work is to discover your work, and then, with all your
heart, to give yourself to it.'........Buddha
Supplementary Introduction : Preface to the 2013 update
" Kierkegaard stressed
upon the ambiguity and absurdity of the human situation.
The individual's response to this situation must be to live a totally committed life,
and this commitment can only be understood by the individual who has made it.
The individual therefore must always be prepared to defy the norms of society for
the sake of the higher authority of a personally valid way of life ".
...from .......Microsoft® Encarta®
that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his
consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more
important to him than whether he lives or dies."...........Howard Thurman
The purpose of this work is an attempt to provoke or promote
a goal within the reader of this work to examine, explore and
experience one's known and unknown self within the parameters
of normal consciousness, through the process of self analysis & self
observation, and self synthesis or self integration, that is,
preferably without resort to specifically seeking
an altered state of consciousness.
(artificially , drug induced or special agreement induced )
And as a result of this exercise, to develop the ability of
creative self-expression that enhances the potential of
(note : While the focus of this work is centered on normal states
of consciousness , I am neither biased nor advocating for or against
the use of drugs, or aids used to alter the state of one's mind .)
The generalized goal of this work is an open ended but critical
examination into the validity of one's held knowledge, and there
after, an expansion and exploration into the limits of the potential
of this knowledge, particularly in the expression of this
" My aim is to bring
about a psychic state in which my patient begins to
experiment with his own nature - a state of fluidity, change and growth
in which there is no longer anything eternally fixed and hopelessly
petrified." ...... C. G. Jung
“I have worked
for a restlessness oriented toward inward deepening.
My whole life is an epigram calculated to make people aware, to keep
people awake, in order that religion may not again become an indolent
gradually arose in me that "something" which has brought the whole
of me to the unshakable conviction that, apart from the vanities of life, there
exists a "something else" which must be the aim and ideal of every more or
less thinking man, and that it is only this something else which may make a
man really happy and give him real values, instead of the illusory "goods"
with which in ordinary life he is always and in everything full."...Gurdjieff
When it is said "one's held knowledge", it means that set of learned
concepts and beliefs that have been taught or "programmed " as a
result of education or interactions in society and culture as well as
those that have been developed internally.
Such learning that has been acquired from society is appropriately termed
as programs here, a term that refers to a fixed set of behavioral responses
conforming to this acquired learning.
Those programs that have undergone addition, change, integration or
transformation are termed here as metaprograms (Term coined by John
What is Purpose ?
" It is not enough to
be busy; so are the ants. The question is:
What are we busy about?"......Henry David Thoreau
"Everything on earth
has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it,
and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence."
.......Mourning Dove ( Native American )
A purpose is a direction that one's held knowledge takes. This term refers
to a conscious knowing of this direction ( even if it is abstract or not well
defined ) and its destination : the accomplishment of a goal. A simple
goal is a direction taken by an organism's system by default.
"There is a time when we must
firmly choose the course which we
will follow or the endless drift of events will make the decision for us.'
It must be clarified here that a "purpose" is ultimately only a subter-
fuge, to generate an internal force to seek......whatever one finds
will then itself be indicative of one's Will and thereby indicative of
what is to follow. So the purpose although is a very serious affair,
should not be held too tightly but only as a working or transitory
( flexible and fluid ) goal seeking force, without which our human
nature has a tendency to take everything too easy, making us
vulnerable and prey to other negative forces or
Notes 2013: Purpose
matters to those who seek it and are aware of
the 'gravity' of the quest. Purpose is not observable or measurable by scientific method
or 'supported by authority of religion/science' nor is there evidence lying around to
be discovered - it has to be 1) discovered/constructed/created by the individual
and for the individual by fulfilling the talent and potential of the individual by
his/her work and actions. 2) the larger purpose of life/universe can be discerned
by a commitment to moral action which includes articulation.
The answer to the purpose of the universe revolves around moral action and
moral consciousness and is articulated in art form.
Language is the tool to explore the question, the universe is the supporting
means for life that asks the question and lives it to action.]
"A person who stands
for nothing will fall for anything."
"More men fail
through lack of purpose than lack of talent".
A Purpose ( consciously operating goal ) therefore serves as the
means by which one can get to one's Will - or one's real purpose,
by a conscious feedback - observation - analysis - evaluation -
synthesis or integration process.
"To find in ourselves what makes
life worth living is risky business,
for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means
that without it life will be valueless.".........Marsha Sinetar\
This exercise is the focus of this work.
