Friday, October 7, 2011

The King is Dead! Long Live the King!

This blog is brought to you by the letters O W and S. While I do applaud their idealism, the problem is that they have neither ideals nor an ability to express their ideals. It is as if they were becoming the manifestation of non-thought and non-absolutism through their actions, and through their inaction only serving to condone the current political and economic paradigm. Although Woodstock was a great idea in theory, there were no ideas nor theories behind its gathering, and once brought out of their intellectual stupor, the movement lost all of its momentum. However, in contrast, movements like the Civil Rights marches in the early part of the 20th century - even though a product of the same zeitgeist which produced the Woodstock movement - had a purpose, were full of ideals, and were eventually able to reach many of their goals.

One can not achieve goals without having goals. One can not fulfill their purpose without having a purpose. And while the ideas of non-thought and non-absolutism are goals of Zen theory, these are purposes and goals in and of themselves - not a means to an end.