Commons

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All are tending to one and the same goal, at least all aspire to the same goal, from the wise man to the lowest murderer, but only by different ways.

It is an old truth, but there is this new in it: I cannot go far astray. I saw the truth. I saw and know that all could be beautiful and happy, without losing the capacity to live upon the earth.

I will not, I cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of men. I saw the truth, I did not invent it with my mind. I saw, saw, and her living image filled my soul for ever.

I saw her in such consummate perfection that I cannot possibly believe that she was not among men. How can I then go astray?

The living image of what I saw will be with me always, and will correct and guide me always.

Oh, I am strong and fresh, I can go on, go on, even for a thousand years.

And it is so simple… The one thing is — love thy neighbor as thyself — that is the one thing.

That is all, nothing else is needed. You will instantly find how to live.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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All are tending to one and the same goal, at least all aspire to the same goal, from the wise man to the lowest murderer, but only by different ways.

It is an old truth, but there is this new in it: I cannot go far astray. I saw the truth. I saw and know that all could be beautiful and happy, without losing the capacity to live upon the earth.

I will not, I cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of men. I saw the truth, I did not invent it with my mind. I saw, saw, and her living image filled my soul for ever.

I saw her in such consummate perfection that I cannot possibly believe that she was not among men. How can I then go astray?

The living image of what I saw will be with me always, and will correct and guide me always.

Oh, I am strong and fresh, I can go on, go on, even for a thousand years.

And it is so simple… The one thing is — love thy neighbor as thyself — that is the one thing.

That is all, nothing else is needed. You will instantly find how to live.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

just this

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Tending the Well

Tending the Well

Read time: 2 minutes To tend to the well is to replenish our devotion to the deep feminine aquifer for which our world is thirsting. When we recognize ourselves as a tributary of that greater upwelling, we can allow things to be decided, spoken, and created not by us, but through us…

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The cognitive short-circuit of ‘artificial consciousness’

The cognitive short-circuit of ‘artificial consciousness’

Read time: 8 minutes The computer engineer’s dream of birthing a conscious child into the world without the messiness and fragility of life is an infantile delusion; a confused, partial, distorted projection of archetypal images and drives. It is the expression of the male’s hidden aspiration for the female’s divine power of creation. It represents a confused attempt to transcend the deep-seated fear of one’s own nature as a living, breathing entity condemned to death from birth. It embodies a misguided and utterly useless search for the eternal, motivated only by one’s amnesia of one’s own true nature. The fable of artificial consciousness is the imaginary bandaid sought to cover the engineer’s wound of ignorance…

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The Banquet of Whiteness

The Banquet of Whiteness

Read time: 19 minutes Our present historical moment is one of transition in our mythology, in the basic narratives by which we know self and world. Having corroded the other cultures of the world, it now dissolves itself. The ingredients of the innumerable feasts of world cultures are strewn about the kitchen. To assemble them into something more sumptuous than ever before, we must first give up the idea that our dishes were the best. A new mythology is beckoning. For it to become real, we must develop the courage to release the old one, even though it once seemed like absolute reality itself. Fortunately, courage has an ally – reality has been falling apart for a while now…

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The Body

The Body

Read time: 12 minutes “The human body is, in its deepest essence, a dharma body. It is a concrete revelation of the dharma.” We live in a world dominated by the disconnected conceptual mind, which is cut off from the body, heart, spirit, soul, earth and natural world. The conceptual mind is a useful tool, but when it is not in service to higher wisdom, it turns into a juggernaut running amok. This dominance of the disconnected mental sphere throws our inner ecology out of balance, and is the root of all of humanity’s largest problems…

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An Explanation of the Oneness of Being

An Explanation of the Oneness of Being

Read time: 17 minutes God is the apparent without appearance and the hidden without hiddenness. He is the very existence of the letters of the names, the first and the last, the apparent and the hidden. There is no first or last, apparent or hidden except Him, without the letters which form these divine names becoming Him and without Him becoming these letters….

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Silence is a Commons

Silence is a Commons

Read time: 9 minutes Computers are doing to communication what fences did to pastures and cars did to streets…

The machine-like behaviour of people chained to electronics constitutes a degradation of their well-being and of their dignity which, for most people in the long run, becomes intolerable. Observations of the sickening effect of programmed environments show that people in them become indolent, impotent, narcissistic and apolitical. The political process breaks down, because people cease to be able to govern themselves; they demand to be managed…

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