(Thoughts on something Failed Save said at the Force Academy a while ago. Written mostly as a freewrite on it; in other words, rough, initial reactionary thoughts that bubbled up.)
Do I take the division betwen light and dark seriously? Honestly, yes. Too seriously? Don’t know. I think there are lesser people with lesser ways, and I think that what light philosophies represent, and what ways of life called “light” tend to result in when put into actual practice, often accomadate, allow for, and even encourage mediocrity, weakness, self-delusion, denial, and so on. I know there’s this idea of “your way, my way, and none is the ‘right’ way”, and you know what, that’s true enough. I’ve been known to point that out myself in discussions.
But from my subjective point of view, from where I stand, if I’m honest with myself, I believe my way is the best of them, otherwise it would not be My way. And I think deep down we all believe this about our own ways. Sure, when we can’t reconcile that conviction with the experiences we have or the results reaped from believing it and living like its true we adjust, adapt, and change our individual ways, but deep down we all believe that our way, whatever it is in the moment… is the right way. Otherwise your way it wouldn’t be your way.
You could say that it isn’t the “right” way just because you feel its so, but even when someone decides that’s the case with their way and decides to change in some respect, whatever it becomes is still his or her way. It was something before it changed, presumably something that was stood by, and when someone decides that maybe it isn’t best they tend to change it…. Basically, what I think it comes down to is that if we’re honest with ourselves, “my way is best” is in there somewhere.
And to say that the discussions at the FA haven’t changed for years is fine I guess, but that’s not to say that people haven’t gotten things out of them that have been applicable to practice, to doing, to living, and therefore that it hasn’t had any bearing to the results… to whether or not the results they look for and achieve are closer to their heart.