I rather enjoyed this. While by no means a follower of anything that might be labeled traditionalist, or religious, for that matter I also was a bit surprised to see this as something attractive to the right wing. There is a growing tendency among the fascists and nationalists to glom onto almost anything that is easy to understand that can be turned into a club with which to beat people.

While I’m willing to discuss historical thought on most any issue, I cannot see any distinction between what little can be found of meaning in Traditionalist writing and the surviving remnants of the Judeo Christian Islamic mythologies except for their much larger library of crude stories. Historically there is what seems to be an important movement away from myths presented as justifications for general hatred to more generalized and less damaging spiritual slogans that are based on compassion and mindfulness.

While it is a general requirement to dismiss New Age spiritualism as silly and sloppy as all popularized spiritual systems tend to be, much of that originated from an intersection of Theosophy and the discovery of Southeast Asian Theravada Buddhism in the late 19th century. Many people don’t seem to realize that the modern western concepts of meditation are specifically from a Burmese Theravada tradition of popular as opposed to monastic meditation.

This has obviously become the foundation for a growing, secular, and scientific spirituality that is much better suited to the paradigmatic transformative age now than the brutal and ignorant sky god traditions. That is apparent as the religions die out and meditation with mindfulness (paying attention) and compassion (trying to understand) expands in conjunction with scientific knowledge. It is now essential to be open to changing forms of knowledge.

There is a lot to be said for simplicity and thoughtfulness as we deal with the limitations of our scientific knowledge concerning the wave form, unsubstantial nature of this universe of which we are temporary points of awareness.

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