A Model Society Will Not Work
Imagine waking up every day to a world of model
citizens, where crime and poverty donít exist and everyone is devoted to a
better lifestyle and to improving there experience of it. How great would that
I donít think it would be desirable for anyone as a
continuing experience, and it would go against basic human nature.
I watched a TV show many years ago about such an imaginary
society (I believe it was an episode from the original ďStar TrekĒ series). Itís
been so long I donít remember the details. However, I remember enough that the
image of this society paints a picture in my mind of something that would not
work for humanity and points out the true nature of our physical experience.
In the movie people walked around with broad smiles on
there faces; greeting their neighbours with friendly comments. Nobody locked
their doors and children played freely in the streets. Life was beautiful and
everyone lived in abundance; peace and harmony were the order of the day.
Although the writers painted a rosy picture of the perfect
society; something sinister lingered behind the façade of these model people.
Once a year a great ceremony was observed and it
lasted for three days. It was anticipated with great fear and apprehension as
the normal behavior of society broke down and order turned into chaos.
For three days society experienced violence, murder, rape
and theft. People locked themselves in their homes and few would venture into
the streets, except to join in on the disorder. Everything that the society
didnít experience the rest of the year, was experienced during this time of
re-acquaintance with human nature.
I believe that the creator of ďStar TrekĒ Gene Rodenberry
had great insight into human nature, his spirit, and the physical experience.
This episode was very accurate in depicting manís true nature. Humanity does not
fare well with too much of a good thing. It is the nature of man to explore all
aspects of his physical life, and when he cannot find what he is looking for; to
create it. Society cannot find ultimate contentment in being content. He cannot
be satisfied with his own experience for very long and he always wants more.
Some may argue this point, but I believe the argument
would have support from those who have settled for less. Manís nature is to the
contrary; he is restless and is driven to expand his awareness and experience.
This is self evident from what one can observe in his history and his present
circumstances. We are continually pushing barriers.
Although manís propensity is to improve his experience to
higher levels; he needs to be reminded of his past. It is the only way that he
can judge his present awareness as one thing or the other. An example would be;
if a person moved from poverty to unlimited wealth and was never reminded about
his poverty, he would soon forget that he was wealthy. Wealth would become
normal and given no thought. Wealth would no longer be experienced. The aspects
of wealth would continue to be experienced, but wealth would not be without the
awareness of poverty. All things are relative to another. Poor people can also
experience wealth when relative to someone that is even poorer than they.
Likewise man would soon forget that he lives in a perfect
society if he was not reminded of it. Once he has forgotten his past, his
present moment and future are dubious. When you donít know where you came from
you soon forget where you are headed. If you started out from the south, you
would soon forget that you are heading north.
I donít believe that humanity would be content with being
reminded of his past for very long; he would have to experience it. It is not
the nature of man to know anything, but to experience everything. Knowing that
there is life on other planets does not satisfy man, he must experience that
life, other circumstances, places and things. Man is a creator and he creates
and experiences what he thinks about. Humanity must experience its past so that
it may continue with its future.
This is not so far fetched as it sounds. It is evidenced
now, in this world and the way we live. As a whole, humanity is experiencing all
that he is capable of in the same time and place. All things imagined in his
thoughts he is manifesting now. Life, death, abundance, poverty, the
enlightened, the unenlightened, the aware and the unaware; all things exist now.
We are constantly being reminded of who and what we are in relationship to
others and our environment. If this was not desirable then you would see the
haves sharing with the have-nots and leveling the playing field.
Going back to less is not desirable for most people. But
neither is having the less have more, because that would mean that our more
becomes less because there is nothing to compare it to. With this equalizing we
would soon forget that there is more. Man must always want more, and he
experiences that wanting by having less.
Geneís Star Trek episode reminds us that all things exist
in manís imagination. That he must experience everything in order to give
meaning to anything. Having it all has little meaning unless he can experience
having nothing. Creating life has no meaning unless he can take it, and peace
cannot exist without the experience of war. As a society we experience these
things personally and altruistically. We create and experience war, poverty,
rape, violence, through our media; if you are watching it Ė you are experiencing
and sharing in its creation.
I am not suggesting that we accept these things. What I am
saying is that if there is no awareness of our true nature, then there is no
where to go; there is nothing to change. Even with this awareness man has not
demonstrated that he has any desire to change his experiences. We are doing the
same things we have done since we crawled out of the sea. There is still a huge
disparity between peoples all over the world. They are this way because it is
how humanity wants to experience itself.
Knowing this; is it possible to change our true nature? Is
it our desire to live in the perfect society? If we are explorers and creators,
is it acceptable to give up our power to any god that there might be? Man has
clearly shown that he does not want to give up his power; by demonstrating how
important it is to him to disempower others of his own kind, he is in direct
contradiction to his own nature.
Humanity lives in a paradox of which the only purpose is
to keep him moving. That is what life is all about; it is thought in motion. He
is chasing his tail in a never ending quest to find out why he is doing it.
How he goes about it clearly demonstrates the
sophistication of his awareness; but it does not discontinue the chase.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.
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