I. Discretionism: An Introduction.
An Ideal is not some unattainable romantic notion. It exists. It is absolute.
II. The Hierarchy of Discretion
The essence of individualism must be personal experience. This requires that due consideration be given to actors both internal and external to individual consciousness.
III. The Dialectic of the Soul
Caught somewhere between reason’s fascistic rule and emotion’s anarchy is the discriminatory process. The soundness of its judgment depends on man’s ability to act as arbiter: to listen to emotional and rational appeals in turn, to discern in which argument the course of action that best fits a desired end is most likely to be found and ultimately to act following a comprehensive examination of all available facts.
IV. Attaining Balance in the Soul
Discretionism properly practiced falls upon the individual’s ability to subjugate reason and passion to their proper dominions. This means sober, reflective analysis governs thought, while the compass of ardor directs emotion. A failure to constrain either element — to allow emotional impulses to masquerade as reason, or to base emotion in clinical analysis — results in a perversion of the soul.
V. The Consummate Man
The productive labors of the individual are the Ideal, channeled through the lens of personal perspective and a unique set of skills, made tangible.