“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
Now, for the hard part.
I’ve decided to condense lessons acquired thus far into 10 basic insights for life.
None of these assertions are empirically provable.
Nor are any of them forgone conclusions.
Also, please note, I am not an expert.
(In any sense of the word.)
These are simply a culmination of my experiences with reality to date; and an attempt to classify, organise, and communicate them in a way that makes sense.
They aren’t suggestions.
More like, principles.
Think of them as natural laws.
Whether you decide to believe them, is up to you.
Again. Not rules.
Like, “don’t post on Facebook.”
Like, “only post Sundays between 3 and 6.”
More like, eternal truths.
Take what you like, leave what you don’t.
I don’t really care.
It’s your life dude.
1. All is connected.
All life is intrinsically bound in ways that we still can’t fully understand.
Just know it’s true.
You and I, are one.
These carbon based vehicles of life all derived from a single “bang” some thirteen billion years ago, seems as though we’re on this journey together now.
That also means all animals, unborn children, the biodiverse miracle we call Earth, the universe and its collection of stars, quasars and galaxies…
Are just as much a part of you, as you are of them.
This isn’t new information.
Matter fact, it’s been known for some time.
Personally, I don’t think we’re even the most advanced group of peoples to have graced this planet. There were a lot of weird things going on 10-13,000 years back.
I mean, have you seen the pyramids?
I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t believe that cavemen built The Sphinx.
Ancient civilisations, even back to hunter-gatherers, all seemed more than capable of discerning our connections with the world around us.
And on a much deeper level than what we recognise today.
During the collective nap over our past century, we’ve failed to advance in the important things. Both morally, and spiritually – we’ve been stuck.
And now, we remain in a state of technologically induced mindlessness.
Sure, the ‘stuff’ we have is objectively better.
But what about us?
An adjacent concept to this idea of oneness, is the concept that a single organism encapsulates the experiences of everyone.
There is no real separation between “me” and “you”.
Just as both eyes create slightly different pictures that become a unified one in our visual cortex, each of us carry with a perspective that can only become unified once we recognise our position as part of a whole.
We are not in competition.
We are in concert.
That means, what happens to the least of us, happens to the entirety of the structure. If the heart stops beating, the entire body dies.
This is what MLK meant when he said;
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Martin Luther King Jr.
All of this is to say that how we treat life, all life, matters.
Each action has a ripple effect of impactful reactions that interplay with both our immediate and ultimate realities.
There is no “other”.
Just us. We are all we’ve got.
For example, nobody is out here arguing FOR abortion.
(At least, not that I’m aware of.)
Rather, people make exceptions in order to accommodate their perspectives.
I have zero respect for such people, because they know better.
To continue killing off future generations during the richest period in human history is not something you get a trophy for.
This isn’t even to mention how the roots of this philosophy find themselves in racism and ignorance, not altruism or “choice”. (see Margaret Sanger).
So, why do we do it?
Because absent of a unified understanding of our shared humanity, certain groups who appear less than have been marginalised further by intellectuals who don’t know anything.
Rationalising destructive behaviour as a ‘necessary evil’ doesn’t make you intelligent, or morally upright.
In fact, it makes you the opposite.
Not condemning anyone
Nor am I trying to start an argument.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I’m simply asking you to acknowledge something.
To discount one’s existence makes it much easier for those in authority to reduce your own, and people don’t seem to understand this.
Governments don’t start off by throwing everyone in the gulags. That comes later. Once they’ve effectively silenced, weakened, or killed off all the troublemakers.
The people you ignore are the very ones that could save you.
Except today, we don’t care.
Social superiority and status awareness has been programmed in at every level, and now it’s all too easy to see others as ‘less than’.
Not all the interconnected utopia we were promised by Silicon Valley.
This undermines our unity, which undermines our strength.
We the people. Not them and us the people.
If you accept the lie that you are nothing but a unit of production, a sexual object, or a job title; then you’ve already lost.
Here’s the long and short of lesson one.
The optimal mode of being for any organism is to reach a state of collective will. Like ants in a colony. Each member doing it’s part to maintain the whole.
Only then can stability emerge. Balance.
