leads to questioning, such as “What is the Self?” and “How do I give it up?”
is ‘Why the hell give it up?’ … as in:
- why the hell would you want to?
- why the hell should you?
- even if you damned well could …?
Myself, when young, did eagerly frequent sinner and saint and heard great argument etc etc (Fitzgerald’s ‘Khayyam’). In the end I concluded that I liked eastern notions a lot more better, and by dint of meditation and exercises and stuff concluded that actually the Self is really what it’s all about.
WE HAVE IT
pounded into us that self is bad, naughty, antisocial, mean, nasty and hostile to the environment. WHEREAS—
—nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.
In the navy we were taught that in event of chemical attack or similar unpleasantness we put our very own personal protective equipment on FIRST. Only after we have secured as best we can the preservation of ol’ Number One do we look to assist the folks around us. (Why is that?)
Is that a mean selfish antisocial nasty attitude, do you think?
that yes, it is good to assist the needy. No argument there, but consider this—
is it better, good Religioso, to give a man a lovely fresh fish every day for the rest of his life …
… or a fishing rod? And teach him how to fish? (Teach him how to make rods, too?)
Consider that your religious leaders live in hash-reeking palaces, drive around in the most impressive of luxury cars, maintain fleets of most modern luxury private jets … whilst the slums of * rival those of * .
“He has a point!” “That’s what I just said, Hornhead! Quit quoting me!”
* Insert name of own choice here