The Producer Ethic

The discretionist is primarily a spiritual being. Belief in an Ideal so strong it spurs his every thought, his every action, even his sympathies and dislikes is the soul governor of the consummate man’s soul. He serves an idea of Absolutism which is timeless. This would seemingly make him an inherently irrational creature as such an approach to living does not allow for compromises based on the changing conditions of the moment.

Yet, the discretionist is a corporeal being; the consummate man is as bound by the laws of nature as any other. So how does he rectify the seeming schism between his spiritual and bodily needs?

He adheres to the producer ethic.

The works and ideas which have found resonance across the ages do so because they host an Ideal channeled through the essence of individual will.

The productive labors of the individual are the Ideal, channeled through the lens of personal perspective and a unique set of skills, made tangible.

Production is not possible without thought. The architect requires draftsmen and engineers to erect an edifice which can withstand the laws of physics; the fisherman needs charts to navigate the tides and locate his catch; the politician needs laws that describe the actions within his power. Only when a series of ideas contain internal logical consistency can a productive endeavor result in success.

Discretionism marries Idealism to the process of intellectual synthesis that underlies production. Through each stage of the creative process- from conception to planning to building- his decisions are made so that the final product stands as a testament to the Ideal. Just as the Ideal is the central point for which he gauges his thoughts, actions and decisions to promote consistency of character, so too is it in his creative process.

The discretionist is driven to create. The nature of his soul is such that it is not enough to hold onto a set of principles; he must advance them in everything he does. While his head unrelentingly pushes him to examine, his heart constantly cries out for action. The producer ethic allows him to make tangible his most dearly held beliefs. Thought, though substantive, is often esoteric and can be too easily dismissed as nothing more than subjective opinion informed by personal experience. Though the discretionist rejects such thinking as he grounds his head in Absolute facts, he is still bound by natural law. His heart is a social organ and fears rejection and alienation. The recognition of the Ideal in tangible objects soothes him as it proves absolutely that his beliefs are not just the inventions of his mind.

The producer ethic presents the Ideal in a form which others may see and promote. For the discretionist, patrimony is an endorsement of the Ideal. He promotes his principles in the corporeal world by consuming that which resonates with his beliefs. It does not matter if the object is a work of art, a piece of furniture or a food product. There must be merit demonstrated by the producer in the creative process for the discretionist to exercise his endorsement through purchasing power. Consumerism is just another means of self-expression. In this, as in all else, the discretionist must pursue the Ideal if he is to achieve consummation.

Just as the consummate man achieves a permanent existence by rooting his character in timeless absolutes, the producer ethic results in tangible material goods which contain an element of eternity. The act of production is rooted in absolutist thinking, so the creation, though a tangible product subject to natural laws, also takes on a degree of spiritual life which exists outside of time. The producer too lives on through this since he has made his character one which embodies the same Ideal as exists in his production.

The works and ideas which have found resonance across the ages do so because they host an Ideal channeled through the essence of individual will.

This is the trinity of the producer ethic.