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WHAT DO WE WANT?

 Safety—that’s what it all boils down to.

What do we want?
Poster Print by Arthur C. Radebaugh

What do we want; food, shelter, and security—it’s all a matter of feeling safe. And the ultimate safety is freedom from death. Underneath it all is this animal body trying to survive, to beat death.

Ask any medical researcher and they’ll tell you, that as researchers, they have a responsibility to help people. Help them live longer? How much longer—until we’re immortal?

With the continuation of technology, there really is no limit. Immortality is what this animal wants. If you don’t believe that, look up “man blending with the machine,” “man and machine become one,” and “live eternally with technology” on the Internet. There are now thousands of virtual churches based on the idea that we can find salvation through technology.

When I was young, I remember telling myself that I didn’t want to grow old—but when old age is upon me, will I really want to die? I mean, how does one know when one is old? I say this because I’ve seen a ninety-five-year-old man with hands stricken so badly with arthritis that they looked like crab claws, yet he looked at me intensely and said, “Even when you’re this old, you still want to live!”

This animal doesn’t want to be afraid. It doesn’t want to die. It wants to roam and play freely without fear. Yet it doesn’t know that fear is what feeds it.

Maybe it’s doomed to chaos in that way—perhaps an endless cycle.

OPTIONS?

What about pure unadulterated awareness—what does our awareness want?

It wants a purpose. It wants to be more than the emptiness of an ethereal concept. And the only way that awareness can become more is to become a part of others. In other words, to become greater than itself.

Perhaps awareness doesn’t even serve a purpose when it’s alone. And if you take the idea of togetherness to an extreme, you begin to realize that collectively we are, as Howard Bloom would say, forming a global brain. And the thing to get about that is that our brains are proof that consciousness is possible. Therefor,  with the formation of a collective brain,  multi-consciousness becomes possible.

Now the question becomes: How do we achieve that?

Through material, or spiritual means? Now, I’m going to delve into something a bit abstract (as if I hadn’t already), so bear with me as I ask this question: “What is real?”

Material can be verified, but a material collective hasn’t happened yet. On the other hand, it is part of a rather predictable future. Yet it isn’t here and therefore it isn’t real—not yet, or not that I can tell. On the other hand, in order to experience a spiritual salvation one must die, so as long as we are living there’s no way to know. We can only choose to believe, or have faith.

As of yet, neither a material nor a spiritual collective is real to any living individual—not in the present. And that leaves us with the question: which one do we want?

THE SEARCH FOR PURPOSE

Being in the zone, and revolutionizing the method that you’re living, is a never-ending process. But whatever revolution you may have had can easily become an ego trip. Once it becomes a rule, it becomes a device for being right and justifying the ego. That’s when it becomes a distraction rather than a truth.

I can see that in the feeling I have whenever I ask someone if we’ll ever achieve immortality and they say no. That frustrated feeling has me thinking, “How is anyone that shortsighted?”

It seems like people can only see fifty years into the future and that’s it. Their vision just stops. That frustrates me to no end, but when I put my emotions aside and ask, “What about two thousand years from now?” They open up then, and I can see their minds beginning to work.

The purpose of revolutionizing your awareness is to possess it and rise above animal limitations. Are you doing that, or are you waiting for a crisis to awaken you? Are you waiting for someone to identify your ego for you? Or are you actively focused on a purpose? Because if you don’t talk about it then you’ll probably never find out if any chosen purpose will affect much less inspire anyone.

In the search for purpose, you will manage to find many distractions—not only in what you do, but in who you’re being.

I may be engaged in what seem like distractions—social gatherings, dating excessively, watching TV, playing video games—but even with all these things, I can suddenly have an epiphany.

It’s not what you’re doing (nothing wrong with that); it’s about who you’re being that leads to discovery.

Being isn’t about doing. Heidegger referred to existing with awareness as a “sense” of being.

Listen to yourself, friends, and everything around you for inspiration. Listen for a purpose to reveal itself, no matter what you’re doing. There is a flexibility that comes from keeping your focus on. That doesn’t have to be an excuse for being actively involved in the world at large. You can still choose to engage others in your purpose, or not.

Just because you’ve discovered something empowering doesn’t mean that you have to be a victim of self-inflicted rules. You can remain flexible. You can remain open to inquiry and alternatives. And you can do this knowing that you don’t really know anything.

However, that’s not an excuse for doing nothing. When you stay home to entertain yourself with some product of technology, or to take care of the household, you deny your desire for a mission—to be a part of something greater than yourself.

You won’t always know what your purpose is for the moment. You won’t always remember what you want, but in time discover it and live it fully. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself empty and resentful.

YOUR PURPOSE

Will this purpose, that you’ve chosen as worthy of your life’s dedication, be one you can actually accomplish? You don’t know until it happens.

So how do you know if you’re doing something that you don’t want?

How can this finite little animal ever know anything? Even if the truth is known for one moment, the next moment it’ll be gone. Tomorrow will find a new truth and the old one will be forgotten. Only that which is truly eternal can ever know anything. Yet somehow I know that that’s not a reason to give up fighting against a global apathy toward faith, dignity, and humanity—a stand in choosing to resist life-extending technology.

My declaration: I choose to take a stand against that which has become a substitute for God.

PRIORITIZE

I try to keep in mind that if my personal relationships were gone, I’d still have a purpose. Without a purpose, I’m distracted and my relationships have the potential to become servile, passive, and temporary. At the very least, they have the potential to become a lack of focus. In other words, without purpose I’ll always be tempted to blame rather than take responsibility.

Being able to relate to a person in the moment can be weakened by a lack of purpose. What do you talk about when meeting someone new?

For me it’s as if I get aggravated at the apparent lack of connection, if I fail to relate. (I’m still thinking about the future.) This is especially true if I don’t spend enough time serving a purpose greater than myself, or if I don’t examine things and grow my awareness.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself… —Mathew 6:34