Posts Tagged ‘Philosophy’

The Sun Sets in the West #4

December 26, 2018

Before I delve into the heart of this series, I need to make one more preface-type statement.

My point of view is highly unorthodox—well-outside the mainstream. If my book Street Song was already in print, it would be much easier to explain how I arrived at my positions. Some are from direct experience, some from half-understood experiences that were given greater clarity by others whose books I’ve read and trust, and some purely from books I’ve read by these same trustworthy people. I’ve been going through these ideas for decades, over and over again. I’m not making any wild suppositions based on their current appeal to me. A lot of people mistrust non-mainstream views because it’s widely assumed that Western science and philosophy have pretty much figured out the basics at this point. I don’t think so. I think Western science and philosophy have made some fundamental errors in the building of their foundations and those errors have hidden many of the deeper realities. I’ll go into what I think those errors are in my posts.

Next up: the nature of evil.

Metaphorically Speaking

April 24, 2015

I’ve been working on a metaphor for a certain aspect of human existence. It must be (as you will see) an imperfect metaphor, but it’s my sense of the way things really are. I’m sure someone at some time has laid it out in a similar manner. I’m sending this out because it keeps entering my mind and I feel like passing it along. Here goes:

There are two rooms separated by a long hallway. In the hallway hang a series of curtains, or veils. One of the rooms is filled with light and the other with darkness. The room that’s dark is dark because of its distance from the room with the light and that series of veils. Most of us spend our entire lives in the dark room where everything is murky and confused. But every now and then one of us goes up the hallway, pushing through the veils until arriving at the room filled with light. What’s there is, I’m convinced, beyond description. The person who visits it comes back completely changed and starts telling everybody about the fabulous room of light and how you can go there yourself. That’s all religious instruction is: directions on how to go there yourself. We’re not supposed to take anybody’s word for it.  But few of us ever make the trip. It’s difficult and it can be scary. Who has made the trip? Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tze—a bunch of others. At all times in history there have been those among us who have been there. But during the dark times—such as the one we live in now—nobody wants to hear about it. So those who do know hang back and wait for times to change.

Whenever a self-described Christian or Buddhist or anybody else who hasn’t been there tries to tell you what that room is like, they’re just talking through their hats. They’re getting their information second hand. Western Philosophy is all dark room talk, nothing but speculation—pure guess work. And, of course, in these dark times, a lot of people don’t believe the room with the light even exists, and they mock those who do believe in it. (How would they know?) I don’t pray much. I’m not really sure what prayer is. But if I have a prayer, it’s that we all get one more chance to go down that hall.