There is something be-
yond this. This is fine. Still, there
is something beyond
this. I have no idea what
it is. I cannot grasp it.
Reading Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, written by Sarah Chayes.
The corruption rife in countries that is stronger than any administration attempting to govern.
Suggests why shariah law feels plausible response.
The brazen blatantness of it.
The ethical work needing to be done.
It’s not about what happened.
It’s about what washes up on shore.
We spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins. We snatch our freeze-frame of life from the simultaneity of existence by holding on to illusions of permanence, congruence, and linearity; of static selves and lives that unfold in sensical narratives. All the while, we mistake chance for choice, our labels and models of things for the things themselves, our records for our history. History is not what happened, but what survives the shipwrecks of judgment and chance.
If we are to see clearly truth and wise reality we must learn to swim the troubled waters of illusion through that which is untrue.
Be buoyant with imagination.
Arrive happy, safe, free, and come to dwell in your true home!
No harm and good willing spirit.
Come in. Sit down. Tea?
According to the Buddha, the highest dimension of genuine well-being, which never diminishes, stems from knowing the ultimate nature of reality. Such wisdom can be gained only by cultivating superbly discerning capacities of the mind. This includes rigorous training in mindfulness and introspection. A high degree of mental balance and stability is needed to sustain the kind of insight that can radically transform one’s entire being. Moreover, any such mental training must be rooted in the purest levels of ethical discipline that come to permeate every aspect of one’s life. Buddhist ethics essentially boils down to the twin pillars of non-violence and benevolence. These are the indispensable foundations of all Buddhist practice. The Buddha summarized his teachings as a whole like this: “Do not engage in evil behavior of any kind. Devote yourself to a bounty of virtue. Completely subdue your own mind. This is the teaching of the Buddha.”
(—from, A New Paradigm for Science and Religion in the Twenty-First Century (By embracing a new open-mindedness, we may begin to explore the potentials of consciousness, and investigate the powerful role of the mind in the natural world.) By Alan Wallace SEPT 13, 2021 Tricycle)
Don’t mind me.