After attempting to give a summation of how my belief system has matured and for the most part settled in over 50 years of life, the next question is "where do I go from here?"
It is obviously difficult to really put into a few hundred words all of the events, thoughts and the reflections on those events and thoughts that make up a person's mindset. I felt the desire to get something down on paper and I did that in these last several posts.
Now, I just continue on reading, thinking, reflecting and learning. This work will most likely result in a simple refining of my current worldview, but there is always the possibility that I could completely change my views, in time - who knows? Like I say in my tag line, this Blog is About Me and For Me, so my narcissistic approach to writing it is intentional.
One thing that I have tried to convince myself of is the concept of "good enough". For some reason or another (poor nurturing, too much nurturing or some mental or emotional defect), sometimes I just can't let things be. I have very little problem with letting go of things that OTHER people do, but I often can't let go of the imperfect things that I do.
Sometimes these things are material, like the three slabs (out of 144) that drive me nuts on the patio that I built that are not quite right (un-level and awkward) and sometimes these things are emotional, like guilt about how I treated someone wrongly in the past. While I totally and completely agree with the Buddhist concept that one of the keys to peace is letting go, being able to comprehend something intellectually and being able to actually behave in accordance with what you know is best are often two different things.
So, I think that I need to explore this idea of Attachment v Happiness some more.
Additionally, two things about my belief system that worry other people, but don't bother me at all, are "where do Morality and Ethics fit in?" and "if you think that everything is determined why don't you Give Up?".
I mentioned (briefly) both of these topics in previous posts. These are fairly interesting and important topics to discuss and while many people have written volumes on them, I am confident that I can express a view of each that doesn't require a 350 page manifesto.
So ........ Am I done? ... No chance !!
5 days ago