i recently saw a twilight zone episode, a story about a man who could shape-shift into different people. he ultimately was killed by his own father, because his father said the main character had broken his mother’s heart. before killing him, at one point the father called his son a “punk.” the father was angry enough at his son to essentially say, you are not my son anymore and i will kill you. the father thought that the sins of the son were great enough that the only way to pay them was if the father was judge jury and executioner, killing his own son.
so….. i’ve been thinking about it applied to my own life. am i a sinner? a punk? an asshole? a fool? if so, and i do believe it is so sometimes, then i need to atone for all my sins. even if it takes a million or more lifetimes. i need to atone, to simply my life, to do good deeds, to do as much good as i can before i die.
some people say atonement is not needed, as Jesus on the cross was the atonement. i agree. but i also think “faith without works is dead.”
first you need your conscience to be convicted. you need to be convicted of all of your sins.
then the next step is to find a Savior. to me, Jesus is the Savior. having said that, i think i benefit from studying other religious traditions, also, like Taoism and Zen and the sayings of Confucius.
each place you are at is a hologram. each hologram reflects all the other holograms. though you make your bed in hell, though you are in heaven, God is with you. “So, so you think you can tell heaven from hell?” –pink floyd. “to make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” –poem. we have that capability. do what you need to do. do what is right.
studying the tao te ching, an amazing book, convinced me that you can visit the whole world without leaving your bedroom. the internet also is collapsing time and space into here and now. the internet is making one world, not necessarily one world government, but one world. perhaps it is part of the next step in human evolution.
the asshole says, why should i do the right thing? what’s in it for me? and so he is always selfish and destructive.
the wise man says, what is the right thing to do right now, what is the right thing to say right now? then speak one’s lines from one’s heart and one’s gut. speak them with all the sincerity one has.
the spiritual path is from “what’s in it for me?” to “how can i help?”