They are we

Everybody tends to blame the politicians.

Here is the simple truth:

Who indeed are these politicians, if not the general
mirroring of every single individual?
In vain we criticize them as long as we refuse to consider
our own moral disintegration.

Express your deepest yearning with no delay

He:
Here, I don’t dare. I’m waiting for a time when it is safe not to hurt anyone.

Me:

Waiting is not living.

When time is ripe for the little chick to come out, he breaks the thin shell of the egg. HE DESTROYS A WORLD OF SAFETY THAT DOESN´T BRING HIM ANY BENEFIT ANY LONGER. He takes the risk of coming out to an unknown and harsh world.

Similarly, YOU HAVE TO DESTROY A WORLD TO COME TO ANOTHER NEW ONE.

Trying not to hurt others, we hurt instead ourselves, don´t we?…We choose to stay within the narrow and fragile shell of the old! We choose to remain in our self-imposed confinement, due to our false sense of security. We hate to come out into a new and risky world!

Subsequently, by not coming out, we hurt ourselves, and so we tacitly hurt every person coming our way…perpetuating our fear of the new in the other.

In the same manner we deprive both ourselves and those near us of a fair chance to live upright, by not expressing our true yearning, even if that would imply things going awry for a while.  Let them do that. It is not that
dangerous as we might think.

It´s not healthy to adjust to ubiquitous deceit even if that´s what is expected
of us…
No, there is absolutely no virtue in mendacity. Falsehood and sham have never brought about any positive outcome. Never ever. There is hence no gain whatsoever in maintaining a lie, even if it´s “civilised”.

The imposed societal “Order” which derives from perpetually endorsing chaos and hypocrisy, leads solely to ruin and misfortune…

A people who is able to say everything becomes able to do everything!
(Napoleon Bonaparte)

LET´S THEN BOLDLY EXPRESS OUR IMMEDIATE TRUTH AND YEARNING,
with no fear of the consequences!

Learning should be allied to goodness

Intellectual capacity is not always found associated with ethics and moral character.

Darragh McCurragh:
However, is learning not also the path to gain an insight into morals? So without a binding curriculum, which would mean the end of intellectual freedom, and thus a rigorous sequence of what to learn when, morals/ethics cannot be drummed into a person. And since everyone learns everything at different speeds, some never learn about nuclear physics, others never about morals.

Me:
Nuclear physics without a healthy counterpart in morals has created the
atomic bomb – it is pretty obvious…

Unfortunately – learning as it is taught today, not only that it doesn´t comprise, but almost excludes a wholesome insight into ethics…

Of course, no true morals – and for that matter, nothing of value – can ever be “drummed” into anyone, but rather instilled…Inspired. Etymologically, education means to awaken the student from inside out…

This may sound utopian, but education should alongside with the process of learning concomitantly deal with ethics and overarching human values.

And the school system should implement this insight soon, if we want to stand a chance to veritable progress.

Intellectual capacity and the lack of morality

Not that learning is to be despised, but that it must be allied to goodness. Intellectual capacity is sometimes found associated with the meanest moral character—with abject servility to those in high places, and arrogance to those of low estate. A man may be accomplished in art, literature, and science, and yet, in honesty, virtue, truthfulness, and the spirit of duty, be entitled to take rank after many a poor and illiterate peasant.

– George Herbert

Value cannot always be remembered or explained

Richard says:
I don’t like Kant since I often don’t understand what he tries to say. Sure, it may be due to me,
but if you can’t explain it to a 6-year-old it’s not really worth to be written down.

This is where real life takes place. Not in Kant’s own theoretic world.

Me:
Value is not always a matter of subjective comprehension…meaning that something intrinsically valuable is tacitly conveyed and perceived and not always to be explained – not even to a 6-year-old child.

Real life is not always “real”…Real life has, – as we know -, many palpable and subtle layers…Thus, even abstract wording has certain bearing, as it is a facet of Reality…Despite his abstruse use of language, Kant aims clearly on something unapproachable for the common apprehension, yet existing.

