A Lesson of History:
The Wrong Way that Seems Right to Man
The biggest lesson of history is that there is a way that seems right to egocentric Man but leads to conflict, division, and ultimately to destruction. That’s why the world has been and is as it is, because many men still do not understand the karmic reality that we reap what we have sown, and they either ignore or do not understand the lessons of history.
See, if the most important lessons of history had been widely learned and understood, and if we had heeded the Spirit of truth, the humble, gentle, peaceful and "meek" majority of people in the world would have already inherited the earth.
Moreover, the borders, boundaries and domains of men who were emperors or kings or heads of state would be obsolete concepts, and we, the people, would share the power and the domain as equal joint heirs. That is, we would have government that is actually of, by, and for the people, and our states and nations would be truly united.
Instead, we are in conflict and divided, because on a regular basis the proud, power-hungry and militant minority fight for and sometimes win the power to rule over us, usually feigning religiosity and patriotism but actually serving the forces of greed and self-interest. And some nations fight over borders, seek greater domain, and even dominance.
But, if we had heeded the Spirit of truth, we would be as the original, genuine Christians. For they were the few who shared and shared alike, who "had everything in common," and "No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had."
Unfortunately, that has happened only in rare and isolated instances since then, in small spiritual communities and in a few Hippie communes, and it may never happen on a large scale since the concept of private property is so firmly entrenched in the world.
But then, even the founding fathers of the United State’s of America believed in private property, and it’s not a bad thing when it is purchased and honestly and fairly acquired, and honorably kept through proper husbandry and peaceful relationship with neighbors.
However, we should realize that our concept of private property still exists largely because from early on Christians have been led to believe that Christianity is not about using the common wealth for the common good. In fact, we’ve been led to believe otherwise.
Of course, it is true that God helps those who help themselves. However, it is not true that 90 percent of the wealth should be hoarded by a relative few. And it is not necessarily true that wealth is a reward from God and that the poor deserve their lot. In fact, in many instances, that is not true at all. It’s a deceptive ruse.
You see, we’ve been misled by the proud, militant, powerful forces of greed and self-interest which masquerade as good, and even think they are good. They’ve been led to believe that people must be "self-reliant," and that it’s every man for himself. But they are ignorant of the Spirit of truth, and they don’t care much about history or about the long range future. They are short-sighted and self-indulgent. They think they are entitled to enjoy great wealth, power and domain so they can rule over the majority of the people.
They have done so throughout history – and, ironically, it has often been because they have been led to believe it is their "divine right." It’s the old "holier than thou" syndrome, caused by egocentric delusion, and it has infected many terrible leaders who justified themselves by thinking they were doing "God’s will."
See, the problem is leadership, because most people are willing to follow leaders, especially when they are in trouble. They tend to want a champion to lead them, and when they are threatened by an enemy they want a conquering hero. And, after all, that tendency is built into us as children, when we depend on the leadership and protection of our parents.
However, when the people as a nation are in trouble, they are vulnerable to demagogues, pretenders and scoundrels who take refuge in religiosity and patriotism. Unwittingly infected by egocentric delusion, demagogues feel righteous, and they appeal to the group ego, and to the emotions, prejudices and fears of their people. And they masquerade as good by waving their flag, thumping their bible and rattling their sword, to appear to be the righteous and strong conquering hero that their people want.
When people are afraid, angry and gullible, they are easy prey for demagogues who lust for power. And there have been many throughout history in the world. Even in America there have been demagogues who became presidents. In fact, the most recent were elected in 1981 and 2000, and we are suffering from the impact of their vain folly, and from the conflict, division and inequity that they created or exacerbated.
Americans who have been led to believe that Ronald Reagan was a good president will deny that at first and claim I’m just playing partisan politics. But in time even they will realize that they have been misled as to the real purpose of their religion, and misled as to the intent of the founding fathers. But it’s time to ignore the false pretenders, false shepherds, and false prophets, and face the truth so we can advance forward and progress, rather than continue to be deceived and pushed backward by the forces of greed and self-interest.
Our partisan political traditions of "choosing" leadership are outmoded. Besides opening the door to bad, deceptive, divisive leadership, they do not give us free choice. They allow us to choose between adversaries who fight for power over each other, who perpetuate conflict, and divide and polarize us.
The basic motivation of partisan political leaders is based on primitive, albeit natural, rationale. And rationalization is the forbidden fruit of the human ego, with its judgmental sense of superiority over others.
Egocentric partisan pretenders and demagogues think they have understanding and wisdom. They think they are good judges of what is right and what is wrong. They strive to influence and lead other people by making speeches behind podiums or preaching from behind a pulpit. And they honestly believe that they are right, and that people should follow them.
Don’t misunderstand, though. Not all partisans have been bad. There have been many good partisan political leaders and religious leaders whose works were actually to the benefit of the vast majority of their people and humanity in general.
