Orthodoxy and Flowering Shifts

In a sense, the Pilgrims that came on the Mayflower initiated the path to the United States as we know it. They were a mix of that tremendous guilt associated with many monotheistic religions and a search for a liberty. But they were bigots too.

Enforcing those guilt ridden standards demands bigotry of the unseen shadow work. They had a lovely saying though: they said of marriage that it was the church within the church. That sounds poignantly humanistic to me.

The same stream of stoic philosophy informed Oliver Cromwell decades later. A phrase from the yoga sutras comes to mind: “Too much austerity leads to crack ups.” It’s true and quite observable in many societies.

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