Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Middle Way transcends extremes

     "The middle way says don't fall into an extreme. Extremes are dead ends. There everything is crystallized and solid, it creates it's own opposition, nothing can move. I want to give you an example of a person who's gone through some rigors in life, and here is how he sees things now:
     'I've come to see:
• we have an instinct for right and wrong, and push it aside when it's inconvenient; 
• that the more deeply we're motivated by emotion, the more insistently we pass it off as reason; 
• that denial is a force to be reckoned with, and our principle obstacle; 
• that ethical codes are as likely to produce hypocrisy as goodness; 
• that belief is precarious, especially when it demands certainty; 
• that no religious, scientific or academic faith can be trusted that can't laugh at itself; 
• that the only way to respect truth, is to take it with a pinch of salt; and 
• that life leads nowhere, until we consciously take the direction it provides.'       Stephen Schettini"

Ken McLeod
"There is no enemy: A toolkit for change" Buddhist Geeks Conference 2011

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