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Living In Time

"Wisdom has no author, it flows through us anonymously"  The person who wrote these words seems to believe them, as do i; yet he wrote them in a book to which he holds the copyright.  What's my point?  I'm not sure i have one.

For thirteen milennia or more, we humans have been living an artificial life.   As Marx suggested, we decorate our "chains" with "flowers" to pretend they are necklaces and bracelets and slave bracelets; but we are lost to that timeless world where people lived in the moment or in the very close neighborhood of the moment.  We are indeed "separated from our nature by instruments of our own construction". and many of these trillions upon trillions of "instruments" are so subtle or so taken for granted that we take no notice of them, let alone ever ask how they separate us or why we should care.

When the Tao Te Ching says that every human knows that fluidity is stronger than solidity but no one puts it into practice, it was  acknowledging how far we had removed ourselves from "our original nature."  It tried to remind us of the Path from which we had strayed.  So also did the Buddha and later Jesus.  Their warnings have gone unheeded and mostly unheard in the hurricane of material and technological change

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bardcat
May. 1st, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a mighty fine idea!
bobby1933
May. 1st, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
I have no idea who Edward Stevens is (or was). Probably a Catholic, probably a monk, probably an academic, His 1973 book (An Introduction to) Oriental Mysticism has been one of the neglected treasures in my library. I have forgotten how much i learned i from it. The "layers" which must be peeled back to find our selves come from Peter Berger's book The Social Construction of Reality (1966 -- which i think should have been titled The Symbolic Construction of Society)

Berger speaks of the inevitability of this process. Stevens challenges that inevitability, a challenge which Berger's own discussion of it makes possible. If i struggle against convention, i am not necessarily struggling against either nature or God.
bardcat
May. 1st, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I hear you Bobby and appreciate the dialogue.

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