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Rationality, Ego, Self, and Wisdom

  • Nov 3, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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There is some reason to believe that modern man lives in a way that is fairly disconnected from his deepest self and therefore missing full access to an important reservoir of wisdom. At this event, we will discuss that general topic, including ideas such as these:
• Since the scientific revolution, the modern world has been very heavily influenced by analytical thinking and science.
• Jung and others say that rational thought is linked to the ego and that deeper than either the ego or the unconscious, is a "self". He also speaks of a "collective unconscious".
• Christianity and other religions often refer to God as being within each of us.
• Zen Buddhism emphasizes non-ego as an important path to a deeper "self" within each of us and to something universal and important beyond self and non-self.
• What might the relationship be between a deep source of wisdom in us and what genetics/evolution passes on to us from hundreds of thousands of years of human (and pre-human) experience?
• Eckhart, Saint Francis, and many other thinkers emphasize humility as an essential characteristic allowing us to connect to God and/or wisdom.
• What are the roles of art, mythology, religion, meditation, and humility in accessing important wisdom?

Please arrive between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. for no-host refreshments and socializing so we can begin the group discussion at 10:30.  It is totally optional, but at least some of us will be staying for lunch after the group discussion.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a refreshing way to spend a Saturday morning!

    November 3, 2012

  • Steve

    I thought it was a great conversation. The group was small, but very engaged and engaging.

    November 3, 2012

  • Steve

    I've changed the way the schedule is stated. Is that better?

    October 31, 2012

  • Steve

    Thanks for the comment. The plan is a half hour of arriving and coffee, an hour and a half of discussion, optional lunch, and optional after lunch chats. Maybe I should do more to make it clear that lunch and the afternoon are optional.

    October 31, 2012

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