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Spiritual Life Cycle

A defining moment in my life was when I saw someone talking with a gleam in their eye about a belief they had in a religion that I was not previously exposed to. The gleam of certainty in their eye made me realize that this was something greater and was part of human essence. Originally I thought that this was only the product of religion but now I realize that there can potentially be unlimited catalysts for it.

The cycle seems to be consistent regardless of medium. First, the ego is abolished and this is when a person goes through their first phase of having absolute truth. The actual physical truth isn’t necessarily important. This truth can be that Jesus is the truth, Islam is the truth, or an expression of a characteristic of God. What is important here is that the person feels an absolute, this is the real truth, the God like sensation of perfect justification. For the person the factual doesn’t really matter because the God like characteristic of justification that fills them overrides logic.

The initial expression of the temporary removal of ego will be the loss of self awareness. This will result in the person acting in ways that if they had their ego and knew the perception of others, they would immediately stop. This will usually result in the estrangement of friends and sometimes family. I remember hearing new Christians talk about how they lost friends after their conversion. I realize now that these losses are not the product of enlightenment but the product of selfishness because enlightenment doesn’t bring loss.

The removal of ego is ultimately temporary because it is an essential part of humanity but when the ego re-emerges it will find itself in a different position. How does selfishness reconcile with the absolute? The compromise is validation. Validation is what the individual will attempt to do when their ego resurfaces. A religious person might attempt conversion of others or a spiritualist will promote meditation or drugs. The mechanism is of little importance but what is important is that the person feels that they can justify the absolute they feel but having others feel it.

The problem is that they don’t have the absolute physical truth instead they have an absolute feeling. There real truth is in the feeling but their physical representation of it is incorrect. Not all religions will work for everyone and not all drug usage will result in spiritual awakening. This is by design. If we could have an absolute physical truth then transcendence would be impossible. There must be a conflict in physical spiritual truths in order for humanity to continually question and push boundaries.

The question is what is past the validation phase? I think for many there is not much. They will invest their entire lives trying to push their particular brand of spirituality on whoever will accept it. Even I have my own spiritual truth which I promote to justify my absolute feeling. Outside of these selfish desires for validation I do believe there is something more.

What is next is an internal maturing or an expression that happens within oneself that no one will ever see or hear about but instead they will experience it through invention and prosperity. When talking about God the most common adjective used today is love. I think this is an invalid characterization or a very basic human representation of perfect grace. Humans are not capable of perfect grace because no single human has everything. Since we cannot know perfect grace, we resort to the closest thing we know which is love. Love ultimately is a human trait that requires hate to exist. Grace transcends and encompasses love. Invention and prosperity is a means by which a person can act as a medium of grace and facilitate transcendence for the entirety of humanity.

Important Definitions

Spiritual/Physical Truth: Physical truth and spiritual truth needs to be distinguished here. I am by no means saying that physical truth can be rejected by how you feel. I am not endorsing rejecting physical facts to justify oneself. This kind of thinking would ultimately lead to corruption. For Example, physics is a physical truth and God being love is a spiritual truth.

Physical Spiritual Truth: This is something that someone believes in to justify their existence and how they feel about the universe. Physical/mental feelings such as love or religious “truths” I would put under the category of physical spiritual truth.

 

 

 

 

Naturalization & Happiness

In a video by Dan Gilbert he shows that there is data showing that after one year a person winning the lottery and a person becoming a paraplegic are both equally happy with the state of their lives. When we hear this we might instantly believe that this is completely absurd but when we look at our own lives we can deduct that this would be the case. Whether it is obtaining a house, a doctorate, or winning a million dollars we will ultimately naturalize. The average person may not be able to understand this because they are lacking something.

Imagine for a moment you’re in a desert about to die from dehydration, what would you give to get a glass of water? I would wager heavily you would offer up everything you own and could possibly own for that single glass of water. The rich will often say to the poor, “there is more to life then money” but that is akin to someone swimming in a pool telling the person about to die of thirst that water means nothing. We usually understate how important water is because we have magical faucets that can provide us seemingly unending amounts of it. Understanding contexts can allow us to understand why people that seemingly have everything can become so depressed that they can end their lives or get nasty drug habits. This can provide comfort to the envious to understand that the rich, emotionally, don’t feel any different then themselves.

If you have the world, you should build a new world you can’t have instead of throwing away the one you do.

