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William Shakespeare, Bob Marley, slavery, knowledge, heaven, earth, miracle, and mystery

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas

 

                                        

         

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,

than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

William Shakespeare

 

 

Indeed there are more incredible things than the mind can conclude.

            Once certainty exists- once an individual believes either that they understand correctly, or that correct understanding is at least possible- ‘interpretation’ then becomes the tragic common ground between the sacred and the profane, between the mean and the miracle, between the unknown ...and the assumption of knowing. Which is to say, ‘interpretation’, or ‘theory’, as it were, defiles the magnitude of the mystery by making us think it is ‘knowable’. Therefore, to grant this amazing life its true miraculousness is merely a matter of modestly admitting that we are not capable of knowing what life is all about- that it is beyond us ...way beyond us.

Knowledge leads not only away from wonder, but also towards worry; through the false particularization of life, suddenly there is a false matrix imposed upon the insouciant, singular play of being, and we find ourselves drowning within the confines of overbearing triviality. Life itself is not the problem; life does not impose cares upon the mind, the mind imposes cares upon life.

As such, our ‘knowledge’ generally falls into one of two categories: useless, or detrimental; either we don't need it, or we are thoroughly better without it.

            One maverick who saw clearly the tragedy of false learning was Bob Marley, legendary for his lyrics, his revelry, and his passion for life ...for life's sake. In his words we find his love, and in his love we find his anger:

 

“Don’t let them fool ya, or even try to school ya.

We’ve got a mind of our own, oh yeah!

Don’t let them change ya, or even rearrange ya,

oh no!”

 

And:

 

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,

none but ourselves can free our minds.”

 

The teachings we have been ‘given’ (or, more precisely, have had foisted upon us) have carved the beautiful Garden into a horrid labyrinth of lostness. Adults adulterate the joyful givenness of life into an encumbering, burdenful yoke- a yoke which must be cast off, if we are to ever reach greener pastures.

 

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way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra

 

 

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

 

 

 

      

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