Norman Fischer

‘Consciousness is inherently tragic because its operation involves basic separation: to be conscious of something, I have to be separate from it. To hear a bird, I have to be a distance away from it. To see the sky, I have to be other than the sky. So consciousness is alienation, and alienation brings with it exile, longing, and fear. Consciousness is inherently in need of healing. One way or another, all religions acknowledge this. Whatever the mythology or the teaching, all religions agree that there is a fundamental human problem that requires redemption.’ (The World Could Be Otherwise)


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