So be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.--Matthew 10:16
Observe the wisdom that operates in doves and in flowers and trees and the whole of nature. It is the same wisdom that does for us what our brain could never do. It circulates our blood, digests our food, pumps our hearts, expands our lungs, immunizes our bodies, and heals our wounds while our conscious minds are engaged in other matters. This kind of nature wisdom we are only now beginning to discovery in so called primitive peoples, who like the dove are so simple and wise. We,who consider ourselves more advanced, have developed another kind of wisdom, the cunningness of the brain. For we have realized that we can improve our nature and provide ourselves with safety and protection and length of life and speed and comfort unknown to primitive peoples,all of these thanks to a fully developed brain.Our challenge is to recapture the simplicity and wisdom of the dove without losing the cunningness of the serpentine brain. How can you achieve this? Through an important realization, namely, that every time you strive to improve our nature by going against it you will damage yourself, for nature is your very being. It is as if your right hand were to fight your left hand or your right foot would to stamp on your left foot. Both sides lose and instead of being creative and alive you are locked in conflict. This is the state of most people in the world.Serpents and Doves
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We are beginning to realize that a little bit of rain and cold, poor health and short life are not too high a price to pay for our souls. The Judeo Christian tradition has always wondered whether trading innocence for cunningness was a good bargain. Perhaps it is only because i am getting old, losing my marbles, and maybe my "Way." that i find nature more and more wise and myself (and, God forgive me, others) more and more stupid.