Praxis.

The key may not be one common solution. For children, or at least adolescents, the goal might be to get them to see beyond their immediate circumstance. While the goal for adults might be to get them to come back to the present, beyond the childhood glories and traumas of the past.

Instead of suspending ourselves in an eternal flux whereby we don’t know quite how to appropriate future ideals, nor come to terms with what might actually be occurring for oneself in the present moment, reconciliation of these two aspects might indicate the problem that we face. Spirituality, and the ideal that goes with it in modern circles, could be the highly improbable goal of reconciling two aspects of being into the wholeness that is the human life, from birth to the present moment. This could be the problem. Perhaps there is no reconciliation, and the ideal of reconciling this common whole to a common holistic perception is it self the problematic, The never ending opening to issues and problems of self, to stress to anxiety to anger to failure of government and systems; this is to say perhaps our current paradigm by which we define a democratic society is the aggressive Assertion that wishes to overcome the emptiness that lies within an appropriation of a whole unitive being . That the way of Capitalism is the way of being eternally unrested and discontent: the global state religion called Capitalism, where all beliefs reduce to the nothingness involved with the reconciliation of capitalistic identity.

6 thoughts on “Praxis.

  1. landzek Post author

    Oh, so I’m saying that this idea of a unitive self or that somehow we can bring the self into union with itself, while there are ways of unity that work for various people, it seems that that kind of unity claims upon other people a sort of incorrect manner.

    People love to make an incorrect other.

    I’m walking my dog so I’m sitting here voice dictating so it kind of rambles. Lol

    One of the issues that I see with my daughter, or are used to more but it still goes on, and even my wife at times:

    It is difficult to tell them that they are doing something incorrectly with out also arousing within them feeling that they are doing something morally incorrect.

    And perhaps this goes on everywhere. How many times are you doing something and then someone tells you that that is not the correct way do you feel a little pushback in yourself as if you want to tell them why you’re doing it this way or somehow justify it to them why you’ve done it a particular way as opposed to the way that they are saying is correct?

    May be that we have a kind of confusion of the spheres. Just because something is incorrect does not mean that it’s morally wrong.

    But people do this all the time. One of the problems I have with Christianity is that Christians, and other religions in general to don’t get me wrong, want to say my religion is correct and so if there is another believe out there than it is incorrect. But what goes along with this proclamation is more then an idea of doing a math problem 1+1 = 5. This kind of viewing the world, religious view, tends to take an automatic assumption of what is not Christian as an offense, something that is morally incorrect to the Christian. But I would submit that if the Christian view is correct then I should not be offended if someone else has a different view because I would be seeing them merely as an incorrect manner of understanding rather than in ethically incorrect manner.

    The problem with most religions is that they conflate what is incorrect with what is ethically wrong. So what happens is if I point this out Christians will not see it as me indicating something that is methodologically incorrect or systematically incorrect, rather, they see such a comment upon their religion as if I am telling them that they are ethically wrong. They get offended they think I’m telling them that they themselves have committed some sort of immoral act by believing in Christianity, and so the usual reaction is there a counterattack me in some manner.

    The difference is if I say 1+1 = 3 and someone comes along to goes no actually 1+1 = 2, at first, like my daughter used to with math, She would take that kind of a correction to mean that somehow something is wrong with her person or that something is ethically wrong with how she was behaving. But once you get over that kind of ethical identification with everything, then you begin to have a different view upon the world, which I would suggest is more of view of a community of world. A world where everyone is just trying to get by the best they can.

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    1. Dave

      I think I share your interest in not over-emphasizing being morally correct. This year, I am going to work at a middle school everyday, Monday through Friday, and I spend a significant portion of my day with kids who are struggling in a variety of ways. It is pre-dominantly “electrician’s” and “framer’s” work — practical work; but practical work within The Big Story.

      For example, yesterday, I was in an 8th grade Social Studies class for a little while and they talked a little bit about matters of gender inequality. One girl spoke with some frustration and asked, “Where did this all begin — men taking over and being more important than women?”

      I think it’s a legitimate and important question. It represents a vital connection to our past, and if we attend to it well, I think it can make a huge difference when we have to walk with that girl through times when she is feeling overlooked, put-down, or inferior.

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  2. Dave

    This looks like an example of how your “undoing” can be not very “constructive.” It seems to suggest a detachment from past and future that, at some point, becomes paralyzing.

    Or, it points to a story of humanity as “a whole, unitive being” — and maybe humanity existing within a whole unitive existence. If so, I would like to hear that story.

    Or, is there something beside the either-or that I’m seeing?

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    1. landzek Post author

      Are you ever whole? I submit that you need faith to overcome all those aspects about yourself you don’t like, as if there is a problem with yourself.

      I am just pondering ways to overcome this idea that people love to have of themselves that they are not good enough or that somehow there some problem with there being or something.

      And so I suggest that children have a lot of anxiety and depression and do drugs and stuff because they feel something is taking too long.

      When you look at what’s going on with kids nowadays especially in my county in Colorado I just found out that Boulder county has the highest amount of kids with eating disorders in the whole country. My daughter has a eating disorder she stopped eating.

