I will share my own orientation if that is desired?
I centre in the profane, personally. Of my nature, I see the world as a decaying thing, hopes fail and dreams die. Ideals are profaned and promises broken. All reality seems an encompassing lie, but, that is my good foot.
I am aware that I have the ability to see things the other way, and I myself also recognize that I have hopes and dreams that recur and will continue to do so my entire life. I actually make no effort to discard these.
The reason I say I prefer to stand on my good foot is the stress caused by reinforcing my core nature serves to heighten my awareness of those things that don’t come naturally to me. I am willing to let my nihilism hurt because when I do have the great fortune to witness genuine compassion or generosity or honesty, I can see beyond the single instance and see how in fact these things really are present in the world as a very real principle.
The “hurt” of the nihilism (or of anything, actually) is a symptom, and every symptom is a window for seeing more. True indeed.
Because I see the world darkly, I see the world freely. But it works the other way just as readily. With the comparable insight, Mother Theresa (and I am not comparing myself to her by any means) was notorious for giving very little consideration to her own comforts or apparent dignity. She could have lived her life in the pristine way that is available to members of the clergy, but Mother Theresa seemed to favour living a lot of the time like a street person.
“If you can’t make fun of something, you’re not taking it seriously enough.” Is that the view on the profane path? It is indeed. That sums it up very well.
I can relate to much of what everyone has said. I think I am in the middle ground. I’m not one thing or the other, I’m both. Ok. I understand the conviction that you hold to the middle path. So I will ask, how does your world look? Where is your heart at?
My world looks “enough.” No need to transcend it.
My world looks like a hallway full of doors. Some are open, some are locked tight.
To my own view people can be very close to centre but I have never witnessed someone who displays a true centre orientation. They may have a very tight orbit, but the orbit is still at least a little bit of an ellipse.
I’m still not sure what words to give to my side. Do you find you have little faith in faith?
It’s confusing so I say I’m in the middle to avoid thinking too much about it until it makes sense. This honesty is well respected here. It gives us all a chance to see deeper than we would on our own.
I have faith in humanity. All humanity?
Yes. The nasty ones have their place here. What do you perceive the action of humanity in the world to be?
The action is to teach and give balance. We can’t know love if we haven’t seen terror and hate. That is a common ground we can all share in.
Whatever we are, we are meant to be it, and whatever we feel moved to become, we are meant to move in that way.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.