Blog No. 4

mirror-reflection-in-sphere2NOTE TO SELF:  1987 (minor 2013 edit – important:  1987 ‘man’ = mankind, as such)

The construction of man was undoubtedly a miracle, although one might wonder whether or not it was (initially) an act of boredom.  Had civilisation progressed as God had intended it to, there would be no cause for concern, but modern man has travelled so far along forbidden paths in his quest to discover the meaning of Life that his creation and the purpose behind it has been ignored (for years).  One wonders whether it hasn’t been conveniently deleted from his memory completely.

Man has evolved into something totally contrary to what was expected.  Man in modern society assumes that he is invincible – a story-book hero with limitless powers.  He sees himself as the epitome of perfection and will not admit the potential presence of any weaknesses.  Stated more accurately by a certain A. Grit, “Nature didn’t make us perfect, so she did the next best thing – she made us blind to our faults.”  Man’s denial of imperfection is (nearly) imperceptible, although he is surely aware that somewhere deep within his (superior) being there is something that needs correction, something that he cannot do without.  Perhaps it would be destructive to admit it – even if it was just to himself – it might taint his opinion (of himself) or crack the fragile shell of his ego.

For man to understand himself accurately, it would be necessary for him to see himself as he appears in reality.  Without much effort, he could merely stand before a mirror and study his reflection and draw his conclusions from his observations.  However, it is easy to escape unharmed by staring at your reflection in a normal mirror because the reflection is superficial and does not extend further than skin deep.  What he (actually) needs is a large two-way mirror that reveals his surface features from one side and when he moves behind the mirror to the other side he can see his inner turmoil and associated imperfections.  Only then, under constant scrutiny, would he begin to discover for himself that although he is a human being of miraculous proportions, he has also been made with his share of (inherited) insecurities and problems.
The most difficult thing for him to understand however, is that by viewing himself subjectively as well as objectively, he is in no way conceding to or admitting defeat, (but that) he is actually on the way to self-discovery.

A mirror in itself is a means by which man can unravel the mysteries within himself.  By turning to face a mirror he can unjumble the confusion inside of him and make sense of his situation in order to proceed (effectively equipped) in a ‘weird’ world of reality.  There is no doubt that man’s true reflection will not hold any substantial pleasure initially, but perhaps for him to come to terms with himself it is an effective measure.  It would surprise him to discover that instead of being the all-knowing figment of his imagination, he has become the ignoramus who stares back into his eyes so helplessly.  Man has become disillusioned and must learn to deal with his disppointment in order for him to begin again.  Maybe by participating in a venture of this nature, society will change and follow a more positive path towards the future.  Maybe, just maybe, by doing this man will revolutionise his outlook and turn out to be what was expected of him the moment the dust with which he was created, had settled.

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  3. This is some great stuff!

  4. Victor

    Aaaahhh, I was waiting for the good stuff…!
    But isn’t it our free will that defines us? God has endowed others of his creations without free will, and these have progressed inexorably towards perfection: animals, fish or insects for example. None of these can be critized for being ‘less than their best selves’ or ‘contrary to design’ because they are all natural, acting on instinct.
    Man decides to proceed one way or another, this way or that. It’s volition that makes us unique. And to make a very long story very short….it’s ultimately good and evil that determine whether man chooses to recognize and work on his imperfections, or as you succinctly put it, on his insecurities and problems.
    Only a Godless man would assume he’s invincible….witness the old saw: “you want to hear God laugh….tell him your plans.”
    But we are FORCED to make choices because of free will. And it’s in executing each of those thousands of daily choices we all make every day, that we become better or worse….truer or further from our own perfection.
    Innately we all understand that good is better than evil, yet we give in to the darker side because it’s easier, and thus we create decision-by-decision that “fragile shell” of protection that makes us “blind to our faults.”

    • I worry about how free our free will is. Conditioning aside, there are so many reasons our choices are what they are. There are so many influencing factors. I find that choices take time to make sense, that hindsight is most useful in many cases… And yep, volition for sure is a deciding factor. I was reading the other day about the good vs evil in this world we find ourselves and considering that only 20% of what is down here is evil (apparently – not sure who did the study) we’re not in a bad position really. But then again 20% of a lot of people is a lot of people. I wonder about genetically engineered children. Is it morally objectionable? Is it testimony to the advances in medical technology in the past 50 years? How far have we gone in our quest to ‘keep people happy?’ What are you doing when you are forcing Nature into complying with your request for progeny? Is there a reason your genes are not compatible with those of your chosen partner? These things all need thinking about, addressing. Best not to run from the reality of life on this planet. Evolution tells a story. It happens to be ours.

      I reckon striving for the ‘ideal’ of perfection is where it is at. (At best it’s ‘ideal’ – what else do we have to work towards other than our current perception of perfect?) It’s in the striving. The motivation is always pure, the effort is always honest. The marvellous thing in this world is that perfection (of the self) kind of demands that of a person.

      The darker side is easier? I don’t know. I think the darker side is more compelling, maybe. Darker is denser, a slower going. I find.

      I think man is godless. God is everywhere, but WHERE is he? In this advanced age of show-and-tell it seems to me a pity that an all-seeing, all-hearing, all-knowing God would not make an appearance to a people who I feel are very ready for change. I think the world is mature enough to meet its God. The problem I can see is that he is not making himself accessible. Not now, and not ever. Not in church, not in an every day. Accessibility is being present. He is not present. If he is still angry about the Garden of Eden then really, what hope do we have? For him to understand how it is to be a man on this planet, he would have to become one. Experience is the only way to develop the empathy required to turn this upside-down world around.

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