House of Ideology
XLV. Problems and
Sometimes I focus
on problems of self and then the solution that selflessness offers goes unnoticed. I
believe that the division between self and world is illusory. I believe that my point of
view is limited because my seed bodies capacity to gather information, draw
logical inferences and make conclusions is limited. I believe that I am part of a whole that is
selfless. I believe an infinite spirit that is selfless would forever be a provider of
abundance to our divine eternal souls. If such an infinite spirit were to provide the
opportunity to experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness once, then I think,
believe and expect that such an infinite divine eternal one will always do so.
I realize that the solution to my problems might come to me from my own limited capacity to form thought and feeling possibilities or from the much greater capacity of billions of others like me or from the infinite thought and feeling possibilities of the mind of a selfless infinite one. In these ideas, I have found a reason to be most optimistic about self, world and future. If I focus on selflessness, then I have reason to be glad to be alive.
Although it is enjoyable to think, believe, and expect that once the life of my seed body has come to an end that my soul will go on, I also need to address the problems pertaining to the health of my seed body in the life that I have right now. Responsibility for my health or sickness rests squarely on my shoulders. I expect to be carrying the weight of a world of enemies on my shoulders, because I live in a body-consuming biosphere divided by a primal conflict between predator and prey. I believe I can choose to conduct myself in a manner that gives me the best chance of producing rewards and reducing punishment.
I believe that I am subject to laws of cause and effect. The universe imposes upon my seed body laws of cause and effect. If I have ignorance of laws of cause and effect then my seed body experiences punishment of ignorance. Punishment of ignorance results in feelings of guilt. Feelings of guilt result in acts of inhibition. Acts of inhibition result in division of disgrace. Division of disgrace results in creation of suffering. Creation of suffering results in expression of sorrow. If expression of sorrow dominates my emotional responses, then this will cause physiological responses that will draw me closer to experiencing the abomination of disease and death. If I have compassion for laws of cause and effect, then my seed body experiences rewards of compassion. Rewards of compassion result in feelings of forgiveness. Feelings of forgiveness produce acts of freedom. Acts of freedom produce unity of grace. Unity of grace produces creation of peace. Creation of peace produces expression of joy. If expression of joy dominates my emotional life, then this will cause physiological responses that will draw me closer to experiencing the divinity of immunity and life.
If I tell the truth then others have faith in my words. If others have faith in my words then love may follow. If love follows then unity will be achieved. If unity is achieved then we have the opportunity to create healing together. If we create healing together then I believe we will grow ever closer to knowing infinity divinity. If I lie then others have fear of my words. If others have fear of my words then hate may follow. If hate follows then division will occur. If division occurs then destruction may follow. If destruction follows then stress will overwhelm my body. If stress overwhelms my body then I will grow ever closer to knowing alienation abomination.
I am also aware that I have enemies who will hate me no matter what I do. I have enemies who hate me because of my nationality, my ethnicity, my socioeconomic background, my past track record of failed relationships, my body, my family, my religion, my sexual nature, my health status, my vocation, my ideology and on and on. I believe I have enemies who hate me for no other reason than that they think to themselves that it is not sufficient that they win, others must lose. I have enemies who hate me because in their minds it is natural to hate me. Natural selection has the effect of perfecting the form and function of the seed body over time. Those seed bodies with favorable attributes are rewarded by natural selection with high status and or the opportunity to reproduce. Those seed bodies with unfavorable attributes are punished with low status and or failure to reproduce. Favorable attributes include beauty, intelligence, dexterity, strength, immunity, fertility, dominance, and consciousness. Unfavorable attributes are the opposites of favorable attributes and include ugliness, stupidity, clumsiness, weakness, disease, infertility, submissiveness, and unconsciousness. Maybe I have enemies who think of me as ugly, stupid, clumsy, weak, diseased, infertile, submissive, and or unconscious. When these enemies decide there is some way they can profit off of my misfortune they come to me. Why should I trust anyone? Some of my enemies do not announce to me that they are my enemies. If they did so then they would not have the opportunity to get close enough to hurt me in what ever way they intend and would face a greater chance of being held accountable for any liability. Some of my enemies are my friends. Some of my friends are my enemies. Some friends are all to eager to lead me down a path to my own destruction.
I take care that I don't offend the moneyed interests. I am a part of a community that may be regarded by the moneyed interests as an investment. If I produce education, entertainment and leadership that is perceived by these moneyed interests as inferior and bad for the future appreciation of the value of their investments then my enemies might decide to take action to stop me permanently. Maybe things would start H.A.P.N.N. like Heterofascist, Atheistic, Perfectionistic, Nationalistic, Negativism.
