The German Spiegel website is running an article about “straight edge”, a punk movement from the early eighties. Basically the Straight Edge idea’s are:
At least I can fucking think
I can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Out of step with the world
These principles simply stand for respect for your own mind and body as well
as for the opposite sex and your fellows. A clear mind should allow humans to perceive the
world around them better and to recognice and to fight against deplorable
states of affairs in their social surroundings. This can be of ethic-moral,
ecologic or politic nature or can simply include problems from your very own
Interesting to see that a idealistic movement gets some attention after 20 Years,
specially in a time where most of the youngsters going mostly over the edge.
Ha, I found a Black Flag “My War” T-shirt yesterday. I will probably never wear it, but its a nice to have. Being a fan of Black Flag and Henry Rollins its an historical iconoclastic item.
It took me 2 Days to read this nice Zen related book from Osho. In Zen: The Path of Paradox, Osho suggests Zen as a possible bridge between East and West, and between the scientific and the spiritual. “Without science,” Osho said, “the East has lost much; without meditation, the West has lost much. I am trying to bring together East and West, because together they will create the whole.” Osho encourages the reader to throw off the accumulated “knowing” of a lifetime–to let go of physical, mental, and emotional tensions, to relax into the flow of an extraordinary discourse and become receptive to the present moment and the potential within.
Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. “It’s the wind that is really moving,” stated the first one. “No, it is the flag that is moving,” contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. “Neither the flag nor the wind is moving,” he said, “It is MIND that moves.”
One day the Master announced that a young monk had reached an advanced state of enlightment. The news caused some stir. Some of the monks went to see the young monk. “We heard you are enlightened. Is that true?” they asked.
“It is,” he replied.
“And how do you feel?”
“As miserable as ever,” said the monk.
Finished the book; Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality. Nice and inspiring read, very down to earth book written by a Punkrock Zen Master. “Lemme give you my take on these truths. The first noble truth, suffering, represents idealism. When you look at things from an idealistic viewpoint everything sucks, as The Descendants said in the song called ‘Everything Sucks’ (from the album Everything Sucks). Nothing can possibly live up to the ideals and fantasies you’ve created. So we suffer because things are not the way we think they ought to be. Rather than face what really is, we prefer to retreat and compare what we’re living through with the way we think it oughta be. Suffering comes from the comparison between the two.”
“Buddhism won’t give you the answer. Buddhism might help you find your own right question, but you’ve gotta supply your own answers. Sorry. No one else’s answer will ever satisfy you-nor should it. But the real magic is that once you have your own true answer, you’ll find that you’re not alone. As unique as your own true answer is-the one you find after questioning and questioning and questioning-it will be absolutely in tune with the answer Gautama Buddha found and those centuries ago…”
Zen is boring
At Amazon: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality.
Tao is referred to in many ways in the Tao Te Ching. There are different shades of meanings in the various translations of this great work, which, with over 100 translations, is perhaps the most translated Chinese text in the English language. Here is one translation of the first stanza, describing Tao:
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
At Amazon: Tao Books