posted on Apr, 5 2013 @ 05:35 PM
I essentially agree to the statements of the OP.
I must add that many Eastern philosophies, as Alan W. Watts pointed out, developed in a vastly different context, and thus their words must be
interpreted first in their probable cultural context, not just simply transpose them to a modern Western concept.
One key example: the "whole world is your mind" type of concepts, sort of misused in many New Age credos.
In Buddhism or Hinduism, they are not supposed to be cosmological descriptions taken literally.
Since classical German philosophy, the French rationalism of Descartes and Voltaire, etc. were developed when the all-powerful medieval church was
dethroned as a supreme defining authority over the natural world, and the natural sciences - based on rigorous, methodical observation - as well as
cosmologies were developing (while Western man was busy conquering half the world), we tend to take these "all is mind" concepts literally, as
That is erroneous. They are meant to be teaching tools in India, Tibet and China. When disciples reach a certain stage of development, they are ready
to try on various philosophical points "as if they were true" to their experience of life - like "all is mind." It is designed to trigger a
certain type of transformation.
We do not literally mean that all the galaxies sprung out of the imagination from, let's say, John Doe.
Anyway, in Buddhism since the time of Nágárjuna (who defined the Middle Way epistemologically, or madhyamaka), no verbal statements are taken as
absolutes, neither their opposites, nor both or neither etc... (Whatever remains after this verbal juggernaut is the "middle way" of thinking).
However, I must point out that the Western way of thinking produced many scientific and technological discoveries, medicines, cosmological and
universal descriptions, linguistics, conspiracy theories and alternative explanations of historical dynamisms etc. Political philosophy produced
democracy, checks and balances, etc. (some had important antecedents such as the Great Iroquois Confederacy apart from the obvious Greek roots).
I am personally looking forward to a real synthesis between East and West.