Generally, I tell the difference between my friends and enemies by allowing whomever comes to me to tell me in their own words or reveal themselves by their own actions. In the mind of my enemy I may be subhuman, inferior, submissive, weak, diseased, ugly, evil, and or lacking. Sooner or later their evaluation becomes evident in their words and actions. In this day and age, I have the option of using technology to enhance my abilities to gather information and it is only a matter of time before I form an idea of what I think, believe, and expect are the real reasons why some body has come to me. How exactly does this person see me fitting into the model of the existence of one totality this person builds to orient self towards the world and explain the world to self? How does this person talk about me when I am not in their presence? In the case of those people who have come to me intending to hurt me, hopefully I find out and find out before any loss, injury and or damage occurs. How does this person treat other people? How does this person refer to other people with whom we share association? I ponder my relationships, I question those people who come to me, I listen to what they have to say, I observe what they do and make up my own mind about myself and all that I find. I weigh the potential risks and benefits of investing my energy, space, and time in my relationships. I do not invest my energy, space and time in a relationship with a person who is; ashamed to be seen with me in public; ashamed of the nature of our relationship; and or ashamed of me because this person believes that I should be ashamed of myself and I am not. If a person makes one of these kinds of displays of shame, then this indicates to me that I am probably doing something with this person that I should not be doing; like investing a significant amount energy, space and time in a relationship. Maybe a person who is too ashamed to be seen with me in certain social situations will abandon me when and if the going gets tough. Maybe a person who thinks I should be ashamed would condemn me when the going gets tough. That person is probably not a friend, and is possibly an enemy. If someone tells me that they think I am 'evil', 'demon possessed', 'insane' or 'crazy' then that indicates to me that this person may be my enemy. This person may be my enemy because use of such phrases to describe me suggests that I might occupy a status of an enemy in the model of the existence of one totality built within the mind of this person. A person who uses such phrases to describe me is suggesting to me that I should accept a judgment made based on a model of the existence of one totality built within the mind of this person. If I were to build in my own mind a model of the existence of one totality that is similar to the model of the existence of one totality that this person builds within their own mind then doing so would lead me to have low esteem of the existence of one totality. I think, believe, and expect that low esteem of the existence of one totality would make me more vulnerable to predation by other life forms in our body consuming biosphere. If someone tells me that they are my enemy then certainly I would be inclined to think of that individual as such. Maybe some of my enemies present themselves to me as being my friends, because presenting themselves to me as friends is a way of getting close enough to hurt me.
To complicate matters even more, I have; enemies who are my enemies; enemies who are my friends; friends who are my enemies; and friends who are my friends. I have enemies who are my enemies. Communists that oppress freedom of religious expression would fit nicely into this category as would members of those communities of faithful believers that self organize around an interpretation of the sacred scrolls of an Abrahamic religion that leads to belief in spiritual limitation and hatred. I have enemies who are my friends. Communists that support freedom of religious expression and members of those communities of faithful believers that self organize around an interpretation of the sacred scrolls of an Abrahamic religion that leads to belief in spiritual liberation and love could easily fit into this category. If I rejected these potential allies as enemies simply because they express their love in a way that relies heavily upon reference to the same set of sacred scrolls that others use to promote hatred then I miss out on an opportunity to benefit from building a cooperative and or collaborative relationship.
I take care to evaluate the model of the existence of one totality that any given person builds to orient self toward the world and explain the world to self. In dealing with people who claim to be members of communities of faithful believers self organized around the education, entertainment, and leadership derived from a set of sacred scrolls their interpretation of the meaning of the words contained in these texts becomes an important part of this evaluation process. I make a distinction between conservative interpretations and liberal interpretations. Conservative interpretations educate, entertain and lead communities of faithful believers to have low esteem of the existence of one totality; to conserve a power structure that concentrates the wealth of our global culture into the hands of a mercenary plutocratic predatory few; and to behave like racist, hetero-fascist, warmongers motivated to out work, out fight and out number the rest of the world in a race to Armageddon. Liberal interpretations educate, entertain and lead communities of faithful believers to have high esteem of the existence of one totality; to liberate with a power structure that redistributes the wealth of our global culture by taking from a mercenary plutocratic predatory few and giving to the many; and to behave like friendly, homo-tolerant, peacemakers motivated to stop a race to Armageddon. In either case, I respect their freedom of religious expression. I have friends who are my enemies. They present themselves to me as being my friends yet they are my enemies. These are advantage players always looking to take advantage of those they consider to be inferior players in the game of survival and sacrifice. Perception of inferiority and or weakness attracts enemies to me like bugs to a light. Enemies draw energy from my life force like predators draw energy from prey. A mercenary plutocratic predatory few that prey upon the many of our global culture whose single most important ethic may be making a profit in the market place would fit nicely into this category. Finally, I have friends who are my friends. They, like me, converge upon a model of the existence of one totality that produces the most optimistic thoughts, beliefs, and expectations about self and the most optimistic thoughts, beliefs and expectations about the world. This convergence upon a most optimistic model of the existence of one totality eventually leads us to a spiritual liberation. Spiritual liberation is achieved and maintained by affirming the authority of self to make up mind about self and all that self finds and choosing to believe that all souls have been, are and always will be saved in the love freely given by the spirit of an infinity, divinity, eternally, one that is in everything, everywhere, at all times, and manifests for the purposes of enjoying entertainment as an infinite seed, an infinite body, an infinite soul and an infinite spirit. They know of my work and they like my work. I search for these individuals who know me and like me.