Disclaimers

November Project:Question #9 This question comes from Nick through Skype.

I've noticed in your writing you use a lot of disclaimers. You say things like, "It may or may not be this way, I'm not saying it is so, Don't take my word for it," and so on. I'm not complaining because I like the feeling these phrases generate within me. I would just like to ask you why do you do it?

Thanks for your question, Nick. No one has ever asked me this before. ;)

Even though many people might look to me as a teacher, I would never want them to accept anything I say blindly, just because I say it.

In order to investigate one's nature, there must be a great deal of energy available for that exploration. Any blind acceptance of the 'truth' of another ties up that energy in the maintenance of keeping that 'truth' alive. It has the result of living as a shell. A husk. It is not living, at least not in the way I usually use that term.

It might seem easier to accept what someone else has to say and just live forever by those words. But it is not so simple. The structure one creates from those words is a great beast, and it must be fed everyday. There is no rest, no downtime, and no escape.

After some time it becomes almost impossible to pull oneself away from that structure, as it defines who the person believes itself to be. From then on, the structure must be adhered to in order to simply avoid pain.

Such a waste of energy. ;)

The Fear of the Blind

Part of the reason I speak with the uncertainty you mentioned is because of what I wrote above. But also, I can never be sure of how my words are received by the listener. In-person, it is a different matter, but all of this typed, online communication has its limitations.

I just don't want to give away the surprise ending. Too many direct statements about enlightenment pave the way for a new super-structure. A new gorilla one must carry, on top of the old gorilla. We have enough of that sort of thing.

It is enough to just say, "Have a look over there. Go across the street and check that thing out." I don't have to give it all away...where the hell is the fun in that?

I can tell you, "Hey, Nick. There is a great new suspense/thriller playing in the theaters. You should go see it. It is pretty good." That is enough. I don't have to add to that by saying, "By the way, his ex-wife is the killer, and the bomb is inside of her."

Less is generally better. ;)