“There’s no money in it!”
So long as we look to an extractive model to determine how we shape and define our perceptions of value we are condemned to suffering and implicated in its proliferation.
We interpret the deep and profound roots of our predicament as an inevitability. We call this human nature. This conflation arises out of the same reductivist habits of thought that put us in this position. A central mechanism binds us within a confusion between a state of incoherence and its results. If we are incoherent then our actions lead to an incoherent result. Further incoherent action will not alter this course. Only by discovering coherence will we be able to bring about a creative response.
Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown.
We must here make a clear distinction between belief and faith, because, in general practice, belief has come to mean a state of mind which is almost the opposite of faith. Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would “like” or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on the condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go. In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception.
So much of the meat of this project here at Horizons of Significance has to do with puzzling out a lexicon. Finding what words mean is a large part of figuring out where we might find meaning. This quote from Alan Watts clarifies a distinction that’s been lacking in my own use of these terms.
It’s customary to link awe with shock these days.
“Shock & Awe!” Followed by that grimacing grin primates and dogs instinctively make when something that pleases them also uncovers a deep well of shame. The look we came to identify with W….
Shock & Awe would come to be the signature spell of the late stage of this weorld, a time/place/construct that only cares for destruction and feeding fears and hiding inside justifications for more killing.
But awe has other connotations, as we see in the phrase, Awe and Wonder.