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Desire in Absolute and Relative Perspectives

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Someone says truth is subjective and there is no objective truth, no truth at all really, just some brain phenomena relative to this or that pair of eyes. Another soul is on a mission to affirm absolute truth by recommending total and immediate ending of all desire. In this are the absolute and relative extremes.

The first, the extreme relativists, inclined to a lonely space and wrote stories about unredeemable human craziness. There was a glaze of pain over the eyes and a sharp edge to the voice. This extreme relativist finds little significance in the word “truth,” and prefers words and matters more earthly. For them, all lofty affirmations are personal, only a grade or two above dust, and ultimately of a similar reduction.

The second, the absolutists, when questioned will presumably allow some qualification for the natural desire for food, otherwise the remainder of their stay on Earth will be brief and we will hear little more from them. Perhaps their absolute perspective will also yield qualification for sex, otherwise by this prescription humanity’s stay on Earth will also be strikingly brief. Or it could be the absolutists concludes there is no need for embodied humanity-as-is, and it is best that we all jump to hyperspace nirvana without delay.

The absolutists devour gigantic concepts a hundred quadrillion times the size of planet Earth. They have found all the unhappy meanings for human yearnings and for them it is without qualification, the cause of suffering. Desire is, of course, inherent in nature, and it appears as an essential part of the evolutionary scheme of things. There are healthy and unhealthy desires, or rather a continuum of these. So modern man goes to extremes and is often drive by the latter kind. Sill, some of our finest aspirations are desires in subtle form. Among them is the aspiration towards balance. Perhaps even now the relativist is not entirely satisfied, and the absolutists may be evolving a more realistic adaptation. In this might be a gravitation toward the golden mean.

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Fire of Achievement

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Mountain climbing is a symbol of achievement. If we seek the higher correspondence of worldly achievement, we find a door to deep mystery. According to legend, Merlin buried the sun in Mount Tombe. And in Persian mythology the sacred fire was kept alight on Mount Quedah, “the mansion of fire.” Thus fire, the symbol of spirit and illumination, is associated with lofty achievement.

“Ye are even as the fire which in the darkness of the night has been kindled upon the mountain top.”

— Persian scripture

“But I shall be on the mountain top. I shall look down upon the night, as I am learning to climb and look down upon the storms. I shall be in the new day of the mountain-top, forever above the night.”

The University of Hard Knocks

Acting as If

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Let’s ask in what sense it is benevolent and productive to “act as if ” we are spiritually empowered. Consider what it would be like to be at the next rung of the ladder, that is, what would our increased responsibilities be to others and to ourselves. Then with perspective, let’s play at being a little better than we currently are. Put a better foot forward, not to be seen, but because it is a wonderful life-affirming thing to do. In fact, we are always projecting ourselves forward, aspiring to be and act somewhat better than we are. In the right way, this is healthy. We are, in effect, calling ourselves out, engaging in an affirmation intended to move us toward the future. So what would it be like to begin to engage in the next level of work, the next wider sphere of responsibility, the next greater circle of love? What would it be to practice, to engage in life with the next greater step of purity and clarity? Why wait? Act as if.