So Anyways, We’re All Trying to Get to Heaven by Understanding God
We’re all cooperating towards the same goal. Let’s understand that so we can use competition and communication to help ourselves get there.
TL;DR: Consciousness is right now coming into the recognition that communicating with itself is a more efficient way to get to its goal than competing with itself, but competition, communication and cooperation all still exist.
Communication creates knowledge by asking the three following questions: How is it? How come it is so? How does it become?
What’s true of every individual:
- Each of us has faith. None of us knows everything right now. We all act according to at least some assumptions, whose truth we cannot verify with certainty. In order to act, we must act with some degree of faith. We do not always know when we are acting on faith. For example, classical physics took much on faith that it believed was fact, until some of its assumptions were later disproven by modern physics.
- Each of us has a God. We all perceive some kind of fundamental force or forces that give order to existence and shape behavior within it. This force creates itself, and acts with and within everything. Nothing can truly exist outside of it. For example, gravity is a fundamental force.
- Each of us is trying to get to, or towards, heaven. We all have some understanding of the best of possible worlds, where we can live in perfect alignment with whatever we conceive of as God. For many of us, this heaven is not a defined or identified goal; we simply know whether we are getting closer to it or further from it by how living feels. For example, Utopia is such a heaven. Christian heaven is another. A good life, whatever that means to you, is another.
- Each of us is learning how to do get to heaven better. Like all of existence, we are evolving towards a deeper understanding of how to get towards a better life with greater efficiency. For some of us, this involves studying the fundamental force, and seeking to emulate it. For others, it involves listening to the innate guidance of that force (am I moving towards or away from heaven?)
What’s also true of the aggregated whole:
- All of us are working towards knowledge that transcends assumption. Whatever we do, we learn. The more we learn, the more the aggregate knows. The more the aggregate knows, the less is left up to assumption.
- All of us are honing the collective understanding of what God is. As we learn, the whole comes to understand the fundamental force of the universe better. By questioning one another’s understandings, proving and disproving, observing and interacting, the whole comes to know the fundamental force more thoroughly.
- All of us are honing the collective understanding of how to get to Heaven. As we each learn, and move towards our own understanding of Heaven, the whole gets better at cultivating existence — that is to say, the act of living is accomplished better. The whole moves closer to Heaven, and hones its shared understanding what good living is and how to live well.
- All of us are already working together towards that goal. Because the whole is always doing the above three things, and the whole is nothing more or less than the aggregate of everything within it, each individual in existence is already contributing to its common goals. None of us can ever do otherwise; even to rebel against the act of seeking knowledge increases knowledge. Even to rebel against the good life improves the whole’s understanding of existing well.
Let’s work together towards our shared goal, consciously:
Dolly Parton said, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” This is what humanity is already doing, has always been doing, and will (I’d wager) always be doing. Let’s not fight what is, because we can’t. Rather, let’s understand what is, and working with it from a place of conscious awareness that that’s what we’re doing.
How to do that, in my humble opinion:
- Start with the truth that the whole is always in cooperation with itself. The aggregated totality of consciousness is always working with itself, never against itself. Self-interest is the fundamental condition of the whole.
- Within the whole, separations arise which can compete with one another. Whatever consciousness perceives itself as, it is in cooperation with. As soon as competition arises, it has decided that something is not itself. This dialectic of unification and separation is wholly natural, and necessary.
- Everything within the whole has the whole within it. That means, consciousness is the aggregate, and everything that comprises consciousness has consciousness within it. The whole is in each part, and each part makes up each whole. That means that, in separating, we embody the whole. In unifying, we embody the whole. In competing, we embody the whole. In cooperating, we embody the whole. The idea that each of us, and all of nature, are fundamentally cooperative or fundamentally competitive are both true.
- Competition between separated pieces exists to strengthen the cooperation of the whole. It always does exactly that, even when it seems to do otherwise. Competition between separated components of the whole improves the overall cooperation of the whole. Cooperation between separated components of the whole continues until it fails to strengthen the cooperation of the whole.
- The goal of the whole is knowledge, of everything and itself, for it is everything. As such, the goal of every part of the whole is self-knowledge and knowledge of everything. Knowledge is increased through learning.
- To know something, you must be able to answer three questions about it. Those questions are: How is it? How come it is so? How does it become? We typically ask “What is it?” and put a calcified definition on something that is an alive, present and organic process. A better question is “How is it?” We typically ask “Why is it like this?” or “How did it come to be like this?” and make up an artificial cause beyond it, and an artificial time in which it didn’t exist as it is. A better question is “How come it is so?” Last, we typically ask “How can it change?” or “What will it become?” and make up an artificial scenario in which it can stop being as it it is, and an artificial time in which it isn’t as it is. Artificial concepts of past, future, and change are only relevant when you start with the question “What is it?” rather than “How is it?” This is what Lao Tzu means when he writes “The Tao that can be spoken is not the Eternal Tao.” The true essence cannot be named and understood as a concept.
- To ask a question of something, you must be able to communicate with it. Communication is thus a more efficient path to knowledge than competition. Right now (like, in early 2021) is the turning point when existence is fully recognizing (realizing) that it knows this.
- The whole already knows everything, but does not know it knows it. The separated parts within it must therefore communicate with one another to realize (actualize) the knowledge of everything. This is of every consciousness that perceives itself as unified. As above, so below.
And now, dear readers, writing all of this made my brain hurt. Download complete. Have a nice day. Love from, your friend Anna.