Kindness…

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Dalai Lama

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An Ancient Allegory About Enlightenment…

Over 2000 years ago, Plato described reality in terms of an Allegory.  He was keenly aware of how much of what we Believe is simply illusions we Choose to accept.  This wonderful animation perfectly presents his Allegory Of The Cave.

Are there any other Allegories or Parables that have helped you understand life?  If so, I want to hear about them.  Tell me what stories inspired you to look at the world differently.

The Will To Power…

1 Nietzsche, Friedrich - Portrait, 1860 - GIF

“To be comprehended: That every kind of decay and sickness has continually
helped to form overall value judgments;
that decadence has actually gained
predominance in the value judgments
that have become accepted; that we not
only have to fight against the
consequences of all present misery of
degeneration, but that all previous
decadence is still residual, i. e.,
survives. Such a total aberration of
mankind from its basic instincts, such a
total decadence of value judgments–that is the question mark par
excellence, the real riddle that the
animal “man” poses for the
philosopher.”

From The Will To Power

Friedrich Nietzsche

It is a rather interesting occurrence that I find myself a Nietzschian Nihilist. After all, Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for proclaiming that “God is dead.” He was always quick to point out the problems he had with spirituality. Yet I find, as someone who is a deeply spiritual person, that his atheist and anti-spiritualist philosophy adds a great depth to my own mysticism. Is this a paradox? Or a misunderstanding of Nietzschian philosophy on my part? Perhaps…

Yet, if we put aside this difference in philosophy, there is much to learn from the 19th century’s most misunderstood philosopher. The two central themes of his philosophy are The Will To Power & the idea of the Übermensche (usually translated as “Superman” or “Overman”). Through the Will to Power, Individuals can push themselves above the mediocrity of the normal human existence & live a life of greatness – a life better connected to nature & the universe that surrounds us all. This better life of greater connectedness is what Nietzsche termed the Übermensche.

There is a great selection of Nietzsche’s works on the internet. One place to start is The Internet Archive which houses the Internet’s greatest collection of free media in the hopes of offering “Universal access to all knowledge.” It’s a great resource for any type of research you might undertake. And if you have your own Will to Power, you might use it to help you in becoming an Übermensche!

Leave me a comment below & let me know your thoughts on this topic – or any other that happens to be on your mind.

 

A Technical Introduction To Epistemology

Hey everyone,

Welcome to the first post on Sacred Knowledge!

Epistemology, or the Study of The Theory of Knowledge, is a very important field of Philosophy.  It asks the questions: How do we know that something is True? How do we Justify the things we think? And, what is the source of Knowledge?

Check out the Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy’s Introduction To Epistemology Page for an overview of the subject.  Now, just a little warning: this is a rather technical rendering.  Anyone unfamiliar with philosophical jargon might get lost real quick.  But fear not, I’ll be posting a more user-friendly introduction to the important subject in the not too distant future, so stay tuned!