Recently I have been engrossed by this Inquiry into values by Robert Pirsig. It was a classic of the new free thinking era of the 70’s; however I avoided reading it (and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). I suppose I felt they were a wee bit kitsch.
I was wrong – this is a fascinating book of some depths, which I recommend.
It discloses a very real look into both sides of a very bright schizophrenic’s mind and his descent into insanity, which was treated by shock therapy.
Be warned, it takes some discipline to complete it.
Parallels with eastern philosophies are drawn which are enlightening.
The discussion is sometimes quite complex, but somehow the main points are well illustrated.
The balances between science and art, yin and yang and the overarching of quality or excellence, which is the source of all endeavour, are persuasive.
I found a great deal of support for my thoughts on spiritual direction, differences between sexes, xenophobia and beauty.
There is an intriguing relationship with his young son which has a strange twist, near the end.
I must now read the Hitchhikers’ Guide .
The Church was a sanctuary where all could seek and receive refuge in the Middle Ages.
The function of holy people was to interpret Gods’ ways to those in power. They did this by educating themselves so they could advise wisely. In turn they were protected by those in power because it was believed that they could invoke the Gods’ protection.
Rituals and liturgies were developed which ensured continuity which in turn gave comfort to the followers.
Much of the other work of the religious has been to care for the sick and the poor and it still is. Many people have been granted succour and sanctuary since time began.
Sadly as we know, power corrupts and few can withstand the seductive corruption of power.
We should not let the sad perversions of power relations in institutions obscure the great good done by selfless servants of Gods.
Places of worship are still sanctuaries for many – places where we can escape the buzz, rush and pressure of modern life to think and pray and lose fears.
I saw this little weblink on the Walrus ‘ wallow and it set off a train of thought which is quite radical, so ignore it if you wish / at your peril, heh,heh!
It caught my interest & I immediately made to try it & then hesitated: …. Walrus is witty, clever, cosmopolitan, wise & has 100 friends; his blog is worth $12.00 … I am naive, unpolished and only have 3 friends … what will my blog be worth …12 cents?
My train of thought went this way: this is how Satan works … he senses vanity and pride and a desire for re-assurance and exploits it: you could just be wiser / more entertaining than you thought… don’t be chicken….
It has been a recurring thought, last thunk when I saw, at first glance, an attractive woman of about 40. Closer examination revealed those tight bubble cheekbones that suggest botox treatment. That’s when I thought about vanity & how Satan sucks people in through vanity. Botox is definitely a vanity thing. I don’t believe vanity is ever a good thing.
It’s not easy though,is it – I still have a sneaky need to know …
Vade retro, Satanas