Truth has been called in for questioning. Political landscapes appear as reflections of times made mad by the dissolution of religion. For the sanctions once found within the walls of belief break down. Lest people be betrayed by their beliefs, reality awaits those seeking to create that which they value. Creating in and of itself, a truth or rather fact of life. Observing creation happening in nature, instead of picking it apart with some kind of pious intention, may service the survival of human beings existence on earth.
Watch closely for those engrossed in policed debates for the plentitude of pious claims they lay upon actions.
For example: making or constituting a hypocritical display of virtue.
“his pious platitudes” sanctimonious, hypocritical, insincere, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, pietistic, churchy
archaic: dutiful or loyal, especially towards one’s parents.
Today we find not a separation of any kind of state of politic and forms of religion. The reasons for which people state they do certain things may or may not accurately reflect the truth. But in finding the incongrencies of word and action, of claimed words and actual recorded words, these discrepancies will reveal truth.
For what actually happened, one could once claim to have happened another way. But now, we can record. Records can be distorted yes. But there also remains the ability to record matter of factly separate entities such as: reality (is one thing), ideology (as another thing).
Some ideas don’t play out well in reality, and some realities ask of us to work with different ideologies. How is something working? To what ends are such ideologies servicing?
Instead of drawing conclusions, we can ask questions of ourselves, of each other, of our labor and our loves…not for the sake of piety but for the sake of humanity. As one of my college professors would exclaim: what is at stake? If nothing-then it has no value. And to this, we can find ambiguity present in the tyranny of the ideal of equality. I have yet to find any kinds of equity within equality-but rather an ideal that can be bend to form pious positions. We have ourselves to monitor, unless we would rather leave that job up to someone else.
Those who don’t make up their minds, may find others quick to make up their mind for them.
Now seems a great time for revisiting Hannah Arendt’s works.
And I have been grieving for some years, as I have been going traveling around the world…and while I mainly encounter people which incredible stories, warm hearts and good work ethic and intentions, I have encountered people who mistrust people who are caring, loving or sincere. It is as if being a woman of her word, having actual genuine care, standing for the truth, for enjoying life and offering service however one can-that these kinds of qualities are treated with skepticism. As if piety had them encounter some kind of guilt within themselves and then a kind person will then pay a price for their nice. I find this a deluded way of perceiving the world. I’ll dig solidly into my small-town midwestern roots, thank you so much for those dear family, and pine for a time where we can actually all be loving neighbours to each other. I don’t find this to be too idealistic as cynics and those jaded by things not going their way may find. I don’t have to go around making other people feel bad for their privileges to enjoy my life? A friend used to say to me, comparison is the root of evil…I never understood what she meant. But I found the concept curious, so much so it endured in my mind…and I find if I am comparing anything to prove a point, then there are often some singular intentions worthy of questioning…but if I am comparing things to observe their differences, and do so without judgement-employ a sort of buddhist objectivism, then I can enjoy the qualities of difference and not get tangled up in the messiness of someones control-drama (a concept described by a book I read in high school-The Celestine Prophecy).
What do you think about piety?