posted on Jul, 7 2012 @ 08:04 PM
I'm not sure how to start this post and it may end up rambling but i'm gonna try because although it probably won't do much good and any help
and/or advice it may/may not provide is, perhaps, dubious at best.
I place this thread in the grey area because i don't know where else to put it, fitting as i believe most of us are in the grey area.....
Each one of us makes a choice in life, some of us make one defining choice at some point but most of us make lots of little choices that ultimatly
define what becomes each one of our destinies.
For some the choice is fame for others it's fortune, for many others still it's family and/or comfort.
For a few others it's truth.
Consider that this world is not one that exists 'in the light' but one that currently exists 'in darkness'.
Most people, whether they realize it or not, have chosen to remain 'in the darkness' as it is the easier, more conventional path to take. Our whole
society and structure of our lives is inherently something that is of the 'darkness'. It is the status quo, the most common way of living.
Most people do not think of themselves as bad or evil, infact, it could be argued that no one does.
But the reality is that, as Led Zepplin said in their song 'Stairway to Heaven': Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, your
highway lies on the whispering wind.
Everyone does it, some a little gradually throughout their lives, other do it alot and a few others still choose not to be in a position where
compromise to make ends meet is ever nessecary.
Some people willingly choose to be in the darkness, a very few others still willingly choose to be in the darkness with the knowledge of what that
Most (if not all) of us are in the darkness, but very few of us realise this and fewer still are doing it on purpose. It's the trials thrown up by
life that guide us down this dark path, forces us to choose the wrong turns and convinces us that it is the right choice. Most of the time it seems
like the logical choice, the sane and rational choice. but it very rarely is the right choice.
We don't do it on purpose, i cannot stress this enough, The ones with God and/or Jesus in their lives think they are in the light. The ones with
'new age' spiritualist beliefs believe themselves to be in the light, the ones that love Allah also believe themselves to be on the right path but
the truth is that these things do not the right path make, there is no map or structure, no roadsigns. Only choices.
The righteous will preach fervently to those they believe to be on the wrong path and in doing so take themselves down the wrong path as well. Without
intending it and without realizing it they have taken a path parallel to those that activly and intentionally choose the darkness.
And the more moderate? they are no better off either. The compromise's that are made are rewarded, and rewards bring about a system of positive
The devoutly religious speak of every man being born into sin and effectivly doomed to hell. The funny thing is that i believe they are partly right
about this. The part i feel that they have wrong is the time at which we become 'doomed'.
I don't think it happens at birth, i think that at birth we are a blank template. decisions and choices have not yet been made.
It's not untill these choices get made that we begin to determine our individual fates. And these choices are always made as a result of our desires,
whether they seem positive or negative they remain desires and it is our desires that doom us.
The real mystery here is: 'How is it possible to not let our choices be influenced by our desires?'
I wish i had an answer for that. But i do not, no one does (to the best of my knowledge)
I'm not gonna sell you a religion or philosophy, regardless of what belief system you may think i am speaking from.
I'm speaking from what i have observed and the language i have chosen to use to describe what i am trying to say has been chosen based on the kinds
of concepts that most people on ATS will understand, though they don't really fit properly they do make for a reasonable analogue.
So to use some common christian concepts i will write this thought:
Consider that when you make a tiny compromise you may well be compromising your very soul, and by doing so you forge your own ultimate destiny. every
choice you make that seems reasonable and logical at the time may not be quite so reasonable when those choices begin to accumulate.
A guideline (i think) that may help to determine this is what kind of a reward you will get for making that compromise or that outright choice.
Please don't reply to this with several paragraphs about accepting jesus into my heart or about aliens or whatever else because i don't particulary
want to risk contributing to the possibility that you will be typing down another wrong turn in your destinies path.
Just think on what i have said and consider it in your lives and lets hope at least a few of us manage to get back to a place in the light.
And don't ever be fooled into believing that it's as easy as following a given religion as i would be quite surprised if more then a handful of
people throughout all of history have ever managed to achieve this feat, this feat of finding their way to the 'light'.
Each one of us does make our own destinies, we each write the story of ourselves, but i'm not sure if any of us really know what that truly entails
when things that seem right are often anything but.