Life, with all its mysteries, unknowns, and other adventures and novelties,
Presents its own set of challenges. It is a seemingly endless road towards unknowns, soon to become our present “knowns”. It is a journey, an adventure, and path filled with experiences yet to be known, and then hopefully – shared with others. It is path which everyone living, must travel if they are to experience Life as it is intended to be. It is the “constant dynamic”, which parallels all that we know or THINK we know about our universe. It is a path to be traveled to whatever ends it may take us. It is journey so natural, that most take it for granted – without reflecting from whence they came, and what experiences and developed knowledge they gained. It is that dynamic which proves that NOTHING within this Universe, or any other believed-to-exist Universe is at a stasis. Even from the Hermetic Principles: “Nothing in the Universe remains still. All is in motion”.
Now WHAT makes this impending journey so scary? Is it that we know not, what we may find along the way? Is it that we have no map or definitive directions in which to travel? Is it that we feel alone on this voyage, that no one is there with us – in an abstract feeling of “security”? Is it because we just don’t know what to expect, when we feel we have reached the end of the road? Why is it, that the unknown becomes so abjectly fearful to us? Why do fear to tread on paths unknown? Is it from a primal or primitive fear which lay dormant within, until such time it is awakened at the opportune time and place? Do we simply “give up” and detour to the nearest exit, so as to relieve ourselves of this fear, and seek comfort alongside a “known”? – Would this not have the effect of turning us backward, from the forward progress on our personal journey? Would we truly be the wiser, depending on which choice of a decision we may make? – These are the burning questions, which we as a sentient and reasoning Being, grappled to explain for many thousands of years. Still today, NO ONE has faithfully and thoroughly explored those realms of possibility, outside of created doctrines, dogmas, and various other derivatives we may call: “the social norms”.
Life and Nature care not of our own “beliefs”, nor of any dicta we may hold firm to. Life is filled with such endless possibilities, because its vastness pales any singular life-span, of any known actual Being we may be familiar with. Man’s life-span is far too short, to ever recall, let alone experience, the every facet of Life that “was”, “is”, and shall ever “become”. All we individually know is the here, and now, and recollections of Our individual past experiences. Each be as a mere chapter, or even just a “paragraph” in the Great Story of Life. To appreciate all that Life offers, both the “good”, the “bad”, and of course the hideously “ugly”, are but impressions we derive – based on our own perspectives and experiences on this fantastic journey. It is a Life worth examining. It is a Life worth exploring. It is a passion of Spirit and Soul, to journey headlong into that wilderness of scary and fearful unknowns.
Then, Here Ye be – “The Gate-keepers”:
The self-avowed, self-proclaimed “Champions of safety and comfort”, who arrive by sheer numbers, and are posted throughout. Their mantra be: “Trust me! I have your safety at heart, and care so much for you.” Their intentions may be known or not. There be those who claim to know “what’s best FOR you”, while detouring you toward some predesignated plan. There be those, who of their own Mind know not, who will so willingly “guide” you to some proclaimed truth, even though by proof or evidence have they not: They say: “Just trust me, for I know with certainty and clarity.” They may be of any cloth, any social strata, of any level of knowledge, and of any volition and/or character – Their words be spoken the same: “Just trust us. We are the enlightened, and trusted by the many.”
Now, one may query: “Why do they do all this, if their intentions are so pure?” They never seem to ask: “ARE their intentions really so pure? ARE they really so genuine, in their concerns for me, and for my safety?” Why do they “know” so much more about me, and how do they know what is best for me? These questions, if not befallen upon deaf ears, and not allowed to die quietly in the wind, be they answered by: “WE are trained. WE are experienced. WE know more than you do. WE are ‘trusted’ by many. WE bear the honored sacred crests, and official marks of our achievements.” However, do we REALLY know for certainty, if these “enlightened” among us, are truly honorable, genuine, and even that knowledgeable as to the “who”, the “why”, the “how”, the “when”, and to whatever for? Are these types of question so glibly ignored? Are they queries worth asking, and what do they tell us about these self-proclaimed/promoted “enlightened ones”? Should we really trust them at their word, or are there other queries of them to be aired and contemplated? What or who has the responsibility to make THAT choice?
