images of authority and God

“shes black ”

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“we are in rebellion against the authoritarian father “

-Alan Watts

Alan Watts discussed the “the specific nature of authority”, that is the absolute truth of the way things are or happen .

“to be substantial is to be underlying “

as it relates to space (depicted as black). this is a “Yin and Yang school”( 陰陽家/阴阳家 ) and early Taoist concept that Alan chooses to apply to the imagery of Deities.

Kali 1770

This discussion focuses on “the specific nature of authority”, that is the absolute truth of the way things are and happen , and as it relate to imagery and art different faiths
” shes black ”

what ever floats your boat

I live in a “mix” of faith in my community. its pretty evenly agnostic (including apathetic agnostic ) and different Christian denominations.
Christians tend to believe in transcendence to the standards of God spoken of in “the sermon of the mount” . Their authentic standards are judged against God,the Bible New Testament teachings. this maybe in the afterlife or during life.

Agnostics , Deists and Atheist are not particularly organised, many like it that way, they follow the law and/or their own standards of authenticity and such.

Buddhists are of many flavors. Alan Watts has been popular reading in North America pertaining to Humanism , Humanistic Psychology and Buddhism ..

Humanist simply put high priority on humans.
Humanistic psychologist almost all wish for a Human race that suffers less.

Zen Buddhist believe that although absolute truth is UNknowable , the “Face of Gods” as no more than metaphors, they practice “being” with the true nature of “the way thing happen

she is black

gestalt chalice



William James Quotes

The Function of knowing


There is, I mean, no aboriginal stuff or quality of being, contrasted with that of which material objects are made, out of which our thoughts of them are made; but there is a function in experience which thoughts perform, and for the performance of which this quality of being is invoked

–The Meaning of Truth

The Tigers in India – the footnote on stones

A stone in one field may ’fit,’ we say, a hole in another field. But the relation of ’fitting,’ so long as no one carries the stone to the hole and drops it in, is only one name for the fact that such an act may happen.

Similarly with the knowing of the tigers here and now. It is only an anticipatory name for a further associative and terminative process that may occur

–The Meaning of Truth

Ineffability, Enthusiasm and the Mystic

One must have musical ears to know the value of a symphony; one must have been in love one’s self to understand a lover’s state of mind. Lacking the heart or ear, we cannot interpret the musician or the lover justly, and are even likely to consider him weak-minded or absurd. The mystic finds that most of us accord to his experiences an equally incompetent treatment.

The Varieties of Religious Experience

Religous problems of the twice Born

The psychological basis of the twice-born character seems to be a certain discordancy or heterogeneity in the native temparament of the subject, an incompletely unified moral and intellectual constitution

… and his genius or instability is of fascination in contrast

His religion has been made for him by others, communicated to him by tradition, determined to him by fixed forms by imitation, and retained by habit. It would profit us little to study this second-hand religious life.

–The Varieties of Religious Experience

truth-claims in pluralism

For pluralism, all that we are required to admit as the constitution of reality is what we ourselves find empirically realized in every minimum of finite life.

— A Pluralistic Universe
William James
William James

Wisdom Quotes for Easter (a repost)

Its nearly Easter here in Pennsylvania. Easter is the Christian holiday that often focuses on the themes of Redemption, Peace, Meaning, Sacrifice, and Compassion.
I’m not Christian, but I shall list some quotes of wisdom that also pertain to those themes of the holiday. (This is a Repost from Easter 2009 with a couple new quotes)


Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people.
(Christina Bawdwin)
an excellent observation. forgiveness also shows are willingness to stay in the here & now, when we can let go of the past with forgiveness.


Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually
(Steven R Covey)
I would add that patience, discipline, and sacrifice are intertwined.


He who has a ‘Why’ to live for, can endure any ‘How’.”
(F. Nietzsche)
when we define meaning in our lives, we are better prepared to handle the highs and lows of life. meaning is our drive.


“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets”
(Matthew 7:12)
The Golden Rule


“The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.”
(lord Byron)
Forgiveness starts in the with the act of seeking it out.


Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”
(zen proverb)
we may find peace when we submit and tune in to the Tao’s “drive”


We must recognize are own demons first …to move past them… toward our angels.”
(–Chris ), me. sorry. I am not very good at making quotes.

Happy Easter.

a couple of these quotes… and thousand of others can be found at .

The Golden Rule and Dignity

From subjective lenses,  I ( the first person perspective of my day -to-day reality),  observe and interact with other people in my-world.

Other people are not me (or “I”) , but other people are like me…and with compassion and relatedness in experiential interaction … I assume that they are more than mere objects:
living-subjects immersed in their lives,   like I am in mine, overlapping existence.

With that in mind,
I think that I would treat other people, these subjects (as I am a subject of my-world)….
I would treat them as I would want to treat myself . Just the same I wish to be treated as more than a mere object, I would expect to be respected by others as they would respect and treat themselves.

I am to treat others as I would want to be  treated.
— A variant of the “golden rule” or “ethic of reciprocity

I esteem “myself “ to be more than an object and expect the treatment by others, in their subjective, as they would treat “themselves”.

To me, the “golden rule” is a core subjective principle, one that I would like to see as a social or cultural contract. I think that this definition of human dignity as a related core principle.

The golden rule is a principle of many objective and religious philosophies:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.“ — Traditional

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” – book of Mathew, Christianity

“No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” — traditional Islam

“Every person has dignity and worth, and, therefore, should command the respect of every other person.”—Humanist Manifesto I.”

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” — Leviticus, Judaism

from The Golden rule the pan-moral principle.

Whether stemming from quality of subjective experience or the objective morals of religion, the ethic of reciprocity and dignity are the cornerstone of civil ethics and respect of individuals in any society.

They esteem the individual, they esteem the society.

The Golden Rule: the pan-moral principle


**Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. — Traditional
** Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.— book of Mathew, Christianity
** No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” — traditional Islam
** “Every person has dignity and worth, and, therefore, should command the respect of every other person.”—Humanist Manefesto I.”
** “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” — Leviticus, Judiasm.


**“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” –Udanarga
**What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others” –Confusism
**“Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” –Farewell Sermon, Muhammad.
**”Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing. —Thales of Miletos

—This is the “ethic of reciprocity” in various forms through history, often forgotten .
It is both selfish and social. But it is the only contract between us i see fit to live in an integrated and peaceful world.

I’m posting it here to remind myself i am still an idealist some times. This kind of stuff certainly doesn’t get alot of props on the Internet these days.

keeping it real

The greater importance of philosophy, religion and analysis is not for its pursuit of Truth, but for its influence on valuing, and meaningful acting and interacting in our lives.

Many have replaced the creed of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” with “… the pursuit of truth”. Finding truths are ok, but the all out pursuit of truth leads one divide existence into Truth and Non-Truth… And creating this unnatural dichotomy. In the end one finds no truth at all.

The philosophies, teachings, religions, and analysis instead form a ground in which our values,virtues and actions grow and form. they are the active Figure formed from the Background.

No more Philosophical posts, more debating religion for me on blogs. Its just too easy for me to get distracted from what is real and important in living.