6.4, Jesus, Disassociation and Living Well

Jesus chose to disassociate from much of the social (and so political) standards of his day. He repeatedly frustrated the Pharisees and Sadducees with the way in which he ignored the nuances of their rules and regulations. Jesus might engage in what counted as work on the sabbath. Jesus might spend time with the discriminated …

6.3, Socrates, Disassociation and Wisdom

Socrates, in his jail cell discoursing with Crito, dismisses as mere warm feelings Crito’s multi-pronged attempt at argumentation that Socrates should break the law and escape into exile. Socrates reminds Crito, as if Crito had forgotten (Crito had not forgotten since Crito himself judges at the beginning of the dialogue what Socrates reminds him of …

6.2_Laotzu, Disassociation and Sage Status

Laotzu recommends not-striving. In fact, he recommends the achievement of non-action. The paradoxical language of Laotzu captured by achieving (an action if there were one) non-action invites the reader to look beyond a literalist fundamentalism. But like Buddha and the recommendation to cease craving, Laotzu employs the rhetoric of disassociation when characterizing the way. Let …