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Old 04-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #8
Dojo: Both Hands Clapping
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Join Date: Mar 2012
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Re: The Restoration of Peace

Inherent in most ideologies is this concept of an absolute. The way you define peace, for example, may be interpreted as the absolute of 'peace'. An absolute, that claims that if we can just 'get there', our collective problems are over, because we would all be walking the path of peace . But where is 'there' in terms on an absolute, and where does it lead?

Absolutes always imply a single direction ... without a natural cycling ... entropy ... an inexorable descent from an ordered state to a disordered state. Is this true 'peace?'

If you keenly observe the world, you will observe that all 'systems' are in fact the results of mutually opposing activities. Beginning from some quiet state, a zero state, with no evidence of activity ... pow! ... two activities appear. Call it what you will for what you are observing (expand and contract, separate and rejoin, inhale and exhale, living and dying, etc.) Early on, the expanding activity dominates and we have 'growth'. And inevitably the contracting activity dominates and we have 'decay'. And just a inevitably the activities must disappear once again into a singularity.

So, observe the universe, your life, plant life, animal life, your breathing, your thoughts. You will have to come to the same conclusion. Everything cycles, there is no absolute. So, if this cycling is the universe, how does your concept of peace 'map' into it?

Jim Redel BHC Aikido
"The universe, aikido, the mind - both hands clapping!"
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