Re: The Twilight Within Us
Posted: 05 Aug 2009, 16:47
I like it too!just me wrote:*loving this thread*
In regards to the danger of apathy. If someone is fully living life for the experience and to experience joy, sorrow, etc, wouldn't that avoid apathy? Wouldn't that person see the purpose in experience?
I absolutely love this, Valoel!!!!!!! I may steal it....We devour the beautiful and enticing fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. It is no longer on the tree, shining in appearance. Have we destroyed it? No. We took it inside ourselves. We digest it, and it is assimilated into our being, into every cell. The experience is described as the assimilation of opposites. In order to truly live, we must also die. In order to have joy, we must weep. It's a tension of opposites that plays out like a fractal diagram expanding, creating a life experience. We can fear this. We can find beauty and wonderment in it.
I say we are on a hero's adventure, not sitting in a study hall taking a pass/fail proficiency exam.
Like others, I don't see detachment as the same as apathy. In fact, quite the opposite. To me, in a way, detachment is the opposite of a few things...one being codependency, another is expectations. Codependency, if defined as "one's well being is dependent on another's behaviors," can be very pathological. It leads to depression, sadness...and when combined with expectations, only leads to much disappointment. After all, we really only have control of our own life.
So detachment, from this perspective, may look selfish and self-absorbed, but is really a process of letting go of many things we were taught to attach to. That looks like apathy to those who don't understand it.