Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Last Temptation of Dogma: An Ironic Tale of Fundamentalism

The Last Temptation of Dogma: An Ironic Tale of Fundamentalism by Jill Ettinger and Baza Novic

"Krishnamurti said, "it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." Up ahead in the not-so-distant future, we can see what looks like an opportunity to transition from our collective illness."

Lately we’ve found ourselves wondering whether our emergent community is capable of avoiding -- or destined to perpetuate -- biased and oppressive belief systems, cherry-picked cosmologies, and self-serving philosophies, much like our dominant culture has done with great success (at least up until this point, anyway).  As a community built largely by individuals choosing to opt out of the values and beliefs of an increasingly obsolete and fundamentally self-destructive paradigm, we can't help but notice the irony: Are we filling the void of antiquated understandings and fear-based behaviors with our own dogmatic principles?

Your truth is fascinating (and, ahem, trust us, so is ours). But as soon as it has to be everyone else's truth in order for us to relate, things start to get a little sticky. (We know. That we wrote this is in and of itself an attempt to get you to relate to us. Irony is no stranger around these parts.) We all fear being lost, wrong, misunderstood and misrepresented, and that can drive us to influence others in order to gain support. Our participation in the conscious evolution of the human and planetary organism is not without contradictions, hypocrisy, and ego-based fears generated by the mutating human spirit, and it’s no stranger to dogma, either. We project onto others both the images we want to create, and sometimes, those we are incapable of changing within ourselves. How then do we evolve responsibly?

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