- The Antidote to conventional wisdom
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I'm starting with Boethius' The Consolation of Philosophy.
The Antidote to conventional wisdom
I've also found the view points expressed by Alan Watts to be--while not necessarily sound arguments--very refreshing. Anyone here have any suggested reading? Please don't say Nietzsche. Todd: Whatever our beliefs, we have all grown up in a culture that promotes the idea of rewards for our behavior and philosophy of life. There are the heavenly rewards of the Abrahamic religions and the earthly rewards of being an American consumer.
When people come to realize that these rewards are bogus it can pull the whole rug out from under them. Life suddenly seems meaningless. But I take this to be part of the process of intellectual growth. Growth which most people, unfortunately, don't experience. It's painful, so most people avoid the process at all costs, or are simply intellectually incapable of it. Yet it seems to me that a lot of the feeling of meaninglessness in life is due not to what we believe or know, but to what we do…or don't do.
A well-rounded life with plenty of social, physical, artistic and intellectual activity is, I suspect, the key or as close as we ever get to a key to a meaningful life. Meaning stems from doing, not believing.
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Of course, beliefs are important too, when they involve active living, not passive faith. I have always found the Asian religions far wiser and ultimately more helpful in life than the Abrahamic faiths with their carrot-on-a-stick fantasies. I am thinking particularly of basic Theravadan Buddhism or Insight Meditation, as well as some forms of Zen and also Taoism. The secret they teach a Westerner is that there is no god-man as the ultimate nature of things, but rather a process, a Dharma, a fundamental flow to reality. Where a Christian thinks he is saved by faith, by belief, a Buddhist knows there is salvation only in doing…doing meditation to understand, calm and control the mind, as well following a certain path in life to avoid suffering.
You might checkout some of the Buddhist groups at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. That's an accomplishment which, no matter how painful, you should be proud of.
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Thank you for the thoughtful reply, Michael. I have been considering these eastern ideas though filtered through Alan Watts and not in their originals. I will keep it mind. Powered by mvnForum. About us…. Thank you for your comment and book recommendation — I will definitely add it to my reading list! I really like what you said about putting a filter on any message that is thrown at you so you can extract any part that you find inspiration in while discarding the rest. I definitely agree with that and will make sure to mention that next time I write about the topic.
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Thanks for all this uh-mazing advice!! Hm… now that I think about it, I wrote a poem about this issue: Oracle Words are like veils, Revealing or concealing. I really like this! Thanks for stopping by.
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