. I remember long ago coming across the theme that John Ralston Saul’s “Voltaire’s Bastards” was stressing, that Voltaire made, which was that through the skillful use of words humans can rationalize most anything.
Through the ongoing committment to the direct experience of presence there has arisen the realization that there is more that is the essence of life that can not be captured in rational explanation and especially not through the effort of words and that we can be led astray attempting to find our way through these means ending up in a place of grasping on to the most meaningless of things. The pursuit of that what we perceive and think to be rational and meaningful however logical and practical it may seem to be can be the cause of a separation from something more essential and experienced through other means however ineffable it may be. It has been said that humankind has created a dualism that leads us to betray our authentic self.
There is no system or way to navigate life authentically other than an awareness that arises out of presence. From this we are empowered to live a life where we learn about ourselves and the relationship to other and to life itself. All other ways are short cuts that separate us from that authentic process often with the promise of happiness, comfort and /or security. This ipromise is an empty one.