Friday, April 6, 2012

The Golden Thread...

Often times I will cringe, when I hear the old saw respoken that "disabled people often 'make up' for their disability with other senses/abilities that are above average."  It isn't that I necessarily disagree, although it may not always be true, there is certainly truth in the statement.  It's my belief and personal observation that "normal" people will often make this statement, in such a way as to make themselves feel better or less "guilty" for being "normal."

Having said that, lately I have been contemplating how this might be true for me...and what comes to mind is the Golden Thread that I've spoken about in many of my posts.  Let me start out by reminding readers of the differences in perception, cognition and communication that peoples with AgCC experience:

Those of us born without the corpus callosum do not have the "major highway thoroughfare" that enables the left and right brains to quickly swap and integrate information.  It's not often that we see both sides of a thing, rather, we most often approach it with rigidity.  Hence things become one sided, we tend to try and live very black and white lives.  We can be (more than the average person) rigid in our thinking, politically, religiously, "whateverelse-ly" you can think of.  We may take a rigid position, only to, later on take on the exact opposite, but nonetheless still rigid position.

Well, we all know that the world is not black and white, yes or no, on or off, so you can imagine that folks like myself are prone to misunderstand and be misunderstood.

I think I've known this (about myself) for a very long time, and yet I have watched, as it were an observer in the background) myself over the last (almost) 50 years.  I have spent a great deal of my life researching, diving into philosophy, religion, spirituality, science of all types, shades and size.  While more commonly in my younger years, I remained very black and white about these experiences, in later years I've begun to see clearly the rigidity I mention above, but underneath it is something absolutely spectacular and life changing.

I have deeply considered, and know to be true in myself, that all realms of knowledge, all levels of sciences, religions, philosophies and such are entirely and always relevent. Funny how I can see this, being "damaged" or "disabled" and others have so much difficulty even comprehending it.  It is the Golden Thread of which I speak.

Throughout the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual evolution of humankind there have been countless attempts at understanding the world around us, and the world within us.  Each and every (human)being is on this evolutionary highway, hence, we continue to search, to understand and to "know", in whatever given circumstance we find ourselves.  What once humankind called miraculous, (s)he now has an understanding of the natural laws through which said thing appears and occurs.  We did not invent such things, we discovered laws already (and always) in existence.  Such can be said, for example of the "discovery" of electricity.

Man (Ben Franklin) certainly did not discover was/is always there/here.  Rather he cognitively and intuitively uncovered and understood the laws by which electricity, which by the way, still cannot be seen today operates.

Now, an even more peculiar phenomenon takes place in regards to humankind comprehending these natural laws.  He has found that they only work within their domain and not outside of it.  For example the laws of mechanical physics, thermodynamics and electricity can not be counted on, within  the domain of quantum physics.  This does not nullify the previous understanding, rather it under girds it, stacked and intertwined.

Such is my personal discover in the realm of politic, religion, science, and philosophy.  On their own level, within their particular domain they all attempt to answer "The Question."  It is mistaken to think that Bereshit (Genesis) is a book written about the creation of the physical reality.  In fact, doing so, weakens and destroys the powerful qualities that this ancient writing possesses.  In much the same way, the theories of the Big Bang and such are outside of their domain (seemingly) when verifying truths that cannot be evidenced or proofed in a scientific manner.

The argument between science and religion is an artificial one, and one of relatively late invention.  It is  entirely clear that both the ancient Jews and early Christians, for example understood the relevance of each in their domain.  Philo of Alexandria is a good example.

Philo's conception of creation, and the matter out of which the world was created is similar to that of the Stoics. According to him, God does not create the world-stuff, but finds it ready at hand. God cannot create it, as in its nature it resists all contact with the divine. Sometimes, following the Stoics, he designates God as "the efficient cause,"and matter as "the affected cause." He seems to have found this conception in the Bible (Gen. i.2) in the image of the spirit of God hovering over the waters ("De Opificio Mundi," § 2 [i.12]).

People such as Ken Wilbur have taken the idea of the Golden Thread and run with it.  His concept of Integral philosophy is the finest thing that I have read on the idea.

If we humans could understand and respect knowledge the way the ancients did, we could look at, for example, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism), Atheism and see the Golden Thread throughout it.  We could see Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, and the like, serving their purpose in their times and places.

The Golden Thread, it is the question why?  Not the why of "why is the sky blue?" (because of the atmosphere, etc.), rather why am I alive?  What is being "alive"? Questions like these.  Mankind, since he first realized sentience and asked this question, has never stopped asking it.  All of our "why" and "how", and "who" and "what" in its various forms comes down to this.  We can only enrich our lives by being inclusive of all the many answers to this question.  If you are not learning, then your dead!

~Just Joe

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