"When I forget my ways, I am in The Way"

Philosophical and experiential notes on Nothingness, with supporting insights from martial arts, quantum physics and Taoism

02 July 2015


These days, it's very difficult to see much difference between the fundamentalists who populate science and fundamentalists who champion their religion.

- One is close-minded to life with God, the other to life without God.
- Each gets angry at the stubbornness of the other, yet swears their own mind is open.
- Both find pleasure in telling others what the truth is... what it looks and sounds like.
- And, of course, there is a holographic nature to this: that within their own subsets and sects, the identical dramas play out.

Now, such behavior is so absurd that you would think it would be readily apparent, and that we'd walk away from it. But the funny thing is, it's only readily apparent to anyone not caught up in either position. And even then, it can be troublesome.

If you play either position, however, there seems to be an unspoken requirement to dig in and build trenches, moats, and fortresses around indefensible land. Why would human beings, with all their ability to be a clever, fall into such ridiculous traps - over and over and over? Why defend worthless sand traps and quicksand so ferociously? Unless it's all you have.

Hopefully, we get the fact that humans love to be certain, which is funny because life is so full of uncertainty. Certainty is like the Albanian ski instructor who loves snow, and moves to tropical Bora Bora to find it. He even opens a business focused on snow skiing and Alpine rescue. He is so self assured about snow, that he can't seem to be bothered that it's missing. Truly, he's dismissive of criticism. 

"Why are you so uptight," he laughs. "In Albania, 'bora' means snow!"

And he's right. It does indeed mean that. So, he has his single grain of truth and the rest is history.

We so crave certainty that all it takes is for us to find a single kernel of truth - regardless of how small it is - buried somewhere in the midst of our opinions. And somehow that single kernel out of millions, somehow that makes everything right. If I can show you that one kernel is true, then that makes all my kernels true. 

Certainty makes us always right, you know. It's important to always be right.