We are not free of darker feelings and views just because we espouse a spiritual view or lifestyle.
Now let’s take the human lament out of it just for a moment, because this isn’t a humans suck class. Though some of my classes sometimes sound like that, it is never my intention.
I like Dr Who’s message that humans are amazing. We just need time to realise it. Yes, even in their horridness.
What would it look like if two of what we consider “things” didn’t get along?
The battery didn’t get along with my car. That was a breakdown in communication? Things “break” all the time don’t they? Even if we have treated them very well?
The Chinese refer to a concept they call Te which roughly equates to virtue. Virtue, I mean, not value. Taoism doesn’t put values on things. But to the degree that something keeps with its virtue, its gifts of life from the all, is the degree it will survive. So our virtue always outstrips our corruption if only by a little bit. Otherwise, we wouldn’t survive.
This actually does link to the subject of nihilistic animism. There is an element of corruption in all spirits. Nothing is perfectly harmonious with everything else, and it’s actually not meant to be. We also call corruption, decay, and it’s necessary for the continuation of life.
For new life to feed from. Yes, but we see this process well before anything actually breaks. While everything still seems to be hunky dory as they say, it’s still going on.
There are points when you can prevent more decay and restore health. There are, yes. I will ask, how good are we at perceiving those points?
We cling to seeing it that way. What Buddhists call the cause of suffering. We think suffering is some kind of brave thing, so it’s more manly to suffer, more grown up. Usually, it’s not wise to suffer. It clouds the mind, but is suffering the same experience for everyone?
Why do women suffer pain during childbirth and then forget it when the baby is born? There are a great many relationships involved in the birth of a child, and these can give comfort as well as appear to give distress.
That is a gift of the brain. We cannot recall and re-experience physical pain. That’s true. In fact, recent research has even discovered that the brain can unplug those alarms it set up when it was first given pain, because that is all fear is, an alarm. Some fears are even good to keep pretty much life long, like falling off of things.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.