The stone that the builders rejected, has become the cornerstone of a whole new world.......
It is you and I, sister, who were rejected by science, as an absurdity in a meaningless universe.
And, yes, we are about to become the cornerstone of a whole new world.
Either we're here by accident, or we're not. Yes, the scientists have amassed a mountain of evidence to back up their proposition that we are bipedal apes. It is all very impressive, and I take it to heart.
It proves, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the world is all of a piece, but a piece of what? Aye, there's the rub.....
The scientists say that the world is a piece of nothing.... of a quantum fluctuation in the void.
I say..... not quite so fast, there, my friends......
Many things have been swept under the scientific rug. There are many skeletons in the scientific closet, and they're not all made of bones.
Eventually, the chickens were going to come home to roost. If I'm not slated to be Mr Chicken Little, I'll just have to eat my feathers, and cry all the way home.
Why must I pretend to be the cock of the walk? Well, it's just about MJ12 and the R&D show. My wild-eyed speculation is that these two items are, somehow, connected.
Furthermore, I'm hardly alone in supposing that the crunch time is upon us, give or take a year or two.
Many years ago, Ron averred..... yes, Dan, there is a phenomenology problem. Hmmm...... So what else is new?
In these modern times, phenomenology is liable to have teeth........
It has teeth w.r.t. the vulnerability of the materialist paradigm. The blanket debunking of the paranormal/uncorrelated phenomena loses its effectiveness, year by year..... even as that paradigm loses its grip on our everyday mental phenomena.
Yes, science is losing its grip on the phenomenon we call humankind.
But what will fill the void left by materialism.....?
Aye, there's the other rub......
Will it be dualism or non-dualism?
The xtians are holding out for dualism.
The non-prophetic tradition is holding out for non-dualism. Yes, they are, but there's a small glitch in their cosmology. They became much too comfortable riding in the slipstream of science.
The non-prophetic tradition can see no essential difference between sapience and sentience. Transmigration is at the core of their belief system.
What's going on......?
It's about personalism.......
Is this the demarcation between East and West?
This is the price of pantheism. There is no center.... there is no Telos.
How can anyone bridge this gap?
Many have beat their heads against this gap. How many conferences have there been?
Metaphysically, monism and non-dualism are nearly on the same page. However, w.r.t. to the metanarrative, it's a whole different story.
The prophetic tradition began with Zoroaster...... maybe.
It's fair to say that the origins of the prophetic/monotheistic tradition, which I sometimes refer to as monism, to distinguish it from non-dualism, arose in Central Asia.
Historically, dualism, of various sorts, was a constant companion to monotheism.
Monism, as a metaphysical/ontological system, as opposed to theological, traces back to Parmenides.
It is this monism that has always been closely associated with personalism. When personalism has arisen in the non-dualist system, it has been in a decidedly subsidiary role.
Nonetheless, there have been various Bhakti movements within Hinduism that commit to a devotional path to liberation/salvation, as in the devotion to Krishna. Many have drawn parallels between the Christian and Krisha movements, within their respective traditions.
Krishnaism demonstrate that even the most impersonal and escapist of traditions cannot suppress the personal and devotional. Furthermore, there is no sense of history or urgency that can be associated with Krishnaism.
But, yes, as the Hare Krishnas demonstrate, there is evangelism. It is mainly active in the West, where it may serve as an antidote to the more virulent forms of monotheism. It provides a bridge between monotheism and the more austere forms of pantheism.
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