“Good is bad and bad is good”

At a first glance, a certain type of zen meditation practices and postmodern ideologies seem to go hand-in hand. They both share (though from different perspectives) excessive self-observation, love of oxymoron and short quotations, negative stance towards expertise, distrust of reason and emotion, ‘the burden-is-on-the-user/learner/buyer’ attitude,  and, above all, the de-contextualization and dis-association of the individual from the historical, political, social environments.

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These thoughts are the result of my reading and interpretation of  Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (Weatherhill, 1970) and Sylvia Boorstein’s, Don’t just do something. Sit there. A Mindfulness Retreat (Harper 1990).

The most interesting fact, though, is that neither meditation nor yoga nor musings about postmodernity can exist without relying on language. There are many activities that do not need language to be observed, understood, and performed, but not these.

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2 thoughts on ““Good is bad and bad is good”

  1. I was not aware that you had this web page. Very interesting! I was also not aware that you liked, Can’t get no satisfaction. One day I will let you in on what the song really means. I want to Paint it black, and therefore is one of may favorites, as is 2,000 light years from home, although all the Stones’ tunes have a special ring to it, like Angie, and Get off my cloud. To tell you the truth, Sympathy for the Devil became my favorite, but only after I finally understood a certain passage from Plato’s Republic. But I see you are inquisitive as to the enigma of existence. You want to know what came before the big bang? Here is a hint; The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; BANG, and there was light. God is small, but makes a Big Bang. But there are “many” BANGS in Eternity, and the aftermath of this one is only one of them. Let us say that this seeming, and near endless universe, start to finish, amounts to just another day in paradise. In reference to the tittle of the book, I think that you would really enjoy one of the Eagles’ tunes, “Learn to be Still.” We wasted a lot of time at Punta Cana, as we could have discussed many of the things that interest you, which also interest me!
    What appears bad may be good, and what appears good may be bad; Socrates, only God knows!

    Eagles’ Learn to be Still at; https://vimeo.com/17991040

    • Yes, Gianni, my blog has been in existence for two years now. Although most people do not read (deeply), I try to write to get at least some people to think about other things than just those that the mass media and social media put forth, most of which misleads and brainwashees.

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