Know Thyself

Peter asked me about this statement today. He has been thinking about it for a while, and in talking about it, he got me thinking about it.

As he said, it seems like a good little nugget of wisdom. If you understand who you are, you can be more live more effectively.

But this “wisdom” is opposed to Truth-seeking. “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you Free.” If you seek to know self, you are not seeking to know the Truth. If you don’t know the Truth, it cannot set you free.

Knowlege without action is futile. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. One cannot become enlightened (“in the light”) without acting it out. Action and enlightenment are simultaneous and feed each other.

So, enlightenment is manifest in action, in choosing and creating, but, best, in creating choices for others.

Enlightenment does not come from self-knowlege, but from love for others. Not from contemplation, but from engagement. This weblog entry does not not represent enlightenment, but giving someone a drink might.

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