måndag 2 mars 2009

Mind vs Wisdom (What is Mazda?) Part 3

Arthur is absolutely right and Parviz can rest assured that there is a dramatic difference between the experiments of Aleister Crowley and the ethics of Zarathushtra. Zarathushtra goes way beyond "do what you will". My point is that there is no contradictition in Zarahushtra's message: Zarathushtra is obsessed BOTH with the fact that there is something rather than nothing (and that that which exists has a value precisely because it exists) which is what he refers to as ASHA (and celebrates as asha) and with the fact that we can make choices that we identify with (ethics rather than moralism) and there we should as Zoroastrians and Civilizationists celebrate the GOOD choices over the bad, nurturing a constructive and joyful mentality rather than a destructive and depressed mentality. This is celebrating Ahura Mazda.

2009/3/2 special_kain

Dear Arthur,

That's all part of what choosing authenticity and making authentic
choices means to me. :-)
You can't make authentic choices without drawing distinctions or
considering others making equally authentic choices. And reality would
be one giant blurred mess, if we didn't draw any distinctions (see
Spencer-Brown and Luhmann, for example).


--- In Ushta@yahoogroups.com, Arthur Pearlstein wrote:
> Friends,
> Zarathustra's philosophy goes beyond doing what " we wilt." I believe
> the key is in the importance he places in the making of distinctions ,
> particularly between creative and destructive thoughts/words/deeds.
> The capacity to make these critical distinctions is an essential part
> of what it is we celebrate in mind, is it not? Is this not why
> Alexander has (correctly) referred to Zarathushtra as the first
> "civilizationist?" We celebrate the existence of mind, yes for sure.
> We identify our desires. But we test our desires in light of these
> distinctions, understanding that there are an awful lot of other
> people doing "what they wilt." Appreciating and applying these all
> important distinctions is what I think is meant by vohuh manah, good
> mind.
> Ushta,
> Arthur

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