That’s what knowledge is, really– knowing how to live your life and be happy about it. There’s no real secret, mystical tradition that’s going to reveal everything to you. Most people who’re into secret, mystical traditions are trying to sell stuff. You may feel this deep, burning desire to run out and get enlightened, to look after some kind of “Truth,” but you know what? You can’t. No such creature. There’s just the Things That Happen, and what you choose to do with ’em.
Oh, you can go and be a monk or sit around and ‘meditate’ in your free time, and there’s some value in that kind of thing if you can find it, but there’re way more interesting things you could be doing with the little bit of time you have. You could go to church every Sunday and Wednesday and pray all the time, and some people who do that are in good shape, but unless your whole life is your church, you’re not gonna get anything from it. You can memorize names of deities or find out what symbols mean, but they’re still all part of the Things That Happen, those symbols. What’re you gonna do with that information, anyhow?
If you wanna get enlightened, well, that’s okay, but be sure you have a lot of time to waste on it. If you want my opinion, it’s not even really worth it, unless you get to a point where you find that looking for enlightenment is fun, and can help your family. Hell, is there even such a thing as enlightenment for humans? Maybe, but you’d be hard pressed to convince me it’s something you need to work to do. All the blades of grass, they’re already enlightened, you know? And how hard did they have to work for it?
Sure, there are some enlightened people, but they don’t go around showing it off. Anybody who tells you he’s enlightened is probably delusional, or trying to sell you something. You can’t tell whether somebody’s enlightened by what that person says or teaches– you can only tell by what that person does.
Okay, fine. You really want knowledge? You need to think well, to feel well, and to experience Glory in the mundane. The Spooky Man and Spooky Lady can help you think and feel well, but most people think that to experience glory in the mundane you need to sit around and quiet your thoughts. That sometimes works, but it’s the hard way. There’s an easier way!
People get a lot of flak these days for over-sharing, for letting everybody know what they had for dinner, for showing all these pictures of their dogs and babies and gardens, but really, that’s all good. It’s nice to know what people you like do on their anniversaries. Finding out what your cousin had for lunch is way more important and valuable than finding out the Seventy-Two Names of God. Seeing your friend’s little baby making a mess with chocolate is an amazing thing to see! Having a glass of wine with your husband or wife and watching game shows on TV is a far greater and more satisfying Truth than learning how to ascend through the Seven Heavens and what it means that President Whassit said something to Whomsees last night.
Enjoy the mundane! It’s what ties you humans all together! Shared experiences that don’t hurt anybody are fantastic. See your interactions with one another as new experiences, novel new ways for God to reach out through you and explore the Things That Happen. “Mundane” doesn’t have to be “boring.” Mundane is just what you incorporate into your every day. Mundanity, for you, might be talking about space exploration, or about what you’re gonna have for dinner, or about how great dogs are. Mundanity might be building things with blocks, or designing a bathroom, or finding out how your nephew did in his soccer game. The thing is to make your worldview into a Usual worldview, and really participate in it. That’s how you find Glory, and how you can get happy, and that’s really all you need.
Really, do what you want. If you get off on playing spiritual mumblety-peg with all the old ways and the way they’ve been doing things, that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with doing things the way they’ve been done. I’m just telling you about a new approach that was suggested to me, and I think I’ve touched on the major points I was trying to make.
Now then: Any questions?
Here the fox indicated that I should see whether or not anyone who has been following along had any questions for him. I already know a few people do, and I’ve been collecting them. Feel free to contact me with any others you might have, or leave them here in the comments, and I’ll see what he says.
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