Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few!”
Ever since I have started this blog, which was merely few months ago, besides thus far uinterrupted adding of new posts, I also kept updating the pages on the upper part of the blog. Probably the most ambitious of them is the one I titled ‘‘My postulates”. It is quite essential part of my offering. I worked on this one from the time of blog’s inception and I am definitely going to continue doing so. It is where I put what I call ”my postulates”. What are these?
My postulates are the result of my obssesive desire to formulate complex truths in a simple, streamlined, stripped-down manner, so that instead of stating 10 deducible truths I try to state one inclusive truth proposition from which you can deduce these 10 derivations. I believe that one coherent, logically consistent and highly integrative truth proposition can by itself indicate a lot about what is true and what is not, if only you can read between the lines and work out the connections as well as the implications – by yourself.
After reworking, correcting and tweaking my postulates, I can now publish them in a rather polished shape. Here we go!
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1) Universe is not many things having one state, but one thing having many states.
2) Spirituality is not restricted to certain persons, places, activities, conditions and lifestyles. Spirituality is in everything. Every person, every place, every deed, every situation and every way of life is spiritual. Everything is a contemplation and experience of the mystery of existence. By the same token, there is a magic in everything and everything is a wonder indeed, simply due to the fact that it is included in and caught up as being existing.
3) Every mythological, religious or ideological tradition makes sense only when it is considered in the light of circumstances around which they have grown to life. The keys to their meaning and genesis lay in place, time and context within which they have been developed. You lack very essential clue if you judge these traditions from a modern, western, urban, industrial and pragmatic perspective which often can not capture the spirit of the people who lived at that time and established these traditions.
4) All attempts to draw a line between what is natural and what is unnatural are arbitrary, confusing and futile. This idea is flawed at its very heart. Man-made does not necessarily mean inferior, toxic, artificial and against the workings of nature and nature-made does not necessarily mean superior, healthy, pure and beneficial. Nature embraces and encompasses all and recognizes all pathways.
5) If there is something like ‘human nature’, all of its parts, aspects, sides and shades are present and alive in each human being. Moreover, every part of human nature is precious, important and should not be neglected. There is an anger, sadness, hate, stupidity, shyness and aggresion, and there is a tranquility, happiness, compassion, wisdom, bravery and humility – in everyone. All emotions and feelings are important and should not be rejected or compromized.
6) The source of our troubles is not in that we have built what is called civilization and their solution is not in that we should abandon this development and go back to what is called state of nature.
7) The ever-present evil of this world will never perish unless the supposedly good people will begin to take an actively opposing stance against it, especially by striking at the roots from which this evil emerges and spreads into the world. The roots were never cut down.
8) The primary reason for why God is ruled out in scientific research is not because it comes from religion and therefore cannot be expected to be scientifically correct, but because it is not a coherently, logically and objectively stated set of proposals which can be evaluated and applied according to the accepted standards and criteria that define scientific research. Trying to do this results in a paradox of double standard and special pleading which is undiserable and doesn’t help either side. The concept of God, as typically stated in judeo-christian tradition, has a decidedly limited validity and usefulness because of its obscurity, elusiveness and logical contradictions. This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean than no type of God exists or can exist.
9) The problem is not the system. Don’t exhaust yourself fighting the system, because without people changing themselves in the desired direction and in appropiate ways, the system will be incarnating and reborning itself for eternity however many times it will be defeated for it will be incarnated and reborned through our inability to reflect upon and change ourselves from within. The system was always the mirror of our mental character.
10) The foundation of all religion is the experience of the ‘great mystery’ and its related children-mysteries: mystery of suffering, of death, of evil, of injustice and many others. It is a confidence-providing answer to such questions as ‘why is it happening?’ and ‘what can be done about it?’. What is crucial is that the ‘great mystery’ HAS NEVER BEEN SOLVED. ”Inside we’re all still wet, yearning and longing…” – as Bjork sings in ”Sweet Sweet Intuition”. We should be constantly reminding ourselves about this fact, especially, when we are so convinced about being right that we become indifferent towards anything that might challenge this convinction.
11) It is little things that eventually build up great things, it is small beginnings that eventually result in great endings, it is little details that eventually overthrow big concepts, it is little steps that eventually count as long journeys, it is small probabilities that eventually manifest in near-impossible events, it is simplicity that ultimately drives complexity.
