OK, I’m back. I had a little meltdown after that last post, but I’m OK, now.
I have been cogitating on a plan to discover the Non-Cultural Truth (in this post I shall refer to this as the NCT). For a definition of what I mean by the NCT, you should read my previous post entitled Clouds. The gist is that collections like the Bible, the Koran, and so forth have some essence of truth in them, but this is colored and distorted by the culture of religion. What I seek, what I so desperately want to find, vain though my effort might be, is that divine essence, the essential truth, stripped of all of the religious garb.
I am trying to find a way to explore this quest. One idea I have is to examine all of the various works of religion and philosophy which one would imagine might contain some of this stuff. Candidates for inclusion would include:
- The Hebrew bible, which is the scripture for Judaism, as well as being the Christian Old Testament
- The New Testament
- The Koran
That’s about it for the major monotheistic religions. I suppose we would have to include the Eastern religions as well:
- The Bhagavad Gita (arguably the Hindu scriptures, although I would debate whether that concept applies)
- Some of the Buddhist texts
And perhaps we should include philosophy. I find the modern philosophers profoundly depressing, but I would certainly include a couple of the ancient ones:
I would propose to peruse these works, pull out the gems and discuss them on this blog. Let me know your thoughts on this idea, please.