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  • hardie karges 10:58 am on May 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Covid, , , , , , Hitler, human sacrifice, , murder,   

    Buddhism 499: the Worst Experiences Sometimes Teach the Best Lessons… 

    And while this may not be one of the Four Noble Truths or one of the folds of the Eightfold Path, it is one of the mystic truths of Buddhism, often cited by the Dalai Lama and very easy to digest in its simplicity. It is easy because it is intuitive, even if it somehow defies common sense. How could the Covid pandemic teach a valuable lesson, after all? Well, if it teaches us how to deal with Global Warming, then that would be valuable, wouldn’t it? And just that it may very well do.

    Think of it as the veritable kick upside the noggin that I could never explain with so much bloggin,’ haha. Didn’t Hitler teach us something? Didn’t slavery? No religion ever prohibited slavery, or even spoke disapprovingly of it, until very recently. It’s even doubtful that murder was considered a sin, until around the time that the Buddha, and then later Jesus, thought to specifically mention it. Why? Wasn’t that obvious? Probably not, sad to say. Because while we stand aghast now while contemplating human sacrifice, they didn’t. They lined up for the privilege.

    So, score one for cultural relativism, and let’s stand reproached for our modern arrogance. Is human sacrifice okay, then? Of course not. We know that now, that every life has value, and it’s only a question of when it begins, right? But isn’t there also a question of when it should end? This is part of the ongoing dialectic towards a higher—and more convenient—truth. What about Global Warming, then? How does that fit? We must live in harmony with Nature, somehow, some way. We don’t need to live with Dodge Charger V-8’s with four-on-the-floor and dual Holley four-barrel carbs, though. We already proved that. Now we need to relearn some of our other previous lessons.

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  • hardie karges 4:31 pm on July 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hitler, Rorschach,   

    Life is a Rorschach test, subject to interpretation.. 

    False leaders need throngs of followers and constant attention, Trump and Hitler and other mothers of invention. True leaders need nothing, and neither do true citizens. For we are not members of states, or cities, but communities, of like-minded individuals, fellow travelers and fellow followers, along the one indivisible path, leaders we all of that which lies below us, followers all of that which lies above, bound by highest common denominators, and sustained by our lowest, life liberty and the pursuit of something-not-suffering, born upon an uncertain path and left here to fend for ourselves, our aggregate personalities poorly defined and reinforced by logic, life as a Rorschach test and little more, selves replicated in lenses descending into infinite regress, or magnified in mirrors multiplied exponentially, we are but the product of our wildest dreams and demeanors, thrusting and parrying with our swollen pork-swords of ambition, dodging and denying with our sodden grottoes of perdition. This is our screenplay. This is our fate. If you’re scared of dying, then you aren’t really living…

     
    • Dave Kingsbury 4:13 pm on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      As we head into rocky waters it’s good to contemplate our vulnerability and consider ways of, er, pulling together – wise words once again – love your deployment of ‘mothers of invention’, btw!

    • hardie karges 5:00 pm on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanx, Dave…

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