Awareness | Honesty | Non-Identification | Love and Compassion | Freedom | Responsibility - Ability to Respond | Total Action Impermanence | Order
At Emerge, we perceive goodness as an undivided state of being—the word "good" itself conveys something that cannot be divided. This goodness represents an undivided state where action is, moment to moment, in harmony, in the present, where love exists, and there is no subject-object differentiation. No duality prevails. Additionally, we recognize our existence within relationships, and goodness flourishes through observing our own relationships and learning about the self through that observation.
We also acknowledge that all values originate from the past and are ideals. Ideals of any kind, whether national, religious, or collective, are a series of values and fragments. Ideals are thoughts, and all thought is limited, leading to more division. Identification with a particular value clouds the clarity of observation because there is no genuine relationship between the human being and life in movement. It becomes an image of value, an ideal, or a thought meeting life, rather than a true interaction between a human being and life. This identification results in distortion, confusion, and self-contradiction, as different roles bring conflicting values. In the name of nationalism or God, humanity may commit violence. Ideals or values create separation.
Can there be clarity in observation and a life of order without the creation of values, without the entire movement of thought from the creation of an ideal to identification to division and conflict? Is love or goodness a product of thought? Can love, kindness, and humility be practiced? Is goodness a product of thought, practice, or time?
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Love and goodness have no opposite and they aren't a result of any cause. Love is, goodness is when the "I" is not present. The Ideal and Value represent the "I." When the "I" is absent, love exists. The Ideal is what separates; those who conform to the ideal become "us," and those who don't become "them." The Ideal needs to perish for love to prevail, for togetherness, for undivided goodness. When the mind recognizes this truth, what remains is clarity about what is, without distortion caused by ideals, thoughts, or expectations. Ideals contribute to disorder, prevent understanding, and cause the ego to cling to being right according to the ideal rather than dissolving into love. Ideals lead to conflict, while clarity leads to understanding and order. Ideals belong to the realm of time, the past—they are dead and have no place in clear understanding and perception.
Being in a state of love and awareness is the highest action.