A brief treatise on MYSTICISM.
Mysticism begins with a code of "morality" just beyond the reach of humanity. Guilt ensues; man cannot achieve this lofty standard of behavior.
Man is lacking, you see.
??How can man abolish this guilt and live up to the perfect standard of :
1.Oneness with the universe
2.Oneness with God or the great spirit
3.Physical/or/spiritual perfection 4.Perfect Knowledge
From man's lack, imperfection, failure, impotency and ignorance comes not only an answer, but, a procedure for making himself whole.
Man must take the blame.
Man must humble himself.
Man must identify the TRUE SOURCE of information, perfection, wisdom and atonement.
Hint: Somebody is going to be standing between quivering man and the "answer" to his problems. That somebody is the mystic. He is a broker.
Mystics offer a code of morality requiring SELF-SACRIFICE!
Guess what? Somebody has to stand there and accept the sacrifice/payment ON BEHALF of the greater power! (Hint: getting wealthy!)
Historically these go-betweens; these brokers take two forms: SOCIETY or GOD.
INTERMEDIARIES collect the sacrifices.
To participate you must:
1.Accept allegations (about mankind) without proof
2.Refuse to allow your reasoning to find flaws in the procedure
3.Accept as a foundational premise that KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM AND TRUTH COME FROM:
Means such as "instinct" or "intuition" or "revelation" or any form of "JUST KNOWING"
Yes, a conversion experience! Then, you just do as you are told. YOUR VALUE comes from the total amount of your SACRIFICE on behalf of the group and the leader. The less of "you" there is; the greater your attributed value to the group. That is why the ultimate TRUE BELIEVER is willing to DIE for his beliefs. Whispering in the ear of the "martyr" is the MYSTIC issuing instructions: 1.How to go to prison 2.How to give a witness 3.How to let their child die as testimony 4.How to strap on the dynamite belt and operate the detonator SELF-SACRIFICE diminishes you as a person and as a thinking/reasoning human being because your assets and your energies are diluted. But, you see---you are expendable! Your willingness to GIVE demonstrates the very POWER (offered by the mystic) of the CAUSE ITSELF! The more spectacular the sacrifices the more free advertisement is gained for the Power of the Cause! Ask yourself this question just about Jehovah's Witnesses: How do they identify themselves as contrasted with other Christian religions? Answer: BY THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE THEMSELVES! The body count is key! How many people went door to door? They have a number. This religion is a burnt-offering in which the people seeking God's approval are the firewood that lights the sky advertising the recruitment rally for new members! MYSTICISM is at the core of Jehovah's Witnesses just as it is the foundation of religion itself.