The Way for Mankind Book Two, sample 1
The Way for Mankind
Book 2, Philosophical Intimations on Political and Cultural Issues
Chapter 7. More Than a Hint of Madness
The environment may also be altered over the long term by the accumulation of unmanageable waste. Every natural human activity generates waste, but it is naturally recyclable – nuclear waste is not.
We still don’t know how to store this waste definitively and safely. Nowhere in the world is there appropriate storage of highly radioactive waste.
A reactor produces more than 20 tons of used fuel per year, and 200,000 tons have already accumulated. This highly radioactive product remains toxic for tens of thousands of years. (4)
How can radiation or infiltration possibly be controlled and neutralized over such a period of time?
Highly radioactive waste remains harmful for more than 100,000 years. Plutonium, the most toxic element, remains dangerous for 500,000 years. One microgram, a millionth of a gram, is an invisible but potentially lethal dose. (We generate tons of it every year; it is transported along our roads and railways. A single reactor produces over 20 kilos of plutonium a year). (6)
A small dose is contaminating for geological ages. If it passes into the immediate vicinity, this small dose does not disappear – it enters into the food chain and the atmosphere, but it does not disappear. It remains harmful for 500,000 years. During this entire time, it has to stay isolated from the surrounding environment.
This is the legacy we have decided to leave thousands of future generations. It is the legacy which, in some ways, defines who we are on a moral level, in other words, on the level of the awakening of all our mental capacities. If our children do not suffer from mutations or regressive evolution towards idiocy, they will, no doubt, bear a grudge.
Chapter 8. Giant Cities
A New Creature?
Because it is so huge, modern society generates anxiety. An excess of people struggling to survive unavoidably generates ever more tension and competition, and anxiety is born of this constant tension.
It is inevitable then, that in the long run Man should be mentally altered by his environment, unless we try and claim that we are really made to exist in the incessant stampede and whirlwind that characterize modern city life.
It is only to be expected that, as a result of living in this omnipresent turmoil, human creatures transform in order to adapt. Careful observation may reveal that we are no longer Homo Sapiens.
To describe the new creature emerging, the term Homo Multitudinis has been suggested, Man of the Masses, but Homo Turbidus is probably a more accurate reflection of the reality.
The dictionary tells us that turba is the trouble caused by a large number of people; the tumult, the disorder, the confusion, the agitation, the perturbation, the noise, the disturbance, the din, the quarrelling, the disorderly crowds, the herd. This best describes the environment we live in.
This fits the new creature which is emerging to replace Homo Sapiens, the Man of the Crowds and of Anxiety. Cramming inexorably gives rise to anxiety in each and every member of the crowd. A teeming environment is the fundamental characteristic of modern life.
This is how the new species, Homo Turbidus, appears in its cultural productions: confused, aggressive, agitated, anxious and violent. This is the present and future human creature.
The Ultimate Goal
Can the ultimate goal of evolution, which has been underway for millions of years, really be that human beings end up in a subway tunnel thirty meters below ground, crammed together more tightly than cattle in a truck? It is at moments like these that human beings may well ask themselves the question.
We put all our faith in scientific thinking even though it is only a partial method. It’s a very useful way of thinking, but a very limited one too, severely restricting what should be human awareness. Putting all one’s faith in scientific knowledge is mental self-mutilation – it’s another form of blinkers or obscurantism if we can’t break through its boundaries. We are pleased with it since it allows us to remain in comfortable materialism which doesn’t require us to make any effort to move forward. Our partial development does not get rid of our flaws and brings us to a standstill. All the pieces of our great knowledge are scattered like confetti and cannot prevent us from heading towards disaster.
This failure is due to fundamental aspects within ourselves which we have put aside and not developed. Science, culture and knowledge are not enough to satisfy all our human aspirations. They only offer partial answers and very limited and restricted knowledge.
Chapter 10. Religion and Evolution
Religion is an obstacle to natural human evolution
Religion has shown itself to be guilty of very serious abuses; gruesome cases of intolerance such as the Inquisition, the burning of witches and heretics, executions, forced conversions and persecutions have sporadically flared up in every part of the world.
Religion can cause wars:
Throughout history, without interruption until today, religion has been the cause of armed conflict in crusades, wars of religion, and internecine fighting often between people faithful to the same God! It is tempting not to believe this, but it’s true. There has been and still is fighting between Catholics and Protestants, Sunnites and Shiites, Hindus and Muslims, etc., etc.
God is always on both sides as he is above contradiction and opposition. So how could he send his followers on one side to massacre those on the other side?
Here we touch upon religion’s fatal flaw – its teaching is a human construct with the errors and limitations peculiar to the human mind.
Religious power leads to subjugation.
Religion prescribes, orders and directs, often in a way that is limiting and disempowering.
The moral constraints it imposes destroy people’s rights and responsibilities in their private lives – an example of this is the condemnation of contraception.
If religion could limit itself to a purely spiritual sphere, it would be content to advise rather than give orders. The desire to extend control in order to increase strength is a fault peculiar to human organizations.
Chapter 11. Understanding the World
Let us go back to the moment when the primordial Oneness divides and the two forces are created:
“Energy differentiated into a light, pure breath which ascended and formed Heaven, and an opaque and heavy breath which came down and formed the Earth.
The nature of Heaven is to be pure and mobile; the nature of the Earth is to be opaque and stable.”
