the round table
This idea precedes the Arthurian Legend likely originating in the city-state of Athens, the original democracy. Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, the goddess of wisdom, has been my patron goddess from childhood. Athena has guided me every step of the way.. i'm not fictionalizing my experiences. Athena has been there for me every moment in my life.
In a previous article, i've mentioned the need for identifying categories of faith but to what end? After a full day discussion with mother, the end becomes clear: establishment of a 'round table' representing Earth and the five categories of faith .. To revisit Athena, at a very young age, i recommitted my life to Athena explicitly in prayer. Much more than the explicit commitment, it was the continued expression of curiosity and compassion associated with 'the spirit of inquiry' so exemplified by: Socrates, Da Vinci, Columbus, Faraday, Edison,.. and so many more. This insatiable curiosity has been a driving force in my life much like the 'force' in Star Wars [he]. It's my faith that in ppl like me, these explorers continue their exploration via 'spirit of the race' (human spirit) or 'love of life' (love of all living things and sharing experiences) and more ;)
Somehow, we're all connected.. All living things and possibly more.. As precisely as i can describe it: there's the physical plane which we 'see' with our senses so inaccurately so blurry so imprecisely so much based on our expectations much like the 'allegory of the cave' (Plato). Then there's this 'objective reality' which exists apart from our sensory systems which we can only glimpse a fraction similar to our eyes only seeing a fraction of electromagnetic radiation.. So we're the dancers around the fire but we're also the observers seeing the blurry shadows on the cave wall.. 'Unfortunately' (or not), we observe our world as if we have blurry goggles on from birth ~ both spirit plane and physical plane.. Both are fraught with challenges of Olympic order [he].. What is truth? What is reality? What is the purpose of existence? Each of us is challenged to find Truth (if it exists at all:)
It's so funny my mother's reluctance to fully appreciate my 'epiphany at 7' and related consequences.. My role as 'humanity's advisor' is fully rejected by most and dismissed as a curiosity at best.. The great thing about our opportunity is the freedom associated with perspective: we're totally absolutely free to perceive all experiences by choice [he]: we can be totally apathetic, or religious, or spiritual, or marginally apathetic (the majority), or atheistic :) But curiously, it's the spiritual person who calls for a historic Round Table to decide some fundamental issues:
the fact we need to establish a democratic Round Table now
minimally, we should agree on the desperate need for such a thing
ideally, some 'basic human rights' that depend on 'socialization' of the members
'where to go from here'
If the only alternative is 'more of the same' .. 'live and let live/die' as mother proclaims.. Let the elites manipulate society to entrench their power and familial wealth.. No. i'm sorry, i cannot endorse such a plan no matter how much the freedom of anarchy might appeal to the rebel in all of us ~ The problem is currently: there's no incentive for any party (but mine) to collaborate on a consensus solution. If my mother represents religion, there's no incentive for them to share their wealth/affluence (other than their own agendas). It's like expecting Catholics to share money with Mennonites or 'worse' atheists ^^ Or like expecting atheists to pray at such a meeting: ludicrous and disrespectful. NO.
No, we need to establish a democratic Round Table representing (at the very least) the five categories of faith, agree on some minimal set of values similar to: we're all human beings, we need to learn how to share resources, we need to learn how to truly respect each other, and ideally freedom from exploitation. ^^ Your definition of exploitation might be different from mine (likely is) so.. We need to precisely define what we mean by exploitation. i'm guessing the 'free enterprise' atheists will balk at the point about resource sharing but.. These are things we need to decide at the Round Table :)
My point to mom was about - if we can get the five to agree on some basic things (these are just examples/ideas): the critical need for the meeting, a practical definition of reality, the fact we cannot totally rule out the possibility of God, some minimal set of human rights, and that each representative truly represents their constituency, the fact such disparate POVs can agree on anything should give us reason to celebrate and hope :) Then, progress should follow naturally :)
Depending on your perspective, the Holy Spirit calls for this motion, God calls for this motion, the divine in you calls for this, or in the very least (from the atheist perspective) – 'an alternative perspective' calls for this.. We desperately need to establish a democratic (recognized unbalanced weight) Round Table which will decide the fate of humanity:
anarchy/oblivion/'more of the same'/Apocalypse
freedom/life/'faith in a better tomorrow'/love :)
There isn't much choice.. You can advocate 'more of the same' .. 'live and let live' .. tyranny .. exploitation .. death .. oblivion .. or .. life. There's not much grey area here ;)
i feel (as many of us do) there's a 'climax' in human history nearing soon .. It's an opportunity for advancement :)
i will give you a concrete example of what i'm talking about ;) Among my dreams, i wish to circumnavigate Antarctica in a kayak and ridge-soar the Andes mountains using a hangglider :) But i don't want to do them alone ~ No :) i need to share these experiences with another human :) Both of these experiences will show humanity unequivocally WE CAN DO IT if we care/try/believe :)
If anyone truly needs to try these adventures with me, put a comment below stating such from your heart and i will contact you off-forum ;)
with Love, sam