12) To be a good man does not mean to pay taxes, to abide by the law, to be corteous, to attend church, to pray, to cause no troubles at school, to work hard, to always listen to the parents, to be obedient, to smile and to be quiet. To be an evil man does not mean to be angry, to shout, to wear fully black clothes, to have a hideous face, to be a beggar, to be poor and neglected, to be an atheist, to be alone and sad, to be critical, to differ and to be rebellious.
13) The culture is not a storehouse that gives to people the meaning(s) of life. You cannot find the meaning of life in culture. You can only find the meaning of life against and out of confrontation with culture. When everything is taken away from you, the meaning of life is not one of those things that are taken away from you. It is neither one of those things are given to you. It is instead something that grows within you and lives alongside you. It can neither be created nor destroyed by culture.
14) For a concept or a hypothesis to be falsifiable and ‘scientific’, it is required to demonstrate the procedure through which it may be proven true as well as the procedure through which it may be proven false. It must be possible to examine it through both these modes. Eventually, it must be either confirmed or rejected. If it cannot be evaluated by this twofold way and result in one value-type, it is not falsifiable and it is not ‘scientific’.
15) There is a need for fundamental shift in thinking. It is innovative thinking that can save this world from collapsing under its shaky foundations and get us somewhere instead. Non-innovative thinking will get us nowhere. It is non-innovative thinking that doesn’t allow systemic change from within and thus has never changed anything for better. Non-innovative thinking is deadly thinking. Only innovative thinking brings life, hope and potence. The way we are used to perceive politics, morality, spirituality, magic, relationship with the environment or being itself is out-of-date to say the least and needs elemental reorientation. We cannot endure without novelty in our thinking.
16) Because the aquisition of knowledge is a type of relationship and the progression of understanding is also a type of relationship as is any attempt to communicate them, it follows that it is relationship-making that forms the basis of education. Therefore, help in fostering conscious relationship-making and guiding it ought to be the priority for education system, and by relationship, I mean relationship with self, with other people, with environment, with the unknown and with the entirety of reality. The emphasis should be placed on relationship, interaction, contact – the axis of power, influence and decision – and not on objects and information per se.
17) Do not focus on checking if someone speaks what we regard as true or if he does not for no one speaks only what we regard as true or only what we regard as its opposite. What matters is if someone helps to create the conditions in which progressive inquiry can flourish or if he rather stigmatizes and dominates his surroundings. The person that we want to associate with truthfulness should be able to be associated with such traits as: planting the seeds in your mind, freely sharing his own insights, steering considerations, widening and deepening perspective, releasing the internal blockades and finding new heuristics and pathways of thought. Such person would have a contagious vitality, inexhaustible creativity, motivating way of being, captivating personality and inviting attitude. If you feel empowered, enriched, vitalized, encouraged, more thoughtful and less restricted, if you feel you are more complete and connected, than you know you have just met a person that can be associated with truthfulness. Truth is not just the content, it is foremostly a relationship.
18) We are each one of us, simultaneously, students and teachers – every student is also a teacher and every teacher is also a student. We all learn from each other throughout the lifetime. At one point, anyone is a master for someone and a student for someone else.
19) Lazy ways do not lead to truth, only astray. There are no shortcuts to truth, only blind alleys. A long journey must be undertaken to ever discernate truth. For it is a journey outwards as well as inwards: trials about the world but also trials about self, a challenge not to lose a sight of the world but also not to lose integrity of self.
20) Being open to existence means acknowledging one’s own vulnerability, mortality, nakedness, self-imposed limitations, fallibility and incompleteness. To live is to be exposed, to take risk, to doubt, to ask questions, to be self-conflicted and self-contradictory, to make mistakes, to be confused, to get lost and clueless, to be afraid and desperate and to be in need of help. There can be no life without inner conflict, situational discomfort, ongoing troubles and occasional mutilation. Those who desire perfectly secure, orderly, flawless, painless, doubtless, crystal clear, unchallenging, predictable lives – they do actually desire to be dead and devoid of any real degree of authenticity. It is those who dare to face this complicated multifaced character of life on their own who are the closest to being authentic and to being the real deal. They are powerful yet delicate, doubtful yet honest, self-conflicted yet trustful, fallible yet progressive, afraid yet taming the unknown. They are, in a deep sense, the masters of life.
If these postulates give you a certain feeling of clarification and confidence instead of confusion and struggle, then it should mean I am doing my job well, so far.
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