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Rules and regulations....

Does anyone else ever get the feeling that the more dogma there is in religion, the less room there is for love (which doesn't have a great reputation for strict adherence to the rules)?

The same applies to metaphysical questions as well. The more we ponder the esoteric, the more we reduce it, it seems, and the less we focus on love.

And I have to wonder--what's the point if it isn't love?

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poeticknowledge
Feb. 23rd, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I strongly agree with your sentiments and feel the same -- where's the love and acceptance? Thanks for bringing this observation up! :) You aren't alone in feeling the way you do.
noetic_heart
Feb. 25th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
I'm just happy to see that there are still so many others in the world who care about such things. For a long time, I followed and wrote about politics and there is very little love there, especially on the Internet. I've kind of reached the point where I just can't believe that the same systems that created a world this ugly can actually make it better. Politics and dogma share something, I think--they both require that the rules be delineated quite precisely, which, from what I can tell, leads to a narrowing of both the mind and the heart.

Love to you. =D
poeticknowledge
Feb. 28th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Of course! There are many who still share your feelings and who care about the same things you do. :) Love to you too! :D
tindomerel
Feb. 24th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
I agree with you when it comes to dogma easily eating away the love but I'm not sure if I see the same necessarily happening when pondering on the esoteric. At least for me the pondering often opens myself to love. I don't know but somehow through all kinds of rough experiences in life love does not come easy for me. I tend to be shielded by fears and painful experiences and I feel I need something (=the esoteric) to help me solve these shields and let the love flow more free in me.

But of course I do not mean just intellectual pondering and analyzing and reasoning things but more like studying the essence of life and myself. Not reducing it with my questions but helping myself to feel connected to something greater, finding understanding of my place in the big picture.
noetic_heart
Feb. 25th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Ah, I see you're point. Some of this might stem from my time analyzing literature, which often seemed to become something else until the actual work under discussion was forgotten completely.

Perhaps I should have rather said that we should take caution against getting lost in the minutia of metaphysical questions. I suppose that's the "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" syndrome. Loving, living authentically, being present in the moment, residing in G-d, whatever people want to call it, is very, very hard, I think. At least it can be for me, and I understand the appeal of wanting to stay close to a subject without actually engaging in the subject, and that can lead me to thinking about many things that, ultimately, help no one, including myself.

Thanks for your response. This is the value of thinking aloud in a community! :-)
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