|the Dao of Atheism :||: the Shaman Atheist 12/81|
colors blind the eyes
sounds deafen the ears
tastes deaden the palate.
Seeking and pursuing and looking for and chasing
make one a slave.
Let go of that
When we are children we like to think in opposites because opposing
concepts are the most immediate, facile and static, easy to grasp.
It was easy for us as children to understand hot and cold, black and white,
yes and no, good and bad, because morality in youth is experienced so
sensually. As we grow older these simple dualisms generate alternatives
to themselves, creating new syntheses that do not fit in the old value systems.
As we mature and learn to distinguish more things from more other things,
the distance between opposites can seem to increase -- if we use a linear
scale. But on a circle, opposing values always seem to arrive back at the
same point. |
It is more difficult for children -- and even adults -- to understand the possibilities of withholding judgment in an environment of moral neutrality, arbitrary rules, and traditional laws. These are subtle variations, incorporating opposite ends of the spectrum to create a dynamic range of possibilities.
Allowing only theism and anti-theism to exist as our religious
paradigms, seeing only the perpetual antagonism between theists and
anti-theists, is to remain trapped. Encouraging the dynamic between
theism and anti-theism,