The creator gave us everything to satisfy our needs in life. He created us as social beings, and fitted each of us accordingly. Each of us is different. Each has been given a different talent, and different predispositions. Each of them is needed socially. And every one of them has a part to play in this theater of life.
What did we do? We established a hierarchy of social usefulness. We judged that a university professor is worth more than a carpenter. Function and social role were judged to be more important than humanity. We sealed it with a social contract that the pay for an hour of work by a professor ought to be higher than that of a carpenter.
And that was the first mistake. After all, talent, manual dexterity or intellectual gifts are gotten for free and don’t deserve credit. A beautiful voice, a musical ear, or the talent of a composer are not credit to the ones given them. A professor cannot hammer in a nail. Would he trade his job for carpentry even for three times his current wages?
The second sin: appropriating the world.
We thought up the words “yours”, “mine” “one’s own” and “theirs”. We appropriated land, fenced it in, and drew barriers. We made “having” into a tool for fighting fear. Thoughts about the future kill off the joy of the present.
What fears are the causes of hell?
- fear of privation
- fear of a lack of acceptance
- fear of incompetence
- fear of mockery
- fear of violence
- fear of unfulfilled expectations
For all of these fears we have found one prescription: owning, securing, and protecting. Ownership gave rise to war and revolution.
The third sin: false moral principles.
Though various social contracts we introduced orders and prohibitions — dictatorially assessing what is commendable and what is reprehensible. Laws, religious principles, accepted customs and judgments create a body of regulative norms, which are often very detailed, for our behavior. These regulations are burdened with two basic errors:
- false, double moral standards
- treating people (nations) like a mindless herd who might act to their own detriment without their enlightened leadership.
These laws and customs often violate human nature. They stand in opposition to common sense. They lead to life with a feeling of guilt. They also infringe on our dignity.
The fourth sin: vulnerability to manipulation.
We have lost the right to seek the truth independently. We have trusted so-called authorities, the media, politicians, teachers, parents, ideas, slogans, propaganda, science, and religion. We acknowledged the beliefs of the herd as our own. We have even gotten to where we manipulate ourselves — “I think that he thinks that I am stupid.” We judged images in the eyes of others to be more reliable than our own judgments of ourselves.
Suspicion, jealousy, spite, hatred, possessiveness are in place of openness, friendship, love, and courage to be alone.
The fifth sin: dividing.
We forgot how to live in a society, and how to help each other or how to be happy together. More and more often, entertainment is replacing shared fun (entertainment is when someone else amuses you and you are a passive receiver; fun is when you take part in something spontaneously). We close ourselves into smaller and smaller cages: fences, surveillance, security, life under constant supervision. The spirit of community is disappearing. Once in a while, when taking part in a large event like a sports match, we can rediscover the primal joy of being together. We forgot how to be happy about others’ joys. We are happy about our daughter’s success in a contest, but do we feel the same joy about a neighbor’s daughter? Division impoverished our lives of joy shared with others. Division instead of empathy created compassion, in place of the joy of giving (charitableness). Instead of understanding, there are harsh and unjust judgments. In turn we have narrowed the human spirit to national spirit, national spirit to religious congregations. Then it has been limited to the interest of the family clan, and finally closed in a cage of the closest, single generation of family members.