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Hmmmm, yes.  I like this meditation very much and even do not choke on the phrase "radical insufficiiency"

But i've just finished re-reading some of Chesterton's comments on Paganism.  Saying my God is better than your God can get awfully close to saying i'm better than you,

I like my perennial philosophy neat.  Mixing in too much of a particular religion or culture leaves an at least slightly sour taste.  I like a little Taoism, a little Buddhism, a little paganism, a little Christianity, a lot of Sufism (but almost no Islam), a little animism, etc.

I tend to be a little too hard on Christianity, because i am from there and still very close to it *.  I see it in action, whereas i know Taoism in theory and poetry.  Most of us talk a whole lot prettier than we walk.

I have to realize that i cannot rely on "spiritual bartenders" to mix my nectar to my taste.  I have to be less critical (in the negative sense of that word). take what i can use; leave what i can't use for those who can use it.  I also need to acquire a preferrence for a greater variety of "tastes."

*(edit) I have to admit that i expect more of Christianity because it has the most "adherents" and Christians are among the richest and powerful people and live in the wealthiest countries.  I probably should expect less of them because wealth leads to complacency and power radically distorts reality.  Through the second half of the 2oth century the rich countries have been getting less Christian and the poorer countries more Christian: i hope this is for the good of us all,  Christians ought to be poor and powerless, if i read the gospels right.

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bardcat
Apr. 13th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Some pretty awesome reflection here Bob. I like the idea of cultivating different tastes. I really would like to study Taoism and know more about it. Maybe I can find a simple book I can understand or read some quotes from those who follow Taoism. So much mystery, so much we just do not know even when we think we do. Such a great need to walk humbly on this earth with each other.
bobby1933
Apr. 14th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
Studying Taoism
A good English translation of the Tao Te Ching is short and, i'm sure for you, simple. I think you would be right at home with it. It is the best introduction to philosophical Taoism that i can think of. I think of it as Taoism's sermon on the mount -- no theology (maybe a little via negative) simple philosophy subtely presented, guide to ethical, sustainable behavior.

One Chinese philosopher commented the Europeans are religious people who sometimes philosophize, but the Chinese are philosophers who are sometimes religious. There is a Taoist "religion" but i know nothing about it. It is so mixed with Confucianism and Chinese folk religion that it is hard to sort out. And it is the wisdom and ethic of Taoism that i admire.
And that is all in the Tao te Ching.

I would also recommend the Chuang Tzu. I found it VERY challenging, and, at first, offputting. But you might enjoy Thomas Merton's The Way of Chuang Tzu or Steven Mitchell's The Second Book of the Tao.

Let me jump the gun a little to wish you a Happy Birthday:

Happy Birthday, Jeff.
May you enjoy every moment of it,
and have many, many more happy birthdays.
bardcat
Apr. 14th, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you Bob! I will print this out and use your words as a reference for further exploration!
bardcat
Apr. 14th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
and thank you very much for the birthday greeting!
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