Tuesday, July 5, 2016

To be or not to be

    The longing for freedom – to be one’s true self—is a deep-rooted human need that claims the respect of others and may involve the struggle to be freed from shame, fears,  aggression, and contradiction.  The principle of contradiction is enunciated in the phrase: ‘To be or not to be’ or to be victim to labeling or not, to see nature as it is or pretend otherwise.  A thing cannot be and not – be at the same time.  Shakespeare of course had the famous phrase: ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’.  Yes, we have not perhaps realized it.  This is the most basic principle in metaphysics or logical thinking.   

    Nothing is clear or true until one talks about it. When you want people to clarify themselves you could simply ask them.  What do you want?  Is it this or that?  Do you or don’t you want?  This clarifies the mind from ‘mental labeling’ that may also be applied to nature itself—the trees, the flora and fauna, the seas and mountains, all which are as creation supposes them to be.  Human beings need to learn from the sacred stillness of creation to be their true free selves as they attempt to clarify expectations and goals towards forging a unity in truth and not a contradiction of ideas.

    It is because in our world today things seem to complicate themselves, and as they say, man is a complicating animal.  He simply wants to add burdens to burdens, laws to laws, labels that keep changing, and the whole thing comes out more complicated.  The fact of the matter is that the more educated the citizenry, the lesser laws might be needed, since these were framed as guiding posts.  Hence the importance of spreading good ideas, since it is ideas that rule the world.  St. Paul said: “Preach in season and out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2).

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