Our conversation has been vastly extended and deeply nourished by the 45+ comments on living at our best and the way of simplicity. These comments make it clear: to live in the way of simplicity is to live the truth.
Truth is first and foremost a living, spiritual reality—divine truth. But that is not the whole story. The spiritual core has a periphery, the truths of science; and between science and spirituality is a bridge, the truths of philosophy. Truth in its fullness, cosmic truth, embraces all of these dimensions.
In this post is an image that we can turn into an allegory (not recommended as an approach to the beauties of nature—smile). The forest symbolizes the environment of facts, and the walkway symbolizes the philosophical bridge leading into the spiritual light of truth.
If we deeply perceive truth on any level, we find it beautiful. We may say, “cool,” or “awesome”: we delight in the truth. All truth guides our action and is in this sense good: we can live the truth. To live the truth fully means experiencing its beauty and enacting its goodness.
Truth is a value in the sense that the will rightly pursues it, and when we find it, the soul celebrates.
The truth that we need to illuminate our path changes as our circumstances change; and we find that our intuition of truth changes to meet the needs of our changing circumstances. In this way truth is flexible.
Truth also has stability, since we can return to divine and universal truth over and over again and rely on in countless circumstances.
From the wealth of examples you all have given us, I would like to refer to a comment from Mahtab. “To me the way of simplicity is what feels right to my intuition; it is in line with that deeper satisfaction of my soul. I experience that in my interactions with my students. When I am at my best I see them as more than my students; I see them as wonderful beings who are abundantly loved, gifted and destined for a bright, eternal future. When I am at my best this feeling is, simply, there. In simplicity, there is wise mercy. I’m less likely to get frustrated with their mistakes, instead, I am inspired to help them. I find it easy and pleasant to give them more of my time and energy; to go the second mile.”
Here we see a spiritually magnificent way of regarding persons that combines with, and facilitates, an attentiveness to their factual needs: she finds it easy and pleasant to help them, which requires recognizing their mistakes. What a powerful combination! The philosophical bridge that coordinates these truths is barely indicated; but in wise mercy there is an implicit recognition of level differences: the mistakes of these beloved students are on a level that does not impede the reality of their wonderfulness within and their destiny.
In order to expand our capacity to live the truth fully, we shall begin to explore scientific living, philosophical living, and spiritual living.
Do these thoughts make sense to you? Do you have any questions? Comments–additions or changes to propose? Another example to share?
Thank you for reading, for working to develop and practice your philosophy of living, for nourishing this conversation by contributing as you reasonably can, and for spreading the word about this movement.
The photograph titled Forest Walk is by Dave at http://mrg.bz/YaEwcs