Justification-world – The Dying of the Light

When you hear a justification does it make your spirit soar?

Maybe it does, and it is only me who is weird. We are surrounded by justifications, entombed and our hearts pierced by the countless stakes of them. It appears all so reasonable. We have to justify pretty much everything we do in conversation, in job applications and even to the parrot in its cage. The endless stream of justifications, it turns the world grey and anodyne, bereft of colour. And by our justifications we do some pretty bad shit, it is OK though, because it is thoroughly justified.

To what part of us do justifications speak? Is it our hearts? Is it our pseudo-rational mind? Is it our linguistic core processor?

It is by justification that we silence and assuage the remnants of our conscience and muffle whatever residue of spirit lies mortally wounded within us. And we think we are so very clever in acting like this. Somewhere there is a mountain of babies, piled Everest high. And these are the babies we threw out with the bathwater, because of our insistence on justifications.

We do not see that there is a Dying of the Light. And in any case should we do, we can easily justify it away. And before long all we will be left with are our lovely justifications. We shall knit patchwork blankets out of them and lie beneath them in the hope that they will keep us warm, when the light is no more.

Whilst we shiver, in justification-world we shall feel thoroughly justified, if a little indignant.

Are You Reasonable?

Many think that being reasonable is a good thing, they may even aspire to the accolade of reasonable man, thinking that this might imply a sound, comprehensive faculty of discernment and weighing all the angles of an argument. But reason only goes so far, so often it merges with excuse and justification. And these have to be sold to others. It takes a brave man to point out that a justification is not the same as something fully reasoned. There is a major fallacy associated with reason and this is that almost inevitably it is based in a socio-political context. The two things are inextricably linked, because reason has to it the normative basis of what society deems reasonable. As a consequence, reason, strange as it may seem, can be causal of atrocity. If we don’t like the way a bunch of a-rabs are behaving then it is reasonable to effect regime change which causes death, destruction and a massive migration crisis; which in turns leads to unrest at home. Reason is not infallible and more often it is a way of arguing for something we want, seek or desire. It is a pretend pseudo-logic used to justify.

Reason is a tool for manipulation, it lies aback the salesman’s pitch and the advertiser’s enticement. The reason for using this lovely fifteen compartment washing capsule is that it is so much better and more convenient than our competitor. Their washing capsule has only fourteen compartments, Q.E.D., our capsule is better, and you need to pay that little bit extra to join the enlightened users of the novel quantum chromodynamic washing system. Should you do this instantaneously you will be transformed into a model, a sex goddess and a perfect mum, who will be the envy of all and sundry.

OK, I have over-egged this, but do you get the idea? Reason can be used to manipulate.

Reason can have a convenient and expedient, self or group centred myopia.

What is reasonable in one socio-political context, is unreasonable in another. And reason has a poor memory, it is also selective. For example, many claim to be Christian and unless I am mistaken vengeance is not a Christian value. Yet we have people, claiming to be Christian insisting that it is fair that a child murder be punished as an adult and for life in the USA. The victim can no longer walk the earth; therefore, the perpetrator must be locked away until they die. The reasoning is faulty. It is used to manipulate a desired outcome, in this case vengeance. It is not fair that the perpetrator should be free, ever.

Attached to this notion of reason is this equally bizarre notion of fair. Many a highly paid executive justifies an inflated salary on grounds of fairness, but it is a selective justification in which the more able arguer wins a greater salary. What is fair can be only in the eyes of the person making this claim. Everybody else is wrong. If one is using reason, it is not reasonable that there is such a huge pay differential. It is skewed, but the skewing need not be so marked. To be true some are simply greedy bastards.

To be reasonable, is to be malleable, able to be reasoned. One can be persuaded, influenced, convinced, manipulated, brainwashed and brow beaten by reasons. The peer group and this “social consensus” thingamajig is a major component of reason. It is man-made and as a certain Vulcan might say, illogical.

At the back of reason there is often an agenda, simple as.

Having perhaps tainted this notion of reason:

Am I a reasonable being?

Is this a good thing?

Has my reason ever gotten me into trouble?

Is reason comprehensive and all encompassing?

From The Five Groups of Souls

our premises and conclusions can be stated in the following propositions:

1. Every human being, in or out of incarnation, is a “fragment of divinity,” and an outpost of the divine consciousness, functioning in time and space for purposes of expression.

