By Lee Differ Many of us – well, the older amongst us – might recall a television comedy from the 1970s: ‘The Good Life’. It told of an idealistic couple living out their dream of what such a life should be. Simplicity was their goal in response to a world of complexity, mass production, and ugliness. … Continue reading The Good life, or an ancient triad.
It is so easy to feel limited by the circumstances of life – lack of job opportunity, inadequate housing, illness, or relationship difficulties in one’s private life. Who hasn’t experienced one or more of these things? Or knows someone who does? If you feel burdened in this way, you will be less free to feel … Continue reading What is truth and how can it help me?
We seem to be surrounded by so much tension and conflict in the world today. With all the prejudice, discrimination and violence associated with strongly held beliefs, it would be nice to work out why people disagree so much. So what causes us to each believe certain things and be sniffy about opposing ideas? I … Continue reading Beliefs – Why do people differ so much?
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive … Continue reading Things desired as essential
The Egyptian artist was never a literalist, but used symbols to represent inner concepts. He was free to combine human and animal parts, yet show the resulting image in a ‘seamless harmony’. A simple example of this is shown in Egyptian grammar. To write the single personal pronoun ‘I’ the writer would draw a human … Continue reading What was the mystical knowledge of Ancient Egypt?
In deciding what to believe sooner or later you come up against something that is greater than yourself. Toddlers make every effort to get their own way but eventually have to submit to parental authority. Young people test their limits climbing mountains or visiting wild places until forced to acknowledge their helplessness in meeting the … Continue reading What to believe – How do I decide?
People like truth. What is accurately right. They think it is all-important, yes? But just because something is true, do we select which bit of it to say? Should there be a bouncer at the door where accuracies line up to hit the truth club? Another short video from Offthelefteye [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-nJX6_XUXU&feature=relmfu]
Britain has lost its church-going heritage. There is a growing voice of atheism led by Richard Dawkins author of the God Delusion, attacking what is seen as religious superstition. If Christianity is thought to be judgmental, hypocritical and blindly accepting irrational dogma, why should anyone still believe in God?
How do you know what to believe? What ideals to follow? Is it what makes sense, or what others tell you, or what you have experienced and felt? Or is it what holy scripture says? Dr Jonathen Rose tackles this issue in this short video from Outer Streams. [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZijNGxBLSFY]