In Adams World
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Buckinghamshire, England
Petty moralizing and traditions do harm by slowing people down, fundamentalism by dragging people along. A happy mean criticizes both those who make up the numbers and those too assured the kingdom of heaven will conform to their belief. Petty and extreme beliefs turn attention away from petty and extreme natures, or those geared too high or low when compared with the happy mean of the age, that seems to me a better description than: "petty religious people" and "enlightened intellectuals". If those more inclined towards traditions and moralizing were liberated, they would still be lead by people whose knowledge were considered the soundest of their time, they are then considered rational. They haven't become deeper or less petty, they remain as dogmatic with the happy mean because that felt better, it still is what they wanted to believe- the rational badge of honour goes with them and the approval of people closer to the mean; others find themselves drawn towards revolutions and fundamentalism. I don't think there is something wrong with either side necessarily, despite the levelling effect of society, nothing I've seen convinces me such a happy mean exists. The mean "rationality" never qualitatively differentiates itself from the fundamentalists of the age, it would make a hypocrite of a born fundamentalist or one too comfortable following, as would absolute spiritual freedom. With that sense of spiritual freedom, what then drives the fundamentalist diposition's steep ascent? "I looked around me and saw that time was my only contemporary".
"I am looking for a true human being."- Diogenes
"Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame."- Song of Songs
"It was love that brought them back to life: the heart of one held inexhaustible sources of life for the heart of the other."- Dostoevsky