Sunday, February 25, 2018

Would you rather be right or be happy?

Unitarian Universalism's fourth principle out of seven is to covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This seems all well and good for progressively minded people but where does one search?

In A Course In Miracles, in the chapter on New Beginnings, there is a section entitled, "The truth behind illusions." It is written, "The truth could never be attacked. And this you knew when you made idols. They were made that this might be forgotten. You attack but false ideas, and never truthful ones. All idols are the false ideas you made to fill the gap you think arose between yourself and what is true. And you attack them for the things you think they represent. What lies beyond them cannot be attacked." T-30.IV.1:4-10

To be vulgar and blunt. We, humans, just make shit up. And then we want to argue about it. And this arguing, brothers and sisters, is what keeps us from the truth.

This arguing, in my experience, is 95% of what Unitarian Universalism is about and consequently UUs miss the truth and their numbers dwindle because of the dissatisfaction that seekers experience with the UU nonsense.

Unitarian Universalism, as a living tradition, should it survive, will need to get better at discerning Truth from baloney. This means they must eschew the desire to place idols before Truth. This means we need to stop arguing over bull shit and focus on the path of the spirit which involves a response to the question, "What would Love have me do?" In the answer to that question, we would find the Truth.

A Course In Miracles asks us, "Would you rather be right or be happy?"

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