I don’t understand the world anymore. People seem to be devolving. Why have people become so greedy and violent? Why aren’t people trying to better themselves, and be more kind?
Si Vales, Valeo,
Unless one is careful, any organization is going to become a microcosm of the environment in which it must exist. Religion and the metaphysics that propel it must be radical. Revolutionary. But it hasn’t been so for many, many generations. It seems that the people who we need the most are affected by the depressing social-political climate we are forced to exist in today, and anything that does not bring them a roof, bread, or sex is prioritized way below those necessary elements of human nature.
Today, we judge people and create hierarchies of human worth. You see it everywhere. It involves color, sexual or religious orientation, how much money one makes, even whether or not someone deserves to be helped when they are at the end of their rope, etc… This has bled into everything we do, no matter how noble. This is Maya. The veil of ignorance, the illusion of separateness as hinted by the Devil trump in the Tarot. We see things with a single eye… it is more than just a metaphor for the phallus, it is a card about human blindness and selective viewing.
Imagine if you could do the same thing to your body. Start creating a hierarchy of worth for each organ and limb, and you see how stupid the entire exercise is. Everyone must be able to do what they do best according to their own true nature, just as our organs do. OTK is no different than any other church or fraternity in this regard. Think of the initiations and obligations as being filters, or a colander which is designed to hold people that have certain values and world view while allowing the rest to weed themselves out.
There is no judging, only self-revelation. A person handles and thrives within the pressures and responsibilities of the fraternity or they don’t. This is by design. I guess what I am trying to say to you is that for a very few exceptions, the loss of interest in spiritual matters is one with the desire and interest in the physical. It is a shame that so many people have not yet understood them to be one in the same thing. There are questions within, and questions without and the answers will only come when we realize that there is no within or without. There just is. Existence is Existence.
So, what can we do about it? Nothing. We are humans, and our desires are like a pendulum swing from one end to the other. We must simply wait, until people become so unhappy with that void they are trying to fill with more stuff, that they realize they have been looking in the wrong places or wonder at what point they went from being freedom loving individual to slaves. Transcending something must first entail understanding it.
We can’t change what we are and what we think. But we can change what we do. Just because our biology/DNA/evolutionary nature requires us to think of certain things in ways that are less than ideal, doesn’t mean we have to act upon them. It means we can acknowledge it as something standing in our way of our spiritual progress, and re-purpose that function for a more loftier goal. That is how we evolve. That is how we become more human than human. You know that. I know that. Now we wait.
Yours in Service to Our Lady of The Stars