2. All these souls, selves, or human beings are found, as we have seen, on one or other of the seven emanations of spiritual energy, issuing forth from God at the beginning of an era of creative activity. They return to their emanating Source when that particular cycle is brought to a close.

3. In the interim between emanation and reabsorption, these souls pass through various experiences until such time as they can “shine forth in all their exactitude of truth.”

4. They are called, as has been stated, in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (See page 855.)

Lotuses of revelation.
Lotuses with perfume.
Radiant lotuses.
Lotuses wherein the flower is on the point of opening.
Lotuses of closed and sealed condition.
The colorless lotuses.
Lotuses in bud.

5. These souls, cycling through various forms of life in the long evolutionary process arrive eventually at full, self-conscious existence. By this we mean that they are self-determined, self-conditioned, and self-aware. They are also conscious of and responsive to their environment.

6. Once this conscious awareness is achieved, then progress becomes more rapid. It should be borne in mind that many human beings are not thus aware. The groupings which arise out of this awareness (limiting our ideas entirely to those within the radius of the human family) can be expressed as follows:

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  • The souls who are primarily emotional. The mind nature is not functioning strongly, and only rarely does it swing into activity, and the physical body is slipping steadily into the realm of the unconscious. In every race and nation there are millions of such souls in existence. They may be regarded as the modern Atlanteans.
  • Those souls who can now be classed as intelligent human beings, capable of mental application, if trained, and showing that they can think when need arises. They are still, nevertheless, predominantly emotional. They constitute the bulk of modern humanity at this time. They are the average citizens of our modern world, – good, well-intentioned, capable of intense emotional activity, with the feeling nature almost over-developed, and oscillating between the life of the senses and that of the mind. They swing between the poles of experience. Their lives are spent in an astral turmoil, but they have steadily increasing interludes wherein the mind can momentarily make itself felt, and thus at need effect important decisions. These are the nice good people, who are, nevertheless, largely controlled by the mass consciousness, because they are relatively unthinking. They can be regimented and standardized with facility by orthodox religion and government, and are the “sheep” of the human family.
  • The souls who think, and who are minds. These are steadily increasing in number and gaining in power as our educational processes and our scientific discoveries bring results, and expand human awareness. They constitute the cream of the human family, and are the people who are achieving success in some department of human life. They are writers, artists, thinkers in various fields of human knowledge and aspiration, politicians, religious leaders, scientists, skilled workers and artisans, and all those who, though in the front rank, yet take ideas and propositions and work with them for the ultimate benefit of the human family. They are the world aspirants, and those who are beginning to get the ideal of service into their consciousness.
  • Those souls whose sense of awareness on the physical plane is now of such an order that they can pass on to the Probationary Path. They are the mystics, conscious of duality, torn between the pairs of opposites, but who are yet unable to rest until they are polarized in the soul. These are the sensitive, struggling people, who long for release from failure and from existence in the world today. Their mind natures are alive and active but they cannot yet control them as they should and the higher illumination remains as yet a joyous hope and final possibility.
  • Souls whose intelligence and love nature is becoming so awakened and integrated that they can begin to tread the Path of Discipleship. They are the practical mystics, or the occultists, of modern times.
  • The souls who are initiate into the mysteries of the kingdom of God. These are souls who are not only conscious of their vehicles of expression, the integrated personality, and conscious also of themselves as souls, but they know, past all controversy, that there is no such thing as “my soul and your soul,” but simply “the Soul”. They know this not only as a mental proposition, and as a sensed reality, but also as a fact in their own consciousness.
  • The souls who have achieved release from all the limitations of the form nature and who dwell eternally in the consciousness of the One Soul, withdrawn from identification with any aspiration of the form life, no matter how highly developed. They can and do use the form at will for the purposes of the general good. These are the Masters of Life, the perfected adepts.

Higher than this we need not go, except by inference. A detailed analysis is not, however, in order, owing to the limitations of men’s minds. The above is only a wide generalization, and the various groupings shade into each other in a bewildering way. The varieties of intermediate types are myriad, but this analysis will serve as a skeleton structure upon which to build.

