Postmodernism and The Work

 

I suppose the topic of the previous post also relates to the discussion around postmodernism.

We can use an exploration of the grain of truth in reversals to (a) free ourselves from taking any story as an absolute truth and (b) invite a glimpse of the inherent neutrality of any situation.

But if we stop there, we get stuck in the same way as (some forms of) postmodernism.

The next step is now to engage with the conventional stories of our society, this time from a more differentiated clarity, and a more receptive mind and heart.

We find a freedom from beliefs and identities, which is also a freedom to use and work with the conventional views, stories and frameworks.

Some additional things about this:

Exploring reversals helps beliefs and identities to unravel, which has two effects.

It allows any sense of something to protect (any truth or identity) to fall away, allowing for a more differentiated clarity and a more receptive mind and heart.

And it also reveals the inherent neutrality of the situation, and, eventually, ourselves as Big Mind, as awake emptiness and form, inherently absent of any separate self.

But, as I mentioned above, if we stop there, we get stuck in the same way as (some forms of) postmodernism. We get stuck in a absolutist form of relativism, or, in Buddhist terms, we get stuck in the absolute.

And this is less than helpful when it comes to how this human self lives its life and functions in the world.

The next step is to now again engage with conventional stories and views, although now from more differentiated clarity, and with a more receptive mind and heart.

This is the natural next step of seeing any story as a relative truth only. It is a seeing of that too as nothing absolute, as a relative truth only, giving the freedom to come back to the conventional… although now in a different way.

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