A distinguishing but not unique feature of process philosophy is that it repudiates the idea that “the world” is a product of the individual or collective human imagination, emphasizing instead that the actual world is “given” for experience in what Whitehead calls experience in the mode of causal efficacy.
Indeed, moment by moment, the entire past is given for experience, as is, thinks Whitehead, a world of pure potentiality partly apprehended in the mental pole of our experience.
Accordingly, the idea that we are, or should aspire to be, self-sufficient is an illusion of modernity. Frank Sinatra notwithstanding, none of us can do it “my way,’ even in part, without the nourishment of the hills and rivers, trees and stars, other people, and the mysterious source from which existence comes, often named God.
In the beginning, before there is the freedom of self-determination, there is the mutuality of inter-becoming. In the beginning, says Jared Morningstar, is the taqwa.
- Jay McDaniel, January 25, 2021