I have been keeping up with events in the world, both politically and spiritually, since I was about thirteen years old. I can tell you that not only
this nation but humanity is at a cross roads. Whatever road we decide to go down, there will be no reversing the path. Once humanity makes its
decision, that will be it.
When we look at the world today, it certainly seems that we are headed down a very confused and desolate path. I will approach this whole issue from a
spiritual perspective because that is where it all starts.
While I certainly do not agree with the last sentence of the guy's statement, the rest of it seems to be fairly truthful to me.
Without doubt, there is great value in spirituality that emphasizes and supports withdrawal from society. But in our time, with its special needs,
we require a spirituality of intense involvement and radical engagement with the world. It is in the real world that people live their busy lives, and
it is in the real world that the wisdom of the monks must be made accessible. It is in the real world that awakening and development need to occur,
not off in remote solitude.
Why do I disagree with the last sentence? How to you derive any spiritual significance from a world that has gone rampant with gross materialism? You
don't. Materialistic minds and spiritual minds will forever be torn asunder. There will never be any conciliation between the two ideologies.
Despite what the quoted author may claim in his article, there is no unification between the mind of the mystic and those who are ate up with thoughts
of materialistic wealth and greed. It'll never happen.
What the world really needs is a resurgence in ancient philosophy and spirituality. The so-called "churches" of the world have moved far and away
from the original teachings. Compare the works of someone like Origen to some of the so-called "Christians" of today, and you will see what I mean.
The system that we have lived under for at least the last 1700 years has brought little but pain and misery.
Here are a few glimpses of what the current world system has brought to humanity.
Yeah, I know these are pretty down heartening images to anyone who has a heart at all, but just bare with me, please...
Most of the above images are a product of greed. Greed for power. Greed for control. Greed for excess.
Humanity has had its harbingers to wake up.. Actually, people like Stalin and Hitler were very good teachers to humanity. However, have we learned
anything? We still hate. We still fight over rather petty issues. Yes, even I am guilty of this one, as someone is assuredly to point out.
We say, "Yeah, but look at how far we have progressed." My question is simple. At what cost? At what cost have we progressed? Is humanity any
happier than they were say, 150 years ago? By all indication of the world situation, I'd have to say no.
We have more people being treated for depression and a multitude of other "mental disorders" than we did even 40 years ago. I am sorry, but 80% of
the population being labeled as chronically depressed isn't very indicative of a happy populace in my opinion.
However, the worse we feel, the more we sink into the abyss that I call materialism. We think, "Well, if I just made 15,000 more dollars a years I'd
be happy. If I just had a vehicle that was 3 years old instead of 10, I'd be happy. If I just had someone to love, I'd be happy." We get those
things, and yeah, we are temporarily happy, but it is short lived.
The only thing that has any sustenance at all in this world is what we believe. If you are someone who believes in nothing, I know because I was once
there myself, you live a very sad existence indeed. Even now, sometimes I catch myself thinking, "Is this it?Is this really all there is?" I have to
bring myself back to the center. I have to realign my system after having such thoughts. Sometimes it takes weeks, even months to realign my mind with
Here at ATS, we have many, actually, I'd say the majority of the posters here, who believe in absolutely nothing. They are free to believe as they
wish. However, increasingly, at least it seems to me, they are in an all out effort to convince others that that is the way to live life... Well, I
couldn't disagree more, but I digress on this issue, since my point isn't about believing or not; it's about the effects that our present mindset
has had on the world situation.
I certainly am not blaming anyone per se. I am just analyzing the present state of the world, and tracing back some, not all, but some of the likely
Of course, then we have the whole organized religions on the other end of the spectrum. We are currently witnessing a, at least in my opinion, a
renewed crusade by the Islamic and Christian religion in an effort to regain power once had. What neither religion seems to recognize is that all they
are gaining for themselves is hatred.
My feelings about organized religion has certainly changed since 9/11. I was never religious to begin with.. I have always been spiritual, but not
religious. However, I once felt that it was fine and dandy for whatever religion to send missionaries here, there or wherever. No more. Every time I
hear of "Christian" missionaries going somewhere to "spread the gospel," I cringe.
Islam, I have to admit that Islam is one religion that I know little about. It is one of the few religions that I haven't studied fairly extensively.
However, I am not at all impressed by what I do know about it. I will say that.
I know, everyone is wondering what my point is. My point is simply that people should have their own personal beliefs, and leave everyone else alone.
The world would be much better off.
Instead, we fight over politics, religion, ideology, et cetera. Why? Well, I actually have a theory, and a possible solution. Bare with me.
We are at a solar cross roads.... We can either go down the path of light, or the path of darkness. Currently, we are very much headed down the path
of darkness. Most of this, in my opinion, is going to come to a head in the years 2008-2012.
We, as humanity, will either make a turn for the better, or, the worse. The choice is really ours. We can use any excuse we want, but the fact is that
it is our decision. It doesn't matter if the NWO comes to power tomorrow, it will be our decision as to whether that will be for the good or the bad.
I think it's time that people quit scapegoating and start facing up to the fact that what happens is our own collective decision.
Anyway, I feel like I have ranted enough actually. I am interested in hearing from the rest of you. What do you think? Am I "mad" of just fed up?
You make the call.
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