Money is the answer for everything

Ecclesiastes series

“Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything”

[Ecclesiastes 10:19]

Ecclesiastes: Read this book. Live this life. Know these Words.

The fundamental book on futurology and the art of predictions has been written in the last part of the 3rd century Before Christ, a book of the Jewish Ketuvim, one of the three sections making up the Hebrew bible and part of the Old Testament: Ecclesiastes.

Nothing is new under the sun says Ecclesiastes, what happen yesterday will happen tomorrow. All the actions of man to build a better world or to prolong their life in even are inherently vain, futile, empty, meaningless, temporary, transitory, fleeting or mere breath, as the lives of both the wise and foolish men end and will always end in death. Wisdom, enlightenment is merely a mean for a well-lived earthly life; there is no eternal, mystical or spiritual meaning to it. In light of this senselessness, one should enjoy the simple pleasures of daily life, such as eating, drinking, and taking enjoyment in one’s work.

All people all people face death says Ecclesiastes; the world is full of risks, both political and economic, yet life is better than death, and we should enjoy life when we can. Men should enjoy life, but should not be greedy. No one knows what is good or wrong for humanity says Ecclesiastes; like for yesterday, humanity is still marching toward its grave. Righteousness and wisdom escape us. Mortals should take pleasure when they can, for a time may come when no one will.

The natural laws of the Universe are ruling our lives and mankind destiny, not whatever form of gods or heavenly entities. In 2014, like forever since the origins of man, religions, in the name of God will kill even more people; there will be more wars and more natural disasters that have nothing to do with either good or evil.

Your future, you are the one creating it. You create your own future, your own misery. God has nothing to do with it.

There is only one thing good for man: life itself!

Make it enjoyable.

To be continued…

JMD

 jmdlive@lefuturistedailynews.com

Global Justice : The End of all Religions

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For whoever denies this reality, he is creating his own downfall…

The worst mistake of mankind is to believe that the finality of things can be only defined by way of analogies. For centuries and millennia, most people imagine the world and the purpose or finality of their existence as if it is was derived from a supreme mind. Today, such a game of “make believe” and “as if” is no longer viable. Our modern societies are looking forward to free their mind, soul and spirit, from the too often arrogant presumptions of theologies, which pretend to know the Laws of God and the Universe. We are now living the times of a new era where the opaque weight of the world, both of life on earth and of death, heaven, and hell, is dissolved, and the soul and spirit of mankind is rightfully turning its back to the mighty myths of all time too solidly engraved in the collective mind of our cultures by all these dogmatic teachings of all these false prophets, gloomy Gus and vaticinators of all times. Today’s generations are looking forward for something fresh and new to act upon.

From the position of a modern secular man, that is to say, we are now living a new era where the play sphere of the carnivals and festivals of gods, acquiescing in their game and believing in their so called prophets, although this may have been at one time fun and joy, is no longer acceptable: the universe is not ruled, in any way shape or form by some benevolent or malevolent gods or representations of such but rather by the laws of the universe itself. Whoever denies this reality is creating his or her own downfall, his or her personal hell, here and now, on earth. Tomorrow belongs to those who are looking forward, not to “The End of the World”, not to “The Final Judgement Day”, but rather working and looking toward the dissolution of today’s actual laws of life in today’s time and space, economics, politics, and even morality.

In the next twenty years, we will assist to a new kind of revolution where a proper sense of social, spiritual, economic and political ethic will be rejuvenated. In the next twenty years, we will assist to a return to the fundamentals of life on earth, an era of global justice and prosperity of an healthy universal society living without the fears, wars and inequities created by all these superstitions and fabulations of all the religions of the world. This will be the age of wisdom where everyone will be living according to the basic fundamentals of a rightful society that existed before the knowledge or invention of these too often sullied and tinted notions of good and evil, right and wrong, true and false, belief and disbelief.

Undaunted by the banal actualities of toady’s life meager possibilities, in the next twenty years we will see the real spirit of mankind rising again to carry the flag of justice and righteousness for all the people of the world.

To be continued…

JMD

 jmdlive@lefuturistedailynews.com

The Psychology of a religious myth

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“One day, it was suddenly revealed to me that everything is Pure Spirit. The utensils of worship, the altar, the door-frame, all Pure Spirit. Men, animals, and other living beings, all Pure Spirit. Then like a madman I began to shower flowers in all directions. Whatever I saw I worshiped.” 

Ramakrishna

 

Since its origins mankind always had a mythical slant upon life; therefore, the mythological realm, the world of the gods and demons, the carnival of their masks and representations, the “as if” games in which the festival of the lived myth abrogates all the laws of time, letting the dead swim back to life, and where the “once upon a time” become the very present.

