Monday, March 09, 2009

How to know that one is actually thinking and acting in an authentic manner

[One Response to “Whig Calvinism?Thaddeus Kozinski: March 6th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
Charles Taylor seems to suggest that the key is to recognize our own “spin” on the world and to constantly have the consciousness that we can’t really escape such spinning, and with that consciousness, nevertheless, to engage in dialectical encounters with other spins in order to get closer to the non-spun truth.
Well, I think you may be right about the Whiggish spin in Wolterstorff, but how does one avoid spinning out of control, as it were? For a Catholic, the answer seems simple, full immersion in the non-spun Tradition of the Church and to build culture and society from such immersion. But the problem remains: how to know that one is actually thinking and acting in an authentically Christian manner, even with the assurance of infallible, dogmatic truth and liturgical access to the reality of the living God, and not with some unwitting assimilated liberal spin?]

[Devotion and Avatarhood koantum Tue 28 Oct 2008 09:57 PM PDT Theoretically I knew well enough what Sri Aurobindo thinks of our "little earthly mind that loves to subject even the things that are beyond it to its own norms and standards, its narrow reasonings and erring impressions, its bottomless aggressive ignorance and its petty self-confident knowledge" (Sri Aurobindo, The Mother). The recent discussions spawned by Peter's biography have added a new dimension to this insight (and I'm absolutely not excluding myself).]

[Re: Savitra: Reflections of an Evolutionary Activist: The Shadow of Fundamentalism in the Integral Yoga
by Savitra on Sat 07 Mar 2009 11:42 AM PST
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I would add that this is not only true of those in the IY Community but describes the silent majority of our human species as well. For while students of Integral Yoga may have a greater intellectual grasp of evolution and its intention than much of our fellow species; and while IY practitioners may be expanding their range of consciousness/sensitivity, deepening the development of their inner life, I believe we still share much more in common with the rest of our species than we might care to admit -- particularly when it comes to outer actions, courage, will, risk-taking, and the backbone to stand up to authority, even when that authority has clearly revealed itself to be untrustworthy if not outright devolutionary. We still prefer to wait for someone else to save us from ourselves.]

The problem remains. [TNM]

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