On the other hand, language is precarious – some of his students were once bewildered failing to properly interpret one of his texts written in his earlier years. So they asked Kant as to what he meant.

Kant methodically read that specific excerpt and simply admitted: “I DON´T REMEMBER”…:)

What is Method and Science?

Cornelius Agrippa:

Science is not a collection of facts, it is a method. There are limitations to this method, that is, areas of human experience that do not yield to the scientific method, such as ethics and aesthetics. Of course scientists do look at these areas, but as it were from the outside – that is, we may be able to say something about how a sense of beauty evolved, but that enquiry will not lead us to the experience of beauty. On the other hand, if there are ‘secret vibrations’ that manifest physically then there is no reason in principle why scientific method should not be one valid way of investigating them.

Me:

As long as science looks to ethics, aesthetics and pathos from the outside, not penetrating deeply into these perennial matters, as long as Beauty and the Imponderablity of Life is left aside as “secondary”, then this very “method” of investigating is nothing but shallow undertaking, vanity and felony hidden behind grandiloquent terms and overblown achievements.

So how can Method investigate things that totally surpass Its conditioned frame of
perception…?

https://julienmatei.com/2012/12/09/questions-to-you-an-excerpt-from-an-earlier-post/

Refusing to see negativity in the seemingly good

This is a great thought-provoking post.

Says seeingwhatis:
Oftentimes, the only way to do “good” is to not want or try to do good.

Defending nice and polite behaviour is not really nice. It may be at times, but not as a rule. Refusing to see negativity in the seemingly good, always results in bad things, in suffering…
The only way to stop suffering is to admit paradoxes…For example, compassion with ego will have terrible consequenses…
Helping people is to help them defeat the ego. The ego does not want this and play on presumed empathy, like you very well might do now.

A very interesting discussion about approaching Ego

That was the original post:

You´ve surely heard this:
“Oh, life sucks.” Such an incredibly arrogant and pretentious thing to say.
No my friend, life never sucks. You suck. Your pathetic mind sucks.

SpinklinThoughts: Compassion…

Seeingwhat is: With the ego?
Boosting the ego?
That is not doing anyone a favour. The suffering for the ego is constant anyway. If someone oppose, there is an ego opposing.

Me: There is a sort of twisted arrogance in suffering and making other suffer. I nurture no sympathy for that. I only have compassion for humble simplicity…

SpinklinThoughts: And with that statement, sir, do you not revel in your own ego? Do you not disclose your own ‘duality’ and thus your distance from where you claim to ‘be’?

Me: You are seemingly right. You see though, I do not claim to be, I AM.

Being “truthful” sometimes means to create a healthy distance from what is, in what is not. Duality has to be approached with duality, otherwise there is no chance for being heard. There are moments when being meek and humble is a sham.

Seeingwhatis responding SpinklinThoughts: It sounds like a paradox, I know, but oftentimes, the only way to do “good” is to not want or try to do good.

Defending nice and polite behaviour is not really nice. It may be at times, but not as a rule. The only law that is at work – not rule but universal law – is, that seeing what is, has “positive” results. And refusing to see negativity in the seemingly good, always results in bad things, out of which suffering touches our hearts the most, becoming a focus.
The only way to stop suffering is to admit paradoxes…For example, compassion with ego will have terrible consequenses…
Helping people is to help them defeat the ego. The ego does not want this and play on presumed empathy, like you do now.
I don’t mean that your ego is speaking. Maybe you know more than I do about things. Maybe. I just know or rather see what I see.

Which one is it…?

I know I am wrong.
I know though I am right too.
The difference between right and wrong is subtle and minimal.
Can I recognize when I am right and when wrong?
Sometimes being right is to be wrong.
What was right yesterday is wrong today.
What is wrong today may be right tomorrow.
But it can also be that what was wrong yesterday
Is still wrong today and tomorrow too..

It´s better to be wrong and fail your way, than to be right and fail their way…

Says Nikos Kazantzakis

The highest point a man can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe!