The Challenge: Living
The whole universe is imperfect. It is a work in progress. As a matter of fact, this work is the very reason there is a universe. If Eternons had already reached the perfection of the Absolute, there would be no need for soul schools, no need for structures like us, no need for anything.
The human structure remains primitive and incomplete. Eternons are busy refining it, focusing on its intellectual power and spiritual awareness. Already, our cerebral hardware is far ahead from the rest of our genetic evolution. In clear, the power of our brain exceeds our current needs. Obviously, Eternons have designed this brain for higher purposes.
One of them is to expand human knowledge, and this is happening. With every new generation, children are accumulating more knowledge than their parents at the same age. We store and manipulate a much greater amount of information than our forebears.
Another purpose is to expand human awareness, and this, too, is happening. We meet ever more individuals attached to social justice, human rights, and the rule of law; more persons believing in health consciousness, in the preservation of our planet, and in spiritual enlightenment.
Global progress is slow only because ignorance still remains widespread.
If ignorance impairs human progress, what are the ways to combat it?
|Eternism is unequivocal: nothing
is more sacred than the pursuit of knowledge. Only education will eradicate egotism and
bigotry, as well as poverty and violence.
Classrooms are the arenas where the combat against ignorance must starts. Evidently, schools, colleges, and universities ought to be open to all. Teachers, who prepare the future of our species, should receive the support they deserve. But nothing will truly change until we reformulate what knowledge should be.
We must adopt a new planetary curriculum. One that respects local cultures, but embraces all humans on Earth. One that serves the needs of the group, but cultivates the talents of the individuals. One that rids the world of hatred and prejudices.
According to Eternism, what should be this planetary curriculum?
|A global curriculum should focus
education on the seven following type of awareness:
Is not society, rather than the individual, the great culprit for our problems?
|Society should be the occasion
for all to share and grow together. The more enlightened would elevate the less
experienced. Knowledge and love would be the governing forces. Instead, society
exacerbates differences. Collective madness overwhelms individual wisdom. Ignorance and
hate prevail. After centuries of trial and error, force is to admit that humans have not
yet found peace within and between any of their social structures.
All over the planet, we may witness failed political systems. Here, egotistic politicians treat the people as retarded children. There, a corrupt power oppresses the masses while looting the country. Even in the most prosperous and educated nations, delinquency is a appalling and social cohesion is decaying.
To keep in line with an evolutionary view of consciousness, we must rethink society and culture. Let us put an end to political decadence, religious bigotry, and social perversion. Instead, let us expand our true conquests: superior spirituality, peaceful science, and enlightening art.
Art appears both superfluous and indispensable. What is its significance in the world of Eternons?
|Art has two sides: that of the
creator and that of the spectator.
Creation is an encounter between the artist and her or his Leading Eternon. The artist contributes talent; the Eternon brings inspiration. The artist chooses the medium; the Eternon provides the spark that will bring this medium to life. Art as such is universal. We find it in the paintings of Paleolithic caves, in the feather ornaments of the rain forest, the clay constructions of Arabia, the dances of Bali, the rugs of Persia, the carvings of Africa; even in the drawings of children and the mentally ill.
Then, there is the communion between the Leading Eternon of the creator and the Leading Eternon of the spectator. It is intuitive. There is nothing to understand and everything to feel. The unpredictability of this emotional resonance explains why perception of beauty is so relative, why art may be as puzzling as compelling. It also explains why works of art do not have to obey ordinary rules. They may imitate, symbolize, even idealize. It does not matter: in art, the essence always transcends the appearance.
Occasionally, as we stand before a work, listen to a composition, attend a performance, or simply watch the artistry of nature, our aesthetic experience becomes mystical. Nothing else touches our senses and our soul in such way. Art proves to all of us that indeed there is another realm of awareness than the worldly one we relish so much.
We seem to be the only Eternon structures to create other ones. What is the place of our creations in the Eternon universe?
|Let us have a look at one of the
most efficient pieces of engineering ever conceived. Its construction uses seven different
types of the most advanced fibers, each carefully chosen according to its destination. The
main frame is made of dry lines with low tensile strength. The active part is a spiral of
a double thread that may stretch four hundred percent and retract instantaneously. At
strategic locations, lengths of compressed string unwind to let the structure absorb the
most severe distensions.
Humans did not design this sophisticated equipment. Arachnids did. It is a spider web.
We have not the privilege of creating products, tools, and architectures. Bacteria synthesize countless substances and even fabricate magnets. Insects erect buildings and entire cities. Birds sculpt and weave perfect dwellings.
Actually, there is no fundamental difference between the way birds build nests from clay and straw, and the way humans build computers from silicone and metal. We all are Eternon structures creating other Eternon structures. Perhaps, our own extraordinary technological mastery is modest compared to what may have achieved more advanced Eternon structures elsewhere in the universe.
