consciouschrist (consciouschrist) wrote in anotherway,

Hello - I notice this community isn't posted to all that often, but I wanted to write something here anyway.
Ishmael has become one of my "bible"s in a lot of ways. And I've just started to notice that some of Quinn's ideals have spread FAR beyond my environmental worldview. For example, the idea that "There is No One Right Way" has invaded my thinking to the farthest reaches. I've noticed myself having a hard time (which of course, is a problem in me as well) with people who think there is only one right way to do or say or understand something. They might even be willing to say "ok, your way is right for you, but this is my way, and I'm going to keep it."
I want to say to them, "how are you ever going to grow and learn, and even interact with others, if you only accept ONE RIGHT WAY?"
Perhaps the test of an enlightened mind (which I don't claim to have, but to strive for) is to be able to hold unlimited possibilities in your head, without judging or choosing between them. I noticed a post recommending the movie "What the @#$%@! Do We Know?" - this is one of the kernals that can be drawn from that movie - there is never just one right way to view or understand ANYthing, because things are always in motion, and nothing is as solid as it seems.

That's all I have to say right now. Peace to you all!
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Perhaps the test of an enlightened mind (which I don't claim to have, but to strive for) is to be able to hold unlimited possibilities in your head, without judging or choosing between them.

Hear, hear :-) And perhaps another such "test"/"challenge" is to accept that the heart and feelings have to be allowed to do their bits, to explore and play and try again.

Right now I'm reading Speak Peace by Marshall B. Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication. Seems to me that he has a large piece of the puzzle when he talks about the need for people to be nonjudgemental, to ask for what people want from each other, and from themselves.

I first read Ishmael after it first came out ('92?) And it is still bending my mind, and I am not alone :-) Thanks for this opportunity :-)
It's true, "There is No One Right Way" has become ingrained... but I understand it to mean that there's no One Righe Way for everyone to live, but that there could, in fact, be One Right Way for each individual to live.

There's a right way for me to live, and it may be entirely different from everyone else's, or it may not be, but for me it's the One Right Way.
I was going to say the same thing. I think all that DQ is saying is not to accept one way of living just because others tell you that's the way to live. However, in the end, we all have to choose a way to live. I mean, we all DO choose a way to live...and we live it by default.

In an way, isn't calling Ishmael a "bible" and believing that there is NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO LIVE a way of living in itself (that you happen to think is the right way)?

Life is infinitely complicated and full of contradictions. Sometimes I find it easier to just live and appreciate the world as it is and be happy:).
quantum non-locality.
our thinking patterns are the result of years of programming and our interaction is hence dependent
upon them.
in order to escape these bounds one must progress through unlearning.
take the words out of your thoughts
its not so hard to dissect the difference

I think the statement "there is no one right way to live" simply means that the best thing for each individual person to do is to find a way of life that satisfies their needs, and know that the way of life that works for them doesn't need to be spread to anyone else.

True, in order for the future of humanity to not involve imminent doom we need to spread a changing of minds, but that doesn't mean anyone needs to be told how to live. The thing is, the last 10,000 years give us all the examples we need of how NOT to live, the adventure changed minds will embark on will be finding new, sustainable ways of life.