The Tetrast
Sketcher of various interrelated fourfolds.

Tetrachotomies of future-oriented virtues and vices.

August 7, 2005.
The clear logical structure displayed below complicates things somewhat for Aristotle’s idea of virtue as being a kind of mean or middle, but not hopelessly so!

Opportunity ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Risk
Safeness ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Futility

Hope ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Fear
Confidence ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Despair

For everything

Boldness ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Caution
Confident behavior ~ ~ ~
Resignation

there is a season

Courage ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Prudence
Due confident behavior ~
‘Realism’

& an out-of-season

Rashness ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Cowardice
Complacency ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Defeatism

“Hope is the cruel thing with feathers” —? (Not Dickinson)
“Never say die” —C.S. Peirce

“Hopping he tried to catch a cloud drop, on the fly, but missed. Thirstily he pecked one of the spitted ones, from a tulip leaf. Thank you little drop.
“What a commotion he must have caused in that universe! He looked around at the many others before he chose. Some were larger than our own, he guessed, others not, but all quite large enough. .... Was there, in that one, say, a world as beautiful as ours? Had been. Well, yes, perhaps, to them. On the other hand, quite possibly we had been given the most beautiful one. He always thought to point this out to the children when they grew up. Had.
“....
“He took one last peck of seed, while he could see. Soon he would be pecking star seeds . . . ‘One world at a time.’ ”

Douglas Woolf, HAD: a tale


One good world deserves another.
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