"As far as we can
discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to
kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. It may even be assumed
that just as the unconscious affects us, so the increase in our
consciousness affects the unconscious".......Jung
of consciousness is the burden, the suffering,
and the blessing of humankind. ~Carl Jung
" Explore thyself.
Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve".... Thoreau
"Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered.".
Tagline of "Dances With Wolves" movie.
What is the applicability of such an exercise ? What are the rewards of this
kind of quest ? These are important questions that are central to any quest
that one undertakes and unfortunately there is no general answer for there
can be unforeseen risks and rewards when one ventures deep into one's
known or unknown self.
"Fear is a
question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a
treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them"...Marilyn French
And yet the testing grounds that will answer these questions will eventually
be one's quality of experiences ( as a result or process of this journey into
oneself ) that not only should prove rewarding and fulfilling to one's purpose
but also enhances one's effectiveness and efficiency in one's day to day
routine existence by testing, validating and upgrading one's operating
beliefs, concepts and paradigms of reality. But how does one go about it ?
This work tries to answer this question in the most open ended or
general manner as possible (applicable to most people).
Clearly the path of self-exploration is possible only if there is a forceful
desire to do so. And how does such a desire arise unless the rewards are
apparent? Our minds tend to setup or accept only those goals that have
seemingly clear benefits in the near future or at least hold the promise
of happiness &joy.
Web Int. 2014:
Happiness or it's pursuit are not the ultimate human purpose - some
relationships may drive you up the wall with a sword hanging overhead - and perhaps
that is when the best and creative part of you will emerge - it's a possibility
to keep in mind.
"Unless one says
goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels
to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing
away of oneself and an eventual extinction"......Jean Dubuffet
And as one sets out initially on this path, there are not only difficulties
and frustrations but also instead of rewards, a potential risk to one's
normal health and balance of body and mind, because the very process
involves tinkering with the foundations of one's own constitution,
studying and critically examining the very processes that drive oneself !
Initially, instead of rewards, one is instead bound to encounter fear,
pain, isolation, conflict with society, even despair and frustration,
rather than pleasure and happiness.
So the person who treads this path, in order to proceed without getting
mired must be able to defy the inbuilt default tendency of the mind to
seek the state of happiness, contentment, pleasure, bliss
and self - satisfaction.
( This does not mean
depriving oneself of a state of happiness .)
"Men first feel necessity, then
look for utility, next attend to comfort, still
later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury,
and finally go mad and waste their substance"..........Giambattista Vico
“Attention to health is life's
"The greatest happiness you can
have is knowing that you do not
necessarily require happiness.".......William Soroyan
One must not avoid unhappiness.
One must accept suffering;
it is a great teacher. ~C. G. Jung,
Now if happiness, pleasure or contentment cannot be the driving forces
for self- exploration, how and why should one take to this path?
Thus the self-explorer comes across the first vital question that
is crucially valid to one's very existence :
What are one's purest of motivations, i.e., devoid of any default
tendencies to seek health, happiness, security, love, contentment
or bliss and to avoid or minimize pain, insecurity, fear,
misery, terror and death ?
But we humans aren't merely creatures that find only sophisticated means
and methods for our survival needs : we are also creatures that are driven
by curiosity and wonder about not only the world but also about our
own nature and meaning.
Above and beyond the primal pain and pleasure drivers or motivators
are the motives of curiosity and wonder : our desire to know ; to
seek, to explore, to
discover, to create.
"We want to seize
the value and perspective of passing things. And so
to pull ourselves up from the maelstrom of daily circumstance. We
want to know that little things are little, and big things are big
– before it is too late"........Will Durant
There is an
immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more
coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who
we are and what this life is for.....Saul Bellow
These motivations are realized when one encounters strange experiences,
sudden, unexplainable emotional bursts or jolts, or moods of sadness
without any apparent cause or when one encounters tragic, even near
There are bound to be instances or experiences in almost any being's
life when one's being is shaken or moved by the sheer intensity of an
experience; and subsequent to that usually follows either a state of
revelation or a state of intense wonder.
" For all knowledge
and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is
an impression of pleasure in itself "........Francis Bacon
"Quitting my day
job and starting my life as a writer was a tremendous
risk. It was a fool's leap - a shot in the dark. But anything of any value
in our lives, would that be a career, a work of art, a relationship, will
always start with such a leap. In order to make it, you have to put
aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to
do these things completely purely without fear, without desire.
