2009-08-30

From the Beginning

The future world that we must bring into existence is the world that we human beings have sought since the very beginning. In bringing that world into existence, all our ancestors' hopes and dreams will be realized. The victory over every obstacle they faced will be won.

Since human beings first arose in prehistoric Africa, they have experienced the urge to become something greater. They have wanted to realize their full destiny. They have not wanted to stay in their present human form and condition, or to be limited to Earth, or to be limited to one brief lifetime.

Throughout history, human beings have struggled to survive; they have worked hard to prosper and attain happiness, and they have always tried to improve their own circumstances and those of future generations.

While often humans struggled just to survive, they also still dreamed. Their imaginations always soared far above their current circumstances to hopeful visions of realms above the Earth, lives beyond death, and beings greater than human. These visions demonstrated the innate ambition of human beings to be free, to know the whole world, to live forever, and to have greater powers to affect their circumstances.

Motivated by a desire to have better lives, our ancestors set about inventing fire, inventing stone tools, and building shelter. They developed new methods of hunting and gathering and cooking their food. They invented agriculture, domesticated other animals, and created earthenware and metal tools. As they became more numerous, they developed more sophisticated forms of social organization.

But all that our ancestors achieved was not the full realization of all their highest hopes and dreams. Being fully human is about more than getting enough to eat, being warm, or pursuing an ordinary life. It is about aspiring to what is greater and better and to live a happier and more meaningful life, even if that means something still unknown and mysterious.

Our ancestors suffered and experienced many difficulties and trials. Although they died, they passed on their hopes and dreams to the next generation, from one generation to another across so many millennia.

Our ancestors' lives anticipated the lives we now lead, and our lives anticipate the lives of those who will live a long time from now. There is a continuity of vision, hope, dreams, and faith. They hoped for the best for their lives, and we hope for the best, too.

Today, we must continue to run the race our ancestors began, until we arrive at the finishing line, the fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams, and theirs.

(c) Arcturus Gregory

2009-08-23

2 Obstacles: Impatience and Laziness

I believe in a better world to come. I believe we human beings must work towards it with all our effort and in hope. If we cannot imagine a better world, we cannot hope. If we cannot hope, we cannot have faith in ourselves and what we are working towards. If we do not believe that we will succeed, then we will not succeed; we will not even try.
 
And we should trust what we know and learn what we do not know and not fool ourselves or expect supernatural assistance. If we continue forward in hope, using all our human effort, for as long as it takes, I believe we will at last give rise to that better world to come, and we will give rise to God, in reality.
 
If we do not believe these things are possible, then we will refuse to work towards them. We must cultivate faith and hope in ourselves and in the results of effort over adequate time. If we are impatient, and expect everything to happen now, then we are being unreasonable with ourselves and our opportunity for effort. We must be patient enough to work long enough to see the results of our effort. It is difficult to be persistent, in the face of delays, and obstacles, and setbacks. But that is what we are called to do, over any given amount of time.
 
Then there are those who are patient, but patient enough to let others pursue the better world with effort. They may think a better world is "inevitable". But nothing in this world is inevitable. It is only by exercising effort that we can have reasonable faith, because it is that effort over time that we know can bring about a better world. So we cannot trust that others will do the necessary work, especially if they do not even believe in it! We must do it ourselves and know that that is the source of our faith.
 
 

2009-08-15

Harmony 1

In some philosophies, harmony can be a principle in which some suffer and submit to others for the happiness of those others, or in which the absence of violence covers the presence of injustice, or in which the only melody is one which smothers dissonance. But true harmony is something different; full harmony is harmony between each and every part in its own fulfillment and nature and happiness. Harmony is not to suit some at the expense of others; it is the integral happiness of each and every person so that the society is actively bringing about the greatest fulfillment of each and every person, by and through the relations of each and every person to one another. So it is individual and social at the same time. A worked-out best-way-to-live for everyone in light of everyone else. Harmony does not bring the happiness of tyrants or solipsists, which is delusional and imperfect. Through harmony each automatically does what is best for themselves and all others.
 
We can work closer to this in our present form, but its ultimate attainment will require higher capacities. As Henry David Thoreau said, the best government of all, no government at all, is what we will have, when we are ready for it. One higher capacity  required will be higher intelligence, to understand and analyze and imagine the detailed relations, in our complex civilization, between each and every person. The concept, universal fulfillment, is simple, but the practical working-out in the material details of everyday life will be very complex.

Another higher capacity will be the ability to live in accordance with what we know is best for ourselves and everyone else -- not to be short-sighted, instinctive, self-destructive, selfish, unappreciative, settling for lesser things, and so on. We must become physically and spiritually higher beings.

2009-08-09

Humility in Ascension

Some people will say that it is arrogant for humanity to aspire to
become godlike.
 
There is a paradoxical truth here -- to be divine is to be humble, in
the sense of realistic self-appraisal. So if we are humble, then we do
not claim to be god, because we are not yet god, but it is precisely
then, when we are humble, that we are for that very reason more like
God.
 
Humans often delude themselves have a low, impoverished notion of the
divine, so they they can tell themselves that they are already divine.
 
But when we have a grasp of the infinite nature of the absolute God, we
know we are not yet that, and that is why we can aspire to it. So we
are humble and honest with ourselves about ourselves, and see ourselves
accurately and yet mercifully, and so we seek to ascend to godhood by
more honesty, more humility, more accurate perception, and more
ambition for the task before us -- to become infinite in wisdom,
compassion, understanding, and power.

2009-08-03

Better Humans

The future will be built by the tools of technology, but not only by them. The tools of technology are wielded only by the will of human beings, and the will of human beings arises from the nature of human beings. In order to arrive at a better future through more advanced science and technology, the tools of technology will have to be wielded by the good wills of good people, who will use those tools wisely, skillfully, and compassionately.
 
To build toward a better world, we must make ourselves into better people. We can become better people as individuals, and also as societies. We must advance in science and technology, but we must advance even faster in our hearts and minds by seeking out an inner progress and a progress that we can build together with other people in our shared lives.
 
We must not come to understand the world around us and forget to understand ourselves. We must not order the world around us and neglect ordering our inner selves. Disharmony within us will give rise to disharmony in our societies and then disharmony in the application of all our tools. If we realize who we are and who we are meant to be, and how to realize ourselves in our shared lives with others, then we will be fit to use the tools at our disposal. When we become better people, we will be ready to build a better world with better tools, and even to re-build ourselves.