Five principles to a better life. The Jews and Arabs often accuse me of ignoring history, which to me is nothing more than an interpretation of questionable focus on certain events, real or perceived. Why would I need to know the opinions and state of affairs of every detail of the lives of my parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and all of their associates and families, and then all of their ancestors descending from all of the above, 2000 years ago, in order to make decisions on the conduct of my own life, or to form views regarding what I see, feel and otherwise experience in my own environment, in my own world? Then, why would I need to know all of the above about the Jews and the Arabs–or any other group of people for that matter? Those who insist on doing what their ancestors did 2000 years ago, or who simply can’t figure out anything on their own, because of the demands placed on them via their religions which require adherence to the views and actions of their ancestors, are stripped of the joy of discovering one’s own God in one’s own way–in the absence of prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter–which is the purest way to discover any God worth your efforts to emulate.
THERE’S A NEW GOD IN TOWN
God says the foundation of the planet needs to be based on the five principles to a better life
God says enjoy your family, your work, your play, yourself.
Your ancestors, however unwittingly, have become your oppressors from beyond the grave. It remains tragic that the instructions given in these historic accounts of every day life of families living through adversarial times are so contradictory, conflicting and misleading, without any goal, except pursuing everlasting life in either heaven or hell as a consequence of either following or not following those instructions–after one has endured an unjust and tortuous life on earth.
If you want God to punish someone, and God agrees, then what would stop that same God from granting your offender’s wish of punishing you–and on and on? Unfortunately, that’s the underlying tone of most of those writings. ‘Please God, punish them for what they’re doing to me. Burn their babies; stuff them into pigs; roast them alive; tear out their entrails; bring a plague upon them; make them suffer’. When is someone going to ask, ‘instruct me to understand why they’re offending me and how I can help them to respect me?’ This isn’t blaming the victim; it’s understanding the ‘why’ of the attack. Both sides need to do it, but one will set the example. Simultaneously will be splendid.
Please stop tormenting yourselves and the world with diaries of persecuted beings when reading them keeps you locked into a perpetual state of despair instead of freeing you from it. Your ancestors weren’t around to finish their stories that many times ended well. Who wants to write when they’re feeling happy? No one. When you’re happy you’re out enjoying being happy; you’re not at the writing table or drawing board trying to capture the beauty of the ecstasy in words. Nobody’s life is all bad, but judging from the words written in these so-called holy books, the obsessive focus on suffering, functions (intentionally or not) as a self-fulfilling prophecy, which encourages instead of discourages those reading them to continue the suffering through revenge. Stop referring to ancient diaries to solve your problems and to justify violence toward yourself, others and the planet. The instructions for achieving peace are simply not present in these books, unless followed by a contradictory instruction, which negates it. Just in case you don’t want to follow the good path, the bad one is always an option–and so it is written. Who would want to follow in the footsteps of their oppressed ancestors, and what ancestor worth their salt, would want you to do that?
These books do not lay out a plan; they’re recordings of the trials and tribulations of a segment of humanity. All beings suffer similar trials and tribulations; that’s the appeal of the book; it’s just that other segments of humanity didn’t take the time to write it all out. They grew beyond it–thankfully. How many times have those holy books been edited, revised, translated, and reedited, revised and rewritten all over again to fit the signs of the times, all so people can better understand the words? See, the books have evolved, but they haven’t evolved in the absence of prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter.
If someone has a vision in which God tells them to kill somebody or a group of somebodies, that’s not the God of the Five Principles talking. To wade through the chatter of your mind, you need to apply a blue print to it, so that you’ll hear the proper instruction. That blue print contains God’s Five Principles: no prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter. These Five Principles are the foundation upon which all else is to be decided. That’s the test of right and wrong, good or bad. That’s the only test that can be applied universally to all circumstances large and small, religious or not religious and whether you do or don’t believe in God’s existence. In other words, it’s good for the believers and the nonbelievers alike.
We are all programmed with these Five Principles before birth. All life and non-life possess them. Whether it becomes expressed is up to the individual and the group at the same time. Therefore, what’s good for the individual is good for the group and vice versa. There’s no democracy implied in this blue print, since it’s good for everyone. When you use that blue print to separate the wheat from the chaff (the good from the bad), you’ll see with horror the extent to which the world has veered off the path of right and good and gone down the road of wrong and bad. It’s a startling view, but once you’ve seen the view, you can never totally turn away from it. The view changes you forever–for the better–which is both right and good, and at the same time, the beginning of a progressive evolution–the evolution of you, controlled by you, which makes you your own God: oh powerful one!
If the violent thoughts in your mind out-shout or suppress the nonviolent thoughts, then you need to actively seek the nonviolent ones, since within those thoughts are God’s instruction for you. God allows the violent thoughts as a purging function in response to your rage. They are not meant, however, to be acted upon. So, instead of trying to suppress the violent thoughts, because it’s the violent thoughts that are suppressing the non-violent thoughts, which will lead to obsessing on them again, seek out their nonviolent counterparts. They’re there; and if you’re going to obsess on anything, that’s the direction to follow.
The rampant hypocrisy in the world is what often times won’t allow us to stay focused on nonviolence. It seems somebody is always trying to humiliate or ridicule or undermine our best efforts to do the right thing. Know that those who would choose to humiliate have not applied the Five Principles to their own behavior and in the end evolution will overcome them, until the God of the Five Principles in them wins out, forcing them to make a correction in their view. This is most often seen in the form of regret and apology. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t resist the oppressor. By all nonviolent means, you are required by universal law to fight oppression in all forms. It is the way of the universe.