Friday, February 20, 2009

What William Golding Meant

If you remember the terrific movie Lord of the Flies you'll also remember shaking your head to hopefully sort it all out .

Golding says it best in a quote I recently came across:

"The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system, however apparently logical or respectable."

The story serves as a warning of man's potential for brutality to his fellow man.

The great Indian sage Patanjali, over 1500 years ago, composed a series of aphorisms, or Sutras, to explain Yoga to his contemporaries. They become, however, a practical aid to the spiritual life: an aid that can be used by the devotees of any religion or as an enhancement to the evolving of theories in psychology. The results of absorbing these "threads" of life, can shape a person's conduct profoundly. The resulting confident knowledge-of-self can motivate an individual to be that ethical step needed for the solution to Golding's warning.

...more to follow

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