Reply on I-Ching/violenceRe: Grail Knights
- Brother Ron, dear,
In the exchange below, the last thing is that you ask me how the I-
Ching you quoted refers to the tragedy of being lost in the chain of
violence. I think it is quite literally there, nothing mysterious
about it, just as there is nothing mysterious about what Christ said
about violence (call it "fulfilling" or "completing" or transcending
the law or what you will--He clearly says "turn the other cheek", no
two ways about it). The I-Ching quote I do not now have with me, but
there was something about violence not being the way to go, and it
was pretty clear and literal.
To live up to this ideal of non-violence is another matter....
Enough on that for now, at least for me.
--- In anthroposophy@y..., "Br. Ron" <rlloyd@c...> wrote:
> (Elaine proclaimeth:)
> > "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,"
> > is OLD testament (read: OLD), and the new
> > (read: NEW) is "Love your enemy." "Bless
> > them that persecute you."
> (Brer Ron respondeth:)
> >> Hmmm. So, since they are both scriptural
> >> I suppose the trick is to figure out how
> >> to do both simultaneously, right?
> (Elaine came back)
> >BR. Ron, I don't see it this way. I believe one fulfills
> >and transcends the other, even as Jesus said.
> >He clearly answers the "eye for an eye" (Old )
> >Teaching by saying "I say to you...if anyone strike
> >you...turn the other cheek."
> >So the answer seems clear enough.
> Well, Elaine, as you might suspect,
> I am more prone to see Christ as 'completing'
> the Law rather than transcending it:
> Like in Matthew 5: 17
> "Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
> or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
> For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass,
> one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,
> till all be fulfilled."
> >Your own post on the I-Ching also points to
> >the tragedy of being lost in the chain of violence.
> Really? How so, specifically?
> Br. Ron