In the primitive world, where most of the clues to the origin of mythology must be sought, the gods and demons never have been conceived in the way of hard and fast, positive realities. More like today, for most of the believers in the supernatural, a god, whenever represented by a statue, a painting, a picture, a sculpture or someone wearing a mask or simply a ceremonial dress, could be or coexist simultaneously in two or more places without the impact or solemnity of its presence being diluted through the process of material multiplication. Moreover, the representation of the god is revered and experienced as a veritable apparition of the mythical being that it represents, even though everyone knows that this representation is man-made or that someone human is wearing the mask representing the god or the ceremonial dress. Furthermore, the person wearing the mask or the ceremonial dress will often be identified with the god. The person wearing the mask or the ceremonial dress does not merely represent the god; that person becomes the god. 

The literal fact that the mere presence of the god is composed of a physical representation, a mask or a dress, their reference to a mythical being, and a man or a woman either officiating a ceremony or wearing the mask during some kind of a festival or carnival, is dismissed from the mind of the believers, and the presentation or ceremony is allowed to work without correction upon the sentiments of both the beholder and the actor or minister. In other words, there is a shift of view from the logic of the normal secular sphere, where things are understood to be distinct from one another, to a theatrical or mystical play sphere, where the actors and representations are accepted for what they are experienced: a game of “make believe” and “as if.”

We all know the convention and the rules of the game, surely!

It is a primary, spontaneous device of innocence and childhood, a magical device, by which the world can be transformed from banality to magic in a trice. And its inevitability is one of those universal characteristics that unite all human races in one family: the belief in one self-induced belief, the spontaneous shift of an idea from the level of the sentiments to that of sensual consciousness. A certain spiritual process has reached a conclusion. This process is highly creative, in the highest sense of the word; for, as we have seen, a picture, a statue, a mask, the wearer of a dress become a god. Briefly stated: the phase of becoming takes place on the level of the sentiments, while being is of the conscious world. This is what is to be called the phenomenon of “Divine Seizure” or “Divine Rapture”.

In all the wild imaginings of mythology of all times, a fanciful spirit always have been playing, on the border-line between jest and earnest. The mental attitude in which the great religious feasts are celebrated and witnessed is not one of complete illusion. There is an underlying consciousness of things not being real. A certain element of “make-believe” always has been and is still today operative in all religions. If some of the followers have total faith, some others are just playing the game doing “as if”. The human is a good actor who can be quite absorbed in his role, like a child at play or a politician or a minister of the cult at work. And also the follower, like a child, a good spectator who can be frightened to death by something he knows perfectly well to be no “real” threat, or monster.

A game of make believe

In the Roman Catholic mass, when the priest pronounces the formula of consecration with utmost solemnity, first over the bread, then over the wine, it is to be supposed that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, that every fragment of the host and every drop of the wine is the actual living Savior of the world. The sacrament, that is to say, is not conceived to be a reference, a mere sign or symbol to arouse in us a train of thought, but is God himself, the Creator, Judge, and Savior of the Universe, here come to work upon us directly, to free our souls, created in His image, from the effects of the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which we are to suppose existed as a geographical fact.

In India, it is believed that, in response to consecrating formulae, deities will descend graciously on earth to infuse their divine substance into the temple images, which are then called their throne or pītha. It is also possible, and in some Indian sects and even expected, that the individual himself should become a seat of deity. In the Gandharva Tantra it is written: “No one who is not himself divine can successfully worship a divinity”; and again, “Having become the divinity, one should offer it sacrifice.”

Furthermore, whatever the religion or the spiritual belief, factual or ephemeral, it is even possible as we sadly see it too often, for a really gifted player to discover, to ascertain or even pretend that everything, absolutely everything, including himself and everyone with him, the cats and the dogs, the flowers and the plants have become the body of a god; that everyone and everything on earth and in the universe reveals the omnipresence of god as the ground of all being.

Toward the divine seizure

Belief, or at least a game of “make believe” or playing “as if”, is the first step toward divine seizure and divine rapture. The chronicles of the saints abound in accounts of their long ordeals of difficult practice, which preceded their moments of illumination or being carried away; and we have also the more spontaneous religious games and exercises of both, the professional cults, amateur priests and folks to illustrate the principle involved. The spirit of the festival, the carnival, the holiday, the holy day of the religious and mystical ceremonial, requires that the normal attitude toward the cares of the world should be temporarily set aside in favor of a particular mood of dressing up.

The world is hung with banners. In the clerical sanctuaries, the temples and cathedrals, where an atmosphere of holiness hangs permanently in the air, the logic of the cold hard facts of real life must not be allowed to intrude and spoil the spell. The gentile, the Cartesian, the humanist, the positivist, who cannot or will not play the religious and mythological game, must be kept aloof. Hence the guardian figures that stand at either side of the entrances to holy places: the lions, the bulls, and the fearsome warriors and priests with uplifted weapons and scriptures. They are there to keep out the bad sports, the knowledgeable, the enlightened, the advocates of Aristotelean logic, for whom a cat can never be a dog; for whom the actor is never to be lost in the part; for whom the mask, the image, the consecrated host, the tree, or animal cannot become God, but only a reference. Such heavy thinkers are to remain out of the so-called holy arena. For the whole purpose of entering the blessed sanctuary or participating in the game is that one should be overtaken by the state known in Oriental religions as “the other mind”, “the anya-manas”, “the absent-mindedness”, “the possession by a spirit”, where one is “beside oneself,” mesmerized, set apart from one’s logic of consciousness and awareness, overpowered by the force of a spiritual logic of “indissociation”, wherein a cat is a mouse, and an elephant is also a mouse.

