functioning unity.

Elbridge: The CCC enterprise should, similarly to the U.S. Constitution's provision, encourage the separation of church and state. However, the Perennial Tradition is not a religion or even a philosophy in the common academic meaning of those words. The Perennial Tradition is the way of realizing human evolution in all its aspects. The CCC enterprise is one part of this effort, the operation whereby functioning individuals can join together into a social harmony. This is why material from the Perennial Tradition is included in the CCC enterprise training: so that additional features of human evolution can be understood and realized.

Emily: Yes, I understand that the CCC enterprise is one part of the overall Perennial Tradition operation of human transformation. I now consider myself a part of that Tradition, as I continue to study and apply it, and hope to be able to contribute to it as things progress.

It appears to me that the principles of Progressive Awareness are an integral part of the CCC enterprise. How do you see the relationship between the two?

Elbridge: Progressive awareness--self-knowledge, critical thinking, and critical consciousness--is an essential part of the CCC enterprise. For example, we must insist that persons who become members engage in rational thought and action. Otherwise, our communities might devolve to the state that America is presently in, whereby we have persons with all sorts of anti-rational, contradictory religious and social belief systems.

Diotima: Our communities could not tolerate members who advocated or practiced dogmas of a fundamentalist religious or social belief system: such as Sharia, capitalism, or right-to-life.

Emily: I agree. It seems to me that the concept of 'freedom" has been distorted into mindless tolerance of any beliefs or practices whatsoever, no matter how destructive or non-rational they might be.

The other area I wanted to explore is the overall nature of the training program. It appears that in my case, most of what you've developed for the training program is so close to my own point of view that it may not be necessary to engage in additional dialectical interchanges other than the initial one.

Elbridge: You appear to be an exception to the rule in terms of applicants for membership in CCC.

Diotima: We're finding that the initial dialectical interchange merely indicates whether or not the applicant can be allowed to continue the training. Additional training through dialectical interchange is required by most if not all applicants.

Elbridge: Now that you're joining us in the enterprise, we'd like for you to participate in the initial dialectical interchanges with applicants who pass the initial screening process. By participating in these dialectical interchanges, you'll be able to see that most applicants require considerable training in terms of counter-productive attitudes, beliefs, and behavior patterns.

Diotima: In this way you'll be able to see some of the challenges--and difficulties--that we face in training most of the applicants we're experiencing.

Emily: It will be interesting to participate with you in these dialectical interchanges and see not only the characteristics of the applicants but also in what ways I can contribute to these training interchanges.