Hermit wrote:Or rather, recognition that it is the Light Side that employs us; and equally the dark side that employs us.
The question is, and what I'd like to explore, what are the fundamental differences in how these sides employ us, and if there is in fact a reality in which we control, or are controlled, by either.
My instincts lean towards a more light sided approach, and are enforced by experience which tells me it begins as collaborative, then co-operative, but never coercive.
Is power an illusion?
Is the pursuit of power folly?
Is weakness truly strength when that weakness does not come from a place of deceit, but self acknowledged powerlessness as in the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous (for example)?
PurpleLama wrote:As for light versus dark methods and methodologies, one seeking mastery over self is like unto the chicken farmer, one day he feeds the flock but on another day selects a bird to be culled for cannibalistic behaviors. Surely it is light to feed and nurture, and it is dark to kill (and compost!) but each is likewise necessary for the benefit of the birds and for the farmer who needs some eggs.
PurpleLama wrote:I will have you know that I have the happiest bunch of birds that the world ever did see, and their eggs are delicious.
My chickens will actually stop when you walk up to them, and let you pick them up to pet them. Happiest, I should have said rottenest. They are super silly. I have built a chicken enclosure about three times the size of my house, that I'm now hanging wire on, that would suit five times the number of birds that I have, although these will be super pissed when they are relegated to the "yard". It's necessary, if I am ever to grow another vegetable.
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