I often use words not entirely correctly because I use them how they feel rather than paying strict attention to dictionary definitions. This is fine when I’m writing poetry or prose but if I slip off into slightly trancey Mish writing world whilst declaring my way of taking on the universe it does rather seem to get me into trouble.
I’ve loved watching the debate on my entry on casual sex and promiscuity… about the last couple of sentences rather than anything to do with my notions on sex etc. I love arguments like this one, about sacred and profane, spirituality and divinity.
So, is it simply sloppy thinking on my part to declare that everything is sacred? Is it a misunderstanding of the term ‘sacred’ or worse is it my devalueing that term by my declaration that it applies to everything.
It was suggested that perhaps I meant ‘sacred in potential’ since sacred should mean that people are acting upon the holiness of things and I do not act upon the holy in everything all the time. If I did I don’t think I’d get anything done but I dispute that I meant sacred in potential.
I am aware of things moment to moment, I can only be aware of the sacredness of a certain amount of things/ people/ events moment to moment, I am, only human. If I were to accept that everything existed solely in terms of my perception then I would be able to say, yes, everything is potentially sacred rather than everything is sacred. It is my belief that things exist separate from my perception of them. I admit here and now I have no absolute proof of this and would rather not get into a philosophical debate as to the nature of existence right now. In anycase, because of this belief of mine I necessarily have to accept other peoples perceptions as being at least as valid as my own (from this initial standpoint I can then decide that they are wrong of course) but this means that each moment and thing is sacred, I may not be focussed on it and observing its sacredness but nevertheless it is sacred, maybe it is not being observed and perceived as such by any concious thing but because sacred is a numinous quality as opposed to a mundane one I think that it does not matter about it’s being perceived.
Thus my statement yesterday.
This declaration of everything being sacred really is the basis of how my world works because honestly, if I start looking at shades of grey in terms of everything being special then I really do become quite miserable. If nothing has this numinous quality then ok we are all meaningless. If only some things do then whats the point? If everything does then I can revel in the wonder of it all. So to some extent this is a concious decision on my part, but more importantly this concept of the numinous qualities inherent in the world around me plays heavily into my notion of the interconectedness of everything (yeah I read Dirk Gently as a kid!) which some Heathens of my acquaintance have called ‘wyrd’.
In anycase, I am enjoying the debate about this, I am unlikely to completely change my model of thought but I am open to refinment!