people, because we are inspired so much by 'Stanger
In A Strange Land,' and even other novels by Robert
Heinlein, assume that we subscribe to Heinleins socioeconomic
and political ideals. If anything, we stand against them. RAH
was a great, if not gifted, writer, and I think he may have been
channeling some ascended master perhaps, when he wrote SiaSL,
but his personal philosophy sucked.
people that assume that usually can't get past our Pledge though
so they don't join us. "From each according to their
abilities, to each according to their needs," and "The
good of the many outweighs the good of the few," and
even, "Every man and woman is a Star," don't
play real well with the "virtue of selfishness" crowd.
theology has evolved over time into something that is neither
pantheism nor monotheism
but something that is both I think, but at the same time atheistic.
It is our spirituality that informs us politically, and not the
other way around.
art God," means that if you and I and everyone else, and
every creature and our planet itself is God, then we are a collective
God, and so therefore one. On the other hand, the reality is that
in this life we don't function that way. We all have separate
bodies and separate identities and so we are many. I sometimes
use "The Founders" from ST-DS9 to illustrate the idea.
They had the ability to retain their individuality when apart
from their collective, but became of one mind when joined in "the
great link." This idea is also reflected in the Kabbalah,
which teaches that "we are all separate cups of water
from the ocean that is G-d."
really isn't a word for that so I sometimes use "tribal."
Where I am coming from is the desire to shape society from that
"Thou art God" vantage, where people embrace the idea
that hurting someone else, or helping someone else, is ultimately
helping them selves. Therefore altruism becomes an act of selfishness,
or it's selfish to act in altruistic ways. So we have yet another
seeming contradiction (like being a monotheist and at the same
time, a pantheist is contradictory).
thing about "The Founders" is that they were free to
choose between existing on their own, or existing in the collective,
and they frequently chose both. So that's the choice we offer
here, and we can learn a lot from each other, if you're willing.
the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.
Druid Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star,
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