Sometimes I look at all the pontificating that goes on, the assumptions we as humans, as (theoretically, arrogantly) the most intelligent species, are also gods, in a position to choose for all life, to make value judgements on life itself, and then carry out our masterplans, to impose them on all life, whatever they happen to be, and of course that changes depending on the time and philosophical climate we’re in. I find it both interesting and disturbing that if we don’t do this under the guise of acting on behalf of an omnipotent being we elevate ourselves to omnipotence, whilst failing to realise we’re embroiled in what we’re trying to observe and therefore cannot see it with any real clarity, nor are we little gods. Our weapon of mass destruction is our brain, and our apparently largely inbuilt arrogance which assumes whatever we happen to believe is the ultimate reality and we have dominion over it, our idiocy. This, to me, is an exquisitely stupid intelligence, one which places its ego at the very heart of existence. We deify ourselves if we have no external deity. One way or another it seems we find ourselves in need of authority over life, even though that’s patently absurd.
It’s a curious anomaly, because if we were able to realise that as part of everything, a very small part at that, we are an essential element of it all, but not a god over it, not only might we start to move with greater care and discretion, we might also learn to appreciate it more. I find it fascinating that man seems to require individual gods, whether that’s some externalised all powerful being or himself. It’s the rare individual who dares be a cell in the entire organism.
We find ourselves so clever we believe we can seek after truth and arrive there, then impose our wisdom on life as if we stand outside it. How can it be truth if we do not exist within it? As I see it, we are an element of truth, and must surrender to that fact. That doesn’t mean we should then behave unthinkingly, for we have these minds and can learn to use them well, if we were just able to see how very small we really are, and how our impositions tend only to harm. It’s both simpler and more complex than we can imagine. But we have an element within us, an alchemical essence which could make such a difference, and I will not name it, for those who think themselves gods because of their minds would not understand, and those who already know it do not need me to.