Composure of Yin and Yang

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This is part four of the series
So You Think You Can Save Civilisation.

 

I must have been born into the wrong millennium. As a child growing up in the ‘burbs of Sydney’s South-West, I yearned to become a part of King Arthur’s Round Table and by degrees grew cynical about the fact that the highest prospect anyone had was election into Bob Hawke’s cabinet. What I wanted — with a memorably asthmatic ache — was a vision of grace, beauty, excellence and nobility to which I could pledge my life and allegiance (and plastic Easter Show He-Man sword). Ah … for the days of old-timey religion that provided that for us. We thrived on stories of David, Moses, Jesus and the Saints. But the bare paedophilic reality of the Church has pushed too hard against the faith of us mere mortals. It’s enough to make one suspect that King Arthur was really just another crook in shining armour.

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The Pillar of Virtue

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This is part two of the series
So You Think You Can Save Civilisation.

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The Stairway to Heaven is the Game of Life. Playing it well brings happiness, purpose and meaning moment to moment and leads us progressively towards the ultimate goal, Nirvana. It is also the key to the development and maintenance of civilisation because it provides the means for recognising what and who is spiritually superior and inferior, furnishing communities with common values, goals and methods around which they may meaningfully organise themselves and cultivate and select healthy leaders. Put more simply, we need to live for something bigger than ourselves and civilisation happens when we work together to achieve that goal and select leaders who are most capable of leading us there.

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So You Think You Can Save Civilisation

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Lovely. So do I.

To do it, we need to learn the art of recognising our betters. Don’t look at me like that, I’m being serious. Some people really are better than other people. Some people have this inner nobility that makes them shine. It’s what made the ancient nobles noble. We’re not all equal. We live in a world of inescapable inequality.

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When the Standard-Bearer Falls

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When the standard-bearer falls
So too does the standard.
The battle no longer has a purpose,
And so, it can never end. 

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We need to understand the heart of the standard-bearer. What is it that makes a man willing to enter a battlefield completely defenceless? Worse, actually, for while he does carry something, it cannot be used to take down another, and is the very thing that marks him out especially for destruction. If we can understand the source of the standard-bearer’s courage, we stand a chance of redeeming our declining civilisation.

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On Sonority

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We should not bark at each other like dogs
Nor click senselessly like machines,
But let us sing to each other like birds
And hum mellifluously like bees.

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The Buddha was a fearless debater who would regularly break out into spontaneous verse to make a point. It seems he just couldn’t help himself sometimes. If he were alive today, he would take down Eminem in a slam any day of the lunar month.

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