The best explanation yet of how the ancient traditions should be observed.

“… [T]hose who existed during the distant time in which the foundational epics of our culture emerged were much more concerned with the actions that dictated survival (and interpreting the world in a manner commensurate with that goal) than with anything approximating what we now understand as objective truth.
Before the dawn of the scientific worldview, reality was construed differently. Being was understood as a place of action, not a place of things. It was understood as something more akin to story or drama. That story or drama was lived subjective experience, as it manifested itself moment to moment in the consciousness of every living person. It was something similar to the stories we tell each other about our lives and their personal significance; something similar to the happenings that novelists describe when they capture existence in the pages of their books. Subjective experience – that includes familiar objects such as trees and clouds, primarily objective in their existence, but also (and more importantly) such things as emotions and dreams as well as hunger, thirst and pain. It is such things, experienced personally, that are the most fundamental elements of human life, from the archaic, dramatic perspective, and they are not easily reducible to the detached and objective – even by the modern reductionist, materialist mind. Take pain, for example – subjective pain. That’s something so real that no argument can stand against it. Everyone acts as if their pain is real – ultimately, finally real. Pain matters, more than matter matters. For this reason, I believe, that so many of the world’s traditions regarding the suffering attendant upon existence as the irreducible truth of Being.
In any case, that which we subjectively experience can be likened more to a novel or a movie than to a scientific description of physical reality. It is the drama of lived existence – the unique, tragic, personal death of your father, compared to the objective death listed in the hospital records; the pain of your first love; the despair of dashed hopes; the joy attendant upon a child’s success.

the world of experience has primal constituents, as well. These are the necessary elements whose interactions define drama and fiction. One of these is chaos. Another is order. The third (as there are three) is the process that mediates between the two, which appears identical to what modern people call consciousness. It is our eternal subjugation to the first two that makes us doubt the validity of existence – that makes us throw up our hands in despair, and fail to care for ourselves properly. It is proper understanding of the third that allows us the only real way out.”
(Jordan B. Peterson – 12 Rules for life – An Antidote to Chaos)

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