Hegel: Faith and Reason as we move toward “what should be”

 The book to read for reference here is Reason in History by G.W.F. Hegel.

My pal, Hegel, suggests that sometimes giving into the loss of control may be what is called for as opposed to expelling massive amount of energy in an attempt to keep a tenuous grasp on events.  In a certain sense, he writes that control is a mirage.

G.W.F. Hegel was a German Idealists philosopher doing his thing in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  His “thing” was to attempt to tie up philosophical loose ends so that he could present a finished system of systems (my wording) to the world.  He wanted to incorporate all events, past, present, and future, into an understandable system while preserving the possibility of freedom (kind of).  Needless to say, systems and freedom don’t mix well.  They largely contradict each other.  Systems are products of reason, rationality and a little luck while freedom can be acidic to systems and tend to lead to dissolution (in its purest form).

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