Because things we do without lust or result, are the purest actions
that we shall ever take."....Alan Moore
This state is often rationalized initially by the reasoning part of the mind in
the form of questions to oneself like : Who am I ? What am I doing here
on this planet ? What is the purpose of my existence ? What is the
meaning of all this, of my life or of all of life, of the universe ?
"I have been
guided more by the problem rather than the
discipline in which I have been working in. I don't care
who studies it or what discipline it comes under, so long
as it is an ongoing conversation on our species about
itself - about who we are - seems to be very important
even if it is under the curriculum of basket weaving."
……..Rick Roderick ( Self Under Siege )
" The goal of
all art is.....to explain to people the reason for their
appearance on this planet; or, if not to explain, at least to pose
the question"...Andrei Tarkovsky
"The thing that is
incredible is life itself. Why should we be here in
this sun-illuminated universe? Why should there be green earth
under our feet".....Edwin Makham
These, and questions like these that address the core Self, driven by a state
of wonder, give form to the motivational basis for self exploration and should
continue to be so for a self- explorer at least until a stage reaches whereby
just seeking a state of
happiness becomes redundant .
" It is better to be a
human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better
to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied"...John Stuart Mill
In other words, once the rewards of self exploration are realized , one also
realizes that one becomes increasingly detached from the primal and
inbuilt goal of seeking a state of happiness (or avoiding
a state of pain and suffering ).
mystery of existence as a whole which reveals itself in human
history through the power of a question : the question of the meaning of life.
In human history this question has taken many forms: why am I here? What’s
it all about ? Does life have a purpose? And what is that purpose? What difference
does it make ? Or even what’s in it for me? But whatever form the question takes,
in choosing to undertake a subject of this kind, the goal may not be a definitive
answer, but something much more basic and ultimately much more importantly
– to take responsibility for the human search for meaning – and to do justice to
it by allowing ourselves to experience the full power of the question itself.
How does one measure the horizon of this question? Experience teaches us to
be on the lookout for wisdom’s imposters : dogmatic fundamentalism, unyielding
totalitarianism of every kind on the one hand and every shifting elusive relativism
and corrosive skepticism on the other hand which offer no solid ground on which
to take a stand. To ask the question of the meaning of life for ourselves while at the
same time to learn from the wisdom of those before us seems to demand that we
make ourselves at home in the no man’s land between the false security of
certainty and the casual promiscuity of indifference. “ ---TTC : Prof Ambrosio
"The striving to find a meaning in one's life is the primary motivational force in man.
That is why I speak of a will to meaning in contrast to the pleasure principle (or, as
we could also term it, the will to pleasure) on which Freudian psychoanalysis is
centered, as well as in contrast to the will to power stressed by Adlerian
psychology."—Viktor E. Frankl
Man - a being in search of meaning. (Plato)
"This unusual and highly
successful species ( humans ) spends a great deal
of time examining his higher motives and an equal amount of time ignoring
his fundamental ones."........Desmond Morris
What is important to realize is that those states that at first instance seem
to be negative, may not be just those that need to be avoided, but rather
to be confronted or challenged for an indicative breakthrough.
Viewed in this manner, pain, fear and suffering becomes another emotional
control tool for the purpose of self exploration rather than a state to be
avoided at all costs.
know deeply that the other side of every fear
is freedom".....Marilyn Ferguson
“Pain is certain, suffering is optional.” .....Buddha
" Freedom has a
thousand charms to show,
That slaves, howe'er contented, never know. "
...... William Cowper
Apart from these two basic and opposite (in nature) driving forces of
the mind ( and their related sub forces ), of which almost everyone
is conscious of, in varying degrees, of their influence on oneself, there
are other forces that cannot be analytically accounted for : the source
is hidden : and therefore best classified as unknown forces & from
essentially unknown sources ( within oneself or outside oneself is
irrelevant : as a self explorer will potentially realize) that can drive or
influence oneself to certain experiences or seek a certain state of
mind or set of beliefs or knowledge.
What has been brought forth in the above passages is that as a start
one needs to look at the key motivations that drive oneself, and that
even the basic emotions are vital tools for the defining of, control and
shaping of one's core motivations.
So the tools are all there within oneself, those very tools will work on
themselves to sharpen and upgrade themselves , you only need to boot
them on and set the ball rolling by unplugging oneself from the routines
and traps of mundane, survival necessities, ( you have to initiate and
maintain the process) and the rewards will eventually be realized even
for a special purpose or
role that you have identified for yourself.
supreme value of existentialist thought is commonly
acknowledged to be freedom, its primary virtue is authencity."
