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The Philosophy of "Nexus"

"The world that the word made is silent for its logos has no throat. . . [but] freedom is the divine-human nexus, the containment of caprice. . ."                      

                                                       ~Arthur A. Cohen, excerpted from "The Tremendum"


The Font of Nexus

Basic to my counseling philosophy is a belief in sociality.  People are first and last social creatures.  As much as we are biological and require certain physical sustenance, we are social and require contact with others--most notably in the midst of crisis.

Such a philosophy presupposes a moral interpretation of human behavior and asserts that in order for an individual to find meaning of perennial importance in her or his life, one must always consider how one's choices and life pursuits connect to a matrix of social connections.

But the "curves," "valleys," and "hills"  that land our way, appear as fissures in our social context.  Depending on a combination of their intensity and our pre-dispositions toward them, varying types of adjustment will result.  We may feel the sheer isolation of our journey.  Still, we may take comfort in the fact that we--being autonomous beings, are directly and solely responsible for bettering ourselves in the midst of our trials.  In a word, the individual alone is responsible for improving herself or himself.  How could it be any other way and have us produce a society exhibiting a progressive maturation?  Because each is responsible for directing the course of one's life, one surmises that one is capable of determining its direction despite the enormity of one's social circumstances.

Sometimes we hope for a connection to life, to goodness or to somebody, something that might reverse the currents of isolation. Whatever the reversal of misfortune, the individual must still always already "go at it alone" to lift oneself out of a depressing cycle or a bleak stagnancy.

Because of the concomitant condition of our agonizing autonomy and our irreversible sociality, sometimes a uniquely forming connection must obtain to help propel ourselves toward wellness.  I call this "nexus," and by it refer to a total possibility inherent in the order of worldly things whereby we are made capable of becoming more aware, of thinking more clearly, and feeling truly connected.  In a word, rehabilitation is possible for anyone.  There are always second chances to be had, or at least taken, even in the most restrictive of environments.  Such is the freedom bestowed upon the human imagination.