Conversation with Conscience


Do you believe not in light because your world is full of shadows where you hide stuff?

What sort of shadows and what sort of things?

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving. Infidelity comes from professing to believe what one does not believe.

How to live among believers who believe in your believing what they believe?

Decadence is a difficult word to use. It has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand – or which seems different from their own moral concepts. Such is the decadence when believers are confronted by what you do not believe.

Thank you. What do I say or do to live among my people in harmony then?

It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into it’s waters.

But for the sake of love I step into shallow waters and wade with those about whom I care.

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.

It does not feel that they know I step into shallow waters with them and that those waters are unbeknownst also shallow to them.

Religion – like many things – is nothing but perception.

We seek something – a treasure – for ourselves based on nothing but perception?

A person will sometimes devote all of his life to the development of one part of his body; the wishbone.

What I no longer desire remains the heart’s desire for many others dear to me.

Yearning is human happiness in the abstract. He, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to yearning.

Humans see what humans believe.

We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were certain, stifling it would be an evil still.

I encourage individuality in spirit practice, not a conformity before a deity obsessed with obedience.

To integrity – chequered as it is with abuses – the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. You cannot run about longer as a blind guide.

A blind guide? Guiding whom?

Do you love life? Do not then squander time. Be heretical if you must. It is precisely among the heretics of all ages that we find persons filled with the highest kind of religious feeling.

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