Forward to "The Nest"
Our two guys were walking up Broadway in lower Manhattan, New York. On this day it was sunny as they passed a building being renovated on 13th Street.
1st Guy: “I heard that Black Joe got the contract to do some of the work in here.”
2nd Guy: You talking about Joe the African American guy?
1st Guy: Yea, likes to be called "Black". Heard it’s an informal arrangement. He’s deep into the church too ya know.”
2nd Guy: Hard working gent. Lotta guys in his community outta work.”
1st Guy: Maybe the church will help?”
2nd Guy: Why so?”
1st Guy: Cause if something happened and they started their own country tomorrow the Black Church would be their main industry.”
(Follow-up to “New World Constitution”)
Times may be hard, money may be in short supply but there are other things that are well in abundace competing for our time. For for example there are millions of websites available for our viewing; tens of millions of books for us to read; hundreds even thousands of movies and television stations to watch with even more radio stations around the world playing millions of songs some of which are bound to please our ear. The question becomes, how do we know which ones to choose?
In answer to that question someone once told me a story about a professor at Harvard University whom handed out a required a reading list of over 400 books at the beginning of the semester. Of course the students were perplexed. They wondered if the professor was too demanding and just how they would have the time to read over 400 books for one course that semester. They had other responsibilities.
The gentleman I was speaking with said that actually the instructor wasn’t being too tough. "True, it seems like a lot of work but there was significant information within those books that the students were responsible for. The task was for the students to develop the ability to prioritize and discern which information within those books was most important."
Interestingly, it is the same dilemma we are faced with today; being overwhelmed with information and discerning which is the most relevant and useful.
The possibility of a "world constitution" as discussed in my last commentary would be no different from any of the other data we are confronted with. To determine any potential value of a "world constitution" which is the center of this thesis we would have to consider all the related information and religious doctrine giving particular attention to the prophecies recorded in their great books and believed by many people around the world. This is necessary because a "world constitution" could, though not necessarily, be interpreted to conflict with traditional doctrine and religious beliefs.
Include in the things we would have to reconsider; “signs” as in religious signs and symbols; the initial or second coming of god; divine revelations and events including the prophecies of Armageddon and other events predicted in the Torah, the Koran and the Bible.
The question that most easily comes to mind is; with all the things our great religions have taught us and with these important prophecies considered, where in any of this is a “world constitution” mentioned? Where does it fit in? Most religions have warned us in detail of Armageddon and the events leading up to it. A “world constitution” that could defer from that thesis is never mentioned?
The question for us now would be: Where in our great texts is a "World Constitution" implied or suggested?
Symbols & Suggestions
Doubt not that I take the passeges and stories in all the "great books" seriously. They teach us many things. In order to hold true, the information they impart had to and must still relate and apply to life as it evolves through time. That is no small task. To do this religion must make use of symbols; acknowledge magic and the unseen. It must make use of our imagination, our spirituality and our belief in an afterlife. It must use anecdotes, myths and mythological figures to explain lifes mysteries. Religous doctrine also had to and still must consider the human temperament, fickle though it is and also the things man must contend with as time and things changed. To do all of this and more this information had to, and must now be suggestive as well as forthright.
The method I point to here to clarify our discussion accommodates those acts and the way nature reveals its secrets - in its own time and way. As many of us believe - that nature is of God, the natural sequence would then be determined by God who in his divinity decides what, how and when to reveal things to us as opposed to what, how or when we want them. Revealing knowledge to us only when we are ready to receive it would appear to be the object of his wisdom and the best method for us to receive what is necessary for us to have.
For example God revealed to the Apostles what they needed to know, how and when they needed it. That was his way. Had he done otherwise our bibical history might be different. My point here is answered by the question; is God revealing something simple through his prophesy of Armageddon that is omni important? The next question is, if so, what?
Compare this method to the Falcon as it teaches its young how to fly; step by step. The goal of the Falcon here is to encourage the chicks to become independent; to become capable and self sufficient. The crux of this model for us is that one day the mother nudges the young chicks out of the nest to be on their own and do and reason for themselves. This, only when they have demonstrated they are capable and the parent Falcon believes it to be so.
