Re: Can I be sure I am doing good, on balance?
Posted by ButchO on 4/17/2011, 9:11 pm, in reply to "Re: Can I be sure I am doing good, on balance?"
: I quite disagree with you here. Not that you
: give a crap.
: We are, humans, part of Nature. I care. I
: care about my family, friends, and, even
: about you. You may call me a village idiot
: if you like. Whatever makes you feel good.
: But to say Nature doesn't care is simply not
: true in my experience.
: I do not find the Universe a distant place.
: I find it everywhere I am. Nature is as much
: in me as I am in it. It is all about
: relationship. How could a place that is all
: about relationship, interconnected from
: microcosm to macrocosm, not care?
: You and rat have got a bad case of the stiff
: upper lipitis. But don't worry. There is a
: You're talking about Human Nature. I was
: referring to Nature. Do you think a tree
: grows leaves to shelter you from the sun?
: Does a cow grow big and fat to feed you?
: Sure, we all want the best for those we
: love. But what if they do something we
: don't think is in their best interests? Or
: maybe it's not in our own best interests?
In my opine you are guilty of dualistic thinking here. You are dividing what is by nature whole.
I, you too, are not separate from Nature. Nothing is. We are a part of everything, and everything is a part of us.
To say that Nature does not care is to ascribe one pole of a dualistic notion where the character of Nature is concerned at the expense of the other pole.
Good and bad, caring not caring, are the products of duality. Of divided thinking. They are not realities. They are modalities.
To make a broad generalization about the existential nature of Nature is to step into the deep end of the pool headfirst. Is that really what you want to do?
I say this because some people make entire philosophies out of such one dimensional thinking as you express here. Nature does not care. Nothing matters. Do whatever you want. Be whatever you want. Damn other people. Damn the whole, it is all about me. And so on.
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