Extremes and Extremism

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Inspirational, Spiritual and Metaphysical Quotes From The Writings Of JJ Dewey

1  The problem here with average seekers who are polarized on one side or another is that they will adore the initiates on their side of the fence, but completely miss what the Brotherhood is trying to accomplish with the opposing initiate.

2  A prime area where this battle between the emotions and the mind is being fought is between those who are black and white in their interpretations of philosophy and religious thought, and those who see shades of gray and points of truth between the two extremes.

3  The incorrect extreme for those seeking the Spiritual path is to seek unlimited wealth through teaching that elevates your status on the physical plane much above your students.

4  There are extremes in all things.

5  To see the point of truth between the two extremes of the Pendulum Principle takes another principle – The Principle of Discernment.

6  The true seeker will see where the true extremes lie and avoid taking a blind unthinking position on that extreme as he would a plague.

7  The sad truth is that many of the popular beliefs and positions of average humanity are extreme and lacking judgment. Some of these extremes are accepted as being moderate if popularized by the mainstream media.

8  When the extreme seems normal the one who has balance seems to be the extreme.

9  When one extreme or the other is embraced then one does not have to make any decisions or do any thinking. Everything has been pre-formulated.

10  Is it extreme to believe that two opposing doctrines are both correct? Verily, yes – unless there is some good explanation that tells us of a misunderstanding.

11  Balance in the disciple often leads to the path of high resistance.

12  The extremist will become angry at a balanced point of view.

13  Because of a tendency to take a side where formula answers exist, the majority of people turn into extremists.

14  Almost all people, with the exception of high disciples and adepts, swing back and forth like pendulums and only take a passing peek at the true midway point as they swing by it.

15  It is the nature of almost all people to want to take a particular side, left or right, black or white, born again or new age.

16  One should always seek to fulfill the needs of their mate as long as their own needs are not sacrificed to an extreme and there is no harm done.

17  In seeking freedom of expression, people often go to the extreme and do not balance themselves with order as demanded by nature.

18  Some will read these words and take them to the extreme.

19  The religious right takes everything too seriously, and literally, and many on the left throw the whole Bible out the window thinking it is like kindergarten and needs to be left behind.

20  Many great teachers in the East have put emphasis on the overriding, control, directing and sometimes neutralization or elimination of emotion in order to reach higher states of consciousness. Many students have interpreted this to mean that we should “kill out desire” completely, move beyond it and never experience it again. This is an extremist point of view and as Buddha taught neither extreme is the path to liberation.

21  Just before a person truly develops the intuition and receives enlightenment and thinks inclusively, they often finds themselves in an extreme position because of certain black and white facts which seem to stare them in the face.

22  Most Identity people do not hate other races just as they do not hate animals, but view them with an extremely separative outlook and believe they are incapable of acquiring the attributes of godliness.

23  There will be times now and again when declarations of extreme import will go forth in the name of Christ or the Hierarchy, but this will be because of either the urgency of the times or special circumstances.

24  As the masses swing from one extreme to another a point of truth at the center is sensed (however dimly) and a yearning is created within the hearts of seekers to return to that point.

25  Separatist and elitist thinking doesn’t come from observing or describing what is, but by the distortion of what is.

26  Most people believe the mid-point to be a point between the two extremes of thinking and action because it is the norm. The problem with the standard equation of the norm is that it is a floating target.

27  He who stands in the true middle is seen as an extremist by the real extremists.

28  We have the same problem in our society with divorce as we do with abortion. The masses gather on the extreme views on one side or the other, instead of looking at both sides in the circumstance and making an informed decision.

29  If one moves too far a distance from the mainstream he will lose the support of the people even if he is one hundred percent correct.

30  Going to the extremes always leads to illusions and we can go to an extreme by living too much in the past, the future or the present.

31  The trouble with many people who influence society is that they are extremists.

32  Fanaticism of correct speech is indeed an extreme that will be due for correction in the near future.

33  Humanity swings back and forth between two extremes on a cyclic basis. There are larger and smaller cycles. Because there are cycles within cycles it may seem that there are times that a moderate extreme is followed by a greater extreme. But what is usually happening instead is that a lesser cycle is followed by the ending of a greater cycle.

34  The true extremists–probably over 99 percent of humanity–are those who have not found the middle way.

35  You must not be reading the newspaper, watching television or listening to radio if you do not hear and see people pointing fingers and labeling those who do not agree with them as extremists.

36  The person pointing the finger is usually more of an extremist than the one accused.

36  To obtain a desirable result there is always a wrong extreme on the left and on the right. On the other hand, there is always a way to achieve the goal.

37  When we look at all the alternatives between the two extremes, there is always a point of decision which is the most accurate.

38  The way of enlightenment is neither extreme, but between the two extremes.

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