You can’t get there from here!


I stopped a fellow once on a Jerusalem street and asked for directions to a certain place. He thought for a few minutes, turning in different directions contemplating the possibilities and finally threw his arms up in the air saying “you can’t get there from here!”

Such is my thought and its conclusions for those unfamiliar with it. “You can’t get there from where you are at!’

the falsity of existence

The whole intellectual structure of humankind, the underlying concepts of civilization and its precedents, is a false image of the reality of being, a mimicking of truth, in the same way that ethics, based on relative values, seeks to replace morality, based on absolute principles. This understanding of the world, of the universe of relativity, requires an acceptance of the necessity of the absolute, the sole necessity, sensible only to faith.

Religion, really?

We live in a world of relativity, an actuality limited by the boundaries of sensory apprehension, emotional response and rational thought. It is precisely religion that introduces the absolute into this relativity, not as idea but as transcendent reality. Religion instructs us that there is a reality beyond the actuality circumscribed by these boundaries. This reality is transcendent and absolute while existence is intellectual and relative. Existence is an objective invention of the human intellect that has fallen from a subjective contemplation of a reality that is spiritual and absolute. The rational intellect fails to distinguish between being and existence and denies the reality of the absolute, of spirit and of being. The absolute does not exist, that is to say that it is not confined within human intellectual existence. Absolute being is, an eternal, spiritual nothingness, infinite and absolute from which we emerged and to which we shall return. To realize that being, our own absolute being, we need religion which provides a dogma of faith in a transcendent reality. Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, we are held captive in a world of both good and evil, of both positive and negative, and a world moreover where we are immersed in the negative which increases in power over us and where the good is apparently diminishing. To be redeemed from this world we need a moral discipline founded on the absolute principles which science cannot provide, but only religion.

The real world?

When someone speaks of entering the real world it usually denotes a movement of consciousness from a personally constructed imaginarium into the actuality common to a society of human beings. There is a common actuality that stretches around the globe (‘though not all human beings participate) and there are other actualities that are confined to specific localities on the globe, but all of these actualities partake of reality only coincidentally and accidentally. Reality is absolute and transcendent to all these relative actualities and it requires faith to enter.michael3

The problem of being!

The problem of being in existence lies in the fact that our being is absolute while existence is relative. The difficulty of living an authentic life of being in existence, fulfilling the expression of the absolute within the relative by a conscious transcendence of the physical, emotional and intellectual limitations of existence, demands an existential faith in the absolute disciplines of love and moral being.

What is positive?

Pondering the conflict between positive and negative that characterizes the universe of relativity we need to ask “what is positive?” and “what is negative?” Current physical theory informs us that before the universe existed there was nothing, absolute, infinite and eternal zero. The nothing within existence is precisely nothing, it does not exist. The nothingness in which the universe of relativity came into existence is the nothingness of being, it simply is, absolute, infinite and eternal. Is the nothing within existence the same nothing that transcends existence? The universe, the one, the totality of things, appears to negate the zero of nothingness within relativity but cannot negate absolute nothingness in which the universe of relativity exists. Within relativity there exists the one and a zero but which is positive and which is negative?

What’s the purpose?

We search for the widest possible understanding of the universe around us so that we can give purpose to our lives. Discovering that the universe is relative and that it emerged from and is expanding into the absolute we should conclude that the purpose of the universe must be an absolute purpose. The relative purposes to which we commit our lives we must confess to be meaningless unless they serve that absolute purpose. What that purpose is we cannot know but the way to fulfill that purpose we can know. It is a life of service to our fellow beings, grounded upon absolute principles.

What’s the idea!

The idea is not infinite. If it were infinite it would not be possible. There are no infinite possibilities. The possibilities imaged in the idea are merely finite and cannot comprehend what is real or distinguish between what is real and what is actual. Actuality is the materialized possibility and is only an image of the reality that cannot be known by the processes of rational thought which conceive the idea, the ground of possibility. The actualities in which we each exist are only related coincidentally and impartially to the infinite reality of being.

What negates?

The figurative darkness of absolute zero, the nothingness within which the material universe of relativity came into existence, is not negation. The rational mind however, since it exists, sees existence as primary and zero as negation. The contrary is true. The zero does not negate the one since the zero is primary, and the nothingness of absolute being cannot be negated by the material, relative universe precisely because it is absolute.

Discerning reality

I think it is essential for anyone willing to face the difficulty of living seriously in the world to be able to distinguish between reality and the actualities in which we are forced to live trivial lives by the common philistinism which rules civilization in all its forms.

Almost everyone I hear is talking about reality in the plural, this reality and that reality, but there can be only one, just as there is only one universe – if there were two it would not be a universe but a duo-verse – hello!

Reality is absolute and is transcendent to these actualities and the only vehicle which can transport the existing individual human being into reality is a belief that it is. Without faith in the absolute and its attributes, morality, justice and peace among others, it is impossible to live a serious life.