Joe said:On another thread I wrote:
Quote from: Joe on May 18, 2016, 07:38:14 AM
While it's certainly useful and fun to contemplate how things might develop, I think it is also important to maintain a good degree of openness about those same things, allowing us to respond more fluidly to whatever might come along.
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This is something that has been on my mind lately. The question of to what extent is what the Cs say 'symbolic'. Some of it very likely is, but how much of the rest of it? Btw, by symbolic I mean how the things they describe that are not part of our observable reality, or accessible to us, might actually manifest in our reality. Perhaps similar to the way apparently supernatural events in myth and allegory were used at certain points in history to describe real events.
I tend to actively try to not take a literal interpretation of what they say for 2 reasons. One is because we have almost no personal, direct experiential reference for much of what they say about 'reality', if we take it literally, in which case, any hypothesizing we do will be just that, hypotheses. The second, related to the first, is that looking at possible symbolic meanings may give us a more 'tangible' reference point or a way to 'translate' the more abstract ideas they convey into terminology or concepts for which we do have a reference or at least part of one.
This reminds me of the fundamentalists’ views of their religious texts . . . which is strictly literal vs those who read those same texts as allegories, metaphors, parables, and symbolic.
My vote is to not reduce ourselves to the fundamentalist-literal interpretation of what the C’s say in all cases.
Maybe we are required to see beyond the literal translation in order to SEE the metaphorical, symbolic interpretation.
A translation is literal. An interpretation is seeing beyond the literal.
Maybe the Law of Three could also apply? There’s the literal. There’s the symbolic. Then there is the specific situation or circumstance where one or the other (or both) can be applied?
I suspect this is where a bit of discernment might come into play?
Just some thoughts. FWIW