J.R.R Tolkien, author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, was asked countless times in his life, by members of different religions, philosophers and fans, to comment on the many morals one can take from his books. However, Tolkien always refused to do this, despite his books being so apparently full of life lessons. Tolkien stated that his stories, and the world he created for them, were simply “full of life”, and that he intended no specific morals to be gained by the reader. Continue reading Is Morality Judgemental?
By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi
This morning, I felt the need to meditate on the moral responsibility of people who consider themselves ‘awake’ or ‘conscious’. As I did, two thoughts came to mind. One is that we aren’t here to be perfect, and our mistakes teach us and help us evolve. The other is that despite this, we have a responsibility to set an example that the world can live by.
It requires balance, because we have to give ourselves the room to make mistakes while trying to live the changes we want the world to embrace. Since we know that our actions affect the rest of the world, how can we set an example while giving ourselves room to make necessary mistakes? Continue reading Awakening and Moral Responsibility