Undertaker's Daughter

My life and death as spiritual path.

Location: River City, Northern California

Sunday, March 20, 2005

A Convoluted Introduction:

You know what Duality is-- right? Black and white, Good and Evil, Day and Night, Man and Woman. Defining qualities by means of their opposites. Yes, that's pretty much the essence of Duality-- you need that opposite to reaffirm the reality of the quality you are defining. You need, therefore, Misery to define Happiness.
Does that seem altogether necessary? I know that the existence of Misery brings Happiness into high relief. But is it absolutely necessary to create happiness? Do we need Misery to have Happiness? To even appreciate it?

This might seem like a StrawDog argument. I don't believe it is. Because we are talking about the philosophy of Duality and the actual anecdotal experience of happiness, hunger, love, etc, are of little import next to that. Or are they? I don't think they are, in fact, I think, truly thinking about qualities of life as we experience them, explodes the idea of Duality to pieces. And, yet, it is the essence of most monotheistic religions and most ethical systems with the exception of situational ethics. Situational ethics looks at what actually happened with all the ramifications of a life or lives behind it, all the messy parts of life, you see, and does Not Look at Absolutes of Right and Wrong. Absolutes of Right and Wrong depend on Duality. They can not exist without it. No absolute can.

Situational Ethics has been roundly condemned by Conservative philosophers as sloppy thinking that is permissive and soft on criminal behavior. I believe it is, in fact, the only aspect of Thinking that goes on in ethics. The rest is predigested categorisation-- that "Everybody Knows."

I think-- and I would welcome a mutually respectful discussion on this topic as I think it is crucial to the world as we live it, and our souls as we cultivate them. I think that the only ethics that can count are situational. Isn't our life situational? Subjective? So damn complicated that unless you go back to the very beginning on all things, nothing really makes any sense at all? I'm not advocating less responsibility, I'm actually advocating more, but let's find out in what form the responsibility manifests. Let's look at what we are really doing, if we want to change. And I am assuming we do want to change, we want to be better people. Always room for improvement, right?


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