posted on Oct, 8 2009 @ 11:50 AM
Originally posted by KSPigpen
Have you ever seen family members fighting after the death of a 'loved' one...arguing over who would get WHAT and who gets to keep the painting, or
Of course I have. I grew up in the south where fighting over the remains is a time honored tradition.
As for enlightenment...it is not so much the path of least resistance as it is fear.
I remember when I was 23 or 24 I was doing some meditation and suddenly the bottom dropped out as it were and I could see and feel the oneness and
interconnectedness of all things (these are poor metaphors)...I gasped and whispered to myself...I'm afraid...and it was gone. I was back in the
mundane world of duality and separation.
Was it a brush with enlightenment? I would like to think so but in the long run I have no idea but all I do know is once I expressed my fear it was
We humans are torn between the need for the new, for change and progress and the need for similarity and stability...
indeed that simple disconnect could be seen as the root of or the fundamental difference between conservatism and liberalism.
Of course the society that embraces a permanent conservatism, becomes irrelevant, stagnates and dies...
and the society that embraces change for changes’ sake without reservation eventually becomes sterile, loses all authenticity, the power to inspire,
and ultimately its reason for being.
That is where I believe America is at today...
I don't know what the answer is but I do know that a backward looking conservatism is a reactionary approach doomed to failure.
A truly healthy society is a blend of both a respect for the past and its traditions as well as progressive and forward looking.
[edit on 8-10-2009 by grover]