Approach to writing
Note: These are underlying guidelines I keep in mind when writing these texts.
Characteristics 3, 4, and 5
3) There was a movement within the Hebrews called the “Karaites,” that would only accept what was originally written. They saw commentary as leading people astray. On the other hand, the original writing without commentary resembles a prison. As in a prison you have only a small barred window from which to view the world.
4) There is no one complete system that represents the truth. However, it must be said that there is a “truth” and that this truth is consistent and “true” and unchanging. So this is the source for all of our seeking. A piece of this is in us. We are drawn to this original truth but because we are separate from it we cannot conceive it in its entirety. What we do see are pieces as they appear to us. Hence different takes and different commentary. No original writing by any man can encapsulate the whole. This is where the Karaites fail, as with all literalists who interpret from any scripture. It is just a rough approximation of what is much larger. If it was written by men, no matter how inspirational, it is flawed. All we get are insights into an indescribable truth. All systems that attempt to be complete and total aren’t. That is why they fall apart and fracture.
Tying everything together just won’t work.
5) Each take, insight, epiphany exists in a larger silence and space which serves as a “truth detector.”