October 26, 2004

The Zen-Tao Warrior is a Liberal and a Conservative

A Zen Warrior is liberal, in that he can see all points of view and relate to each with an understanding as to why that view exists.

Liberal, in that he spent his past and will spend his future on that which is meaningful, without the fear of fitting in.

Liberal, in that he has recognized a naturalness which is non-judgemental, and therefore hosts a vast and compassionate mind.

Liberal, in playfulness and creativity, never getting caught in temporal cultural or vogue ideas.

Liberal, in giving and in sacrifice, even gladly offering his life, as did his forefathers, in order to benefit beings.

Liberal, with a clairvoyant mind that can perceive others' suffering and can trace it back to its cause: elitism, narcissism, egotism and blame, feeling sad because they are unable to share his sense of joy and freedom.

Liberal, in that he can be conservative too if that is the highest good.

A Zen Warrior is conservative, in his concern about the suffering of the future generations, who will live difficult lives as an effect of the degradation of morality and values.

Conservative about wanting to return to a belief in unlimited human potential.

Conservative, in that, since everyone is connected to spirit, everyone has something to give and should give it, not merely because there's a governmental law mandating it, but as the tradition of sharing and goodness.

Conservative because, since life is the magical and sacred divine creativity, and since bureaucracies tend to displace peoples spontaneous creativity and helpfulness, governments should be minimized so that it doesn't replace the individuals' natural tendencies to help each other.

Conservative, because the mentality that believes that government can make everything good is actually harmful, makes the people poor and causes their creative power to become wasted.

Conservative, in having core values beyond an "anything is OK, no criticism is allowed, all diversity is good" attitude.

Conservative, in stubbornly sticking with whatever is in the highest good, no matter what it takes.


claratara said...

The word “liberal” implies being wild and free. But in politics, liberalism often manifests as carefulness, trying to balance and control everything in a precarious way. In an attempt to make everything work out perfectly, the end result is stiffness and rigidity.

fridrix said...

Magnificent post, grasshopper! Are you still blogging?