How come our technological progress is so robust while our spiritual progress is so halt?
|Our human structure is closer to
the material than to the spiritual side of our Eternons. As a consequence, our
comprehension of the physical world has progressed at a fast pace while we remained at a
standstill in metaphysical terms. Science has more advanced in the last hundred years than
philosophy in the past five thousand. Now, our knowledge is reaching well beyond the basic
laws of physics. We are discerning the complex principles by which Eternons create and
organize the world. It is time to take advantage of this deeper scientific understanding
to embrace and cultivate a new spirituality such as Eternism.
There is nonetheless a feeling that we are not evolving in the right direction. Why?
|Humanity is plagued with
ignorance, greed, and discrimination. Wars still rage around the globe. Overcrowding and
pollution are straining the planet beyond limits. In many countries, unemployment is
rampant and urban criminality uncontrollable. Everywhere, family values have reached
a low ebb and addictive drugs and terrifying maladies are perverting social relations.
Yes, we have motives for being worried about the fate of our world. Many are claiming that
this is the most difficult period in the history of humankind, but this sort of statement
has been heard in all ages. What is true, though, is that difficulties today appear
to be of a magnitude worse than ever. There are two good reasons for this: growing
population and escalating information.
Let us start with population. In the last 10,000 years, slowly at first, and then at an increasingly frantic pace, population has passed from a few tens of thousands to several millions of thousands. An increase of that kind naturally magnifies every problem. But Eternons know where they are going,. Although far greater problems are challenging us, far more people are working at solving them.
As for information, things were far worse in the past but we would not have known about it. Life was bad enough in our corner, with snow drifts sweeping our cave and wild beasts trying to devour our family. Or, we would have been too busy fighting local plagues, famines, and tyrants. Why should we have worried about what was going on elsewhere? Communications have made for a smaller world. Nowadays, even if all is quiet for a while in our backyard, media will expose us to woes on the other side of the planet. Relentless global information keeps us abreast of conflicts, disasters, and injustices that otherwise we would be ignorant of. In addition, almost nothing is said about happy people and great human achievements. In such condition, how could we have positive feelings about our world and its prospects?
By the time we solve our population problem, shall we not have ruined our planet?
|There is a tendency to believe
that all we do is unnatural and harmful. Without entering into the merit of any particular
situation, we must bear in mind that nature is a common work of Eternons, and we humans
are among these Eternons. We must stop regarding ourselves as alien to the planet we
inhabit. Besides, we overrate our negative influence. Yes, we have the power to mess up
the weather, eradicate other life forms, and blow apart the planet. But Eternons have not
waited in assembling humans to give nature the same might.
Earth has known at least twenty crises since its formation. One annihilated dinosaurs, 65 million years ago. It was a mild crisis, though, compared with another which had wiped out 90% of all living species 180 million years earlier. Scientists do not know for sure the causes of these massive extinctions. One thing is sure, humans are not the ones to be blamed.
We need not self-destruct to disappear. Plenty of objects keep flying in the Cosmos; even a small one could crush the Earth. A mere 20,000 years ago, Canada and Scandinavia were under a mile thick coat of ice; this could repeat anytime.
Perhaps the destiny of our species is to be supplanted by another one with broader awareness. But even this, would not mean our final doom. As an essential Eternon, each of us would be part of such a mutation.
There are many claims that we are on the eve of a great change. Is it true?
|"New Age, Era of the
Aquarius, Third Millennium." Humans love benchmarks. Yet, in the endless history of
the universe, a day is worth another day, and thousand years are nothing.
Eternons are not hurried. Their venture has already last billions of years, and it is far from over. No doubt, the rise and fall of human empires or the vicissitudes of human enterprises are prosaic events when measured up to Eternons cosmic project.
Evolution, not revolution, is what Eternons are working on. The steadiness of evolution, however, does not imply that all transformations occur at the same pace. Eternons do not polish all facets of their creations simultaneously. At present, our empirical knowledge is far ahead; soon our spiritual awareness will catch on. We already observe around us signals of this forthcoming correction.
Does that mean hope for the future?
|It seems that as fast as we solve
the problems that plague us, new ones appear. But this is the very reason we are alive: to
fight against entropy; to cure the evils we create and prevent those we dont. All
our brief human adventure is the laborious triumph of intelligence over ignorance. We
experiment and commit mistakes, but we also adjust our course. No matter how sad it is to
witness the worlds suffering and madness, no one should doubt that we are on a
Discoveries in biology and genetics are translating into spectacular agricultural and medical improvements. Electronics, the science of our essencethat of particles and fields of energyis transforming our lives. The circulation of information is crumbling national borders and erasing political divisions. Prejudice and hatred will become ever harder to sustain in a world where every individual is in constant, rapt communication with the others.
We have always been capable of both the worst and the best. Fools and geniuses, we have created havoc and miracles. We have reduced Hiroshima to rubbles, but we have erected cathedrals. We have exterminated millions, but saved many more from diseases. We are vulgar and mindless, but write symphonies and invent computers. We oppress and torture, but have unlimited reserves of love and altruism. Yes There is hope for the future!
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