Toward A Celebration of Diversity

August 20, 2007 at 4:22 pm | Posted in writing | Comments Off on Toward A Celebration of Diversity
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I didn’t think it was possible for religious thought to be too simple. In fact the most religious thoughts I have experienced have been so simple they barely existed. Ephemeral epiphanies in moments of mindfulness. Afterwards I have to wrap those prelinguistic thoughts in language in order to communicate them and discussion about definitions begins.

A tree has many branches but it flowers from a single seed and we are tempted to look for origins, for first causes, because our tiny brains can only process one bit of time at a time and so it looks so linear when expressed in language.

You can practise the discipline of Zen or follow the rituals of Catholicism in which one literally (they say) consumes the flesh and blood of the sacrifice, and trace your origins to some point at which that decision was made, by you or for you. But if you think there is only one way you are doomed to repeat it endlessly and history teaches at least that difference breeds difference.

A search for commonality in human experience must include a celebration of diversity and if we are looking for one religion then it must contain the others not exclude them on the basis of differences in symbols. If you are a monotheist, then you are praying to the same God as all other monotheists and if you prefer a scattering of divinity then you have a kaleidoscope brain.

but the impulse is the same, a reunification after separation, the child from the mother, the individual spirit from the common, a sense of exile, then a permanent sense of longing and love which are manifestations of the same wave, the ginga passing through the Tao, a heartbeat,

listen under that clatter and translation
to those waves of fluid silence

there is no simpler thought
and you cannot claim to hear God if you are talking you are only translating,

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