“Every good thing has bad in it, and every bad thing has good in it” Forgotten.
This has stuck with me throughout my entire life so far, and although my knowledge of Confucianism and Buddhism has grown since those singular figure years, the element of truth at which first given has been the seed from which all else has grown. In my spiritual life, I accept that I am under the grand order of the universe and that no matter how hard I try or how clever I think I am, in one way of things, I am not any better off than the dandelion seed being blown about on a breeze. Perhaps why I live inland, and in a building, this vulnerability is perhaps what gives us insight into this human experience further than the here and now.
Spiritual philosophy tends to use wisdom in order to make sense of the vastness of life, and to understand how we are best to go about living our own. More arrows point to non-judgement, forgiveness, peace, tolerance, and honesty than any other set, the world faiths all stand in agreement, the philosophers and scientists also detest the anti-versions of these things.
In art expression, and in spiritual development, study in academia, and even religious evolution where we go beyond dogma to fully incorporate the human experience, and many other things, we generally go with what we feel and think is best for us at the time. We use both of our inner senses, to guide us into our future steps. For those of us who think for ourselves, relying on our ability to think and feel at the same time, while carrying with us those principles mentioned earlier, and likely others I have neglected to mention, we choose our personal journey through life according to our own wisdom.
Perhaps when something that was once knowledge, and we have remembered it as true, but also have used it in life to the point where we feel it, it has become wisdom. Knowing things from experience only counts for so much, as we are all different. Even plants, rocks, bodies of water, etc. are all different. This tendency to learn beyond memory and feel truth is one of the causes of human suffering, as when something goes against what we have made our wisdom, it hurts. This is the perspective that often finds its way into Doctor Universe, a book written to help counter-act that part of our suffering
And so as wisdom is the source of great joy, it is also the source of great suffering, and perhaps we learn two types. Maybe we learn untrue wisdom that feels good when we sit on our little island in the centre, looking out on our truths. Perhaps good wisdom feels bad to us, when we sit on our little island in the centre there, looking out. To place the Yin Yang on its side, we see a geography of human experience, according to perspective, according to wisdom/knowledge and according to life cycles in themselves.
The human culture is the expression of how it is to be in any one of the numerous OS grid references within the map of consciousness, as we all seem to stand within each one at one point or other in our lives. The most dynamic of us could whiz around the circles, feeling the whole thing in a roller-coaster ride, and then some us us may slowly plod around, wallowing in both the light and dark as it falls into our footsteps.
Some art is light, some art is dark, some art is seemingly the opposite of what it is intended to be. It is all a matter of perspective, and we are still looking, and probably always will be.