Human naturalization is a huge threat to Elolight. Naturalization keeps pushing us to want more but it stops us from appreciating what we have already accomplished. If you received the opportunity to go into space, at first it would be absolutely amazing but the more time you spent in space it would increasingly become less interesting similar to riding the same roller coaster multiple times.

Naturalization is not so much a threat as long as it causes forward motion as opposed to regression. When people get to the top and either consciously or unconsciously start rolling back their state to a state of want, this can slow down our entire progression as a race. This seems completely absurd that anyone would do this but the desire for change can be so powerful that some humans might choose to roll back to acquire it. While rolling back can put someone into The Flow it might not ultimately have a positive outcome. We should always strive for positive change that pushes the entire race forward. If you have the world, you should build a new world you can’t have instead of throwing away the one you do.

Wealth Distribution Fallacies

The argument for and against wealth distribution are pretty common. Conservatives will often believe that wealth distribution will stunt job growth because the rich will stop creating jobs. Liberals believe that if money is distributed everyone will have a higher quality of life. They are both wrong and this can be deduced by a simple deduction of basic facts.

#1 Money does not equal products
World hunger can easily be solved, we just need to print an infinite amount of money and we would have an infinite amount of food, right? The people that believe wealth distribution would actually work don’t understand what money is. Money is just an arbitrary representation of your time you exchange for products, it doesn’t actually represent products. People that don’t have a lot of money will often look at the wealthy and assume that everyone can live the way they do but that would be an impossibility. If everyone had infinite amounts of money not everyone could buy a Ferrari because Ferrari’s take a certain amount of time to make.

There is also this illusion that the wealthy are massive consumers. Sure they might have a larger house or a fancier car but outside of that their consumption rates are some what comparable to everyone else. Even if they did actually consume 5x more then everyone else, distributing their wealth would only help (maybe) an extra 5-10% of the population. The only thing distributing wealth would do is max out the means of production and ultimately reduce the availability of items for everybody which would lead to preferential treatment based on other criteria. You don’t need a sophisticated understanding in economics to get this principle.

#2 The wealthy create massive amounts of jobs
On the opposite side of the spectrum you have the belief in the “trickle down” effect. The reason this idea is fallacious is because a lot of wealthy people usually don’t spend their own capital on projects and even if they do in the case of some billionaires, assuming their projects are successful (4/5 are not)  their endeavors won’t really become true job creators until they get public funding through the stock market.

While it is true that the wealthy usually have a better understanding of this process, they can execute the process without ever spending a cent of their own money. A venture capital firm might be entirely funded by means of the stock market (the public) and while the wealthy might buy shares and fund indirectly their impact to the total funding amount is relatively small. This principle has direct business applications as well. Who makes more money wal-mart or Neiman Marcus? In 2011 Neiman Marcus made 4 billion gross, wal-mart made 446 billion in 2012. Public investment is always worth more then private wealthy investment.

Part of the misconception is that only the wealthy invest in the stock market but the public will actually invest in the stock market indirectly. For instance, mutual funds buy into the stock market on behalf of the public. A lot of people who have retirement funds usually have mutual funds and by this process are actually investing into the stock market.

Money Sinks
In video games where they have fake currencies generated all the time there is a common problem of inflation which is important to the designer because it makes elements in the game have less value and because of that the overall good experience of the game is reduced. What game designers do to combat the issue of increasing amounts of money is to create money sinks and these are methods that occur to pull money out of the system indefinitely.

The wealthy act as a money sink. They pull money out of the system and then don’t spend it. This process is important because it increases the value of everyone’s money. It is even more important when you have a government that insists on creating new money all the time. The wealthy or corporations are actually what is stopping inflation from actually rising at an even faster levels then they already are.

Potential Solutions
Our economies revolve around a variety of balancing acts. We want to maintain quality of life, introduce social programs, but at the same time we want to encourage competition via free market but not have abuse of the general populous in the process. I am not sure what processes are the best, the only thing I am sure of is that no pure system would be without fault.

Whether it is capitalism or socialism, all systems that exist exist for the same reason and that is to overcome the problem of not having enough to go around. Capitalism links the amount of stuff you can get to your effort or innovation (hopefully) and socialism gets you more stuff via rationing.

There would be some, of course, that argue we need to learn to live with less but this is highly ideological and wouldn’t work because of the human ego always demanding more. It is unrealistic to expect or hope everyone to change their consumption rates. The easiest way to solve our economic problems is through technology and making material items valueless because we can create them so easily. From this view point, at the current time capitalism seems to be the best motivating force for reducing production times and devaluing materialistic items.