Quick pointer: “What’s Happened to Original Sin? It’s Become Unhealthy”
I just read a powerful recent post from NellaLou, over at Smiling Buddha Cabaret. You might want to check it out: What’s Happened to Original Sin? It’s Become Unhealthy.
In it, she talks about some very similar things to what I was trying to describe in Happiness, Part 4: Seeing beauty–and much, much more.
The difference here is between the relative and the absolute. The difference is between redemption and enlightenment. Redemption makes what was bad good. Enlightenment simply shows what is. Redemption changes the participant to some degree although they remain with the same set of original core beliefs in the solidity of existence. Enlightenment shows the participant who they really are. Good and bad are irrelevant. They are completely different orders of experience…
There is nothing to be saved and the only circumstance actually available is reality. One can try to escape reality for a time or make some kind of dualistic peace with it but one cannot be saved from reality.
After reading this, I’m not sure I need to write a post I’d halfway been putting together in my mind about the eerie similarities between the medical model and Western religious approaches. Her post is very, very relevant to disability, among other things.
Again, it’s hard to pick quotes from her post, because it’s all so relevant, but here’s another snippet:
I came across this rather profound revelation on someone’s blog a while back:
It just occurred to me that there might not be anything wrong with me
What if that is true for all of us? What does that mean in terms of self-esteem and other aspects of the psychological framework? Suppose we are not originally flawed, wrong, misshapen, bent, ill-formed? What does this mean in terms of larger culture? What does this mean in terms of spirituality? What does this mean in the way we live our lives?