Re: 'Only The SENSITIVE Can Face The Actual'.....
- Excellent lines from Krishnmurti, Bob. But is he correct when he says
that sesnitivity is not the result of experience and thought? I think
it can sometimes be the result of these things. There can be dangers
in generalizing at times. Awareness can swell out where it influences
our behaviour. This is what the possiblility of change is all about.
--- In Soar_Like_An_Eagle_2@yahoogroups.com, "Bob M."
> Sensitivity is wholly different from refinement; sensitivity is an
> integral state, refinement is always partial. There is no partial
> sensitivity, either it is the state of one's whole being, total
> consciousness or it is not there at all. It is not to be gathered
> by bit; it cannot be cultivated; it is not the result of experienceof
> and thought, it is not a state of emotionalism. It has the quality
> precision, no overtones of romanticism and fancy. *Only thesensitive
> can face the actual*, without escaping into all kinds ofconclusions,
> opinions, and evaluations. Only the sensitive can be alone and thisto
> aloneness is destructive. This sensitivity is stripped of all
> pleasure and so it has the austerity, not of desire and will but of
> seeing and understanding. There is pleasure in refinement; it has
> do with education, culture, environment. The way of refinement isis
> endless; it is the outcome of choice, conflict, and pain and there
> always the chooser, the one who refines, the censor. And so thereis
> always conflict and contradiction and pain. Refinement leads toin
> isolation, self-enclosing aloofness, the separation which intellect
> and knowledge breed. Refinement is self-centered activity, however
> enlightened aesthetically and morally. There is great satisfaction
> the refining process but no joy of depth; it is superficial andtwo
> petty, without great significance. Sensitivity and refinement are
> different things; one leads to isolating and the other toLIFE
> THAT HAS NO END. (J. Krishnamurti - 'Krishnamurti's Notebook' Oct.25)
> Bob M.
- Not exactly Peter. Good as the old boy was, as time went on he seemed
to have lost the capacity for ongoing and unending self-critical
introspection, understanding, refinement, and change.
Sensitivity (i.e. a finely-formed mind, heart, and sensate system) is
essentially a product of good and loving nurture (experience-
observation-feeling-reflection/thought) in the critical formative
years. And this 'proper' nurture has become a considerably rare
thing, especially in these last days. Jesus should be here to see
just how terribly cold the 'love of the many' has waxed. And global
warming will be of no help here either. Save perhaps for the supra-
heat of nuclear holocaust when the abomination that maketh desolate
finally takes place.
Real and therefore radical 'change' is prompted by pain, and only the
*few* more finely-formed and thereby sensitively-souled can truly
experience (deeply feel) the pain of not living true to their own
authentic self-nature and then hopefully acting on it. That is if
they don't numb their senses chemically or by madly chasing after
worldly schemes and dreams. The *many* who are unfortunately not so
finely-formed and sensitive will experience little or no real pain
from their ways of error and inauthentic being. Hence no real change
can or will ever occur in them. Of course they have no solid
foundation (soul-sensitivity) to fall back upon and rebuild on
either. In K's better days he called these kinds the 'weak' and
the 'momentarily discontented'. The latter term I especially like.
Never-the-less, in these final days it still remains, as it was said
long ago, that 'many are called - but few are chosen'. And it too
remains my view that even the very best of the 'chosen few' are
having an awfully tough time of 'breaking through' (or rising above
it all) in this present cold, dark, robotic, and loveless age.
'What is the greatest thing a man can experience? It is the hour of
great self-contempt. The hour in which your happiness becomes
loathsome to you, and so also your reason and virtue.' (Nietzsche's
'If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and
wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life
also, he cannot be my disciple." (J.C.)
No pain - no gain (change), no sensitivity (conscience - 'feel' for
things) - no pain.
And much like the O.T. Preacher, I too have and continue to see the
many cold-hearted and desensitized and thus wicked men and
women 'prolonging their lives in their wickedness'. Many of them held
in high-esteem by the multitude. Where on earth is God?
--- In Soar_Like_An_Eagle_2@yahoogroups.com, peterquinnn
> Excellent lines from Krishnmurti, Bob. But is he correct when he
> that sesnitivity is not the result of experience and thought? Ithink
> it can sometimes be the result of these things. There can bedangers
> in generalizing at times. Awareness can swell out where itinfluences
> our behaviour. This is what the possiblility of change is all about.