Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Forging peace within the soul

I came to suspect that this chain of attitudes may hold together the most self-possessed lives because of how repeatably and miserably I failed at the honesty link.

To those with courage, honesty is always worth the prices it exacts.
The wise always find the courageous path is actually the easiest.
The humble do not blind themselves, seeing with their eyes rather than their "I". This enables them to grow wise by gathering rather than shedding the lessons life dishes out.


Someone said...

I like the quote: "Seeing with their eyes, not their I." I actually just put a post on my blog about the very frustration. I want so badly to see more clearly, but I can never seem to get past my own ego. What a terrible and powerful thing, ego. Probably some product of evolution, good for its time, but binding and blinding in the long run.

GreenSmile said...

Yes. Despite my brave claims to the contrary, I think most of what I observe and the generalizations I derive and what finally goes on the page are all but inseperable from my personality, tainted with things that celebrate me or my cleverness in sneaky and blatant ways.
As you note, and I get the impression that most thoughtful people share this apprehension, we tread a minefield when we offer to share our view of the world. From the Buddhist who finds his meditation cloudy and distracted to the Christian who finds her path to acceptance in faith and action through faith beset with detours she herself threw in the way, we stand in our own way more than anything else does.
But there are cracks in the wall of self through which a bit of light will fall. Your "frustration" is evidence of that.

Terrible and powerful, yes, but product of evolution? Maaayyybe, in part, but I see it more as arising from nurture than nature. Otherwise, where do we get our saints?

uh, don't be shy, leave a link to this blog of yours...the blogging party is already a masked ball as it is!