For example, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest American religious leaders of the Twentieth Century. And U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was as great in another way. He was a man of his times, and he was a partisan who fought and was righteously victorious over the enemies of the people. First he gained victory over the forces of greed and self-interest that had almost ruined America. He established needed reforms and proper regulations to stop the rampant corruption and unfairness. He provided Social Security to the elderly and others who needed help. He put many millions of unemployed Americans to work and taught them skills, thereby improving the country, conserving agricultural land and wildlife habitat, improving the infrastructure, developing facilities in national parks and accomplishing many good public works projects that are still enjoyed today. He put in place the means by which the American Middle Class would grow large and great. Then he went to war against the tyrannical Emperor of Japan and his military forces and the tyrannical Nazi Fuhrer of Germany and his military forces, who were threatening to rule the whole world by force. And Roosevelt was victorious over them too.
Roosevelt did what was necessary and appropriate at the time. After all, the Nazi Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler, had threatened to conquer the whole world. He was the worst example of a terrible leader. He was a demagogue who made a point of claiming in his book and in his speeches that he was a Christian, when he was actually the opposite and an antichrist. He was the epitome of evil masquerading as good to his people.
Hitler appealed to the egos, emotions and prejudices of the German people, telling them that they were superior to all other human beings, that they should look down upon and condemn people who were of a different race or religion, etc. And he incited the German people to try to conquer the whole world by force of arms, because his agenda was to be the King of the World.
Hitler was an extreme example of a terrible leader that caused terrible conflict, division, violence, war, death and destruction because his inclinations were despotic and tyrannical, and his works benefitted only an "elite" few and were to the detriment of the majority of people in the world. He was blatantly evil while claiming to be good.
However, because Hitler was so blatant about it, other egocentric demagogues in America have since been more subtle, and even more cunning and deceptive. They have not been blatantly racist, and they have been less blatantly bigoted and hegemonic. Their stated agenda was ostensibly to benefit all humanity, while their hidden agenda was actually to benefit the wealthiest few Americans who backed them, at the expense of the vast majority.
Ironically, as has been mentioned, the one who had the most devastating impact on the world was Ronald Reagan, as is explained in detail on the page about Reagan’s Real Legacy. And that is why America’s main problem now is that many egocentric Reaganites are still trying to regain power to force their neo-conservative political ideology and their concept of religion on the whole world.
That’s why it is important to understand that even though they may not seem blatantly racist, hegemonic and imperialistic, their hidden agenda is still the same. They tolerate "colored" people only when and if they go along with the master plan at the expense of their own race, and they pervert nationalism to justify their global imperialistic agenda. So now it’s time to advance and progress beyond this nonsense. Reaganism is hypocritical and harmful, and it is a proven failure because it creates inequity and injustice, as I have explained on other pages, especially the pages on Partisan Politics, The Economy, Poverty, and Little Known American History.
Now there is a new idea, which is actually an old idea which never took hold. It was expressed in the Judaic "Old Testament" scriptures in the Bible, which advise us to: "Be wise and consider the ways of the ants, which having no guide, overseer or ruler, provide food in the summer and gather in the harvest."
In other words, we can govern ourselves, and we do not need a ruler. Jesus of Nazareth understood that, which is why he rejected the worldly throne of power. He taught that we are joint heirs to the kingdom which comes not with observation, because it is within and at hand, always. He understood it was vain folly for men to fight and kill for worldly power. He said those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword, and the humble, gentle, peaceful, faithful and meek shall inherit the earth.
Jesus understood that one day, at the end of the age he ushered in, the people would be liberated from those who want to rule, and empowered so we can all be equal joint heirs to the "throne of the new kingdom of God" — so we can have government that is actually of, by, and for the people, under God the Great Spirit-Parent of all.
Many preceding Jewish prophets also foresaw that outcome, even though they did not and could not spell it out exactly how it would happen. But they knew that one day peacemakers would prevail, transform "swords into plowshares," make deserts into new gardens, and comfort the earth where it has been fouled or laid waste.
There have been wise people of other religions who foresaw the same thing. And some even foresaw and gave clues as to how it would happen.
For example, Lao Tsu wrote in The Book of Tao: "When the best leader's work is accomplished, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'"
That's because the best leader provides the people with an innovative way to unite, determine their own collective destiny, collaborate, and cooperatively accomplish common goals using the common wealth for the common good. The best leader leads only by showing the way in writing, for . And, as the prophet Isaiah foresaw, the best leader is "hidden in the shadow of God’s hand."
That is how prophecy is fulfilled. Not just Judeo-Christian prophecy, but the prophecies of all genuine prophets of the world. And on the pages titled The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, How the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, and The Future, the way we can do that is suggested.
