Start at the beginning … and when you come to the end, stop.” ~ Alice in Wonderland.
History is the study of what has happened in the past. Obviously, that is a very broad definition and covers a very long period of time (several billion years, by our most current model). There are many different lenses through which we can view history. We can talk about political history, economic history, geological history, astronomical history, ancient history, American history, local history, zoological history, and so on and so forth.
Learning consists of acquiring two things: information and knowledge.
The various facts, dates, names, and places that most people memorize in school are part of the information. Making someone memorize information is generally useless. Unlike in school, life gives no tests on your ability to regurgitate information. If you don’t know a particular piece of information, you can simply look it up. That’s what libraries and the internet are there for. If you can’t retain it after looking it up, write it down. That’s what writing and recording instruments were created for.
What’s more important is that you understand the general motivations and context to the information. To do that, we must start at the very beginning of things and work our way up from there.
However, one could write a whole book on just the first three minutes of the universe and still not cover everything. Heck, you could write a really big book of several thousand pages and still not cover everything. So it should go without saying that what I write in this blog no where near reflects the totality of what can be written about history.
I do not profess to have all the answers or know everything about anything, but think of this as though we are working on a puzzle and I have some pieces that you don’t, and I have seen where some pieces fit in that others miss.
Life is a giant puzzle in which everything has its place. Unless you are taught something patently false, like that America was discovered in the year 1983 or something to that effect, then all new information can be fitted somewhere along side previous information. Like in a puzzle, incorporating the new with the old will give you a much clearer sense of the larger picture, with a few key pieces leading to subsequently filling in all the places in between so that the holes become smaller and smaller.
“By the word religion, I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I’ve seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers.” ~ Kingdom of Heaven.
In my studies, I have developed a sort of paradigm in which everything can be explained in terms of energy. For years, I’d used principles of economics as a metaphor for matter of the spirit and karma, and I had always sort of separated the mundane from the spiritual. I knew that there were those who followed The Spirit and there were those who loved money.
I was familiar with concepts like “love your neighbor,” “it’s always all about the money,” “follow the money,” “the will to power,” and “the dynamic principle of existence is survival.”
It wasn’t until I started listening to Brandon Adams’ lectures, however, that I truly realized that everything throughout time and space could be seen through an economic and legal paradigm as well. This was a truly profound revelation, and not one that I was able to accept easily. I had many periods of cognitive dissonance while trying to digest and accept this new perspective. But once I finally started to understand and integrate it, it brought me a degree of inner peace and knowledge that I had not felt before. Truly, it was a marriage of the mundane and the spiritual.
I think I first understood the true implications of this paradigm while I was copying down legal definitions from the Uniform Commercial Code and Black’s Law Dictionary to use as reference. I wanted to create a list starting at the very beginning for everyone to follow.
This lead me back through the different stages in hierarchy of law until I finally got to Natural Law. From there, I had a profound and, at least to my knowledge, unique understanding about the phrase, “will of God.”
You see, the law of conservation is one of the very few absolute rules of the universe. God could not create something from nothing. If God existed all alone in the void and was all that there was, he would have to create the universe out of himself, by subdividing himself somehow, whether in his mind (like a partitioned hard-drive) or in matter (i.e. the Big Bang).
It is said that the Big Bang created space and time and that God made the heavens (void) and the earth (matter). Both are said to be responsible for the creation of the universe and natural law.
Well, this is what I realized while my brain was still in a mode for speaking legalese.
Typically, we think of “God’s will” as being that which he wants us to do, right? As though God were looking down on us and directing us to do this or that. Over the centuries, many people of religious minds have claimed that this or that action was “God’s will” or that “God wills it so.”
Well, in legal terms, what is a will? A will, or more precisely a “last will and testament,” is a document that states certain things that you wish to be carried out after your death, particularly with regards to the handling of your property. So the phrase, “God’s will” refers to God’s last will and testament, in which he sets out the guidelines (natural law) for the managing of his property, which is the whole universe. That was the theory I’d come up with.
And then, of course, Nietzsche would have been right in saying “God is dead,” if by his death we are referring to the moment in which God chose to stop being God and broke down into component parts in the Big Bang.
In that case, Nietzsche would also have been right to say that the dynamic principle of existence was “the will to power,” in that the components of the universe assemble and collect together, thereby becoming more powerful until ultimately the whole universe is gathered up together again in the Big Crunch, reassembling God.
The will to power relates to survival in that something increases its survival potential by gaining more power, the goal, the law of nature, of course being to survive as long as possible. Human beings gain money, influence, technology, and knowledge because such things are forms of power that lead to increased survival and longevity, as individuals or a species. Things like planets and stars have immense power and can survive for billions of years. Along with the laws of causality and conservation, survival is another natural law written down in God’s will.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to those who ask of him.” ~ Matthew 7:11
In forming a will, you are creating a trust fund. A trust has several parts. Firstly, you have the corpus or res, which is the actual property of the trust. You have the grantor, who owns the property and puts the res into the trust. The grantor gets to determine what happens with his or her property. Then you have the trustee who takes care of and manages the property. The trustee’s powers and authority are determined by the laws set down in the will of the grantor. The trustee is the steward or custodian of the trust. And lastly, you have the beneficiary who gets to use the property in a manner determined by the grantor and overseen by the trustee.
Sometimes, a person can fulfill more than one role in a trust, such as being a grantor-trustee, grantor-beneficiary, trustee-beneficiary, or even all three (but only if there is at least one other beneficiary).
A will typically is a special form of trust that has to do with the disbursement of one’s estate. Generally, the estate is passed on to the children of the deceased, who are made from the essence of their parent.
In the Bible, Christ continuously refers to God as “the Father,” and says that we are “the children of God.” He uses many metaphors and parables to describe heaven in economic terms. He refers to heaven as a kingdom, saying it is like a field with buried treasure in it, or like a fine and valuable pearl.
In the case of the universe, God is the grantor. God’s subdivided body and mind are the property put into the trust, which makes up the whole universe – God’s estate. We, as beings of consciousness, are the stewards of God’s property and we are charged with taking care of the universe, maintaining it for the benefit of everyone and everything in it, including us. The Bible tells us that the will of God – also called the Word, the Logos, the Tao, and many others – is written on the hearts of everyone.
In other words, we are each authorized and obligated to tend to the world in the way that we best see fit, so long as we are working towards the growth and survival of the universe as a whole.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:1.
The death of God created the universe, for which we, God’s children, are the stewards and beneficiaries. But before we existed, there were other forms of consciousness that existed in ways that might seem foreign to us.
In Judeo-Christian mythology, there are said to be nine (sometimes ten) different levels of angels that execute God’s will as his agents. Among these are Seraphim, great and powerful creatures of fire (often linked with serpents).
Why would an all-powerful being need angels if he was constantly working to run the universe?
In Milton’s Paradise Lost, many of the angels in the great war that took place before humanity came to be, including Lucifer, are of this supreme class. It’s no coincidence that Christ and Lucifer are both referred to as the morning and evening star, since the stars created this world and all the other planets. Our sun was responsible for the creation of the earth and all life on it, including us. The great war in Paradise Lost could in fact be a metaphor for the early formation of the cosmos by these fiery beings we know to be stars, whose actions could be seen to be chaotic and destructive, not unlike a war.
Some question the idea that stars and planets have consciousness, to which I would respond that consciousness is energy and an observer. Stars and planets are made of such energy and can be observers according to relativity, so they could well be beings of consciousness on a level and scale that we cannot comprehend. Either way, the stars and planets are all subject to the jurisdiction of natural law and are God’s agents in its execution.