I would like to make one point. It is not primarily just even more whining about New Age Spirituality and such, but an aspect of my own long-standing interest I have been interested in. On the theme of “the stripes never go out” or “Obelix who fell into the pot” 🙂
New Age Spirituality, the fundament of it, the basics – life after life, that we ourselves created our destiny through our actions (i.e., no one can suffer injustice), that we are gradually developing towards perfection, that in the period between two incarnations we are in a kind of “holiday country”, etc. – is a story, or a “narrative”, as it’s called nowadays.
Perhaps these beliefs are the truth, but it is still “a way of looking at life”. One way of several. Others experience life differently, have a different story. Perhaps it turns out that the latter are right. (But if so, at least according to some such alternative stories, you won’t get to experience it either.)
I may seem cocky in my reasoning o questioning this. But the truth – now I’ll come the point! – is it that I’ve been marinated in this story for so long, so intensely, that I’m probably not nearly as finished with it as I’d like to think.
Sometimes I can see the extent to which it seems to still live in me. Yes, then I’m reminded of that I even have such a (silent) story within myself. For example, I may be shaken by the “narrative” presented by Jennifer Kunst, the psychologist I posted many quotes of a couple of weeks ago.
Be inundated with a completely different story. According to which there is no ultimate justice, no eternal existence, no perfection, etc… (But quite a lot of “suffering”, speaking of the picture above, to reconcile with.)
The fact that I basically seem to be able to feel so at ease with life is perhaps mostly due to my long-standing association with New Age Spirituality? And that deeply I have not been able to distance myself from this maximally soothing and comforting “story”.
A lot of what can be blamed New Age Spirituality, it is actually how a lot of people (the majority?) look at life, according to Kunst. It seems to be a human tendency. (Only to be intellectualized within New Age Spirituality and it “reinforces” one’s defense against the basic injustice and meaninglessness of life?)
Or is it actually a clue we humans just have, about how life deeply works? That life IS fair, that we all will move forward, that we are actually “in control”, that we live forever, etc.
And then I can’t do much about my carelessness, then I’m on the right track…