The Known and The Unknown, and some thoughts on Human nature

Human nature, like all sentient beings, has to confront its finality.

It is not obvious that animals do not pass through anxiety facing the Absolute Truth of all living phenomena – Death.

No one knows the precise day of birth and how the emerging new comer will look like in all senses.

No one knows the precise day and moment and modus of living the world.

In fact no one knows what will happen the next moment.

We are all subject to time and space.

Forcefully time depends on space and space on time.

Everything is dynamic as everything is transient, constantly moving from appearance to disappearance.

The human civilization, along its historically known data, has felt the need to attach the soul to something which is not transient and thus so terrorizing.

The human civilization has created changing systems of belief so as to be in control of something Known.

Paradoxically the Known does not form part – at least in appearances – of this world but of a transcendent spiritual domain.

Man has created myths of Creation along history.

These myths have a very interesting common ground:

There is a Creator or a body of Creating Gods and Goddesses.

There is a clash between the Celestial virtuous and the Celestial vicious factors.

Most systems of beliefs opt for the victory of the Virtuous; however grant the Vicious a tempting force.

Most of the belief systems depart of this basic duality and further develops the imagery of a Land of the Pure versus the Land of the Stained souls or in other words – Paradise and Hell.

This duality penetrates all other cultural layers as from folk stories based on bad witches or wizards in opposition to the lovely fairies, the bad guy and the good one, the one who is known as the egomaniac and the altruist who is willing to sacrifice his own life for God and people

The Hindu term Samsara could assist in understanding the continuous tormenting feeling of Man who is harassed by the primordial duality of Virtue and vice, as well as the existent tension between all opposites (which are forcefully complementary or  of identical meaning, as there is no day without night, no happiness without sorrow)

It seems that the archetypal need of the human nature to attach itself to some Known entity has produced a body of beliefs controlled by the principle of pertaining or belonging.

People zealously follow their gods – always having the similar traits as their believers.

In the name of their gods, they still fight people who have other gods with the visual traits of the enemy.

The white have white gods, the black – black gods, the red –red gods and the yellow – yellow gods.

May we learn to give up the illusion of The Known beyond space and time.

May we learn that we are conditioned by the transient.

May we learn to gradually clean ourselves of definite formulations and descriptions with reference to the Divine.

Thus, Tolerance will emerge.


About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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