Something else to complement your existing readings is an excellent essay by Stephen Evans.
If I find it online, I'll post the link here. In the interim, here are the bibliographic details:
Stephen Evans, 'Doubting the Kalama-Sutta: Epistemology, Ethics, and the "Sacred"', Buddhist Studies Review, vol. 24, no. 1, 2007, pp. 91-107
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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