One and I (prologue)
Posted: 11 January 2004
Word Count: 1070
Thank you to every one who has taken the time to comment on my frirst upload. I have found all your comments extremely helpful and this prologue has been inspired as a direct response to the most common criticisms.
May I also point out that I am dyslexic, so please can people forgive my spelling, and concentrate on the meaning.
More comments will be greatly appreciated.
Let us undertake an exercise, an exercise in which we look at two different types of people, a person who is perfect if this is possible, and a person who is dominated by all the imperfections that humans have. Let us build up the perfect person piece by piece, and propose ways in which they can posses perfection, and in a similar way let us also examine the anatomy of imperfection, so then at the end we can see if as people who have strengths and weakness, we can move a little further into our strengths.
When we examine our two people let us be guided by a few principles:
Firstly we will not beat around the bush; with our imperfect person we are looking for an understanding that can lead to an explanation of the ultimate failings of mankind.
In a similar way, in our perfect person we really are looking for nothing less than perfection, we are looking for the greatest person in the universe, and the most powerful set of tools we can conceive of. The reason we are going to adopt this approach is because if we looked for something lesser, we are straight away closing down the scope of our searching, and may therefore miss some possibilities, some of which may prove to be the most powerful of all.
It is also very important that we adopt this approach for the following reason: You may agree that mankind seems to have perfected the art of imperfection, in the sense that he seems to have committed every crime that is humanly possible to commit. Is there any crime you can thing of that has not been carried out? This means that imperfection is an entirely demonstrated phenomenon; people have demonstrated or acted out all imperfections completely, and it is therefore completely seated in reality. Where as if we ask the question ‘has mankind excelled so far in the art of perfection? You may feel the answer appears to be ‘no’. Perfection is not completely demonstrated, and therefore leads one to speculate that maybe there are new and more powerful things to be learnt about it that are not yet commonly accepted. This is precisely why we must look for perfection; to give ourselves the possibility of finding something that although is not demonstrated may actually exist. Let us first see if we can conceive or understand what perfection is like, then and only then we may have a chance of actually demonstrating it, or something nearer to it.
Perfection is still in the realm of our imagination or things we might imagine, so it is here we have to look for it first, before it can be brought into the realm of reality. We must look hard for it in our imagination, as we do not have the luxury of simply following the methods of others who have achieved or demonstrated it, and we must drop any cynicism we may have, as this is new ground for mankind which will not come out easily. We have to tease it out strand by strand and build it carefully piece by piece.
Imperfection on the other hand is very much seated in reality; we can easily go to our own experiences or history for many examples of it. Here we need to understand what causes imperfection so that we can then understand how to dissolve it.
Secondly let us try to make the process as logical as possible so that the steps to our final conclusions are clearly laid out, in this way hopefully our conclusions will be more plausible.
Let us also appeal to our intuition. Intuition can be a difficult thing to work with, as when we look deep into ourselves for knowledge, we may release things that we do not wish to accept, things that we find frightening in their power, and things that we feel are true but cannot proved, as in the case of believing in God. The conclusions we see when we look into ourselves, and wish to keep even though we cannot prove them, will become our faith, nearly every one has at least some faith. Our faith can leave us very open to criticism as we cannot give a reason for our belief other than to say “it is what I feel inside”. Nevertheless let us work wholeheartedly with intuition, let us open our minds to the avalanche of fantastic, bold, unfounded and wild ideas that it can unleash, and then let us have faith in those we feel are true inside of us, so that our faith might afford the opportunity of turning fantastic ideas into physical reality.
Finally let us look to science where possible and see what it has to say about our ideas, be them carefully thought out, or wild and unfounded; let us search through known knowledge to see if there are hidden truths that can bring a deeper insight, understanding, and validation to our conclusions.
So now we are almost ready to begin our exercise, but before we do, we need some names for these people. We will call our perfect person ‘One,’ as he or she is one with everything, and we will call our person full of imperfection ‘I,’ as he or she is only concerned with themselves.
We also need to make the exercise as real as possible, so rather than reading words on a page, let this be the opportunity to be the greatest and the least great person to ever live. As you read the words, the narration will be as if voices speaking from within you, the voices of One and I. Open your self to these people, imagine that they are your own voices inside of you, become them as you read the words, feel them inside of you, feel what it is like to be them, understand how they work, what their worlds are like, and absorb what it is that they have to tell you.
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