1.3 The Path leads to SELF-EXPRESSION
"You can have
brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your
ideas won't get you anywhere." - Lee Iacocca
"If you bring
forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save
you, if you don't bring forth that is inside you, what you don't bring
forth will destroy you"....Attributed to Jesus
Any explorative process is incomplete without some expression in
some form that brings into concrete existence the abstract depths of
the hidden potential within each of us. An exploration is an initiation -
a generation of initiative that leads towards right action or creative
Any action or expression that comes from an initiation from within is
the only means of positive feedback for the core self that is otherwise
obscure. The survival and social forces are for most of the time and
instances only negative or suppressive of the core self. It must never
be forgotten that any action or expression if initiated only or mainly by
the requirements of survival or social acceptability cannot activate or
positively feedback the core self - only make it dead and inaccessible.
Self exploration, if accomplished with dedication and honesty is the most
powerful path that leads to creative self expression. Self exploration is
the means to reach for or discover and develop the core self - the real
"Just as appetite comes by
eating, so work brings inspiration, if
inspiration is not discernible at the beginning".....Igor Stravinski
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not
one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet
on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
The discovery and development of one's abilities are essential
for the realization of this potential, which itself will point out
the direction that this ability will take to reach out to
its limits of perfection.
"Use what talents
you possess; the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang there except those that sang best"
..........Henry Jackson Vandyke Jr
"If you just try
long enough and hard enough, you can always
manage to boot yourself in the posterior".......A. J. Liebling
"Is it not a
pleasure to have learned something to try it out at
"Is it not a
pleasure to try something or do something and then
learn from it?"......Updated 2011
" The aim of
every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by
means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger
looks at it, it moves again since it is life".....William Faulkner
"Life that is
some how encrypted in those words, and when they
get into us they become the living. Conrad is gesturing towards the
greatest problem that all writers ever face: how do you make your
story, your material alive to readers.".....TTC A. Weinstein
"The meaning of
life is contained in every single expression of life"
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
The Use of Language & Related Concepts
writer desires is that his words enter into the flesh and
blood stream of his readers. And in some ways that is the violent
nature of human communication, not just an exchange of words.
Faulkner is interested in the physiological, somatic and even the
carnal dimension of this. When I speak to you I want to 'get' into
you. I want my words to penetrate, to get through, not bounce
off the surface. The project of writing and speaking has something
to do with the kind of violent, intrusive and invasive powers of
language that at some level we desire."....TTC A. Weinstein
Realizations are fortified by expressions, and without expressions,
realizations dissipate or become static. But it must be clearly
understood that a language expression is only a form of the
realization, not the realization itself.
thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress
is self-expression. That's what happens to me every day. My thoughts
get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad".....Garson Kanin
Those expressions that lead to further realizations, or trigger
intense, moving experiences, are the ones that are really
powerful as well as meaningful.
Thus the aim of the self-explorer is to express every realization
in a form and manner that leads to newer realizations, that
then demand better expressions. To enter into this cycle of
self-developed ascending order, and to sustain it, is the
goal of this work.
"I never know what I
think about something until I read what I've
written on it." ............William Faulkner
It has been pointed out at the outset that the end result of the self exploration
process is not an end in itself but the means for developing and realizing one's
given potential. This can only take place if this potential finds expression,
because without the testing grounds of expressions, this potential will not
remain potent, but its potency will dissipate. On the other hand, creative
expression enhances this potential. Merely seeking a state of bliss is
not the focus of this work.
creator painfully experiences the chasm between his
inner vision and its ultimate expression".....Isaac Singer
Expressions in language are given importance, because of their potential
for promoting intra-human communication ( within a society) as well as
inter-human communication ( cutting across social, cultural barriers ).
Thus expressions in language not only enhance the individual's Personal
Validity but also is the means to transform it into General Validity - that
is, the expressions are capable of enhancing the Personal Validity of
"Self-expression must pass into communication
for its fulfillment."......Pearl S Buck
But first of all these expressions must be meaningfully useful in enhancing
one's own potential.