From an alignment of values comes a state of equilibrium.
Accepting certain evils as “necessary” is a type of self-sabotage.
Don’t fall for it.
Unity is the goal.
2. Growth is not automatic.
This should be self-explanatory.
But I know it’s a needed reminder because I still can’t seem to master it.
Progress is deliberate, you cannot accidentally go against the flow.
And if the flow of society is currently in the sewer, it’s time to chart a new course, and follow it. Or, on the other hand, one can stagnate.
This only leads to obsolescence.
You can have all the potential in the world, but kinetic energy is realer.
You must move with intention, the world doesn’t stop spinning.
Success then, is a concoction of successive moments seized upon. The ability of a life participant to transform chaos into order, or to draw beauty from confusion.
Moments missed are often attributed to ‘bad luck’. But this isn’t true.
I know this, because I have existed in a state of perpetual bad luck for some time, having surely missed out on more than a few opportunities by remaining stuck in a place of depressive indifference to the world at large.
Some of us are more apt to get got trying to keep up with the Jones’.
Really it’s all a corporately produced matrix of absurdity and fear.
Most institutions gain control by mirroring your insecurities back at you, triggering an outdated fear response to sell you stuff you don’t need.
Seems to me that we’re still a relatively Pavlovian species, being tested on like guinea pigs. Except now, notification bells are what create our reality.
By merely tapping into our limbic brains and activating the amygdala, Mark Zuckerberg can get us stuck in a loop of aboriginal inadequacy.
Like monkeys with cell phones.
We’ve become addicts to outsourcing our capacity to think.
It’s induced ignorance, but most seem okay with it.
It’s almost as if there’s no other way to live.
But there is.
Only first, we need to realise that growth compounds, in whichever direction you head.
From the story of the boy who asked his king to double the rice on each square of the chessboard, to Warren Buffet’s impressive bankroll and investing legacy.
We understand the idea of compound interest, intellectually.
Yet, it remains difficult to imagine that stagnation is not the same as stillness.
The world doesn’t stop spinning.
So, if you wish to chart your own path toward freedom, or towards happiness, or towards whatever…
I’d suggest you start now.
To be still is an active state; a decision must be made, and an effort must be expended.
Stagnation on the other hand is not intentional – but a result of prolonged hesitation. Indecision that eats at you while the world passes by.
Procrastination, if you will.
A concept with which I have far too much familiarity.
Because ultimately, we’re learning this together.
Growth isn’t automatic, but change is.
If you aren’t growing in the direction of your dreams, then where are you headed?
Because the fact is, you are headed somewhere. So if you don’t know where, just understand that someone else is probably running your life right now.
Ask a pilot how crucial it is that he knows precisely where due north resides.
For even a single degree off at launch, and you’ll miss your target by hundreds of miles, or maybe even entirely.
So, time to recalibrate.
Get busy living or get busy dying, as they say.
(Also, choose your destination wisely. Redirecting ships is a mother-)
3. We are broken.
It gets more depressing.
But, nobody is perfect.
It goes to posit then, that it’s only in our collective brokenness that true union is discovered. That it’s within the crevices of pain that true intimacy resides.
The system as currently constructed is bent on destroying itself, you along with it. Look around, does it seem to you that we’re in a state of balance?
I don’t see it
So then, where are we?
The opposite of equilibrium, is disorder. We’re probably closer to that end today. Chaos is not a viable state of being, as its very nature is unpredictability.
The way humankind has chosen to solve our apparent divide between the internal and external states, is to create immovable structures of existence, and to call them culture.
It worked, for a while.
World governments have been the default method of collective organisation since we began living in more concentrated areas of the globe.
These institutions were possible because we, individually, could not yet govern ourselves, and so, “the people” were forced to acquiesce to outside authority in light of their own inadequacies.
Here’s the thing;
Govern = control. Ment = mind.
Mind control is not a viable path forward for our world today.
Government is predicated on old epitomes of influence and manipulation.
In short, they rely on a paradigm of power.
Viable ways of living remain impervious to such singular modes of existence.
They are flexible, and resilient. They sustain, and they create.
They also maintain a level of unpredictability, sure.
