”I want you to know that your pursuit of the truth, your sometimes relentless pursuit of the truth, even if I hate it sometimes, I think it is the noblest quality you have.”
– Laura from ”Nowhere Man” ( 1996 TV series )
1) Universe is not many things having one state, but one thing having many states.
2) Spirituality is not some exclusive domain 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 should enjoy the right to be claimed as spiritual. All means of experiencing, exploring and contemplating the mystery of life are spiritual – different points of looking at the same versatile reality. Similarly, magic persists in everything and everything is indeed wondrous as it is, simply due to the fact that it is a part of the same joint mystery of the cosmos. We are all in this together, sharing and moving within one space.
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 historical life. The keys to their meaning and genesis lay in place, time and context within which they have been developed. One lacks very essential clue if he decides to judge these traditions from a modern, western, urban, industrial and pragmatic perspective which often can not capture the extinct spirit of the people who lived at that time and who received situational incentives to establish 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. They may have not been even identified as yet.
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 kind 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 – so often – unfounded 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. In fact, we never could.
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) Try to not focus too much on checking if someone speaks what may be regarded as true or if he does not for no one speaks only what may be regarded as true or only what may be regarded 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 – as it should be.
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.
21) As paradoxically as it may sound, don’t be happy. You can’t command yourself to be happy, you can’t be happy on request, you can’t plan to be happy, you can’t think happiness into existence, you can’t gather or collect happiness. Happiness does not come by thinking about it and does not come through any particular kind of effort. To think you can simply aquire happiness and keep it to yourself is a mistake. I don’t think there is any general rule that can let happiness in, I only know it has much to do with going with the flow and being grateful for whatever is offered at any given moment. I don’t want to say anything beyond this, because I do not wish to take part in perpetuating the cycle of confusion.
22) We shall bring new life into this world by finding it in and getting out of ourselves, thereafter spreading far and wide and along with it: new attitude, new perspective, new vision, new consciousness, new wave of creativity – but no longer repeat the mistake and don’t assume you are the chosen one, the enlightened one, the divinely guided one, the messiah, the knowing-it-all one, the lucky man who somehow found the most guarded truth, who is now in the possession of perfect awareness and who is therefore on a mission to get it to the minds of the others and teach ”this is the way it is”.
23) The only masters there are, are the eternal students who never cease to learn, discover and see this layered world with new eyes. The only wise folks there are, are those who never retire but tirelessly press on for truth for as long as they are alive in the world. The only fools there are, are those that all of a sudden give up on their journey, irrevocably stop going any further, dedicate themselves to building castles on sand and ultimately shut off from greater reality. Even if it was possible to know such thing as the ultimate truth and you did know it, you could still at least keep on improving how you express, formulate and explain it, in words or otherwise.
24) It is absolutely erroneous to assume that thinking in terms of magic, spirits, transcendentalism and mythical powers is a thing of the past. It is very much alive to this day. It thrives perfecly alongside scientific, rational and specialized thinking. Here, in 21st century, magical thinking still dominates larger parts of society, welcoming its new incarnations, getting along through new disguises and adapting by means of vocabulary changes. It hides in as widely recognizable, massively influential and diverse formations as New Age, New Thought, Theosophy, law of attraction, sacred geometry, conspiracy theory, quantum mysticism or NDE’s. Magical tradition has never been abandoned – it does as well as ever.
25) We are hopelessly social beings who may survive, thrive and be recognized or appreciated as what we are or what we are capable of, only within the active sphere of the functioning society of which we are participating and managing agents.
26) This stuff ( happiness, meaning of life, nostalgia ) seems to be emergent, post factum ( it appears after existence itself is allready there, set in motion as an established continual fact ) and predicated upon negative qualities of life ( suffering, confusion, mortality ) without which it is probably pointless, unrelatable and unthinkable.