" Words have the
power to both destroy and heal, when words
are both true and kind, they can change our world "......Buddha
The use of language, words and their corresponding concepts are not
meant for a literal meaning in this work, rather the use of language here
is only for the sake of eliciting a response from the reader in order to
further the reader's quest for oneself's knowns and unknowns and the
validity of these in one's life. There is no attempt to form a system of
knowledge, rules, procedures or fixed beliefs : that is, there is no
attempt at furthering any 'objective' quest, only a 'subjective' quest :
an attempt to further a quest of the subject and for the subject and
not for any object or agreed upon system of thought .
kind-hearted sorts of chaps, willing to help others into
“the paragraphs,” but there is still something mad about them, with their
“ludicrous stiff solemnity and air of paragraph-importance.” They pity
past generations, who lived when the System was presumably not finished,
and when therefore unbiased objectivity was not yet possible. But when you
ask them about the new System they always put you off with the same
excuse: “No, it is not yet quite ready. The System is almost finished, or at
least under construction, and will be finished by next Sunday.”
(Sřren Kierkegaard, Postscript)
the force of words, it is impossible
to know men"......Confucius
Therefore, words, concepts and language style should not be taken
in a specific literal meaning, but in a broad overall sense or in a sense
that seems valid for oneself ( allegorical ), that is, in a sense that fits
well in one's existing construct. Language is considered in this work
not only as an intra/inter-human communication tool but also as
an internal tool ( in the province of one's own mind - Lily) to clarify
and refine one's grasp of reality. This may contradict the
mystics assertion that this is not possible, but this assertion
is being challenged in this work.
"Most of the
things worth doing in the world have been declared
impossible before they were done"....Louis Brandeis
One of the important beliefs in this work is that language can be the most
general purpose tool and medium by which one can not only refine, give
shape and handle, bring into focus, give form and expression to
one's experiences but also as an important means to correlate and gain
from the experiences of others so as to further enhance the quality of one's
own experiences and expressions.
"There is some place where your
specialties can shine. Somewhere
that difference can be expressed. It's up to you to find it,
and you can"....David Viscott
Amongst all forms of expression , the use of language is the most
general purpose, although like the other forms it too has its fair
share of limitations. These limitations are particularly galling when
the use of language is without focus or clear purpose. The warning
here is that language can and is used to obscure and hide the ugly
truths of personal, social
and cultural wrongs.
" Men use thought only to justify their injustices, and
speech only to conceal their thoughts"......Voltaire
The dark side of human nature always takes cover behind
philosophy and terminology.
"How smooth must be
the language of the whites, when they
can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right."
........Black Hawk, Sauk-(1767-1838)Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak
slavery masquerading as sophistication
is the worst form of slavery"........Ngugi wa Thiong'o
The use of language
should be to clarify, not obscure.
" Philosophy is a
battle against the bewitchment of our
intelligence by means of language".....Wittgenstein
" In Man there is a basic need for imagining
wishful thinking becomes interwoven among his best science and
even his best philosophy. For the intellectual and the emotional
advancement of each of us we need certain kinds of ideals. We also
need ways of thinking which look as straight at the inner realities as at
the physical-chemical-biological outer realities. We need truly objective
philosophical analysis inside ourselves as well as outside ourselves."
...John C Lilly
The whole focus of this work is the use of concepts and beliefs in their
widest context. It would not be incorrect to say that this work also
attempts to ' deconstruct ' that part of the mind 's construct that has
become rigid (a tendency to operate from fixed beliefs and notions)
so that, reconstruction is an available possibility or option at all times
(which is quite indispensable for a self explorer ).
"At every step
philosophy sloughs a skin into which creep its
worthless hangers-on."......Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
"I would not
think of quarreling with your interpretation nor offering
any other, as I have found it always the best policy to allow the
film to speak for itself." ............Stanley Kubrick
(note: Again this does not mean that words must always have vague and multiple
meanings. On the one hand while dealing with our own experiences , words and
concepts are more useful in a broad sense, on the other hand while communic-
ating with other beings, specific usage of words is more frequently required :
especially where agreement has to be established. For this purpose I have
tried to define the context in which words have been used here in as much
detail as possible , along-with their dictionary definitions.)
In this work it is being asserted that language and a linguistic description of
reality need not be limiting if one trains oneself to deal with concepts with
a flexible, fluid and wide context and construct that has an exposure to multi
cultural constructs of reality.