But this is what makes Mother Nature so wild, and so free.
For us to clamp down on that innate sovereignty by superimposing our own reality reflects an arrogance of the highest degree.
It is essentially people who aren’t aware of their own brokenness, or perhaps indifferent to it, proceeding to inform the rest of us just how we should carry on.
Blind leading the blind.
Duped into dreams of centralised supremacy by our newfound technological prowess, and yet, unable to see the gaping holes in our collective being.
From the outside looking in, it seems we’re making progress.
From a technological standpoint, our systems are unrivalled.
We have all the tools.
Only, we need to redirect them to better ends than simply gaining more power.
Remember, we are broken.
So, if we’re damaged goods – what good is AI, machine learning or bioengineering?
It’s like that image, of putting pearls in front of pigs.
The value systems have been misaligned.
We’re supposed to be using these tools. Not the other way around.
Social media should be an instrument for shared humanity, but instead, has become more like a tool for Big Brother. These platforms are using us.
A healthy individual uses things to positively affect the development of people.
A broken individual uses people to positively affect the accumulation of things.
Quick recap so far –
- Everything is connected.
2. Growth is not automatic.
3. We are broken.
Now, to master our inner worlds.
4. We are spirit.
There’s a cool quote I often hear;
“I am not a human having spiritual experiences, I am a spirit having human ones.”
Spirits are not bodies.
Bodies are just the interface, reducing reality to a collection of sensory inputs.
Spirits are something else entirely.
Though, due to our inability to deduce its exact location or structure via scientific inquiry, most modern research has rendered the spiritual domain uninhabited.
Even those who study psychoactive drugs, psychology, or neuroscience often remain stuck in archaic narratives of nature vs. nurture, addiction and abuse.
This is most evident in the perplexing policy positions of our current age;
Marijuana remains a schedule one drug, despite killing exactly zero people.
Alcohol (a much more boring drug) accounts for almost 100,000 deaths a year, yet remains perfectly legal. As do other mind-altering drugs that do real physical harm; such as nicotine, sugar, or even caffeine for that matter.
It seems to me that the very substances which have the potential to change our perspective on life for the better, have been identified by world governments as dangerous.
While the ones which keep us locked in a state of anxiety, indifference, or productive capacity are allowed a free pass.
I think that is telling.
Because, what else is intelligence, but the ability to acquire new perspectives?
Blocking access to these views doesn’t make them go away.
Another side effect that comes with our lack of rigorous study is the rise of pseudo-scientific explanations to life’s most pressing questions.
Frankly, people need answers.
This isn’t to say that studying the stars is “bad”, or that putting theories of personality on a pedestal is “wrong”, but it does tend to play on our relative ignorance toward the infinite complexity of self.
Not to mention, there is so much information that is objectively wrong circling within these communities, that it becomes difficult for the uninitiated to discover what the truth really is.
The fact is that our spiritual nature is very real, in some senses, the most real, as it endures long past the expiration date of our physical bodies.
The question then becomes, how do we mitigate the multiplicity of experiences and settle upon a standard with which to model and predict our reality?
The answer, don’t.
In a world that prioritises objective measures over subjective ones, we tend to see spiritual truths as a threat to our ways of being, and so we avoid them.
But this only adds to our ignorance.
What if, we are fundamentally spiritual beings who happen to be having human experiences at this particular juncture in space-time?
Well then, that opens up quite a few options.
5. We are human.
Wait, we’re human?
But what about spirit?
To be human and to be spiritual is like to be a smartphone running the latest software. The two are complementary, not antagonistic.
To be human and to lack spiritual awareness doesn’t make you any less ‘spiritual’, but, it does make your system run a bit off.
Imagine, having iOS 1 running on your iPhone 12.
It’ll still work… kind of.
Except, it’ll probably also shut down at times. Or glitch out when you’re in the middle of something.
‘We are human’ does not mean ‘we are physical’.
The skin suit is more of a bonus.
We are human, means that we are alive, here, now.
Or, more concisely, that we are.
Not human doings.
Some claim to know that our existence is the result of random sparks and collisions along an indifferent timeline in a random universe billions of years ago.
