[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
I’ll begin with a question: can we live without hope? Such a fascinating question. There are three “famous” virtues in the Christian N.T: faith, hope and love, and the writer concludes by claiming that the greatest of these is love. Is this true?
I think it’s fascinating to observe people feel impelled to continue on, to defend, concepts or “forces” such as the three most famous: faith, hope and love, that are obviously “there” but as obviously do not produce the claimed results, i.e., do not perform as advertised. Yet regardless of failed results, there remains a world-wide need, a necessity, to express these forces in whatever way.
Of hope, this is what Alexander Pope had to say about it:
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
(In this context, “expatiates” essentially means to speculate.)
In other areas of life, let’s say the less emotional ones, when something doesn’t work, we stand back and say, “To hell with this, it doesn’t work.” and proceed to find something that does. Why waste precious life energy? Would you keep a car that only started once in a blue moon? Would you keep a sewing machine that keeps fouling the thread and breaking needles? If you had a leaking roof, would you just walk around the puddles, accepting that as normal, or would you fix it, and if it could not be fixed, move to a different house?
Take love, what hasn’t been said about love; done in the name of love? Love is sought by most, usually to feel good, sometimes to share good things with another, or others, and in seeking the experience of selfless giving, that being the rarest aspect of love giving. Personal experience and deep study of the concept does not seem to support selfless love as being ubiquitous.
Peace is even more entangled with the negative. A glaring example: we can accept certain uses of the military as “peace keepers” walking through conquered or pacified countries or cities, fully armed, ready to kill. Seldom do we stop to reason that such an approach to peace (overwhelming force de frappe) cannot possibly ever work – nor do we realize it has never worked because it is the antithesis of any sane concept of peace. We have peace demonstrations or peace marches, using force to demand peace, again a complete contradiction. When “peace” is gained that way, we replace the oppressive structure with another equally oppressive.
Evolution demands that we give up our pet beliefs in favour of common sense. What time and again hasn’t worked, will simply not work. Why don’t we “get it”?
The problem with forces like love and peace is simple: they have no staying or sustaining power. Essentially they are placebos, installed in the brainwashing apparatus to keep people believing in things that neither will, nor can, ever be. To succeed in our evolution away from the madness of racism, war, genocide, misogyny, homophobia and countless others, we need something much more meaningful than the fake energies imposed by Matrix programming. We need something that takes over a life and makes it its own. Only then can the programming be broken.
In the case of love, that translates as compassion. The compassionate being becomes an avatar of compassion, no longer by vocation or choice but by nature. Transmutation, if you like. An irreversible, permanent condition.
Notice that one can “love” but one cannot “compassion.” One cannot “do” compassion, one can only become compassion until one is irretrievably lost in it. Maybe that’s what frightens people about certain energies: they fear being taken over by something bigger than themselves, something they cannot control or choose to back out of. Yet they give their complete allegiance; their hearts and minds to evil powers readily enough, believing (that’s where faith comes in) they can squeeze something good out of evil-based forces that can only bring devastation, be they gods or earthly rulers. As in, you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.
Compassion changes an individual into an empathetic entity. It makes it possible for an individual to exist, or to “walk between the worlds” of flesh and spirit, to act as a conduit between the joy and the sorrow of planetary life and beyond.
Of note: this state of beingness can never be achieved from any collective. Neither a romantic relationship, family, tribe, nation or race, nor any other type of grouping will ever develop compassion. It can only come from a personal, individual commitment. Contrary to popular belief and the constant barrage of brainwash from society, we aren’t tribes, groups, nations, languages. We are ISSA beings, billions of individuals who, in order to evolve beyond the deadly trappings of religion, politics or competitive predatory capitalism, need to define themselves as individuals through individual self-empowerment and deliberate detachment from any and all collectives.
Compassion is how that is achieved. It is the key that unlocks the chains of slavery now holding billions captive to useless and deadly concepts. This is what I’ve been taught, and what I’ve been working on for nigh on 40 years now. It is not a comfortable, feel-good, nor safe place to be in, but more so than living in the old unreliable alternative paradigms of selfishness, greed, fear and hate.
Many decades ago, as I finally exited Christianity I rejected all three major Christian virtues in order to re-direct my life, replacing all with just one: compassion.
The question was, can anyone live without hope? Yes, anyone can live without hope because hope is misdirection. It keeps telling people that things can be what they obviously aren’t, and that’s leading people to accept living in denial. Faith does the same thing, and so does love. These are emotions, nothing more. If we knew for certain who we are, we wouldn’t need placebos to make life bearable, we would have the power to live our life with assurance that we are doing the right thing from self-empowerment. Our problems stem from not knowing ourselves and from relying on false information to define our individual lives. That’s what we need to change: we need to become enlightened enough to stand alone in detachment and self-empowerment.
As long as we rely on fake help, we will remain dis-empowered and we will continue to fail in achieving our greatest dreams. We will continually fall back into the hands of psychopathic “gods” and leaders who only seek our “perdition” for the simple reason that our weakness is what empowers them.
Conclusion: A compassionate being learns how to walk between the worlds of matter and spirit, experiencing sorrow and joy as foundations of duality; never fears death; understands the infinite and eternal aspect of life and carries on “as if” their own life didn’t matter, knowing that the avatar of compassion, if not immortal, is eternal.
(ISSA: acronym for Intelligent, Sentient, Self Aware)