Imprisoned within Progress

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Imprisoned within Progress

Postby Gnosty » 11 Jan 2004, 13:12

There are people who think that we live in the best imaginable world there could ever be. They are convinced that mankind is on the right track. They believe in false appearances and see progress everywhere, regardless of the rubble left behind. One day, man will have a theory for absolutely everything and will truly think that he can solve all problems. Although they really know better, they stick to that illusion. By hanging onto this, they feel 'free' but do not realize how imprisoned they are. They have learned that fright, fear, troubles, pain, and sorrow are a normal part of their lives. They cling to their apparent certainties; they seclude themselves from what they do not want to see and do not want to hear; and so, they are seeing blind and hearing deaf.

In a land where, from childhood, all the willow trees are cut back and pruned from first growth, no man can form an idea of a willow tree as it should have been, nor can he imagine the tree as it was intended to be. In this modern world, the children are pruned and trimmed in their freedom, from childhood to adulthood, because they have to learn to live in this society of 'progress.' No-one can any longer imagine a man as he was intended to be. Man has no idea of what it is to be an independent and free man. At one time, man had been like that; free and only dependent upon nature.

Now, people live imprisoned in their convictions, traditions, beliefs, religions, and habits; dependent on others, culture, and society. By doing so, they have constructed an artificial virtual prison cage. The bars they must see through distort their sight of the outside reality. Therefore, mankind lives in an unfair and dishonest society in which the rich become richer, the poor become poorer, and where nobody knows the right direction. Because everyone is convinced that there is no way back, the only option is 'progress' without anybody knowing where this 'progress' will lead them to.

There are people who have managed to escape from that prison cage. Doing so required a lot of pain and struggle. Sometimes they were forced by circumstances, and sometimes because they thought there should be more to the lives they lived; and so, they started to search for another world.

If you are on the right track - even without knowing the goal - life should become simpler all the time, and perhaps simplicity is the ultimate aim. If you are on the wrong track, it becomes more complicated until you are strangled by it.

In his Allegory of the Cave, Plato describes how people get disturbed if they leave the world of shadows in the cave and behold the light outside. In all cultures, the same metaphor exists and, for that reason, there has to be a central truth in it.

Those that have stayed in their blessed contemplation are called 'mystics.' Others, who returned to the cave and were indignant with everything they saw, were called 'prophets.' History has known many prophets, but not one of them has been able to show the way out for those in chains still living in the caves. Perhaps they lacked an overview of the consequences of their discovery. Perhaps they were not able to show the way out and survive the journey again. Or, perhaps Plato was correct when he said, "if anyone would try to free them and lead them upwards, would they not kill him if caught?"

Around 2000 years ago, someone escaped from the world of shadows and came back to tell those who stayed behind, He spoke of the real life and, more importantly, showed them the way out. At that time, they claimed he had risen from the dead. Today, people would claim he had reached 'enlightenment'. He had experienced simplicity and blessedness, and saw how difficult it was to live righteous in an unrighteous world; as a free Life among imprisoned death. Experiencing righteousness and compassion with the chained prisoners demands that you go back to the cave and free them from their shadows of death by bringing them Living Light.

He preached a completely different way of Life, not a different way of thinking. History says that the establishment killed him, his words were misunderstood, and that they turned his life into a religion. Humanity took possession of the messenger but did not understand the message. His metaphors and parables of the unspeakable made his message unclear to those looking from within the cave of shadows. The experience is not expressible in mere words regardless of the language or dialect. For that reason, he gave people the opportunity to take his words figuratively and his life literally.

He was convinced people would follow him, would become like him, and would return to simplicity: To a free state of Love without worldly 'power.' He had seen modern society as being a colossus with feet of clay. He expected to bring down Goliath by hitting him between the eyes where the intellect is nested. During his physical life, he had expected justice would spread among mankind like a tidal wave. He realised how threatening his message was to the power of the men who held such worldly power; to the knowledge of the scholar; to the property of the rich; and, to the fake wisdom of the clergy. But, nothing has changed since. It still remains that a camel will pass through the eye of a needle sooner than a man who is clinging to his worldly possessions will become righteous.

The questions remain: Was "Jesus" merely a metaphor of the Logos, the conscience, or the inner voice? Has the personified "Jesus" merely been used as a vehicle to carry the message? Ultimately, it does not matter because it is the message and not the messenger that counts. It must have been a very simple message, yet scientists and 'scholars' have studied the texts for decades without being able to decode the message. They devote their attention to the treasure map, but fail to enter into the search for the treasure.

Only someone who has freed himself of the world of shadows can understand the message. The Logos preach a radical and non-violent revolution through a return to the origin, a journey to the foundation, and a "back to basics" where the end will be like the beginning.

Did he realize that the effect would be a collapse of the whole society, of all structures of worldly power, and that eventually no stone would remain on the other? Although the message uses terminology from that time in history, the contents are timeless and concern mankind. Briefly summarized, it comes down to:

Do NOT do to others what you do NOT want them to do to you

How many realize that 'the others' include children? If humanity really knew this, such knowledge would no longer justify our way of educating them in the methods and ways of the world.

Creation is put on equal ground with the Creator who flows through the entirety of Creation. Therefore, Creation includes 'the others.' That deprives modern mankind of the justification to abuse Creation and to destroy it. Spinoza wrote that God and Nature are one and the same, and that it all comes to being the same thing.

What "Jesus" envisioned - regardless of what you call him or what your Diety or religious beliefs are - was for every man to become like him; a unified world with only enlightened and blessed people who enjoy themselves, 'the others,' nature, and all of Creation. A unified singular community of whole people. He envisaged that happiness, freedom, and paradise are unconditional and within reach for everybody.

In today’s society, all is conditional upon an imaginary utopia achieved by 'progress,' unreachable for anyone. We shall never find the end until we see the beginning. We will never see the way until we hear our feet step onto the pathway.
Only the harmonics of the LifeCross will bring Living Light to humanity - Michael Edward
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