First off, I have to say that no one can be God. Regardless if you believe that there is an old man with a white beard sitting on a throne in the clouds or if you believe mystical experiences are just a combination of chemicals in the brain, it is not possible for any human being to be God. Anyone who thinks they are God is deluded and needs psychological help.
Here are the two basic belief systems that have guided mankind throughout the ages.
There is the Divine Right of Kings. The fact that there are those few who have gone through the spiritual training, fully shed ego, and become true stewards of God’s will on earth is a given fact throughout human history. This system creates a hierarchy of achievement that is culminated in the King, General of the Army, or Architect who is the chief judge, top warrior, or chief innovator. Such a man honors the Divine Feminine while balancing the forces of nature to benefit those in his community. The traits of “Wise,” “Just,” and/or “Second Sited” are attached to the character of such a man. This is the basic philosophy of the Way of Passion.
What happens we when a corrupt king, general, or architect comes into power? The masses are used for the aggrandizement of the leader or the wealthy. Quite an ugly situation for those on the lower rungs of society and it eventually leads to a revolt by the populous. (French revolution.)
There is the idea that we are made in the likeness of God. We have the ability to create as God creates. God has provided everything we need to solve every problem, situation, or circumstance. Why not go out and deepen our knowledge and find the answers to our problems. This philosophy believes that squelching the creative and innovative side of the psyche outright dishonors God. This is the basic philosophy of the Way of Grace.
We have ended polio, cholera, and the plague. We are working on the next generation of diseases like AIDS and cancer. We have created great cities with amazing engineering innovations. We have polluted the earth to the point of global warming and permanent devastation. We have also created the worst weapons and means of destruction ever known to man.
Without innovation, we would still think the world was flat and that the earth was the center of the universe. Without laws, limits, and boundaries, profit seekers and charlatans would devastate both the planet and violate the rights of all inhabitants.
It is time to blend the two philosophies and bring forth the best of both worlds.
We need the innovators to continue to create. We need the civic leaders to set limits on what will be allowed to continue. (I like the fact that no more incandescent bulbs or Teflon will be available after a certain date regulations because they create negative situations for the environment and to the health of humans.) We need the civic leaders to direct technological development in ways that use these new ideas for the good of all humanity and not for the protection of a small piece of soil or the profit of a small number of people.
Sorry, I’m not going to pick sides. I don’t want to go back to the good ole dark ages, nor do I want the further devastation of our planet or the rights of any creature violated.
The road runs both ways. It’s time we use both lanes.