That way will enable us to advance and progress together, united – and stop the power struggle and the sibling rivalry for the throne that divides us. For the "divided kingdom" we now live in is the symbolic Babylon. As is explained on the page titled The Fall of Babylon, it is falling as it inevitably would, because too many men have taken the path that seems right to man, but leads to conflict, division and destruction.
That is the way that seems right to the egocentric man who wants to be a conquering hero, savior, and great leader. But, even though it has been the traditional way that we have allowed and even expected our leaders to rise to power, and even though it may seem right, it is the wrong way.
Throughout history men have unwittingly been making the same mistake, and that is to indulge in egotism – to indulge in the "forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." That is what deludes man into thinking he is a wise judge of good and evil, and right and wrong.
What that does is infect a man with egocentric delusion, so that he becomes spiritually blinded by the illusion of duality, and of separateness and superiority. For in thinking he is a wise judge of good and evil, he does not realize that he has actually disobeyed God.
That is why the wise have always advised people to judge not, lest you be so judged, to resist not evil but love good, and to let your eye become single so that you may see the kingdom of heaven that is both within and here at hand.
You see, contrary to popular belief, indulging in the biblical "forbidden fruit" is not about "eating an apple." Also, contrary to another popular belief, being "tempted by the serpent" has nothing to do with sex. In this case, the "serpent who tempted Eve" symbolizes subtle guile and deceit, not sex. And the book of Genesis is mostly symbolic allegory.
Furthermore, even though Moses (who is assumed to have been the author of Genesis and other books of the Torah) was divinely inspired, he was not perfect. In fact, he succumbed to egocentric temptation himself when he laid down the "laws," some of which have been proven to be ignorant of actual facts of life and reality, and some of which have become antiquated and outmoded because they are patriarchal and needlessly rigid and prudish.
But then, no one is perfect. We are only human. No one has been perfect, and no one will be perfect. Even the most enlightened individuals who have received the gift of The Highest State of Consciousness do not retain it fully. They were only human. And the human ego represents the consciousness of the separate, individual, self-interested self—the lower self.
You see, even though the ego can and should be in tune and in harmony with the higher self or inner self, it is easily tempted and deluded with self-centered, self-interested, self-righteous, and self-important thoughts. It thinks, reasons, assumes, and sometimes even rationalizes that it has accurate and superior knowledge and judgment of what is right, and what is wrong.
That is why we should understand that our "eye" must be single. For when we see the oneness of all creation, we see that there is only God in that highest state of human consciousness. In fact, in that state there is simply nothing but God and God’s creation. It is all one thing. But it’s not a permanent state of mind. Even after that, we can once again be tempted by the forbidden fruit and again indulge in it.
The son of man knows that because that’s what he did. But he knows the difference. He was allowed to witness God and he knows what exists beyond the veil of illusion, beyond the veil of duality and mortal, carnal vision. And he understands why Jesus said what he said, and why Moses wrote what he wrote. But he also understands that as a messenger of God he has a duty to deliver judgment, and part of that is to tell you that he is only human, and to tell you what the forbidden fruit really is.
When you judge, you indulge in the forbidden fruit, you play god, and you disobey God. Moreover, when we judge we unwittingly set into motion a karmic reaction. As we sow, so shall we reap. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. As we judge, so we will be judged. Offensive things you say and do will come back on you sooner or later. You can count on it. Just ask anyone who has lived to a ripe old age. They know this from experience, if they are conscientious, repentant, and honest with themselves.
Now, all that is to say why it is so important that we adopt a new way to choose leadership, and a new form of leadership and governance. We must put an end to man’s vain folly and an end to the partisan political power struggle and rivalry for the throne that so deeply divides us and perpetuates a retaliatory response every time the losing side feels the winners abuse power – which is most of the time.
In other words, we must stop the game that produces winners and losers. We must stop the perpetual karmic reaction that partisan political warfare and campaigns set in motion. We must stop what is akin to the children’s game of "king of the mountain," where the strongest one rises to the top by pushing all the others down. If a stronger one comes along, he is removed. He reaps what he has sown.
We must also put an end to the same syndrome in the world, be understanding why those who live by the sword shall perish by it. We must not follow those who fight for power. Instead, we must choose the way to share it, equally, as joint heirs. And the power game will end when we all agree to end it. It will end when we simply stop playing the games, waging the wars, the crusades, the campaigns, and the races to win power over others. We must all win and share the power, together, united at long last.
That can happen only when we realize we must govern ourselves, with government that is actually of the people, by the people, and for the people – not by an individual head of state, or by a partisan political party, but by genuine representatives of all the people.
That can happen only when we realize that we the people must have equal opportunity and total freedom of choice to name and thus determine who will represent us in government, not by accepting a choice between adversaries who want power over each other, but by actually choosing who we really want. And we must choose wisely.
Now, if you haven’t already, read The 21st Century Declaration of Independence to find out how.
(Last revised 12/20/2010)