Better and Better

The following excerpts appeared in my Canadian friend’s post at his new website  You will see that he and I are on the same page. ~ H. Hasse

“We live in a time where unsettling scares are repeatedly sent surging through the public consciousness. A fog of apocalyptic despair has become the background atmosphere of our age….The media quickly pick up on scares raised by environmental hysterias. The public is then frightened…. and this worry is cited by politicians as support for polices enacted to counter the supposed threat, policies enacted out of fear which result in great cost to the society at large…. populations are frightened into immobility. People are frightened away from adopting new technologies that could better life…. The outcome is a general hindering of growth and development and in such situations the poor suffer the most severe consequences.

“Apocalyptic scares have a 100 percent failure rate. Surely Y2K, with airplanes falling out of the sky, should have taught us something about the irresponsibility of such scare-mongering….This may be the greatest battle that humanity faces today – the fight against the despair and hopelessness engendered by a distorted apocalyptic view of reality…. The endless repetition of such views in public reinforces a distorting narrative about life, deepens gloom, and weakens the ability of people to engage life positively.

“Apocalyptic is entirely distorting reality. Life on earth has never been better. The cosmos has never been better and human civilization has never been better. And it is only going to get much better still. We have only just begun the rise toward a far better future…. The past provides convincing evidence about what the future might be…. All matter, life and consciousness have advanced, developed, improved, grown, and undergone perfecting from their earliest emergence….Human emergence and development can actually be viewed then as the grand story of the liberation or exodus of humanity.

“This fundamental trend toward something better also speaks volumes regarding the foundational Reality or Mind that gives existence to all….If all this reality has been created for some reason then it is important to not violate that purpose. This seems only common sense…. And that purpose can be generalized in the concept of progress toward something better, toward something more humane.

“We have learned to restrain state/government power and to protect individual freedom and rights. This has led to the unleashing of the infinite creative potential of people. The results have been awe inspiring – the doubling of human life-spans in the past century, improved living conditions and comforts, less disease, and more time for recreational and spiritual pursuits…. We (humanity) have figured out what it means to be human…. We understand that human life to be about love, forgiveness, persuasion, creativity and freedom. It is about progress toward a more humane future.

 “The old story of reality and life, though still widely present in remnant form, is bankrupt. The old story was almost entirely a mythically and religiously informed narrative of reality and life. It told us in mythologized terms of the creation of all things, including humanity, and that there were angry gods behind the forces of nature which needed to be placated, that gods controlled all things in life, and it told us of such things as the Fall of early humanity and the subsequent decline of life toward some future disastrous ending.

“Theologians like the Persian Zoroaster provided a uniquely dark version of this last apocalyptic element that profoundly influenced western religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and [therefore] Western thought. He spoke of sinful humanity corrupting the world and being purged in fiery conflagration at the end of the world. Similarly, Eastern religious traditions also spoke of the decline of life toward a worsening future. The old story also presented varied salvation schemes that differed from religion to religion.

“Religious people have built generally apocalyptic mythologies around their gods, mythologies constructed to explain the aberrations of life. They claim that the anger of their gods is evident in natural disasters and personal suffering. But these are straw gods that have never existed. Such distortions of reality have blinded people to the love that undergirds everything – the beauty, goodness, and generosity that are evident in the long term trends and overall trajectory of reality and life.

“Fearful apocalyptic viewpoint has long been the basis of salvation thinking with its programs of bloody appeasement and subjection to higher authorities. Apocalyptic is the essential element in salvation theology (God will punish sinful humanity with coming disaster so people must engage in some salvation scheme to avoid the coming disaster). We are seeing this archaic narrative being acted out once again in the environmental movement with its hysteria over CO2 and warming climate.

“And yes we do suffer through setbacks, downturns, disasters, and the cruelty of others. These are all part of life in any era…. We feel such aberrations intensely and often personally. But they do not define the overall trends of life, civilization or the cosmos. They are not evidence of divine displeasure or the need for salvation…. It helps to recognize that it is often the result of freedom. And here we get some sense of the profound divine valuation of freedom. God does not intervene to overrule freedom…. God does not act in some additional manner that counters natural laws.

“To be truly human we must be free. Love is only authentic love when it is free to express itself as it chooses. Not coerced. But such freedom opens the possibility for wrong choice, error, accident, disaster and all the rest of the perverse brood of suffering…. It helps to evaluate our personal suffering in light of the fundamental trend of all reality toward something better, and more humane.

“From the rise and progress of everything in response to infinitely impossible fine tuning of myriad factors we can also detect something of the great Transcendent Mystery that creates and sustains all. We can recognize from the immanence of this Mind that sustains all in existence that it is accomplishing some great purpose in physical reality. We can detect intelligence beyond comprehension, love beyond experiencing, and generosity, care, mercy and so much more that defines truly humane reality.

“Above everything else, all that exists expresses the love of the Creator. The infinite Love that is God became manifest and embedded in the physical realm with the emergence of material reality and this Love has now uniquely incarnated in humanity. Whereas in the past God maintained the rise and progress of all, we now recognize that this great Consciousness and Life has now buried itself in humanity and this now makes us more responsible for the ongoing rise and progress of life toward something better.

“Creation is an expression of the love of God. In creating, God was in fact expressing God’s own true self. God is a God of love, and love is by its very nature self-diffusive. It implies sharing, exchange, self-giving, and response

“A [famous] Mid Eastern sage saw things in physical reality and life that his contemporaries did not see clearly….the sage told them to fear not, to not be anxious or afraid because behind all reality and life there was love, goodness, generosity, inclusion, and infinite care. The Foundation of all things was not vengeful, punishing, or blood thirsty. So everyone was ultimately safe no matter what they suffered through in life. The sage drew profound meaning from physical reality. He pointed to various things in life such as birds being fed, grass being clothed, and rain and sun being freely given to all people alike….With a focus on these things he centered the attention of people back on the core Reality as Love…. With his clear insight and strong hope he knew that the progress of life, consciousness, and civilization would continue. It would only get better…. This is an unstoppable rise because it is driven by the life, love, and creativity of Ultimate Reality itself. Despite the many setbacks, downfalls, accidents, and even purposeful sidetracking by others, we are succeeding wildly in making the world a better place for life. This is reason to celebrate life as party.

“So while life may be imperfect with its elements of chance, accident, and struggle there is no overall mess in the cosmos, life or civilization. To the contrary, everywhere there is evidence for hope, meaning, and celebration….. Natural science cannot acknowledge the ultimate foundation or Source of all things in a Creator/Sustainer of all that exists.

“Every time some environmental change occurs somewhere there are those who react with hysterical panic. It appears that they do not understand that change is natural and normal in nature and even extreme events are common in nature…. Earth has experienced massive changes such as glaciations extending far south to cover continents and then retreating to entirely ice-free conditions over the Earth. Volcanism has led to sudden severe cooling. Solar cycles, along with the regular wobble of the Earth’s axis, have similarly produced severe changes in climate conditions…. The perception that any change in nature is a sign of peril has a long history in human apocalyptic mythology…. There is no reason today to react with irresponsible hysteria to every change in natural conditions.”

 ~ Wendell Krossa

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