THE CHURCH OF PERNICIOUS ONENESS X

Zhuangzi:  Do you both agree with me that we all sometimes make claims about our so-called spiritual experiences that exceed their actual significance? Can we at least admit a oneness in prevarication? That, I think, would be something of Scott’s pernicious oneness—an idea to which I think I could warm.

Scott:  I most certainly do.

Mencius:  And I do not.

Zz:  Well then, let’s look for something upon which we can all agree.

Scott:  Before we do, could I just say that I see this need to believe in sages as an expression of our fear of ambiguity and of our propensity to conjure up religious solutions to our human predicament rather than to live in honesty.

Mencius:  You could—and have. Truly, Zhuang, you have acquired a disciple in this new millennium!

Zz:  I guess I have. But if we two, at least, are one in our prevarication, then I might as well be his disciple as he might be mine. Scott, “I beg to be your disciple”!

Scott:  You already are! Do I not make you say what I wish you to say and interpret you according to my own needs?

Zz:  Neither of the two! Neither of us is either master or disciple, but a becoming beyond all things fixed!

Mencius:  If it’s ambiguity that you two want, then you have succeeded admirably. Some of us, however, would call it folly and chaos.

Zz:  Indeed! And you too can join us in our pernicious oneness!

Scott:  Or we, at least, can include him.

Mencius:  I am flattered, but must decline the invitation to join you, though you can imagine what you wish.

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