Alex wrote:Or, is that just a symptom of the problem (reflecting on Bob's ideas) of the extreme trauma we all face?
Following is a revelation ('Evolutionarily Speaking') that came to me 'out of the blue'
(as do most of my writings of late) the other day, which might help shed more light on the nature of the human dilemma ("trauma"), Alex. I could have continued on with it but chose not to. And forget not that I continue to maintain that through the process of evolution and its naturally inherent 'original sin' or 'fall' the consciences of most people have been irreparably malformed and consequently they cannot intuitively discern the true from the false, nor do they have any indepth and clear experiential understanding of themselves, their fellows, or what full and authentic human life and living is or could be. Consequently they live in self-will (self-centeredness) and they die in self-will, which is to never have really lived at all, or at least not consciously, fearlessly, meaningfully, and above all, joyfully. And only those who are fully
conscious and free of all
self-delusion and all
self-will can be said to be truly and fully Enlightened.
Remember Christ's words on his way to the cross, Alex? "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." A lesson which he unfortunately learned too late. If you truly understood this you would stop your constant badgering and belittling others, as chances are they are lost and very likely incapable of ever being any different than who or what they are. Hence they simply 'know not what they do'. And if perchance they could radically change, badgering and belittling them isn't the way to help them to do so.
Human beings everywhere are a manifestation of 'original sin' or their environmental conditioning. Making man an inherently defective species of life which is not yet fully developed and perfected and consequently simply the current result of the natural evolutionary development of man. Therefore no one is responsible for their condition or their actions. Nor can human beings necessarily be said or held to be responsible for the dilemma they may be in or of ever overcoming it either.
But once in a while, through the happenstance of extraordinarily favorable environmental circumstances, a human being is produced who has and maintains sufficient organismal sensitivity to eventually become fully conscious of the fact that he is choicelessly living in 'original sin'. And that he is consequently himself a considerably defective member of the human species. Upon becoming aware of this he then sets out to consciously and painstakenly fully overcome his defective nature and actions and the developmental inhibiting living situations he may be in.
Eventually he comes to evermore clearly observe and understand himself and this universal human dilemma and then ponders deeply on why he has had this good fortune to be able break free from the consequences of original sin while no one else around him appears to have done so. He too comes to realize that in no way can he consider himself a self-made man, but that he is simply the product of the whole of life or evolution which includes the influences of virtually every human being he may have or may yet come in contact with. And whether these others are consciously awake and aware or not. He then goes on to reflect back over his life to see how other people and the circumstances of his life were and continue to be very vital and instrumental in his development, the eventual full awakening of his conscience or consciousness, and his never-ending development towards his own human perfection.
The latter being a very important step in order for him to attain to being of the best possible service in the awakening and liberation of his fellows. Having become fully awake or conscious and thereby free of all original sin and its accompanying self-delusion, ignorance, and defects of character he then becomes fully responsible for his own perfection and the perfection of a portion of the human species.