Or, it gives the "powers that be" the understanding of whose books and reputations they need to destroy to be able to maintain their status quo. This has been done in several forms throughout the world and throughout the ages.
The atonement strategy does not require a public declaration that exposes one's self and one's loved ones to all sorts of harassment.
It, on the other hand, maintains a nonattacking defense that recognizes the consequences of the belief that we have separated from God and from one another have no lasting results.
This INNER expression of belief in God allows Him and all His Resources to be at the disposal of the individual. As this is manifest it leads the way for others to do likewise.
The human condition is then made up of two categories — freedom and plurality — which are co-dependent. For example, when you, through your personal convictions, debate and exchange thoughts publicly to arrive at some collective solution, it not only provides you with a sense of public freedom but also a sense of yourself. As Arendt notes in The Human Condition:
"Plurality" (or civic life) is actually a group of individuals with similar ideas. Legal Definition of plurality: an amount or group (as of votes) that is greater than any other amount or group within a total but that is not more than half ...www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plurality
It still suggests more than one and does not allow individual responses to be taken seriously without aligning with the consensus of the group in question.
I maintain that only within the atonement which would mandate a consensus that we could all agree on IF we understood it correctly, is the individual voice really heard.
I believe that this is something that humanity around the world could understand and accept if we would only give it a chance.
Basically, civic life happens when groups of people with a plurality of ideas can come together so as to address their common concerns freely and as equals. It is an age-old social technology for communal problem-solving.
Exactly! This is how Charles Manson got his "family" to be willing to literally "kill for him".
But we ALL do it in some form or another. Only in claiming our true heritage as sovereign entities can we combat this horror!
We all give up our truth and believe that if we are alone we are separated when nothing could be further from the truth.
We are One: the Son of God, along with all other parts of creation.
For those who believe in this world, that mentality is vital or there would be no need to copulate and fill…
… essay, On the Nature of Totalitarianism, the totalitarians took great advantage of this phenomena. Only when people are truly lonely they can be dominated totally.
Reminds me of the perspective I had in the "house of my origin". Perhaps this is why as an aging adult I have finally put away childhood things and determined that I alone decide my guilt. You see, within the atonement, I choose to release myself from any consequence of the "belief in separation from God, self, and others". That would constitute releasing myself from guilt while acknowledging that I am capable of making mistakes that I can learn from. There is so much more I could say on this particular theme but I believe this suffices for now.
Thank you for this article it is well written and addresses so many things that need to be reflected on today, and sooner rather than later.
In Franz Kafka’s novel, The Trial, the protagonist Josef K. is unexpectedly prosecuted for unspecified reasons by unknown authorities. That is, Josef K. is never enlightened about what was his crime nor what were the reasons for which he was found guilty. Nevertheless, at the end of The Trial, Josef K. willingly accepts the court’s absurd verdict, and he is executed without showing a sign of struggle.
They have been expounded since time began but humanity insists on believing it has separated from God and is worthy of any form of punishment it can devise. The atonement reverses that decision. It is an individual awareness that will spread in the united human psyche and place us on "higher ground" as a species.
“Conceivably some laws of mass psychology may be found to explain why millions of human beings allowed themselves to be marched unresistingly into the gas chambers, although these laws would explain nothing else but the destruction of individuality.”
This can only be accomplished by the willingness of the masses and the disbelief in their personal worthiness to govern themselves. The most benevolent religions and philosophies (and even families or any form of two or more persons) around the world function off of this premise.
…people share the despot’s worldview but to make them obey him either willingly or through violence. Under totalitarian rule, however, the government aims to make people submit by breaking their will to resist.
I believe that this may be how we truly learn to love ourselves and break down the prison walls that separate us.
Jesus also said to love your enemies. Impossible and improbable perhaps — and yet I wonder if removing the planks from our own eyes would…
It is only through teaching (which all of us do) that we learn.
The challenge is we have two teachers; one of the truth and one of the lie. Only I can decide which I bear witness of and that happens internally at a place where I decide if I am truly of the Son of God by taking on His name (Christ) and walking in the atonement undoing the error of separation from God we have contrived in our inner sanctuary we call the mind.
We do this now. Not after death. …
Now when I meditate on these powerful words, I realize the message is also for me — for us all. Like Jesus, I disdain hypocrisy, especially from leaders. And yet, I understand how challenging and necessary this teaching is. Honest self-examination may be one of the most courageous lifelong practices that we can choose to adopt.
A well written review of a sad situation.
I look forward to the day when we do not need "leaders" to share with us what the Holy Spirit is waiting to reveal to each of us individually.
It sounds like you are listening to His message. :)
Because no foundation establishes freedom and equality without it.
And without that witness burning in the hearts of the individuals of the land, the individual will find no refuge.
There will be tyranny or “mob-rule” and contention, or apathy and hopelessness as has been throughout history.
How can there be independence when we fear one another and ourselves?
How can philanthropy and industriousness prosper when we feel our neighbors can, and will, take anything from us?
Is it any wonder that our children live in a human environment where there is no real foundation for belief in anything.
Atonement, His (Christ’s) Story, Three Temptations: Addiction, Power-Hunger, and Depression, “Seeing” Truth in the “Unseen”, Living Above the Chaos C U there :)