"We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient
characteristic of Life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent,
here and now without any possible postponement. Life is
fired at us point blank."
I am indebted to
who inspired this conversation.
It could be said that the
of any school of philosophy is to explain, understand, and to provide
to who we really are. It could also be said that (at least one of) the
is to provide
to who we really are. No matter what the philosophy, no matter what the
no matter what the
the Holy Grail of
all human inquiries
may just be the
to (and then the living of ie the experiencing of) our
authentic Self ie who we really are, our true nature. And we all seem
to know already, intuitively perhaps, that if we had that
/ that experience, life would go a whole lot easier for us.
It could equally be said that philosophy,
the path to authentic Self, both often as well as in-depth, both
successfully as well as enthusiastically, and having reached / touched
that Holy Grail, have documented it ie have left ample evidence of both
the path to
it, as well as the experience of it, in the form of
rituals, and (in many cases) books, both holy and otherwise, both
the great love
and respect I have for philosophy,
and anyone else's experience for that matter, I have three
concerns with taking any of them at face value. The first is many of
them are dated ie they're not current. I mean that precisely, quite
rituals, and books, regardless of how valuable they may be, are
always handed down from some point in the past, from
yesterday or even earlier - and the NOW (which is the
milieu of that Holy Grail) is not of the past. The second concern I
have is the experience of authentic Self they represent,
is prone to becoming collapsed with / blended into a
concept of authentic Self. And that's a concern which, it
appears, I can only resolve by ...
Self for myself ...
And that would seem to be the end of this
- except ... it's not. I notice there's something more, a second
component that's also there when I'm being my most authentic Self. In
addition to being
ie what I'm doing when I'm being
when I'm being my most authentic Self: it's when I'm being
I may be
and doing anything at all. Yet it seems to me when I'm being
I'm being my most authentic Self.
Now I need one more distinction to wrap this up: it's when I'm being
speakinggeneratively and not narratively that I'm
being my most authentic Self. Wait! What's the difference between
"narratively"? That, my
is a subject for another conversation on another occasion.