Thursday, January 12, 2012

Salutation #88

Free inquiry is a civic virtue,
it is a strength of ours to be able to think as a nation!

So we must each cultivate good habits of the mind -
the ability to think about our thinking.

My brother and sister Filipino -
are we not a free nation upon this world?

(Question Everything)

In a democracy, question everything.

Democracy is not an answer, it is a path.

We are a work of human liberty
reaching out to the only other Freedom
reaching out to us - across the void -
the perfection of God,
the unity of the LORD;
our one God and true King!

We are one ascent to the Truth -
a Country made whole by the justice of our peace;
a peace made one by our common desire to be happy.

So have a thirst, O soul of my people,
have a thirst for every true thing under heaven.

Never stop longing - not just for good things -
but for great things - truly great things!

- selah -

We exist in a world so full of longing.

There is longing in our world
because there is an emptiness in the self.

There is a constant seeking for answers.

We can never really know anything unless we ask
and those who have come to know something
- have come to their own knowledge -
not by a perfect understanding of the answers
but by an imperfect understanding
of the questions one ought to know about.

For there are questions we must ask,
there are questions we must learn to ask,
and there are questions we must never ask.

- selah -

In a democracy, question everything.
(That is, validate them in yourselves.)

Democracy is not an answer, it is a path.

Think about it -

"And I tell you,
ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door
will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened."

(Luke 11: 9-10)

Now, if you know the Kama Sutra
more than the Kalama Sutra -
its time to start thinking!

Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing,
nor upon tradition,
nor upon rumor,
nor upon what is in a scripture,
nor upon surmise,
nor upon an axiom,
nor upon specious reasoning,
nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over,
nor upon another's seeming ability,
nor upon the consideration, "The monk is our teacher."

Kalamas, when you yourselves know:

"These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness," enter on and abide in them.

- The Buddha, Kalama Sutra