But I would probably say to those people;
What’s the difference in believing an infinite and unseen force engendered our entire universe, and in me calling that force God.
Like, why does that bother people?
To believe in God is a completely rational position, and one you’d share with 99% of human beings who have ever walked the earth.
Don’t let a few new age atheists convince you otherwise.
Because contrary to popular belief, God makes perfect sense, when considered objectively.
Here’s a thought.
If you pour out new a box of Legos onto the floor every minute of every day; how long would it be before a set would magically fall into perfect placement?
Or, if you shook up a container with watch parts in it, how long would you have to stand there before every piece aligned seamlessly to form a functioning clock?
Or, If you saw pictures drawn in a cave, would the assumption be they just happened to arrive by chance?
Just random rocks floating about and making legible marks on stone, no big deal.
Except, of course not.
Because that’s dumb.
An intelligent being is required to create intelligent beings.
Or to take nothingness and form an ordered existence.
Or to constitute the laws by which that existence will prosper.
This did not happen by chance.
One more example for my doubting Thomas’
We have DNA. (DNA is literally a language.)
How do languages form?
We have physics. (Rules about how energy and matter interact at various scales.)
Where did those come from?
Clearly, something or someone must have intervened in some higher dimension we cannot yet fully perceive, and moulded this universe into what we see today.
Life did not happen due to a dice roll.
Your life can either mean everything, or it can mean nothing.
There is no in between.
Fortunately, you get to decide.
You can buck all evidence to the contrary, and placate your sense of knowing.
Or, you can act as if you believe in what you already know to be true.
I’ve made my choice.
6. Truth exists.
Before you proceed, please clear your mind.
(Probably should have stated this earlier…)
What is truth?
Is it relative? Is it ultimate?
Do you have your own?
Well – yes.
But also no.
Yes, everyone experiences life uniquely. Our senses converge to create a picture of reality. We usually take that picture as gospel.
Kind of like that exercise we all did in kindergarten. “What colour is this sphere?”
One side would be blue, the other red.
And we all now know that ‘truth’ depends entirely on where you stand.
So, when you claim, “this is red!”
But when someone else claims, “this is blue!”
That’s also fine.
(But, only a kind of.)
Because now we have a problem.
Sure, we can argue. But where does that leave us?
We’ve just established that ‘truth’ is a derivative of our perspective, so there’s not much we can do to change the other’s mind if they insist on staying put.
Mr. Red could bring Ms. Blue over to his side.
Or, Ms. Blue could bring Mr. Red over to her side.
At the end of the day, it’s still the same object.
The best way to find Truth, becomes an exercise in collaboration.
(i.e. we need to dance.)
To move about in concert, to relate with one another.
To empathise with alternate possibilities, and eventually, after earnestly searching and switching vantages, to find the correct solution.
So now we have truth.
Well, no. Not entirely.
Because our perspectives are very limited.
We exist for a blink in relation to the time span of the cosmos, so what we “think” doesn’t really matter much.
What two people think is better, but still negligible.
Three, four, fifty, one thousand; even if you got one million people to agree that the apple is red, doesn’t necessarily make it true.
Therefore, our interactions must be had with every possible perspective. It’s a group dance. All viewpoints need to converge on a singular point of clarity.
Only then can we be 100% certain.
Otherwise, how could we be so bold to call it Truth?
Until there’s agreement, it’s just your opinion.
The problem here becomes fast apparent, as there are 7+ billion folks on the planet, and not nearly enough dance floor space to accommodate.
We tend to prefer borders anyway.
And this doesn’t even begin to account for the hundreds of billions before us who’ve already had their fun in the sun.
Here’s my point:
Though we all contain various pockets of truth, it is only by honest engagement with others that we can ever hope to get close to Truth.
So yes, it does exist. And it is final.
We just have to look, and risk moving around a bit.
It may feel relative, but that’s only because we can’t see the whole picture.
But rest assured, there’s an underlying reality that keeps us afloat.
Me? I’m not much of a dancer. Still working on my two-step.
Besides, I tend to be more of a ‘back of the book’ type of guy.
(You know, get my answers from the source.)