Then, be Ye affronted by the more forceful of the “Gate-keepers”, especially when Ye of rightly-questioning Mind, be so bold and daring to query them at their word. Though there be so few, with the rightness of Mind, and of sincere curiosity of fact. They, being so few in number, are easily dismissed as “crack-pots”, “insane”, and even downright “dangerous” to the hegemony of the “enlightened”, who proclaim their authority of knowledge and wisdom – while denying you your turn to explore. Be it they, with vested interests and common image, who affront the Natural, Innate Senses of Being, and of Self-Expression – when presented with imposed “dead-ends” and “lingering, oft-repeated Tomes” that such knowledge is not beholden to Thee. For you transgress our laws, if you persist in doing so. “We KNOW the ways and wiles of human, and know best ‘our part’ in keeping laws and recommendations, alive and well to all we oversee!” It is as though, we encounter the “Troll at the Bridge”, who shall not let us pass, without some remuneration of some form. It is though our Life’s Journey is beholden, within the hands of the appointed and “select”, that we must “pay tribute” in order to continue only a little further! (And then, another “Gate-keeper” awaits, to collect his demanded “tribute”, for our next “rite of passage” to further us down the road.) And lo, be to those, whom from his own sweat and blood, he pays NOT the “tribute” demanded of him, and pushes onward, into his rightful Life-Journey! The “Gate-keepers” nearly always have their “collectors” and their “guardians”, specially picked and appointed – for the more mundane but harsher sentences to be imposed upon the rebellious travelers. “They” claim: “Your Life, and all its ambitions, are solely under THEIR domain, and exacted a tribute accordingly.” – Thus, the capture of knowledge and wisdom, be their original tool, and an effective weapon against the unwary. AND bluster and threat, be their favorite “fall-by”, toward those who press against this established “wisdom”.
The be-eth they: The Mercantiles, the Lending Houses, the Provincials, the Provosts, the Barristers, and all sort of wickedness, and control!
To all who proclaim: “We are Free! We are Liberated! We are Fed! We are Housed! We are well-cared for!“, I say – look upon yourselves in shame, and upon disdain! See you not, the sum total of your predicament? Knoweth You not, from whence this dis-ease of “culture” and “modernism” you find yourself in? Query You not, the “why’s” and “how’s” of this insipid and invisible prison, that with no seen walls, no known ceiling, and always around and about – regardless where findeth Ye? Have you NO shame, at the pure ignorance, which doth been carefully crafted, while you all slept? Have you not noticed, a noxious weed in its early days, has now become master of your garden, and its present domain? Have you not known, what ills and ails become of your Lands, your People, and of Your Ways in Life? Have you been so blinded, by the illustrious and ever-shining proclamations, the sweet-sounding but shallow promises, from the lips of those “who believe what’s best FOR you and yours”? Where art Thine Soul? Where art Thine Mind, and those powers bequeathed within it, by the One and All who be-gifted it to Thee? Why squander You, this fine and wonderful Gift, as Nature and the various Gods of Nature hath intended you – without fealty, and without “tributes”?
Then, there be those – who profit from the sweat, blood, and tears of others – while THEY THEMSELVES labor not! They see yours’, as if it were Theirs. Your Life, and Your Life’s Labors and Toils – Ye grant to them, willingly, that which – before yourself be fed! Is THIS what Ye see of Life? Is THIS to be Your lot, forever and a day, to be given to those who feed upon you? Now, see them for who and what they really are! – Ye beholden to parasites, thieves, rogues, and charlatans and every sort of kin of ill and vileness – AWAKEN from Thy slumber, before Ye never shall awaken again! This be Their aim, and goal – to drain the life-blood from all who sleep, while their own coffers be fit more than for emperors! When a Kind and Kin feed upon one another, this is but an outrage and a blasphemy, against all that Nature and the Gods of Nature shall stomach! Ye continue to feed ticks, and leeches, and every sort of ill and ail, to which these parasites pay no mind, and enrich themselves – with glamor and glee! The aforementioned “Gate-keepers” and “Guardians” (of state) are their collectors, and enforcers, and henchmen – upon every corner, on every bridge, and between every rook, rill, vale, and every other place. The swales are not even unknown by them. Every place, every Being, but as mere sources of “tribute”, and travails along the way – to be ensconced in the flattery of “title”, “medals”, and all forms of fanfare – as ‘laws’ and ‘edicts’ and ‘recommendations’ – as They see fit.