By harmoniously blending, the intermediate breaths produced human beings.”
When the tangible world emerges, the first force to get going is the creative force, the first term of the heavenly Trinity. It is a subtle and constant vibration, expanding continually like successive waves in every direction and inducing the emergence of every phenomenon. (That would be the moment of the Big Bang – creative energy is also ‘fire and thunder’).
Its movement creates time and space and leads to the transformation of things in the manifest world (while also remaining outside of time and space and within the spiritual Trinity).
Originating from and synonymous with the primal energy, this force generates itself without being created. It could be confused with an individualized God, but it cannot be reduced to a conceptual limitation. It generates everything that exists.
As soon as the creative force takes effect, its movement causes its polar opposite to appear since the two forces generate each other. They exist through each other and within each other. The first creates, and the second, in reaction, structures, completes and maintains.
The complementary force of creative energy is the Earth, in other words, all the matter of the universe.
As creation materializes, vibration differences occur in the current of the universal energy. That is to say, as the vibratory frequencies decrease, the energy takes on gross forms – in other words, concrete, visible forms. The further the energy moves from the original source, the more the vibrations slow down and the more manifest the energy becomes. This is why we say that everything in the universe is vibratory energy and that the phenomenon of the universe is the continual manifestation of this same energy, from the most subtle state to the crudest.
This is similar to what modern physics teaches us. On a subatomic level, the solid particles which form the foundation of matter do not exist. What emerges at the foundation of things are links, connections and relations of energy. Matter is composed of a web of relations between various parts. This means that physical entities are in fact made up of immaterial energy. (3)
Chapter 12. Spirit and Matter
The essence (i.e. energy) that forms our body and creates shapes and objects is passed down from our parents; it is expressed in our genetic code as well as in sexual energy. It can be found everywhere in the body—in each and every cell.
The body produces energy through nerve connections, muscular strength and gland secretions. Vital energy, on the other hand, is another thing altogether. It is a subtle, invisible, impalpable force.
Vital energy is what brings to life the matter of which we are made. It performs our body’s and organs’ functions. Our body, of course, is not entirely material; it is also made of semi-spiritual particles—those elusive particles that are not subject to physical laws of which we have already spoken. And it is these particles that create the link between mind and matter—the ones of which we are made and, more specifically, of which our mind is composed.
We have just made the leap between body and mind.
Semi-spiritual particles are the cornerstone of the mind. It is absurd to talk about the mind and body as two separate things because they exist together—one the extension of the other.
All living beings – even at animal level – have three aspects: physical form, a mind that incorporates desire and consciousness, (this level is half physical, half spiritual) and finally a purely spiritual aspect devoid of any materiality.
This is also the composition of the human creature.
The semi-spiritual particles are the mental level; they are our bodies’ souls (inseparable from vital energy) and our mental function, because they are capable of thought, feeling, emotion, etc.
This is our mind (our normal, everyday mind); we could call it our earthly spirit.
It contains all the knowledge that we have to learn down here.
It starts forming after we’re born. It is the conceptual mind – that of reflection – meaning it uses words and therefore belongs to the world of things with form. (5)
This mind of ours is made up of numerous activities – emotion, imagination, memory, thought (reflection), intelligence, ideas, sleep and knowledge. It also plays a role in our senses (hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell). In fact, it is known as a sixth sense.
It also the manifestation of the consciousness of the self.
In short, our earthly mind makes up our personality – our sense of self, our feelings, emotions and thoughts. (6)
The original spirit
We are decidedly complex creatures. We are endowed with a mind that is innate in our bodies and a celestial spirit that inhabits the mind just as the mind dwells in the body.
This celestial spirit, which existed before our birth, is a spark of consciousness that lives on after our death—its residence is in the brain, the seat of the “Third Eye.”
In this case it is pure spirit, which is essentially celestial consciousness—the original spirit that comes from the primitive oneness.
This intuitive spirit acts without concept. It possesses all knowledge instantly. It is a phenomenon without physical reality, substance or form, and yet, it is our presence. It is the spirit that manifests itself without manifesting itself, like a vacuum—an emptiness that is not nothingness, which sages commune with during meditation, because they know it is our deeper nature—our fundamental being.
Chapitre 13.Between Heaven and Earth
How duality works
Duality is created through movement, which starts by creating a feature – positive, for example – and then its opposite – negative, for instance (in this case, negative does not have a pejorative connotation; instead it refers to a complementary, contrasting quality). The movement then returns to the positive aspect, then the negative, etc. All things, thoughts and events go through stages of emergence, realization, possible error, continuation and end. It is a cycle. It is clear, then, that the manifestation occurs as a cycle.
A good illustration of this is the cycle of the seasons, which has four contrasting phases, opposed two by two – growth, plenitude, regression and dormancy, whether for light, heat or vegetation. We could say that there are two seasons of expansion and two seasons of regression. The cycles of the day, human life and all other cycles that follow the laws of time and space follow much the same pattern. These are the four fundamental forces in the world, plus the fifth which unites them, prompts their transformation and keeps them in balance.
Sages see this harmonious functioning as evidence of the universe’s inherent virtue. They say that the universe’s virtue manifests itself by its constancy. In the absence of constancy, the universe would be reduced to inefficient confusion. All phenomena are in constant transformation, but this endless circle occurs in dynamic stability.
We have here the most basic principle in the universe – the principle of balance.
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