The Middle Way

The balancing act called life.

We all seek advice, guidance at some time or other.  What is the right path?  And when we gather up the advice dispensed on humanity and lay it all out to see, what we find are paradoxes.  “Look before you leap.” “He who hesitates is lost.”  Which one is true?  Both and neither depending on the circumstance.  Life sometimes calls for clear-headed alacrity and sometimes for careful deliberation.  General advice then, is to be used sparingly.

Should people eat meat?  Well, it depends on the people.  If Eskimos didn’t eat fish, seal and caribou, what would they eat?  There is no blanket prescription for the world.  What do doctors ask you?  Are you allergic to any medication?  Yes!

If you are so special and unique, why do you believe that one size fits all?  Think instead of a pantheon, an illustrious repository of wisdom, free and without cost, membership not included and not necessary.  It is nature.

Nature is the teacher and the books are teachers too — the ones written by nature-entranced people. You see the paradox of strength, flexibility conquering rigidity by observing water.  You learn the transmutation of substance by contemplating the flame.

So many of our opinions or so called politics arise from our agendas of the immediate.  We react and, in the act of reacting, we are backtracking to that which acted upon our senses.  We judge.  We act according to a set of pre-programmed response mechanisms.  These, in turn, create our debates concerning nothing but what we create to debate about.  It is a surreal circus of gaping mouths.

The horizontologist, in his contingent universe, seeks the middle way.  What comes eventually, according to some German philosophers, the horizontologist anticipates.

Thesis:  Man is inherently evil.

Antithesis:  Man is inherently good.

Synthesis:  Man is both evil and good and neither evil nor good.

Then, you go from there.



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