I just read the Sept 20th, 2005 entry for shhh, where he suggests that people who play by the rules do so because they are insecure and are looking for a nod from the sky. Maybe I misunderstood, because the link he provided was to pics of people caring for abandoned dogs, and they were in contrast to the pathetic rut-riders he described.
See, I think of holiness as an act of courage. I don't think of it as easy to do the right thing. When that vendor was in our office the other day, and I liked the way his jeans fit him, and my brain was saying there isn't really anything wrong with casual sex...
it can go any way any day. People are like water that wants to travel down and spread out flat, and the rules they live by are the banks that bound them. Without boundaries you are nothing.
In the same way that shhh likes the people who went out of their way to help abandoned animals, and in the same way that shhh wishes blessings on their heads, I wish good on those who help people.
I firmly believe that one important way of helping people is to help them learn to do right. Does that mean playing by the rules? Sometimes.
Game theory is important, but so is valuing other people. All of the "law" came from two rules: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your understanding; and Love your neighbor as (you love) yourself.
In contrast, the "enlightenment" that the rules don't really apply to you is a common misconception. Everyone is responsible to themselves and to their creator and to their fellow human beings for their actions. In the end, not rules for the sake of rules, but rules for the sake of people, for the sake of beauty, honor, and the sacred. Not innocence for the sake of security, or even for the sake of approval, (which I would die for, by the way - a nod of approval from the being who passes all beings: That's worth living for), but innocence for the sake of warfare. Warfare against the mundane and the profane. Warfare against the lie that whispers that your only honor is to yourself. Warfare against the muddle that demeans all humans and human interactions. Be true to yourself?
No. Be true to God the Creator, to Life and to the Being that created Life.