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May 5th, 2011

Writer's Block: Cinco de Mayo

Do you consider yourself patriotic? If so, how do you express it?

No, i believe nationalism is anti-human
and i would like to be a human being.
Patriotism has been called the last refuge of scoundrels
and i have taken that to be a definition.
I have been trying very hard not to be a scoundrel,
but sometimes my country will ask me to be one anyway,
Patriotism, even Israeli patriotism,
has been shown to be a form of idolatry.
(All other patriotisms are idolatry by definition.)
(But as a human being, i can't buy into that either.
A spiritual person cannot condone violence,
and the state has reserved to itself the legitimate use of violence.
and if i act on behalf of a state,
i may be asked to do violence.)
If we follow the same religious symbol but different flags
we may be asked to kill one another.
If we follow the same flag but different gods
we may be asked to forget our religious differences,
Thus the nations ask us to put our flags above our gods.
This means our flags become our gods.
I am not certain that a tattered rag can be my god?
My God, i'm not even sure my god is my God.
I like to see who the people i admire admired.  The Sufi scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr considered himself a lifelong follower of Frithjof Schuon, an advocate of perennis religio.  Here is his Wikipedia biography.

the religio perennis is the underlying religion, the religion of the heart or the religio cordis. Esoterists in every orthodox tradition have a more or less direct access to it, but it cannot be a question of practicing the religio perennis independently.[citation needed] Religious forms can be more or less transparent but religious diversity is not denied for its raison d'être is metaphysically explained. On the one hand, formal religions are upaya (celestial strategy), superimpositions on the core-essence of the religio perennis. On the other hand, religious forms correspond to as many archetypes in the divine Word itself.[citation needed] Religious forms are willed by God and each religion corresponds to a particular and homogenous cosmos, characterized by its own perspective of the Absolute.[citation needed]

The Perennialist perspective itself can thus be characterized as essentially metaphysical, esoteric, primordial but also traditional. For Schuon, there is no spiritual path outside of a revealed religion, which provides spiritual seekers with a metaphysical doctrine and a spiritual method, but also with a spiritual environment of beauty and sacredness.

Frithjof Schuon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

5 Degrees of Separation

A favorite student of mine, now deceased, was nephew of and apprentice to
A Crow medicine man who was blood brother of
A Swiss mystic who was mentor to
an Iranian Sufi scholar whom i greatly admire.

It is indeed a small world.



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