Now, with engineered and willed ignorance, to the Nature of Truth, and the Nature of Risk, and All Life be filled with the “Unknowns”,
“They” say: “Why? Why go you here or there, when We declare ‘That’s Dangerous, and too risky‘?” So, if such be, that as it may, then WHY have Life in the first place? Then WHY be Nature so ignorant and mistaken, as to prod me on, as if the Gods wished me harmed and destroyed? Why say YOU, that “It’s too risky for you.“, but you tread there, willingly and even with reckless abandon, as if no such worries plague you? What difference be there, betwixt Me and You, that there should variance and even outright difference, if either tread there? Is this not my Lot, as determined by those whom created me, and hath gave the breath of Life, that I shall see, and I shall learn, and I shall Be as Life was intended? And They sayeth: “NAY! Thou art but a fool and an ignorant one at that! It is by OUR providence that Ye shall only know, what We ordain and secure for Thee!” – But how are THEY, in Light to be the judge, and the magistrate, and the kings and queens, who can rightfully “ordain” any such authority – beyond that or They who breathed Life to me, as well as to Them also? Since WHEN doeth the Child, beckon and demand from the Parent, that which is right, and that which one MUST? Dost the Child, and the man-servant knoweth more, than all other too, or is it because the “state” hath sayeth so?
If we fear that which we know not, and judge right action purely on the fear, do we really venture into Life’s journey more? Or do we resign ourselves, that the “enlightened” say so: “Be safe! Venture Thee no further! ‘What If . . . ‘ be their authoritative watch-words. The cage, they wish to keep about you.” All the while, they continue to exact “tribute” from you, with no end in sight! Are you still asleep, to the reality of what is? Are you still comforted, that these “enlightened” have you in mind, to “your best interests”? Is this a Life worth living, knowing that every thought, every word, and every breath that emanates from Thee, is but by THEIR will, and by THEIR pleasure, and NOT of your own? So, WHEN did these “enlightened ones”, become master over the whole of Nature, and over the Universe or other Universes – which not be by their own hands formed – that YOU still exalt them, with every breath and upon every day, and every footstep upon that Journey of Life? WHY do you sell yourself, for a mere penny, or for a mere pound, when there is NO Tribute – worth a scintilla or Iota – compared to Thee? Have you NO SHAME, at the alacrity you find yourself? Have you NO GUILT, at allowing yourselves to be so blinded, when the Light of Truth and Nature are there in front of you? WHY have you so easily sold your Spirit and Soul, to those mendacious beasts of vileness, and avarice, for so pitiless an amount, and on borrowed favor? Have you NO dreams of your own? Have you NO direction which is chosen on your own? Have you abandoned your heritage, as given you by Nature and the Gods of Nature, which was so freely given, to be sold to these parasites and vile creatures, who claim ownership to, and be “expert” of – as pretended “heroes”?
If Ye abide by THEIR words, and of THEIR wisdoms, and by THEIR dictates – without even query nor ascertainment, then BY WHAT RIGHT HAVE YE LEFT FOR YOURSELVES? Shall Thine babes and Children remember Thee, and Thine works and labors? OR – Shall they accurse Thee, for the bondage and slavery, that Thou hast bequeathed them, while donning upon Ye of own Free Will? What say you, oh Lazy of Mind, Cowardly of Heart, and Empty of Soul – to your now DIRE lot? ? ? What say they, who still feed upon Thee, That which you have freely given, from your own drawn blood? Do you still believe, that whatever Gods you claim of Thee, shall still look down upon Thee and smile, for all you have squandered and given away, THAT which was your Divine Inheritance, as freely given Thee, and sold away BY Thee? I think Thine Gods will be most displeased with Thee, and call Thee hopeless and a waste!
A coward thus dies a thousand deaths over, while the Courageous though dies once, His memory shall live on, within the Minds, Hearts, and Spirits and Souls of those who loved him – for ages upon ages, and eons upon eons – it be the REAL Heroes, of Courage and Will, of whom writers will write, and singers shalt sing!