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quinta-feira, outubro 06, 2005

A propósito...

A propósito de um livro que, confesso, me despertou um interesse relativo, mas cujo Guia Experimental se está a revelar mais interessante...

Disasters and the Great Mission
Interestingly, there seem to be two different ways of looking at the world that are both positive. One is the HG Wells, Star Trek, humanistic way, which centers on the idea of progress: the notion that the human animal can raise its head from the natural world and build civilization in the right way. This viewpoint holds an optimistic view that we can progress toward a solution to our many problems on this planet—overpopulation, poverty, war, hatred, pollution, etc.—and build an egalitarian world of peace and mutual understanding, where every person actualizes their potential, and our basic needs are satisfied without money, as we go on to explore and populate the universe. This way of looking at the universe is basically materialistic and either takes a deistic view, or can be agnostic or even atheistic in its attitude toward spirituality.
The other viewpoint holds that the universe and this life are primarily a spiritual drama, and that our challenge is not just to work toward a better world but to get in sync with the laws that govern this particular dimension. Most religions have some version of this outlook, with the eastern systems holding that only if individuals change their inner life, can the world around us change toward the better, and the western theologies (depending on how fundamentalist they are) either giving up on this world entirely, or taking the view that we can indeed get to utopia here, but only if we actualize more of our spiritual nature and get in step with the great plan for this place, which stems from an intelligent, ongoing design.
Obviously, the Celestine outlook falls into the later category, and if the truth be known, subsumes the others into itself experientially. In other worlds, we can discover for ourselves that finding a connection with a greater intelligence within (the God of love) opens us up to an inner intuition or guidance and, if followed, puts us synchronistically into the right place to make a difference with other people and, by extension, the world. And more, if we enter this flow with an interpersonal ethic of giving, energetically, it constantly opens the way to a greater understanding among alienated groups, which I would suggest is the real reason we are all here.
The idea of progress was a great step, but real evolution only happens person to person. This world is a theater of unification, and everything that happens, be it human violence or the whims of nature, has to be viewed as a challenge to our resolve to not go into blame or alienation or fear.
The great mission here is to keep our connection in the spirit...and to use every test in this world as a means to build a greater bond with everyone else.

James Redfield , somewhere around here.