If you reject this thesis for our purposes, consider that those young chicks would reject being pushed out on their own also (perhaps then to be killed by the mother) but consider that as God is referred to as our Holy Father in the scriptures, we are so his children! This suggests that our decision making and responsibility for ourselves would increase as we, his children become more capable?
Then do the Holy Scriptures as well suggest: "May your subordination be reasonable?"* Is it expected that we will one day become independent and find our own way?
Contemplate that if we humans were to accept these implications modeled by nature and so possibly interpreted in the Holy Scriptures it would require the greatest summary of courage and strength ever to accommodate it. Consider too that these ideas are meant only for discussion and to encourage a correct and proper balance between the pious and the secular as an imbalance (if I may) now makes excuses for ecological dysfunction; social and economic irresponsibility; human trafficking and slavery; genocide and ethnic cleansing; omnicide, fatalism and more.
Remember that the great faiths and their teachings will always be with us as guides and to fall back on. But picture also a more correct proportion of faith to fact enabling us to solve our problems and outline a more productive future - one perhaps even more inline with all God's teachings. Picture humankind as a young race freeing ourselves of just those superstitutions, myths and fables that hold us from true self sufficiency and the maturity to venture forward and become more productive. Gone would be the outdated falsehoods; the mists and make believe; tales and superstitutions that hold us to the past. I have no doubt that god would still be a prominent part of our existence but could this theme, in part, hold our true potential as we stand on the crest of a universe infinite with knowledge and adventure?
Ask yourself; could what we know about God, his teachings and the prophecies of the Apocalypse actually be meant to encourage us towards a more independent and sovereign path, away from the destruction and suffering so outlined? Are we being pushed out of the nest like those chicks? Are we analyzing knowledge correctly and is the said coming Apocalypse but an event intended for us to avoid? Forewarned, are we expected to navigate a better, smarter highway? Did god mean for us to use our acquired wisdom and the common principles of ethics (very significant in all religion!) to abandon the path of (what could be fateful) rigid doctrine and take greater control of our future?
Could it be intended for us to proceed more independently but wisely into the future using the principles that are common and compatible with what we know, each other and the universe that are already written within great books on faith?
When on a burning train the wise man knows when to get off. If he were in a poker game he would have to know when to raise or fold. In war the commander has to know when to attack or pull back. So it is in life, one has to know if and when to change course. The timing - knowing if and when to change direction is crucial to this process.
A good question often holds the answer within it and I hope that I am ending with one here. If we believe that the road we travel is true, still, how do we know that this is the time for God's divine premonition? The question itself holds the answer because as we believe we must induce the event, we become more familiar with it and close enough to view its variables more clearly. Within this proximity we may recognize wisely first and most importantly that man is still learning and then also that we have choices. Primary amongst those choices is that through ethical principles a better world, yet one still respectfully and reasonably pious, is possible.
Knowing these things, is Armageddon still inevitable?
It is in part the theme of my current book to review our histories through an ethical method to deduce the truer and stronger benefits contained within them (interesting is that the book is still waiting for the right agent/publisher). The idea is that through an improved and consenual interpretation of history we are offered a more promising path than the one we’re on. So will be revealed false signs, prophets and gods; trickery, excuses and plain old manipulation as opposed to true miracles and a spiritually equitable future rich with potential.
A true revelation would be the second clue. What could better be defined as a revelation than the distinction of ethical principles from, if I may, limiting religious doctrine as we may possibly and currently view it? Contained within that revelation might then be the potential for a global ethical consensus and perhaps even a "New World Constitution".
I would like to close on the note that again, this is meant only for discussion. It is my intention and hope that it will offer greater insight into our amazing times. Please stay with us as we explore more .., further and better.
*As referred to in the novel, "The Philosopher's Kiss" by Peter Prange.
Leslie Lox - editor and author