Ekam Sath Viprah Bahudha Vadanti…”The truth is One, but sages call it by different Names”.
Each person has a pathway that they walk from birth to death and beyond that is created by the choices that they make and the lessons that they learn. To many, this would seem like an open account to do whatever you want in a Nihilistic or Anarchistic fashion. In the end though, the path ahead of us is rooted by the steps we have walked to the present. It is possible to change the direction of travel once set upon a specific path, but at times it seems like we lose ourselves in the process.
Many of these paths travel along a familiar part of the forest. Like calls unto like as the journeys of a thousand people cross over, becoming almost a highway unto itself. Ideologies, religions, and philosophies form from these highways, sometimes pulling sometimes pushing those in the area along a specific pathway. Other times, a single path winds its way through the roots and brambles of life, forging new territory and striking out on its own.
Neither is inherently more or less than the other. Each has its own pitfalls as well as cresting points where the walker can see the future stretched out in the distance. Storm clouds form though when the person standing on that precipice sees only the path ahead of them and calls to the world “This is the one great truth, all others are false!”
Walk gently upon the earth, knowing that others reside among the trees. Paths may cross and merge through the journey, but each step we take sets the direction of the next.