I was first introduced to this affirmation by the Russian spiritual and personalist philosopher, Nikolai Berdyaev. In his book, The Destiny of Man, Berdyaev analyzed the changing mood he saw affecting humanity during the interwar years between World War I and World War II… this was written in the midst of our last Great economic Depression:
Three new factors have appeared in the moral life of man and are acquiring an unprecedented significance. Ethics must take account of three new objects of … Continue reading →
It seems that life itself thrives on the knife edge of chaos, which is not randomness at all but structures of very complex energies and influences. Life thrives where choice and love thrives. We have a rich universe of life because of choice and a certain letting go of control by Source – yet Source is within each being as it makes its choices and we’ve seen in recent years Source exerting direct control through [the] embodiments [of] free will choices to bring the experiment in separation to a closure.
Kevin Kelly in his book out of control lists the ability to let go of control, as one of the defining characteristics of a God, because in doing so the truly unexpected creation happens. So do some events that we may not like at an individual level. And that experience generates in us … Continue reading →
In the Russian circumstance, they drew their understanding largely from Socratic and Platonic idealism and from the early Christian Gnostics. These ideas embody a dualist vision of life and a natural (not-man-made) hierarchy:
Matter manifests out of free creative expression (Logos); it is a shadow or abstraction of the spiritual Ideal.
Spirit is apriori; it exists before, after, and eternally in continuum with more ephemeral physical expressions such as matter.1 “…It is neither perceived nor is it perceptible.”
Viewing Christ to be a teacher, an example, and not some separate God to put on a pedestal, the Spiritual Philosophers thought that Godmanhood was possible for all human beings.
What the heck? Are they saying that “human beings” are “Gods”?