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Apotheosis A La Mode
I tell to agree with this view and find that quantum physics particularly confirms this idea. I further add to the quantum view the Electric Universe hypothesis that the Universe is suffused with and operates via an all-pervasive and infinite electro-magnetic force. Since the Universe appears to have rules and follow certain formulae, I conclude that the Universe is on the whole a Rational Individual, which some may choose to call God or Allah or the Great Nothingness. All things exist because the Universe's rules make them not only possible, but probable.
Life exists because the Universe exists. Life is sentient because the Universe is sentient. Life is self-aware because the Universe is self-aware. In a sense, there is no "individual," there is only the Universe extant in various forms that are created by the rules.
What gets me on this track is the rather large number of articles, discoveries and inspirations of late that seem to be infusing all media. There appears, to my mind at least, a growing awareness of something much larger than our comparatively minuscule existence.
It is not so much of a single idea or discovery that is changing things, as much as it is an overall adjustment to the Collective Point Of View. From the individual up to the global, we all seem to be changing perspectives, particularly about what we find important and meaningful.
This Change is currently showing up in our common culture as a Populist Wave, aided and abetted by what appears to be a substantial change in the revelation of scientific discovery. I choose the word "revelation" advisedly, since I firmly believe that much of what is leaking into the Popular Mind has been known at some level for a long time, not the least of which was Buddha's ancient observations.
One should note that I am not talking about shifts between political or religious ideologies. Rather, I am referring to the Common Culture rising above those ideologies to something more profound and...well, Universal.
People are not usually aware of great changes when they are in the midst of them. We generally recognize the profundity of events after they have passed and we can assess the effect they have had on the future. I would say, though, that most people are aware of something big when it happens, though we are generally incapable of knowing just how big they are without perspective.
What I perceive is a collective move away from "leaders" and "authority," to a more holistic definition of "freedom" and "liberty."
When I watch the videos of Social Justice Warriors (SJW), I sense that these are people incapable of dealing with personal freedom and liberty. They have a burning desire to follow, and to force others to do the same. They have herd minds and are horrified at the idea of being a herd of one. If every individual is a "leader" and "authority," they panic because they don't know whom to follow. To them, a world of individuals is unacceptable chaos and they are truly terrified by the prospect.
We see the same phenomenon on large scales, too. I believe that the current lashing-out of Islam, among others, is similar on a group scale to the angry, wailing SJW. Not only is the institution of Islam itself afraid to give up control, its adherents are afraid to be uncontrolled. The violent reaction is an attempt to re-establish authority because both the group and the individuals define themselves by controlling and being controlled.
I only single out Islam because it is the most visible. The Vatican has been trying to reassert itself and people like Vladimir Putin has been trying to regain control for the Orthodoxy.
Governments, too, have been desperately raking followers back into the fold. The EU and US have been in desperation mode, trying to lock down control over their perceived empires. China is in a sheer panic because its entire raison d'être is in danger of collapsing.
What is happening - and has been for centuries - is an apotheosis. Individuals are slowly realizing that God is not "out there" with a set of codified "Thou Shants" that control our every movement. Rather, we exist as constructs of Universe's Rules. We are not separate; we are manifestations. There is no God "out there; we and all we perceive are God.
Granted, this process of apotheosis has been long and arduous. It is a clash of the most fundamental aspects of Weltanschauungs. It is an ultimate battle between Esoteric and Exoteric forces. It is the collision of Gnostic and Agnostic. The division is so profound, so fundamental, that it is now beginning to affect macroscopic organizations across the planet.
This concept is so large that I am only beginning to express it as more than just a feeling. I can now see large-scale effects in the global society, as I think most people can now do. The Populist Wave is not a new form of "leadership" or "authority," it is a complete rejection of those concepts and a desire to pursue one's own direction.
We now have the most powerful tool ever devised by our species at our fingertips. We have the collected sum of Humanity's experiences and ideas within seconds of having a thought or idea. We can instantly connect with about half of the human species in moments, and the number is growing daily. From Buddha to Berdyaev, we can each stand on the shoulders of giants while moving little more than our fingers and eyeballs.
The question is not whether this movement will fail. It is far too late for that. Rather, how fast will it begin to move? It is quite obvious that the Controllers and the Authorities are losing, and the pace is rapidly accelerating. It's as if Humanity is stepping into the daylight after years of living in a prison of our own making.
What will we do with our freedom?