Morality and Psychology: Keeping the Two Distinct (6/10/10, Asuncion, Paraguay)

Paul's Bench

In certain respects, the immensely challenging period following my decision to withdraw from my marriage consisted in a fierce contest between the rivaling claims of moral duty and what felt like a kind of psychological necessity or compulsion. While it is true that I tend to defer to the claims of psychological development over conventional moral obligations to others, I am certainly not in favor of reneging on authentic moral commitments and duties when these butt heads with demands for psychic growth and freedom. Nor has my behavior towards my ex-wife throughout the separation and divorce shown me to be a delinquent scoffer or heedless evader of moral responsibilities. When I reflect upon the tensions and conflicts that naturally arise between the claims of the psyche and those of my personal morality, I recognize a kind of dialectical relationship—not a war to the death. The notion that one “side”…

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The Esoteric Way



The term “archetype” has its origins in ancient Greek. The root words arearchein, which means “original or old”; and typos, which means “pattern, model or type”. The combined meaning is an “original pattern” of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived, copied, modeled, or emulated.
The psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, used the concept of archetype in his theory of the human psyche. He believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over.

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”We are not loved because we don’t know how to love.What is love? The word is so loaded and corrupted that I hardly like to use it. Everybody talks of love – every magazine and newspaper and every missionary talks everlastingly of love. I love my country, I love my king, I love some book, I love that mountain, I love pleasure, I love my wife, I love God. Is love an idea? If it is, it can be cultivated, nourished, cherished, pushed around, twisted in any way you like…Can love be divided into the sacred and the profane, the human and the divine, or is there only love? Is love of the one and not of the many? If I say,`I love you’, does that exclude the love of the other? Is love personal or impersonal? Moral or immoral? Family or non-family? If you love mankind can you love the particular? Is love sentiment? Is love emotion? Is love pleasure and desire? All these questions indicate, don’t they, that we have ideas about love, ideas about what it should or should not be, a pattern or a code developed by the culture in which we live…

But if you still want to find out, you will see that fear is not love, dependence is not love, jealousy is not love, possessiveness and domination are not love, responsibility and duty are not love, self-pity is not love, the agony of not being loved is not love, love is not the opposite of hate any more than humility is the opposite of vanity. So if you can eliminate all these, not by forcing them but by washing them away as the rain washes the dust of many days from a leaf, then perhaps you will come upon this strange flower which man always hungers after. If you have not got love, not just in little drops but in abundance if you are not filled with it, the world will go to disaster…

In this torn desert world there is no love because pleasure and desire play the greatest roles, yet without love your daily life has no meaning. And you cannot have love if there is no beauty. Beauty is not something you see – not a beautiful tree, a beautiful picture, a beautiful building or a beautiful woman. There is beauty only when your heart and mind know what love is. Without love and that sense of beauty there is no virtue, and you know very well that, do what you will, improve society, feed the poor, you will only be creating more mischief, for without love there is only ugliness and poverty in your own heart and mind. But when there is love and beauty, whatever you do is right, whatever you do is in order…’

‘That is the extraordinary thing about love: it is the only quality that brings a total comprehension of the whole of existence…”

— Krishnamurti 

Pike continues with his thesis about the Kabalah. I do however want to point out one particular point about Yad and Vav, “Then HE sent the letter Vav into the Splendor, to pour out its light on Yōd: and thus,– Yōd received light from Vav, and thereby so directed his countenance that it should illuminate […]