This is a short study of the Zoroastrian religion, part of the Wisdom of the East series. S.A. Kapadia, who along with L. Cranmer-Byng, edited or wrote many of the books in the Wisdom of the East, was a member of the Indian Zoroastrian community, and his personal insights into the religion are invaluable.
ZOROASTRIANISM is a religion much commented upon by a few enthusiastic oriental scholars, and less understood by the general public. Out of the millions of believers of this faith in the bygone ages, there now remains a handful of devout followers, known as the Parsis. I have, therefore, ventured to put before my readers a brief sketch of the teachings of this divine prophet. I hope, that the strangers to the faith may find in it food for philosophic enlightenment, and the Zoroastrians themselves a subject for deeper and wider researches in the untold wealth of sublime theology and philosophy, now looked up in the monumental tomes of the ancient Avesta writings.
Jordan B Peterson | November Transliminal Interview | The Bible, Symbol and Identity | Part I (2017)
We’re all just maggots on a decomposing body
Some dubious ‘wisdom’ of Ian Welsh. He does come up with some remarkable foolishness sometimes, in my estimation considering that he’s reasonably intelligent and broadly educated.
Is he speaking about himself and his little bunch of followers, or is it some variation of the ‘Royal We’, claiming to speak for everyone ?
I’m emphatically excluding myself from his ‘we’. What a wretched, depraved, depressing, negative conception to wrap around one’s own existence, and then to extend outward to inflict upon everyone else.
It’s obviously not meant as LITERAL truth, because maggots are larvae, like caterpillars, a metamorphic stage in the fantastic life cycles of flies, moths, butterflies and beetles.
If they didn’t exist, what would happen to all the corpses and dead material ?
I mean, the projects of biological science has been to extricate factual observable measurable truths and make a clear distinction between that and the mishmash of superstition and fantasy. Thus, mammals, like Homo Sapiens sapiens, are to be emphatically distinguished from invertebrates which have larval stages.
So Welsh is not being scientific, he’s being quasi-poetic, suggesting that humans are somewhat LIKE, similar to, some insects in some respect.
I suppose there’s some truth in that, in so far as humans and other creatures have many characteristics some of which can be illustrated poetically, like ‘gentle as a dove’ or ‘fierce like a lion’, but that’s trite and obvious and hardly a profound insight.
Welsh is trying to assign the lowest and most obnoxious label he can find with which to characterise the human race. Maggots. ‘People are shit.’
Well, speak for yourself, Ian, and don’t include ME in your propaganda. Because some of us strive to be something more than maggots. ‘Feet in the mud, head amongst the stars’.
If it was not for that noble and honourable aspect of humans, we would not have great art, music, architecture, and organisations devoted to good causes, like assisting those who get sick, injured, or otherwise plunged into great suffering and hardship.
I think that what is most remarkable about humans, is that some of them become aware that they have choices and options. You do not HAVE TO descend toward the most depraved and sordid levels of existence. Because, in so far as you have some self control, you can raise your existence above the level of the maggot, and strive toward a higher target, a more elevated conception of what you are.
Like Vinay Gupta, Ian Welsh makes claims to wisdom and Enlightenment, but seems to me that they are both very limited individuals who leave me disappointed.
You can identify as some form of maggot, if you wish, but you can also identify as a child of God, if you wish. When buddhists and hindus place the palms of their hands together and bow their head towards another person, it’s not that human individual that they are honouring, it is the spark of divinity which exists in ALL individuals, indeed within all life forms.
In modern Western atheistic cultures, most people have no awareness of these things, it’s not what is taught to children. For most, there are no aspects of holiness or sanctity to their lives, and no respect is given to the Christian cultural heritage.
I mean, you can view yourself, your lover, spouse, children, relatives, everyone else, as maggots, if you so choose. But it’s neither elevating nor factually accurate.
People have no idea how they can have real genuine personal spiritual experiences. It is not their fault, they have all been immersed in secular materialist culture since babyhood, hammered by commercial advertising and political propaganda for as long as they can remember.
This is one reason why I have become a fan of Jordan Peterson. Seems to me that there are literal physical truths, of the kind that, ‘if you hit your finger with a hammer it will cause damage and pain’ and there are more subtle invisible truths, concerning how to maintain your inner being, the spiritual domain, and keep in good order.
Peterson, (whom I believe had the job that Timothy Leary once held) seems to be one of the very few who has understood the psychological and biblical stuff and also has an ability to articulate his insights in a comprehensible manner for a popular audience.
The only gripe I have with him, (as far as I can recall at this moment, and I have not seen all his work), is that he doesn’t appear to know much about the buddhist and hindu traditions and teachings. That said, I’ve found his lectures on Jung and biblical topics have been inspiring, insightful and awesome.
Remember Leary ?
Above we also saw Bowart cite a CIA memo regarding Leary:
A CIA memo dated November 1, 1963 and obtained by John Marks under a Freedom of Information suit in August, 1977, featured Dr. Leary, Dr. Richard Alpert and their organization which advocated the expansion of consciousness through psychedelic chemicals, the International Federation for Internal Freedom (IFIF). In alarming tones the memo ordered all CIA groups involved in mind control operations to report if any agency personnel were involved with either Leary or Alpert or IFIF. The response to this in-house memo, if there was one, was not released by the CIA.
However, with the realization that those “buses running around the country painted in dayglow,” above, meaning Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, were agents, it makes the theory that it was only Leary doing this and that he’d gone rogue, ridiculous.