Man learns through a process of pattern recognition which is determined by both linear and non-linear aspects of reality. Reality in and of itself is largely determined by what patterns we choose to observe and keep on file. This conundrum is not as complex as it would first appear. And complexity as a definition is not categorically found to be either positive or negative.
In the year 1981 at the age of seven I sat next to the record player listening to Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton while reading Three Billy Goats Gruff. It was my favorite story as a child and in later years I would come to recognize the attempts of the three goats to cross the bridge in order to reach the greener and richer hills on the other side as a symbolic tale of masonic initiation.
Wealth, being security of survival, no longer drifts upon the waves of the longing sun, but is now locked into the harvest of gold and silver, both of which bring us backward so we may move forward once again.
Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality. An error of knowledge is not a moral flaw, provided you are willing to correct it; only a mystic would judge human beings by the standard of an impossible, automatic omniscience. But a breach of morality is the conscious choice of an action you know to be evil, or a willful evasion of knowledge, a suspension of sight and of thought.
“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.” – Anis Nin
Hegel’s “silent weaving of the spirit” has unraveled into discordant knots of anxiety and neurosis. We live in a dog-eat-dog society of nine-to-five wage slavery, brainwashed into working jobs we don’t like in order to buy things we don’t need.
Below is my response to a question by Susan. She asked about my true intentions and the possibility of selling false hope. Of course it was done through a point of honest and productive debate, which I appreciate. I felt it was best to also make the reply available as a post. Lately I find questions from readers and the contributions of others are shaping my posts and responses. This is encouraging as it builds a stronger organization of minds. With that being said, we are each the world that we see. Whether we consciously accept it or not. - JC
There are many among us who still cling to the hope and willful ignorance that the battle between good and evil is taking place outside ourselves in the physical world. We sit and wait for a savior person or nation state to overthrow the bad bankers and make good on the promise of peace on earth. For those who still believe that Russia and Putin, or China, or Obama, or Charlton Heston will come to our rescue, I offer you the following.
Let us bridge the illusionary vastness between here and there. Ignorance and enlightenment exist together in a timeless dance of creativity. Creativity is injected into all human endeavors. Human endeavors are the place from which productivity emerges. As such human productivity is supported by both ignorance and enlightenment. Perhaps one cannot exist without the other. Here and there both occupy the same space.