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Old 06-27-2017, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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"Beware the fanatic! Too often his cure is deadlier by far than the evil he denounces!"

Stan Lee
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:05 PM
 
Location: City-Data Forum
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one does not need religion to have morals, if you can't determine right from wrong, you lack empathy and common sense, not religion.
The quote starts @ time stamp --> 23:54
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:40 AM
 
Location: So. Cal.
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Yet what we really want is not a haste to act, [to practicality], but a certain piety toward the source of action and knowledge. In fact we have to say that there is a certain beatitude, — I can call it nothing less, — to which all men are entitled, tasted by them in different degrees, which is a perfection of their nature, and to which their entrance must be in every way forwarded. Practical men, though they could lift the globe, cannot arrive at this. Something very different has to be done,—the availing ourselves of every impulse of genius, an emanation of the heaven it tells of, and the resisting this conspiracy of men and material things against the sanitary and legitimate inspirations of the intellectual nature.
Emerson
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:23 PM
 
Location: So. Cal.
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Our eating, trading, marrying, and learning are mistaken by us for ends and realities, whilst they are properly symbols only; when we have come, by a divine leading, into the inner firmament, we are apprised of the unreality or representative character of what we esteemed final.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:50 PM
 
Location: So. Cal.
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My belief in the use of a course on philosophy is that the student shall learn to appreciate the miracle of the mind; shall learn its subtle but immense power, or shall begin to learn it; shall come to know that in seeing and in no tradition, he must find what truth is; that he shall see in it the source of all traditions, and shall see each one of them as better or worse statement of its revelations; shall come to trust it entirely, as the only true; to cleave to God against the name of God. When he has once known the oracle he will need no priest.

From his Natural History Of Intellect
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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"traditions, and shall see each one of them as better or worse statement of its revelations;"

What I talk about most.
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:57 AM
 
Location: So. Cal.
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"traditions, and shall see each one of them as better or worse statement of its revelations;"

What I talk about most.
So you also give a thumbs up to "he shall see in it [mind] the source of all traditions"?

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In all sciences the student is discovering that
nature, as he calls it, is always working, in wholes
and in every detail, after the laws of the human
mind. Every creation, in parts or in particles, is
on the method and by the means which our mind
approves as soon as it is thoroughly acquainted
with the facts; hence the delight. No matter how
far or how high science explores, it adopts the
method of the universe as fast as it appears; and
this discloses that the mind as it opens, the mind
as it shall be, comprehends and works thus; that
is to say, the Intellect builds the universe and is
the key to all it contains.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I'm not sure I would say "the mind builds the universe," but it certainly builds our picture or understanding of it.
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:49 AM
 
Location: So. Cal.
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I'm not sure I would say "the mind builds the universe," but it certainly builds our picture or understanding of it.
No expert am I on Emerson's religio-philosophic views, except they appear inspired at times, yet not always perfectly tidy and free of contradictions.

I do think that greater Intellect is behind and within the universe and not just a human mind's understanding of it.

Whether that greater Mind is one or or many gods or simply innate in the universe (or a combination of all three) is one of those Big Questions.
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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No expert am I on Emerson's religio-philosophic views, except they appear inspired at times, yet not always perfectly tidy and free of contradictions.

I do think that greater Intellect is behind and within the universe and not just a human mind's understanding of it.

Whether that greater Mind is one or or many gods or simply innate in the universe (or a combination of all three) is one of those Big Questions.
Yes, it is. I'm not even sure that "intellect" is a proper term, though "consciousness" seems inescapable if there is some kind of "behind or within the universe." Can they be separate?
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