Alt-Epistemology and the Tao

As an alt-epistemologist, I keep emphasizing the yin/yang character of “truth,” that in this 3D world, Truth is binary, dual.

Neils Bohr: “The opposite of one great truth is another great truth.”

Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.”

This acceptance and integration of what others would call (and condemn as) “contradiction,” and what we recognize as paradox, plays out in practice here in Green Acres Permaculture Village, where we aim to value, equally, both individualism and community, both darkness and light, both inside and outside, up and down, left and right, conscious and unconscious, good and bad, in each of us, and in the whole, paying close attention to their continuously shifting balance. Does that mean we’re “Chinese”? No. It means we’re continuously expanding our understanding and embrace of BEING and BECOMING.

Too bad this article by Alan Watts is broken up by so many ads!

The Taoist View of the Universe as Explained by Alan Watts


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2 Responses to Alt-Epistemology and the Tao

  1. Anthony says:

    Hi Ann,

    Lots to chew on here. But let’s grab a glass of mulled wine and sit down by the fire for a chat, if you’ll indulge me.

    On duality and the need for darkness to balance the light…I do think that there has to be something to reference in order to understand what really IS good and what truly IS bad, but: I think all that is needed is to experience the worst *once*, to know what it is, and from there one can move forward continually into light and ‘goodness’, as long as one does not ever forget what the dark truly is.

    I don’t believe ‘evil’ and ‘good’ *have* to happen in equal measure, at all times, as long as the “reference standard” of evil/darkness exists in real time in one’s memory.

    On “truth” always being binary and dual: I think the above applies to truth as well. And as a scientist, I believe that an objective TRUTH exists for each and every moment of existence that one can drill down to and experience *as it is*, and that TRUTH *can* be discovered by anyone who is able to bypass their own internal filters and programming/experiences and plug into that defined moment in time without biases.

    The problem that has reared its head in this reality is that there are those who would rather not face the truth – and who would do anything to bury it absolutely so as to maintain the power their control over the TRUTH gives them. But in reality such people are a very small minority; and were the objective TRUTH known by the many and these lies exposed for what they are, these liars would lose their power and control over the perception of reality – which, in TRUTH, *always* wants to teach others how to maximize their potentials in every moment.

    Expose those who would teach the lies and keep us in darkness, and the light will shine through and illuminate all willing to bask in TRUTH and approach it objectively to learn FOR THEMSELVES what is darkness and light, and then those set free to experience such will ALWAYS tend towards the light, knowing that the darkness is not their path – unless, of course, they have something to hide…

    • Ann Kreilkamp says:

      Just as the flower bends towards the sun. Yes! AND the darkness below nourishes the roots. The deeper I go into grokking the darkness of my own unconscious, the further and higher I can fly. Again, BOTH!

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