When I was serving in the Marine Corps, I dealt with plenty of moral and philosophical challenges due to the violent nature of the organization that I eventually had to learn to deal with on my own. Prior to joining, I still felt that there was a place for governments: a military is needed for defense, and a small government was needed to prosecute criminals, both should be efficient and moral. As I went through boot camp, I quickly realized the ethical error in my decision to join, but I had to search high and low throughout my service for the solution to this error. I had to reject the brainwashing inhibited to me throughout my training, and I had to re-study the information I’d previously retained that was lost in the psychological mind-ruling of the United States Marine Corps. Throughout my studies, Murray Rothbard, Lysander Spooner, and Ludwig von Mises helped me begin to break out of my patriotic mind-set, and begin to assess the real nature of government: violence against the individual. Even though such great literary works by these authors helped me the most, I wish that I had a book like FREEDOM! by Adam Kokesh to help me along the way, but unfortunately, it was just a mere sparkle in his eye during this time. However, having the prior knowledge that I did made me realize the importance of the book while I was reading it, and I was able to come to an even greater understanding of what the principle of non-aggression, as a inhibitor of true freedom, is.
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If you do not know who you are, who have you been living with your whole life?
The mind is only as shallow as the effort put forth to dig.
“The Koran is yours, the Bible is yours, so is the Talmud, and so are the Vedas and the Tao Te Ching — all is yours. Assimilate all, and the more you assimilate the higher will be the peak on which you can stand and look far away, and distant lands and distant views become yours” – Osho
The more I read these kinds of works, the more I grow to understand what spirituality really means. I’ve been thinking a lot about the history of the world, evolution, creation, and the Bible lately since coming across my journal and reading all of the things I said to condemn religion. My father used to make my little brother and I read directly from the Bible when we were on our way to martial arts and back. My favorite story was the Book of Job. I felt Job, and I related to Job, and sometimes when times get rough, I think about Job. I love Job so much because he persevered through all of the bullshit that was thrown at him and was able to forgive the people who wronged him along the way. His wife and his friends told him to curse God, but he did not because he knew that it was not God that was doing these things to him. He was wise to see the lesson in his shortcomings. Ok, bear with me here as I get preachy and read this all the way through ’cause there’s a lot of God in this. No pun intended.
The way this book was written is interesting in itself. It was written in prose, now, the prose enthusiast knows that prose is a type of poetry that is to be interpreted by the reader. The poet, in this case, has a certain theme he wants to portray to the reader. Different religions see the theme of Job in different ways, and I think that they try to analyze and interpret it so much based off of opinions that have been set forth for thousands of years, that they miss the beauty in the poetry. Now begs the question, what IS Job’s story really all about?
I’ve heard people call Job the representation of suffering. Christians and Jews hold that God “allowed” Satan to do all of these things to Job to “test” his faith, somehow suggesting that God wanted Job to suffer. The suggestion of God wanting Job to suffer has been a central point in contradicting the Bible to atheists and related religions; if God was all knowing and loving, why would God allow his greatest “servant” to suffer? To them, that sounds like a controlling unloving God who does not care for his “servant.” To me, that sounded like a controlling and unloving God because that is how I was taught to interpret this poetry. I was taught, “This is the way it is and that is that.” So, obviously, I rejected the Bible altogether. Why would I want to associate with a God that ALLOWS Satan to torture the man who loved him most?
Here’s a crazy thought: GOD DID NOT ALLOW SATAN MAKE JOB SUFFER! Since when does Satan take orders or consult God before doing anything? The poetry was written as conversation between God and Satan, which led people to believe that God basically “ordered” Satan to make all of these horrible things happen to Job to try to get him to turn away from God. Wrong. God did not stop Satan until he believed Job could not take it anymore. Until he believed Job couldn’t take it anymore. Until he believed Job couldn’t take it anymore. Just wanted to make that point clear. He KNEW Job and he KNEW Job could handle it because he CREATED Job. If God made told Satan to do these things to Job, then that would mean that GOD made a PACT with the DEVIL! Does that sound familiar? Why do some religions portray it as a pact? Satan does whatever the fuck he wants and can take over at any time. God cannot control Satan because Satan is the Fallen Angel. Some may say that God can control Satan because God is all knowing and powerful and created Satan, but I do not believe this is true.
Here’s where the craaaaaziness comes in. So, let’s define some things real quick to make this an easier explanation: God, – the guiding force in our lives that allows us to pull through bad situations and accomplish our dreams. Satan – the thing that keeps us back from doing that. Man – the extension and physical form of God, God’s children.
“God” is the energy in which humans create to do good and take care of others. This is the thing that makes us charitable, reasonable, wise, and logical. It is just defined as one word, “God.” As Osho says, “… the more you assimilate the higher will be the peak on which you can stand and look far away…” ALL RELIGIONS HAVE ONE CENTRAL THEME! EVEN! The religions of the past. Man has something in him that makes him divine, and that is what we have all grown to try to define. This is what preachers mean when they say, “God is in our hearts,” and “God is inside every one of us.” It’s true because God is not a singular being that is located in a certain place like “heaven.” You know, the idea of heaven is great, but the thought that it is an actual and physical place is a little silly, given the vastness of the Universe in it’s wonder. Now when I read anything religious, I replace the word “God” with “Universe” because it makes more sense to me that way. We are all Godly. That sounds crazy, right? Actually, what might sound more crazy to the people who have known me for a long time is that I’m talking like this. Which brings me to the subject of Satan.
Satan represents the duality of mankind. Satan was an angel that fell, and was created by God. Since Satan did, indeed, fall, and chose to fall, and CHOSE TO REJECT GOD, I think Satan is, arguably, the most important character in the Bible. He is the one that makes us lose our judgement, fall into temptation, live a life of crime, and he is also the one that makes us overindulge in our senses. He is the one that God cannot control because he is the one who chose to reject God, and this is why MAN is an extension of GOD because humans have a part of them that they cannot control either. I think that this is the most important lesson that Satan represents. In the case of Job, Satan manipulated Job’s life to have all of these horrible things happen to him. Did it ever occur to anyone that Job was actually fooled the entire time into believing that God was the one who was testing him? God did not choose to test him, Satan did. But Job, his family, and his friends constantly refer to God as the one who is testing him, and that represents the vulnerability of a great man of the Universe. He was tricked. But even though Job was tricked and vulnerable, he was strong in that he kept the energy that drives him to keep on moving forward and never giving up. That is why Job is so endearing to anyone who hears the story, he never gave up.
Men never give up (I’m speaking in general terms, not just male), and the reason men never give up is because there is divinity in all of us. Job was the epitome of divinity in his devotion to the Universe, but he still suffered. I do not think Job is the representation of suffering, I think Job is the representation of all that we go through in life, and WHEN WE CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE! We often overcome these feelings through the help of our own energy — our own being, perseverance, and conviction. This is what “God” is, and this is the phenomena of “hitting rock bottom,” then succeeding. We as humans have powerful capabilities, and we are divine creatures, but we have created our own divinity. Since we are “godly,” we should act as such, as men who have a great connection with THEMSELVES and therefore have a great connection with this energy we describe as “God.” This is where Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed come in, but I’ll save that bit for a later religious analysis because I think I have exercised my point in great detail already.
Ah, if my former self could only hear the words of the latter.