Science Versus Religion: Part 2 of 2
To return to Charles Darwin, all his research was predominately on species other than humans. England at the time was overwhelmingly Christian so that with such a puritanical outlook prevailing it was many years before he had the courage to take his manuscript out of his cupboard where it had been gathering dust and put it into the public arena. He published it reluctantly, but that is another story. He had kept his manuscript locked in the cupboard because he was fully aware that his ideas totally opposed prevailing thinking, particularly of that within church ranks.
His reasoning was proved correct for after publication, the furore it created took years to subside, in fact, my very religious Christian grandmother was still railing about it in the late 1930s although Darwin died in 1892 and his book, Origin of the Species, was published in 1859. The attitude of the likes of my grandmother was that his teachings and theory of evolution were blasphemous because they challenged Christian doctrine and made a mockery of such historical stories such as that of Adam and Eve. It is fully understandable, at least by me, that when even the most intelligent and socially acceptable members of a society accept the existence of God it is because they are unable to accept the fact that the human species could develop as it has without some ‘divine intervention’.
However, applying scientific principles to the problem, it boils down to the simplistic proposition of game playing. Before proceeding, I am reminded of a workplace subordinate, whose first name I still remember when I was a ship’s pilot employed by the Sydney port authority. When confronted with my ideas about life and after spending a week cogitating on what I had demonstrated, he said in words that I have never forgotten even after so many years, for when referring to the demonstration he commented, “I cannot fault it, but it is too simple a solution for such a serious subject!” He could not fault it because using the method of Socrates, I had told him nothing, but simply asked him questions, so it was his own answers and conclusions that he could not accept. He was a lovely guy, which is why I spent time with him, but tragically as far as broadening his horizons was concerned, his final response said it all.
Life is a game! A simple enough statement but what is a game? Most dictionaries only give examples of games without defining what a game is. However the American Heritage Dictionary does come close to defining what a game is in this way; a way of amusing oneself, a pastime, a diversion. Even that does not come really close in defining a game, so to use a colloquialism, I will stick my neck out and define a game as an activity, with goals and purposes, an opponent and essentially some unknown elements. It is the unknown elements factor, which every dictionary seems to ignore.
For example, a person soon loses interest if they know the outcome of any pastime. Witness the droves of people watching a game of football who start to leave when they know their team is so far behind that they cannot possibly win. As a further comment, stadiums, which are packed with spectators, would soon have their numbers greatly reduced if results were pre-determined. It is the unknown factor, which holds watcher’s attention. It is the unknown factor, which is the essential ingredient in any game.
Ennui or to use a more commonly used word, boredom, soon sets in when the unknown element is absent and the same applies to life.
What is not mentioned specifically in any dictionary that I have consulted is the important element of an opponent. Even when playing solo with a pack of cards there is an opponent. It is subtle, but the opponent when playing solo is the unknown sequence in which the cards fall. In the archives is an article about arguing. When one of the protagonists says, “You are right” the argument peters out because the other no longer had an opponent. It is interesting, that in what I related the person who took control did not add, “I am wrong” All that was indicated was that the opposition had been withdrawn. Without an opponent, boredom soon sets in. Games are held in arenas as small as a house’s back garden with children at play, to international games on the vastness of the world stage.
Actually there is nothing more soul-destroying, to use religious phraseology than boredom. It is boredom that is behind so much mischief that children get into. A ready example is when a high-toned person attains a goal. Initially, they may bask in the satisfaction of their achievement, but will soon cast around for some other challenge to tackle and thus create a new game.
In conclusion, it is the out of body experience related in my book that calls for the last word. During the experience, I was suddenly aware of not only being exterior to my body but exterior to the material or physical universe where all the mysteries of creation were unfolding. Crashing back into my body was not a conscious, self-motivated decision but more of an unknowing knee-jerk reaction to preserve a game. It is best explained as the awareness that with so many basic secrets of life being exposed and with so many facts concerning life starting to unfold, there would soon be no unknowns left and therefore NO GAME for me to play. I involuntarily crashed back into my body, because without a game with its unknowns and challenges, life was pointless. I was not so analytical at the time but can make that statement now with the benefit of years of research and accrued knowledge about life generally.
That experience was in 1959, but it was many years later whilst working with John Avery that the next steppingstone to an understanding of life showed itself. I have said it before but I will say it again, but it was his ready acceptance of engaging and co-operating with me, that allowed my first realization to develop into what became the practical model used today. The development of my model since then has revealed a vast pool of knowledge concerning life. It’s one and the only drawback is the extent to which it challenges current beliefs, despite its proven track record in eliminating so many of society’s problems concerning life and living. The testimonials on various web sites are proof of that.
The Energy Method procedure, Experience Self, makes clients aware of their inherent invisible nature. Instead of the commonly used term, Human Being that is a composite of body and the spirit that controls it, I have coined a new word for the all-important controlling element, namely HUMAN ENERGY UNIT. The procedure isolates THEM from their body and makes it real to them what game they are playing in life and what are the important rules to living. Ignorance of the rules is akin to walking onto a playing field and without knowing the nature of the game, never mind the rules of play. Life is really is enjoyable when you know the nature of the game and its rules.
Enjoy your game!