Three more to go, bear with me.
7. Love is undefeated.
If God is infinite (i.e. consisting of and extending beyond all space and time).
And, if God is love (1st John 4:16).
Then love is eternal, too.
Not only that, but it literally encompasses all.
Like a bright light, love fills up the space it inhabits completely; “and the darkness can not comprehend it” (John 1:4).
We know what love can be.
We see shadows of its existence in life, bits of evidence here and there. But sadly, to love fully does not come natural to our current human condition.
Or, maybe it does – but we’re just too stuck on what’s temporal to realise it.
By the way, I’m talking about eternal love. The unconditional kind.
The type of love we should aspire to, the kind we wish to receive from others.
It has a name.
According to the Greeks, that name is “Agape”.
Divinely inspired love.
Being able to access agape is synonymous with being able to access the upper limits of what it means to be fully human.
Your being becomes transported from this existence, to a heavenly one, instantly.
To remain earthbound means to be caught in a web of give and take.
Conditional love. Yuck.
But when loving from a place of infinity, taking no longer feels like a priority
The well never dries up, so you can give… and give some more.
It becomes easy for you.
Because your love is no longer dependent on them.
It’s dependent on God.
Rooted in eternity, and filling every crack it finds.
Unforced, unchecked, undefeated.
Some outsource their ability to love to in-groups or romantic partners.
They clique, gather, or get boo’d up in hopes these particular connections will finally rectify the gaping hole in their heart.
It seems like a good idea, except that groups lower the bar of personal accountability, and place a condition upon our ability to love.
When circumstances go awry, so do feelings of endearment.
Real love doesn’t depend on other people.
Clubs become like a tool for survival.
Indeed, we evolved to be in tribes.
But that was a long time ago.
Today, these in/out groupings cap our ability to find truth.
(Remember, it’s a dance)
There’s an expanding universe of possibilities continually opening before our eyes, yet we manage to focus largely on how Becky offended us at lunch.
You no longer struggle to survive.
Especially if you have time to read this book.
What you need, is to thrive.
90% of humans were living above the poverty line in 2017, per World Bank.
What’s more, the infant mortality rate in Africa today is the same as it was in Europe in 1950. Kids today are more likely to die from suicide than starvation.
So, where do we go from here?
The money and the resources are abundant.
What we need, is the will to do what’s right among our own circles of influence.
To stop waiting for businesses, or schools, or governments to save us.
We know these institutions are stacked against all real progress.
Time to save ourselves.
Time to love.
The drug of choice in 2020, is comfort.
And if you want to remain comforted, I’m not your man.
But you knew that already.
To live fully is to love fully, to love fully is to grow, to grow is to be uncomfortable.
Why? Because growth is change.
Because to push outwards against the limits of being, stretching the potential of future, refusing to accept life as it comes, but rather building it as you see.
That is, to become.
“A comfort zone is a pretty place, but nothing ever grows there”Unknown
Yet, we stumble.
Developing toxic traits, harboring hidden resentments, reliving past traumas.
All the while, failing to realise that we cannot do it on our own.
In my humble opinion, it is only through relationship with The Creator that one can begin to get a glimpse of what real love looks like.
But an ideal worth striving for.
The timeline that you’re in is not the result of random quantum fluctuations.
We Are Human, and here for a reason.
You’ve been gifted with knowledge and free will. Blessed with a body, and bestowed a mind to discern truth, and pursue what is right.
That’s the beauty of free will. We don’t have to be robots.
My advice? Love.
Sure, it’s “risky”. Nobody likes getting hurt, or being disappointed
But nobody ever won playing it safe either.
Truth is, we are made to love.
But we tend to keep the thought around only as a nice sentiment, or a cute idea.
But when it comes time to hold ourselves to this idea, we’d rather not.
We both desire for, and simultaneously conspire against our higher nature by living lies, in a perpetual state of cognitive dissonance.
We know we were built to love, because nothing in nature gives us this notion explicitly, yet for some reason, we feel responsible.
Be honest. You do care.
Now act like you do.
8. Human existence is painful.
I know, these aren’t novel or groundbreaking.
And still, I feel the need to reiterate.
