bananabrain said:i suppose the important thing to remember is that the "higher" levels are not "better" than the "lower" levels; both are important in their own level. this whole way of looking at things in terms of "levels" is quite misleading especially when imposed on a linear view of history as a "progressive" development from ignorance to knowledge and from darkness to light, from "tribalism" to "universalism".
I agree with this part. I find many philosophies hard to swallow for this very reason. In order to subscribe to them, I must think in terms of climbing to so-called "higher" understanding, and I think that in this respect, we lose sight of ancient truths. It tends to unravel what is applicable, like burning books or destroying the perfectly genius water system of a great city because we don't understand it. Something like that....
I know I don't speak in scholarly philosophical terms very well, but I have been thinking along these lines. Maybe I misinterpret?