January 23rd, 2021

Good morning

The coffee is made. I'm sat here in my wee room and I've a piece of choral music playing. Long may it continue. Oh, and an old book has resurfaced: The Noble Eightfold Path, the last of the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.


— Ju

Substance vs. form

Hardly the most original subject heading. 

Then again:

right now, the depth of wisdom is skin-deep and instead, the world is replete with hyperbolic transmission that makes me quesy. 

Let me take something I know a smidgen about, namely, pop[ular] psychology. I know something about it because: a) I've got a lot of books on the subject, b) I've attended a few courses and talks (not retreats mind you) and c) I've tried and spectacularly failed to change me or my life by dint of the aforementioned.

(Ask me about the Heart Sutra and that's a very different matter.)

I know, hardly the best exemplar for the substance vs. form polemic but if we're being honest, we don't need another branch of this or that when the evidence is there for us all to see that despite a multitude of thesis, the world hasn't changed one iota; if anything, it's getting considerably worse. And I'm not just talking about my latest hobby horse being said environment but (take your pick) we could look at rates of depression, social inequality, institutional racism and the fragility of the market.

To be clear, I'm not blaming all these issues on pop psychology or the industry it's spawned but with the array of titles that now adorn the virtual airwaves, with the obligatory talks with lots of likes etc., you'd imagine that if only we'd fix our sh*t the world would heal itself — if not instantaneously then certainly in short order.

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