To be human is to suffer.
To mitigate suffering, is to mitigate your own humanity.
Every choice you make to keep you from ‘feeling’ what is real, leads you away from yourself, and keeps you there.
Remember, pain is paint. Use it.
I almost wrote this rule to say “existence is suffering”
But this title felt less depressing, and we have a few more to go.
One of the few things assured to you in this life, is pain.
Stop for a second, and consider what this means.
If struggle is part of what it means to be human, then you can’t escape it.
Nor should you want to.
Whether you opt for growth, or stagnation – there’s still pain involved.
So, may as well struggle for something worthwhile.
Unless you’re headed back to sleep.
Floating in a bubble of our own creation, addicted to alcohol and social media.
We forgot principle #2 (Growth isn’t automatic.)
Instead, we push toward a so*sigh*ity marked by mental disease, obesity and hypertension. Ruled by a class of financial overlords disguised as bankers, celebrities and corporations.
We attempt to subtract pain from the equation of life, but that doesn’t work either.
It’s like riding a tricycle, expecting to feel the exhilaration of a sports bike.
Life is risk and reward.
Can’t enjoy the spoils if you aren’t ready to accept some unknowns.
This is the problem with a worldview that focuses on eliminating risk and producing ease, as opposed to dealing with reality as is.
We’re basically passing the buck for future generations to solve.
Systems that assume uniformity and ease of access are inherently opposed to the nature of reality, and usually run their course in short order.
Suffering is what gives texture to existence, and depth of character to being.
If nothing else, suffering gives us the ability to appreciate what’s important.
From a limited perspective, suffering seems bad – but like the shape with different colors, it usually requires we step outside our current perspective.
Whether to learn a lesson, or to level up.
Pain is how the universe pushes you to new heights.
We adapt, then we improve.
(That’s what it means to evolve.)
Everything in nature struggles to survive, what makes us feel we’re any different?
Sure, we know how to work in groups, tell elaborate stories, and build rockets that land themselves – but reality still exists.
We must respect the parameters of life.
Rules are rules.
Life is hard.
Figure it out.
9. God is (still) Good.
That’s every day.
But, who is God?
And what does it even mean to be ‘good’ anyway?
As I look around, I see a lot of things that look bad.
War, violence, inequity, dislocation, famine, disease, natural disasters, human trafficking; all compounded by outdated systems and incompetent leaders.
These things seem objectively bad.
But, only from my perspective.
Remember, Truth is the union of all perspectives (principle 6).
If all time, some 13-14 billion years by our best estimates, was reduced to a 24-hour clock, humans have existed for less than a sliver of a split second.
From the days of Homo erectus to now.
Not even a second has passed.
If we break this metaphor down further, and look at our individual lives, it becomes much more apparent as to how little information we have to work with.
Our miniature perspectives captured within eighty years or so, tell us to extrapolate what we think we know about the cosmos into our tiny frameworks that then proceed to dictate all life on earth.
Hubris, of the highest order.
Truth is real (not subjective.)
So, how we get there, matters.
In the same way, goodness is real.
It is not based on my opinion.
So, how we get there, matters.
We often get trapped in binary thinking, “this or that.”
But such thinking is incredible reductive.
Life is more complex than a scan-tron.
And more beautiful too, I might add.
Accumulating the viewpoints of every human on the planet is likely impossible. But this doesn’t mean we should throw up our hands and stop trying to find what’s real.
What we need instead, is a direct connection to the source of all experience.
Instead of looking for all the pieces yourself, just go directly to the manufacturer.
(Or, the back of The Book.)
It’s easy to see how bad can become good, and pretty regularly.
Humanity and it’s oscillation on what it perceives to be moral has ranged widely over the years, from drinking blood to killing babies.
All is permissible if you find the tight time and place.
But what if you want to find what is true, what is good?
Even in this abbreviated journey, we often go through trials and hardships only to see later see these circumstances as formative.
If we can observe such phenomena in our split second of existence, why not give God the benefit of the doubt?
Maybe, bad things just seem bad.
Because we haven’t seen the ending.
God is good, not because I can convince you via logical induction or reason – but because I know it firsthand. My very life is evidence.
