Choosing Doesn’t Create Value

A simple seeker of enlightenment was meditating
on the Tarot Eight of cups, comparing different
interpretations. But, the emotional results were
always the same; a sense of excitement and distress
at one and the same time, or of one mood rapidly
Replacing the other in her mind. Why?

Are you asking me?

No. I was thinking to myself, but according to some,
it’s the same thing.

Is it?

No. I would know.

What does it mean to know?

I would have experience and I would have learned
from it.

Perhaps you have.

Regarding choosing change rather than it choosing me?

Yes.

But, I never choose lightly.

The choice would have no value if you did.

But, does choosing necessarily create value?

That depends.

On what?

On how much is at stake in the choice.

How can we know for sure?

There is no knowing for sure.

But, the choice must still be made?

The choice has been made, in your mind, whether
you dare to act on it or not.

Yes.

What does that mean?

You know it means that I accept that you’re
right, again.

Will that knowing determine your choice?

No.

Yes.

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Beauty and Evil

A simple seeker was meditating on something
that St. Augustine was supposed to have said,
that all evil has a reason.

You seem to have difficulty accepting
that reality, chela.

Reason sounds so overly deliberate
and intentional.

Is there a difference?

Intention sounds predetermined.

And deliberate?

Perhaps in the heat of the moment?

As a reaction rather than as a response?

Yes.

And intentional as …?

Either way it would then have to have had
a pre-existing cause?

Yes.

But, a cause is not a justification but
just something that came before.

Wrong.

Wrong?

Wrong.

Please explain.

The number two comes before three in simple
number progression but it does not cause three.

Three is just the next number following two?

Yes

What has that to do with evil?

Everything.

How?

Evil is a consciously intentional and extreme
form of violence.

That explanation seems to separate the evil
from the doer of evil.

One is not the other.

One who bakes is considered to be a baker.

Regardless of the quality of her baking?

Doers of evil are not all the same?

Exactly, and what is seen in the eyes of some
as evil may be considered by others to be
a necessary or expedient means to further an end
that may, or may not in itself be evil.

The means does not necessarily measure the quality
or value of the end result?

Yes.

What a sad situation.

Yes.

How to Resolve Conflicting Needs

Our simple seeker was meditating on, or was she
just thinking about, her next year’s garden.

Why not just call it planning?

Planning has to develop out of …

Out of what?

Awareness of what is, and what it is that is
pleasing about what is, and what is not, and,
given the limits of a small garden area, what
might be even more pleasing than was pleasing
this past season.

Also, there is a yearly chore of restricting
the space that existing plants can expand
into.

And attacking those who have spread beyond
their allotted area?

Attacking sounds violent.

Is there a gentle way to cut them back?

I have tried restricting their spread
by placing patio stones between them, but …

Their roots find a way to reach under and ..

Yes. Then I cut them back. But it doesn’t
work.

What does?

Digging up the whole clump and subdividing it.

Then, what?

One third gets to return to the original area
and the rest goes to a new home or the compost.

Do all of your plants get the same treatment?

No. There are some too dear to me to risk disturbing.

How to deal with the invasive nature of their roots?

Their individual root systems spread at differing depths
beneath the surface of the soil But, they, too must be
cutback when they threaten more fragile plants. But, if
they can work it out together I try to provide enough
water, nutrients, compost and loam to keep them all
happy. Also, gentle hoeing discourages wandering roots.

How would such a system of control work in keeping
the peace between groups of people?

What do you mean?

Does your garden’s collection of competing needs
remind you of human society?

In a way, yes. We each have personal needs
and desires, and so does everyone else.

Yes.

So, how to resolve such a situation of competition
for limited resources?

Self-control, co-operation, and mutual respect.

And, if that doesn’t work.

Then, the law of the jungle will.

Survival of the fittest and those who adapt?

Yes.