“Parent’s responsibilities are to guide us, educate us, and even make judgment on our behalf when circumstances are uncertain…eventually bring us to a point where we make our own decisions based on the wisdom they help us develop…But the potential for abuse and mistakes is very great.
What person can be right all the time? A simple lapse at the wrong time can cause confusion, psychological scars and even disaster…that is why we need a parent for the parent, a master for the master, and leaders for the leader…let us invoke not deities but pragmatism…It is experience that is the ultimate teacher…it is this way that they can truly confirm their thoughts and compensate for their shortcomings.” by ming-dao deng
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
-Buddha (536 B.C.-483 B.C.)
I would graciously add ‘experience’ to the Buddha’ passage if so pleasantly allowed. However, the implications appear to vacate age-old deities and mystic’s instructions for life development. In my opinion, experience trumps the recital of antiquated phrases in a distant social context. As such, our experiences refresh our consciousness more often than ancient writings in a far off time. In fact, we must live the words in which we claim true and virtuous. In other words, live the Tao, so one learns the mistakes that require corrections. The Tao spoken is not the Tao.