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Esoteric Psychology II – Chapter I – The Egoic Ray – The Five Groups of Souls
Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul

Is There an Arrow of Time?

From Wiki:

“In the 1928 book The Nature of the Physical World, which helped to popularize the concept, Eddington stated:

Let us draw an arrow arbitrarily. If as we follow the arrow we find more and more of the random element in the state of the world, then the arrow is pointing towards the future; if the random element decreases the arrow points towards the past. That is the only distinction known to physics. This follows at once if our fundamental contention is admitted that the introduction of randomness is the only thing which cannot be undone. I shall use the phrase ‘time’s arrow’ to express this one-way property of time which has no analogue in space.”

and

“The arrow of time is the “one-way direction” or “asymmetry” of time. The thermodynamic arrow of time is provided by the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which says that in an isolated system, entropy tends to increase with time.”

Even people who teach this kind of stuff may forget it and take a compartmentalized view that it only applies to physical systems. In their interactions with the world they may assume that nothing is final, it can always be undone, one may be able to talk one’s way out of any situation and that revocability can hold true. Yet in common parlance we have; “don’t lock the stable door after the horse has bolted” and “too much water under the bridge”. Both of which point at some irrevocability. There may be a short time at which things can be reversed (a bit) but after that, the reversal is no longer possible.

Strangely the “cleverer” you are the more you might believe in your god-like abilities of revocability. Time’s arrow does not exist for you, only mere mortals. It is with this mind-set that some politicians cannot resist opining. Somehow this cleverness can forget the second law of thermodynamics, if it had ever encountered it in the first place.

We can get into cause and effect, action and consequence, to see that unless you have a DeLorean time machine, time flows only one way on the macroscopic scale. Everyone kind of knows this, yet it does not influence our actions as much as it might. Science fiction aside we cannot turn the clock back and start over. There is no “undo” button in real life.

Regret can stem back to when the stable door was left open and before the Pooh stick passed under the bridge, but that doesn’t change the new situation. No matter how much we might want revocability it can never be exact, only partial at best. We cannot go back to the initial conditions in the event flow. All one can do is learn from what might be termed a mistake. We have the notion of “too late” and it is real enough.

Some seemingly small actions of ours can create an inordinate amount of mess and kerfuffle. These are evidence of an increase in entropy, according to the second law. A mess once generated is very hard to clean up. Time’s arrow is given flight and it bifurcates on its journey. And even should the mess be cleared up things are never the same again. Yeah, this kind of stuff keeps Jeremy Kyle in work.

There are some things in life, in the human sphere, which are irrevocable and so Time’s Arrow applies. There is no going back. Some things which are not random but intended also cannot be undone, though their consequences may not initially have been considered.

You cannot step in the same river twice.

Romantic Love or Compassionate Companionship?

Now that the marketing opportunity called Valentine’s Day has passed, it might be timely to get into this. Social conditioning makes Valentine’s Day a devoir which must be observed for fear of blame and reprisal. It is tied up with the notion of romance. There is a clue in the name, romance. It isn’t real it is romantic. In the supermarkets you see men scurrying around to buy flowers, chocolates, a card and maybe a meal deal which they might microwave later.

If one is not attached, can one love?

Yes, but not in a soggy gooey co-dependent way. Relational negotiation fades. One shares time and companionship with another being and that can be full of compassion, which is a kind of, an expression of love. It is not so conditional. If love is measured by the obligatory purchase of flowers, it isn’t love. It is a social ritual. Romance can mature into love, into compassion. And like a good wine, it can get deeper in flavour and aroma with age.

Much romance is more gonadic than loving. There are millions looking for love or something they imagine love to be. Others are looking for a few shags. With anything idealised and romanticised, disappointment is an inevitability. Too much saccharin or sweetener ruins the coffee. Illusion cannot bring depth of experience.

To cross the turbulent sea of emotions, one needs to move from passionately, truly, madly, deeply into an at first unbearable lightness of being. And in that lightness is to be found a freedom in which a genuine compassion swells often like a tear. A fully open heart needs no tenderizing, it is already an exquisite thing, bereft of demands.

Love is not to enslave another being, to have them at beck and call. It is much lighter than that, it offers support and companionship, and it shares.

Having cued this up:

What is love?

What does it look like and how is it expressed?