#15795 - 12/08/08 07:52 PM
Re: Enlightenment and How to Reach It~Essay
[Re: Anthony West]
I'll lend my criticism to this too.
Our man-made emotions that cloud our minds, hearts, and souls slowly fall from grace and end up in a place where there is no light to guide us on our path to self-discovery and, ultimately, enlightenment itself.
By man made emotions, I hope that you meant emotions that are more predominantly found in humans. As far as I know people haven't made emotions just as much as they have made another color. Its nature that did it.
Perhaps you meant emotions that are seen more (though not exclusively) in the human race? such as sorrow or guilt?
A constant cycle devestates our future plans; that cycle is repetition. Why do we live like we'll be alive tommorow? Why do you put of for tommorow what we can get done today? And why don't we realize that tommorow might not come?
We live like we will be alive tomorrow because we most likely will. Why do we put off for tomorrow what we can do today? Well because we are indulging our "sin" of sloth. It feels good to do so, just not when it bites us in the ass. And who doesn't realize that tomorrow might not come, its a constant thought for some. There is always the chance that we will die in our sleep or burst a vein being pissed off at some useless person.
Enlightenment is not a far-away concept. Like Heaven and Hell, enlightenment is a state that can be experienced here on Earth. Enlightenment is not an ascension to another plan, like so many seem to think. It is merely a state of mind and emotion.
And who are you to define what is an enlightened state of mind. Many religions or philosophies claim to be characterized by true englightenment. Is it simply awareness and knowledge of your own life, and what you like and don't like?
Get used to yourself, because what you are is what you allways will be. Your physical body may have gone through dynamic changes during its teen years, your mind may grow from learning and experience, but you will always be who you are. Not a drug, ritual, spell, or thought can ever change that.
Your body never stops changing, depending on your habits. And people can still develop and grow mentally, no matter what point in their life. They can still change, you aren't set in stone.
If you are homosexual, cry out that you are. If you are violent, scream that, that is what you are like. If you have mental disorders, demand that others respect them. If you are rejected, stand outside the crowd, tall and proud. Be proud of who you are, who you've become, and who you will be, for it is you, and nothing can change that.
Many things can change who you are. And screaming out who you are can have many downsides. I wouldn't recommend going into the ghetto and screaming that you are a homosexual, or violent, or a violent homosexual. And demand as much as you want, as you can see here, it does nothing to sway the strong.
Rejection is a part of life, embrace it. Every great mind in history was (at first) put out and hated, but was later seen as an ingenius form of thought. People like Socrates, Jesus of Nazareth, and Mousiallini were put to death for their ideas. Although some of them were remained hated, their changes in the positive realm were undeniable.
A person's definition of a great mind is mostly opinion. Was Hitler a great mind? He did create the most efficient government known to man. Some could say that the effect that Jesus left is worse than Hitler's. Being influential does not mean you are great, only great to those who follow you.
Enlightenment is not a state of existance in a "peaceful" realm where nothing can go wrong, it is a state of mind that is very real here on Earth. No matter who you are, what you've done, or what you believe, you can reach enlightenment by opening your eyes and seeing the world around you. Hatred, intolerance, and anger give you enormous strength that is amazing beyond all reason, but, like fire, it burns itself out of existance and (eventually) creates a new, darker place. Simple peace and sight give you a more productive lifestyle than hatred and anger do.
Come to peace with yourself and the world around you. The world changes, but coming to peace with a changing world is the best of tasks one can acomplish. The mere act of this is stunning and amazing beyond all reason. The undeniable truth is that hatred and anger throw you into progress, but halt any attempts beyond that. Coming to peace with the world is the true way to create a realm of harmony here on Earth.
Peace is overrated. Conflict gives motivation and fuel humanity onwards. If the universe was at peace, there would be no survival of the fittest, so we'd just be some plants.
And your fire analogy only makes sense if you reference a wild fire. When controlled, fire has long been a great asset. If we couldn't control it, a car would blow up as soon as you turned it on.
Scream out to the world who you are, for that is all you will ever be. Come to peace with yourself, for that is all who you will ever be. Realize the world for what it truly is, for that is all that it will ever be. Now is now; you're living in the future. The best way to create a passion for yourself is to come to peace with yourself. Take responsitibility for your actions, you can't take them back. Don't drown yourself in regret, you'll get over it. Most of all, look into the mirror and see yourself, for that is all that you will ever be.
I try my hardest to never stop growing and getting better. So who I am now is not who I will always be. The world may mostly be the same, that is true, but its also human nature. Its your responsibility to change the world you chose to live in. Regret, in doses, is good. But yea, feeling guilty all the time isn't good. Move on, get better, get over it. And once again, the person I see in the mirror today is not set in stone.
All in all, a very new age hippie feel good essay chock full of oodles of reasons to feel good.
Frankly I don't need reasons to feel good. I'm currently doing all I can to fulfill my own needs. Fuck the world if it doesn't make me happy.
I'm sure that your philosophy may make you happy, and maybe some others, but the idea of "this is how it is, it won't change" is very defeatus. Satanists should just accept things if they can fight it for their benefit.
My God & I are one & the same,
We have the same face we have the same name.
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