      The general view is that it’s brought on from anxiety.

      Without going into all the psychology and whatever this That’s –

      I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but that a lot of kids are always bored. One way that many families deal with it is they put them in sports they put them in extracurricular activities they get them college bound they put them in all sorts of stuff that supposed to keep them somehow from being bored. While at the same time setting up for them a successful future.

      But what seems to be happening more and more, not to everyone though, is that this approach is creating children that are so caught up in The idea that something is wrong with them.

      I am also familiar with education for children and also adolescence. One of the main things that you tried to get across to kids especially in high school and middle school is that this is just a very tiny part of your life and that really what you do in middle school and high school doesn’t really matter very much in the scheme of life. The kids feel like it’s taking forever and it’s so much is writing a palm these five years of their life. Majority of the problems that you see in children is because they’re so caught up with self importance of the present.

      I’m suggesting that perhaps if we teach our children to be more, not invested, but rather “have a view” upon the future that gets them outside of their chemically hormonally over active childhood insanity.

      End it seems that when you consider people who are adults in the way life is going and you look at society, That everything is based around ones childhood. Popular music is basically centred around childish ideals and child like attitudes and narrowmindedness and “where you are from“, childhood traumas childhood glories, unfilled childhood promises. It seems like it could be that the reason why our society is so screwed up it’s because adults are obsessed with their childhood.

      Psychology and spirituality and all the stuff want to reconcile these two worlds, but does it ever happen?

      I think that this kind of holistic view upon ones being nowadays is really centred upon an obsession with childhood by the adults, and by the children and obsession with being something that they’re not as an ever present moment.

      If we could bring grown-up adults to look at their present moment for what it actually is instead of a present moment that is filled with all these justifications of my childhood was this way or I was raised this way and so this, or I’m part of this group and so that group is stupid or they are wrong or whatever.

      Perhaps if we as adults came to terms with what’s actually occurring with us instead of constantly repeating in reiterating to ourselves the past, and thereby coming upon a certain sanity be able to then teach our two children to not be so worried about the future and this be more able to address them selves as children.

      This seems to me to require a new version of what we consider humanity and being human.

      Honestly, well I think it is interesting to consider the Bible and its story in various ways and have discussions about them and all that stuff, to me it’s just stuff.

      I like to look at what is dividing us and try to solve that.

      I tend to not start with myself some inspired conduit of truth and then compare everyone else to it.

      I tend to like it to look everyone else and try to understand where they’re coming from and then just realize that I am just here for them. That if God is found anywhere it is indeed in my ability and capacity to help them where they are at regardless of what story I might think it’s true because I’ve been inspired by some one God of the universe that is proclaiming duckpond these people that they’re incorrect in there presumption of what it is to be a human being.

      🤮. OK I’m done proselytizing. Lol.

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    2. landzek Post author

      I’m still walking my dog…

      So here’s one: building a house. Someone can’t stand back from the empty lot, post up a chair and a writing pad, and sit there for the 3 to 6 or eight months it takes to build a house, and they can record the story of how the house was built. Then once the house is built they can go home and they can extrapolate from the house being built from things that they know about other houses and the world and weather and stuff and they can write a story that is very sensible and most probably true that concerns how they will need another paint job 10 years from that day and how the water heater will stop working in about 15 years or so.

      But then you have also simultaneously, the Carpender and the framer and electrician that come to work each day and they have all this knowledge that goes into how the house is framed how the wiring is put in the house, etc. To these workers the wiring at South in the process there of has its own way of doing things that they would not describe as a story. They would describe it is very practical, for example, we put up the wiring in this way but then the fuse that the architect said to put in that circuit was too small and it blew and so we had to change the the circuit fuse. Or the framers measured in inch and a half too short and so they had to do make another board and make a whole Nother wall because one of the boards was too short. This is very practical

      I think kind of what you’re saying is that the story of the person sitting in the chair that that person wrote about the house being built house priority or somehow more thoroughly explains the house then the actual work that the carpenters and electricians in framers are doing.

      It seems to me by the big story, the story of the Bible, you’re saying that somehow this person sitting outside and watching the house goes up, this view that is making sense is better or more thoroughly describes the situation of the building of the house then say the situation of the architect who drew up the plans and hired the contractors.

      I’m saying that one cannot do without the other and in fact if no one decided to going to build a house, if there were no framers doing the actual practical work then there would be no ability to tell the story about how the house is built.

      I simply do not give priority of the person that sitting outside of the house telling the story of the building of the house. And, it seems that everyone thinks that they are describing the building of the house, that their particular description of the building of the house is actually more cogent more descriptive more inclusive – everyone everywhere is arguing over this.

      So I say well why don’t we instead stop arguing over which story is more cogent her which story is more telling or more true and just admit that everyone has that going on within them regardless of whether they can prove it to another person or not. Then perhaps we can get down to what actually occurs while the house is being built, including telling the story of the person that sitting outside of the house for claiming upon all the workers in the house how their story is most inclusive of what our house is or what it does.

      OK so there is my short semi-long reading essay for this 13th day of 2018. 👨🏾‍🚀

      I’m done walking my dog

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