To be continued…

JMD

 jmdlive@lefuturistedailynews.com

No religion is honest

God has No Religion

Who looks into heavens for answers is dreaming!

Each and every one of all mythical narratives, of every past and present religious and spiritual beliefs, faith or confession, are nothing else then multiple variations of one single great story: The story of the “Psychic Unity of Mankind”. Regardless of their origin or time of creation, common pattern exists beneath the narrative elements of all the greatest myths and mythical stories of the past.

Since the origin of civilization, all humans shared and are still sharing a basic mental framework and a collective, sometime ignored, sentient mind. This is what we call the “Somatic Mass” of “Knowledge and Awareness”, which each one of us own, have in him or herself and share with all beings and creations of the universe. Some will tap into it very early in their life, some will never do.

As a strong believer in the psychic unity of mankind, I also believe that, from immemorial time, the whole of the human race has been, and still can be perceived, as engaged in its nonstop effort of making this world of ours “Transparent to Transcendence”. Underneath the realm of mystical and mythical phenomena created by mankind, lies a forever eternal source of knowledge and enlightenment, which is constantly pouring its energies into this world of often harsh time, suffering, and ultimately death: “The Collective Mind and Consciousness of Mankind”.

Thus, eliminating all possible intervention of the divine in the day-to-day activities of the human race, what do we have left to govern our life? The answer is easy: Wisdom, knowledge and enlightenment!

To fully demonstrate this affirmation, to fully achieve this almost impossible task of making the world transparent to transcendence, one would need to speak about things that existed before and that are beyond words. One way to do this would be to create “Mythical Metaphors”. One other way to do it would simply be to listen to our own inner sanctum, what some will call consciousness.

Better than conversion: Contemplation!

In contrast with enlightening comparisons, “Mythical Metaphors” often pretend to be the “One and Only” “Absolute Truth” that shall be interpreted and understood literally as representing the “Supreme Reality”, more than often immaterial, of what they are referring to.

First, understand this: Myths and “Mythical Metaphors” are to religions and vaticinators what bullets and guns are to empires and dictators.

Sentences like: “Jesus is the Son of God” rather than “The relationship of man to God is like that of a son to a father”;  “I am the son of God” instead of “I am your one and only King”, are all very deceptive. They all tend to only one thing: To instate fear to better maintain “Law & Order” or to better enslave “The People” in the religious and political power of the authorities governing the society in which they live in.

Another good example of the too often perverse effect of the “Mystical” and “Mythical Metaphors” is the always possible appropriation and misuse of the scriptures, whatever their origin and time, by some malevolent clerical or secular either individuals or groups. For whoever wants to enlist you in whatever religion, cult or sect, “Holy Scriptures” such as the Talmud, the Bible and the Quran, amongst all others, will too often become powerful instruments of conversion and domination instead of being a source of knowledge and enlightenment.

For the unsuspecting naïve and the credulous of the world, “Metaphorical Myths” such as “Genesis” and “Revelation”, are no longer poetic and literary figures of speech epitomizing the understanding, in time and space, of the rise of man’s cognitive consciousness as it evolved from a prior animal state. Instead, they now represent a literal description of historical events as they happened since the creation of the Universe and the unavoidable fate of humanity. Thus: the Universe was created in seven days; the earth is five thousand years old; all of mankind, except for those who received some sort of baptism or protection in consideration of some cash, will soon be destroyed and their soul go to hell to burn in the fires of eternity.

All of this, because the unwillingness of men and women to join one of the one thousand plus gods now available on the marketplace and their unwillingness to obey by the rules of the “King”.

Religions are doomed.

JMD

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Ye are gods, but ye shall all die like men !

1I do now stand in the congregation of the mightiest to judge and declare among the gods of this world:

2How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?

3Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

5They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

8Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

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The future of Religion

“God won’t go away.”

Religious and spiritual experiences being part of humanity’s genetic heritage, both social scientists and philosophers need to realize that God will never go away and even though many insist that they are the recipients of a final revelation, when we think about the future of religion, we have to assume that religious institutions and ideas are can change. Religions of the future need to be socially relevant and liberating, opposing tyranny and social injustice. They need to afford opportunities for sharing, compassion and peacemaking.

We are at a phase of human development where we have accumulated an enormous amount of knowledge through scientific research in the material world. Accordingly, religions of the future need to work with science and not in opposition to the scientific method, scientifically gathered data, and scientifically conceived theories.

This is important knowledge that must be integrated in all form of religions and religious beliefs and for the future, the only Religion that will survive will be the one that will extend its beliefs toward our natural environment, a resource that is threatened by global warming, pollution, desertification, and the destruction of the rain forests.

Don’t wait for God to save the planet. It will never happen.