However in one's communication in society, it must be kept in mind that not
every one in a particular society can be expected to be of a wide ranging and
flexible construct, and the linguistic reality plays an important role in every
society. The average person in a particular society interprets words usually
from a narrow and definitive socio-cultural construct. Then again, in the
context of a person to person communication a lot depends whether the
intention of both is not at cross-purposes and evasive to the issue at
hand, because then nothing will be accomplished, however sophisticated the
problems of everyday life from which philosophical problems
arise and which they try to address - in a certain way. Now that way
is not simply as a compensation although that is one aspect of it -
these also may find ways to evade the problem. That's the sense in
which Marx uses the word ideology - to evade, cover up or to
legitimate some illegitimate feature of the problems."
……..Rick Roderick ( TTC – Philosophy and Human Values )
"There are three
roads to ruin; women (sex), gambling and technicians.
The most pleasant is with women (sex), the quickest is with gambling,
but the surest is with technicians.".......Georges Pompidou
Supplementary Article : Power of Words
Artists knock on
silence for an answering music; they pursue meaninglessness
until they can force it to mean. .....Rollo May
Notes 2013: Each living
thing's life is imbued with purpose and
meaning when it expresses it's unique talents and capabilities in a creative manner.
In so far as it is creative, it is different, distinct and unique since every creative
expression is unique (every bird has its own song), and so you may say that each
living thing has a different meaning and purpose.
Yet we can generalize this by saying that the broad purpose of life is creativity - and
humans are special because we have an additional dimension to creativity - and that
is the moral dimension integrated with creativity - and both of these dimensions
converge in the unity in Eternity where all different purposes also converge.
The bad news is that we as humans are very very fallible in the moral dimension,
and once fallen, our purpose in not with synchronicity or converging with the overall
telos or purpose of the cosmos, and the even more terrifying reality of that state is that
we become means for the ends of others and not self-definable ends in ourselves.
It is a state in which we lose moral consciousness, even the consciousness that we
have fallen, rather we are deceived into thinking that we are at the top of the world,
too evolved to think about moral and immoral, good or evil, right or wrong.
The awful daring
of a moment’s surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract
By this, and this only, we have existed
Which is not to be found in our obituaries
Or in memories draped by the beneficent spider
Or under seals broken by the lean solicitor
In our empty rooms.
T S Eliot
O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall? (Dante)
meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden,
mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent
fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and
creatively as we can”.....Paul Kurtz
The concept of Personal Validity is meant to be the language tool by which
the self explorer defines, explores and develops one's unique self so that he
is not constrained by the limitations imposed by the objective , physical
world wherein society has developed a system of General Validity which
although itself undergoes changes from time to time, but at a particular
time and place tends to impose a set of beliefs or at the very least a set
of norms of behavior upon the individuals of that society. These norms
have to be conformed to by an individual in order to survive, but once
bare survival is assured, these norms and especially the beliefs that
have been acquired as a result, become a limitation as well as a
un-necessary burden that can be and should be dumped.
( If there is a
that these are useless. )
" A man may pay too
dearly for his livelihood, by giving, in Thoreau's terms,
his whole life for it...and becoming a slave till death "........R L Stevenson
"The writer must
earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but
he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money"
In any social system this seems inevitable at present, for although a
society cannot function or last without agreed upon rules
( morals), a society can function well enough without
agreed upon beliefs (
"Laws and customs may
be creative of vice; and should be therefore
perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and
customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to
preserve it; but they cannot originate it"......Harriet Martineau
The flame within my heart
Are now realized
Agreements of Trust
Agreements of Faith
Agreements of Truth
Agreements of Liberty
Lyrics from the song "Agreement" by Kitaro
Most problems stem from the inability of key elements in a society to
distinguish between beliefs and rules, rather than just the breaking of rules.
So it is imperative for an individual to understand and follow the said and
unsaid rules of a society at least in interactions with the other members of
the community in order to harmonize one's social as well as one's personal
self. In order to change the existing belief construct of society, one must
have a clear predilection and goal to do so otherwise it will never be worth
the while. Within oneself, of course, one can have the freedom to believe
or experience whatever one chooses.
"Man is condemned to be free" ...... Jean Paul Sartre
"The worse the
conditions of life the more productive the work,
always provided you remember the work"....Gurdjieff
"To sing about
freedom and to pray for its coming is not enough.
Freedom must be actualized in history by oppressed peoples who
accept the intellectual challenge to analyze the world for the
purpose of changing it"..........James Cone
"You don't lead by
pointing and telling people some place to go.
You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey
The next article deals exclusively with the differentiation and
distinctions between the domain of Personal Validity and the
General Validity :
NEXT PAGE 03 : 1.5 The Two Domains of Validity
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