Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Practical and Realist

Tom Montalk - over at Montalk.Net - has written a constructive argument for being practical during these confusing and disruptive times. He calls it The Trap of Combative Dualism:

in this he discusses that it is necessary to understand, and not deny, unpleasant impacts in our lives for it will be only worse if we go through life with rose-tinted glasses, like a kind of Pollyana - this does not mean dwelling on such matters. It is about being practical and realist, yet to remain positive and determined in our paths. I feel it is worth reading.

And the article ends on a quote from Steiner, which I reproduce here:

'In An Outline of Esoteric Science Rudolf Steiner wrote:

An additional way of training our thinking and feeling is by acquiring a quality we can call “positivity.” There is a beautiful legend that tells of Christ Jesus and several other people walking past a dead dog. The others all turned away from the ugly sight, but Christ Jesus spoke admiringly of the animal’s beautiful teeth. We can practice maintaining the soul-attitude toward the world that this legend exemplifies. The erroneous, the bad, and the ugly must not prevent the soul from finding the true, the good, and the beautiful wherever they are present. We must not confuse positivity with being artificially uncritical or arbitrarily closing our eyes [YCYOR] to things that are bad, false, or inferior. It is possible to admire a dead animal’s “beautiful teeth” and still see the decaying corpse; the corpse does not prevent us from seeing the beautiful teeth. We cannot consider bad things good and false things true, but we can reach the point where the bad does not prevent us from seeing the good and errors do not keep us from seeing the truth.'

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