Our fallen world comes as a result of self-imposed imperfections compounded over time, we try and cover it up with good deeds and philanthropy, but the reality remains.
So, no matter how good God is, our free will dictates that we can decide to do our own thing.
This is the answer to folks who say “if God is so good, why are things so bad?”
Because we get to decide to disobey Him. And we have.
Plus, we don’t know much about “good” or “bad” apart from His direction anyway.
Our brokenness dictates as much. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We can still choose life.
We can still choose God.
We can still choose what is good, and not merely a better of two evils.
To be good…
Doesn’t mean to be nice.
It doesn’t mean to ignore truths.
It doesn’t mean to remain indifferent to suffering.
To be good, means to understand.
And to love regardless.
The goal of goodness isn’t to convince or to manipulate.
The goal of goodness is to lure the repressed images of divinity out from every human soul in into the open of integrative brilliance.
We were made to love.
Meaning, I believe, we’re all designed to be like Him.
Meaning, we have the ability to be good, too.
God is good, and we are little copies. So, it makes sense that we dwell in spaces of virtue by placing ourselves adjacent to the very nature of our Creator.
He doesn’t want robots. He wants willing participants.
He wants you, to help Him in His plan to redeem all of humanity.
What an amazing honour.
But, only you can accept the invitation.
10. You are eternal.
But definitely not least.
At the intersection of body and soul lay an earth-bound existence that feels a lot like the real thing.
What’s real is what lasts.
Earth is just a giant clue to where our souls long to rest.
We taste, we feel, we dance, we cry, we travel, we see…
At least, we try.
Though, the very fact that we can even consider unobservable concepts like eternity or love should clue us into the fact that we’re made for a such a place.
Otherwise, why would we even have these desires?
If God wanted only to torture us, there are far more sadistic ways I can think of off hand than placing infinity within the scope of human consideration.
We have very real desires.
For purpose, for relationships, for acceptance, for meaning…
But, can’t seem to figure how we fill these holes this side of heaven.
“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists… [so] If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”C.S. Lewis
Let’s be honest, the world is not right.
It contains pockets of beauty, though we’ve managed to mess it all up.
From intimate relationships to ozone layers, we run through resources without regard to the future, or even to ourselves.
We know we’re made for something better, and the feeling of being shortchanged doesn’t lend itself to the best in human nature. So we rebel.
Everything we find here is an echo of eternity.
That in itself is a different sort of hell.
On some level, I can empathise with those who want to institute wholesale societal change. Why not aim to make this place better?
Problem is, we can’t do that until we first make ourselves better.
Not until we first make ourselves good.
Eternity is bound up in our spirit nature, if we forgo what is real for what is temporal, we catapult our current insecurities with us into the afterlife.
Muy caliente. No es bueno.
Reality is, hell is a place we send ourselves.
We choose how to live here, and in that, we also choose how we wish to spend our forever. The trajectory of life currently determines outcome ultimately.
In a nutshell, we have more control over our respective destinies than is comfortable for most of us to admit.
That would implicate us.
All of a sudden, life becomes a reflection of one’s own internal state.
But that can’t be right.
You are an eternal, interdimensional, spiritual being.
This is why Jesus is so important.
We need a bridge to the afterlife that isn’t damaged.
If we’re to exist in eternity as spirit, we cannot do so mired in broken ideologies rooted in flesh. They wouldn’t be compatible.
God is perfect, and he encapsulates everything that is made.
Like gold can only bond with gold, God can only bond with what is Good.
Christ’s defeat of death is seen as good news to so many, because he is literally the only human being with whom God can fully identify.
Cleansed. Holy. Perfect.
Without His death and subsequent return to life, regular humans like us would be unable to pay the cost of doing business with an eternal being of infinite goodness.
God is good (principle 9) and so, He can’t get mixed up with what isn’t.
So choose who you want to be, and do so wisely.
God’s gift of full and infinite life can only be had if we hide inside the perfection of Jesus Christ.
Essentially, ride his coattails into heaven.
He knows we’re broken.
He just wants us to admit it.
Seems a fair deal to me.