“I think we should be skeptical of wedding the essential building blocks of argument to a value level” – [TuffGhost](http://vomitingconfetti.blogspot.com/2006/10/regression-and-recovery.html)
Hell, yeah. In this discussion, there’s at least the skills and techniques that become available to you as you develop and there’s the aspects of life you get fascinated with (notice me wiggling around trying not say “Levels and Lines!”).
I recall my first real awakening happening when I discovered critical reasoning and formal logic around 15 or 16. I recall a sensation of “waking up” from having been “asleep”. I had the great privilege to go to a high school that offered Logic as a class to seniors – and I scored a great logic teacher (Mrs Jell).
Around the time my mind was really ripe for logic and symbolism (broadly construed) I had a very Platonic education. I stole “[The Republic](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_%28Plato%29)” over the Christmas break to read it (returned it too, I was a good child).
Then later at Uni, I discovered the deconstructionists and post-structuralism and [Korzybski](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korzybski) and woke up again, started to get a lot more strict with how I used language and lot more perspectival.
Come to think of it, prior to all that, I had a gentle but structured upbringing in a compassionate bit of the Anglican church, so I probably lucked out in the traditionalist, rulesNroles stage as well.
But that early territorial stuff? Nope. That I’ve had to recover… and a deal of what’s before that too, I think.
This way of looking at it I’m finding, largely thanks to [you](http://vomitingconfetti.blogspot.com/) [guys](http://until.joe-perez.com/) [in](http://integral-options.blogspot.com) [the](http://www.matthewdallman.com/blog.html) [integral](http://indistinctunion.blogspot.com/) [blogosphere](http://www.c4chaos.com/) – threads of posts weaving together, performed perspectives – makes it satisfyingly hard to call someone else on their altitude (satisfying because it *should* be hard). Between the different lines of development and the fascinations people adopt during this process of recovery, you’ve got no business trying to label anyone with colours.
(an earlier version of this appears at [TuffGhost’s blog as a comment](http://vomitingconfetti.blogspot.com/2006/10/regression-and-recovery.html))