In a recent thread about religion, Silent Thunder bought up the concept of Perennial Philosophy.
Perennial philosophy is the notion of the universal recurrence of philosophical insight independent of epoch or culture, including universal truths on
the nature of reality, humanity or consciousness (anthropological universals).souce
It seems that this "classification" is something i have been looking for, for a long time. Perennial Philosophy sums up all that could be and has
been, the archetypal blueprint for human thought.
Not the surface thoughts that seem to pervade our sleeping existence in the reality we so often get caught up in, in our day to day lives. But the
subterranean thoughts that arrive in the quiet, in the times of doubt, in the dreams and from the gut.
How often do we find ourselves wondering of God, Death and the Universe.
It seems we either do, or we don't. To start this wondering, puts ourselves in a precarious position in our day to day lives. It can separate us from
what we believe is important and isolate us from those around us, that aren't wondering at all. It is scary. It can drive you to isolate yourself
from the people that love you and if you don't find the answers you can end up severely out of sorts.
Why is it that the answer is so important? What would happen if we found the answer to the Perennial Question? Would that solve anything?
It probably wouldn't.
I remember talking to a man once who told me " anybody that tells you they are an expert are no expert at all". This resonated with me at the time,
because i was in a position where i was "supposed" to be the expert and the pressure was enormous. Partly because i wasn't and also because i
becoming aware of exactly what he meant.
There are no experts. And if there were, then we are in trouble. If someone claims to be an expert they are either lying, or they are self obsessed
with their own importance. If they are obsessed with self importance then they are probably lacking in self worth.
If they are lying they are in denial of truth or protecting their position, whatever that may be.
But then we have a much larger group of people who proclaim they are not experts but will put their trust in the people that say they are. They will
relinquish all responsibility of finding the truth to someone else and continue to not ask the questions so they can continue life, without having to
confront the Perennial Philosophy.
Religion has taken advantage of this. Politics has taken advantage of this. Hollywood has taken advantage of this. The mass media takes advantage by
Day to Day people take advantage of each other by knowing this exists but continuing to ignore it.
An easy way to start asking questions is to feel compassion. To walk in someone else's shoes.It gets ignored because having to walk in someone
else's shoes, means we will not only feel compassion, but we will have to look at ourselves from another perspective. That is scary.
It is scary because when we look at ourselves, we become critical. we are supposed be the experts in our own lives and we realize pretty quickly we
are not. That is confronting and leads us down a path of depression as we try and find the answers, because we think that is what we need. But when
the answers aren't forthcoming or they continue to raise more questions there is a danger of falling into a cycle of lack of self worth.
I am not worthy of myself because i do not have the answers to who i am.
That why i find this Perennial Philosophy so interesting. It doesn't provide an answer but it does show that the question is always essentially the
same. It brings a unity to thought. A fast track to compassion because it tells us that we all have and have had the same question. Its comforting to
know that you and i and everyone before us feels the same, somewhere.
We all walk in each others shoes.
Know it and then ask, are the shoes even necessary?
Keep the question as sacred, expand on it and let it grow.