Relativity is key to right understanding. Things are not true and false: things are–to some degree–true and false.
Every verbal formula is limited, being some distance from the light.
Recognition of paradox is key to right understanding. Everything expressed in words challenges the mind to understand a paradox.
Understanding does not make its home on the astral plane where relativity and paradox are virtually unknown.
We could say that people who do not comprehend relativity and paradox are fanatics. But that formula does not correspond well with the above affirmations.
Therefore, it is better to say that, to the degree that people do not understand relativity and paradox–to that degree–they tend to be fanatics, or at least relatively mistaken.
Being frequently submerged in the chaos of our lower emotional natures means we fall continually into an unhappy half-life of existence. Our semi-conscious thinking makes us subject to the surrounding chaos of life, and our semi-conscious love also deprives us of a happy outcome. So develops the path of our slow education through pain. This way stands in stark contrast to a path of actual love and wisdom. And even when we manage to get our head above water, in this age of intensified communication, we are easily pulled down again into the crush of world chaos.
How shall we endure the painful chaos of the world? The pains may spark inspiration and define the direction for our creative forces, but our work is with harmony. Essential optimism derives from attention to the spiritual depth, while pessimism or realism forces itself upon us in our attention to the chaos on the surface. Realism is educationally useful, but our main life focus is with optimism because thought creates. Education is good, and the work allotted to us defines the scope of it, but it would be debilitating to dwell indiscriminately on the horrors of the human scene.
People notice thoughts and emotions within themselves. Is this simple division an adequate description of what transpires in consciousness? Often not, but this binary tends to guide and define the inner life and common discourse about it. We may speak of thoughts or feelings for which we do not yet have appropriate words, but are “feelings” and “thoughts” adequate terms for the full kaleidoscope of inner experience? And who was it that first defined or limited consciousness to the somewhat trivial sounding binary of thought and emotion?
Clear water flashes silver in the sun. So lifted are all feelings in the soul’s light.