Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cathars

History, the more I look into it, is sad. I imagine thousands...no, millions of people getting violently suppressed (murdered, wiped out by genocide) by the Catholic Church because they couldn't mesh their pagan roots and spiritual beliefs (values) with the times, so to speak. The more I read about the root religions where all this racist Gnostic/Rosicrucian stuff came from, the more I realize that the early religions weren't so different from the Japanese pagan ones that I'm familiar with, with deities that were more demonic than good. The misunderstanding with the Western world about these deities might be that they were meant as metaphors or allegories, not demons to actually worship in Luciferian practices. Perhaps some cults did make human sacrifices and whatnot--but many pagan groups were mindful of "good"; in fact the Cathars who practiced Catharism were a (relatively) peaceful people and believed in karma and reincarnation--but they were anti-materialism and basically had sprung out as a group against the materialism of the Catholic Church. Not all beliefs in karma and reincarnation are meant to attract your sportscar, your dream house and 76 virgin concubines after all. Maybe the Law of Attraction depicted in the film isn't the same Law of Attraction that people of the East believe in.

Nirvana is no different than heaven if we're reaching for the same "place" in our minds. Where do morals fit into the picture? Why do we try to do good while we're here--what's the point? If traditional (to our Western world) morals die and all we have left is reason, would we still have human rights? How correct are human rights if you're a believer in complete freedom? How could one institution (such as marriage) be both freeing for some (offering security to women and children) and enslaving for others (keeping people bound where they don't want to be)? Theories, when applied to real life, can be good for some and bad for others, which is why you can't make the whole world happy with one belief system. So, should we apply Einstein's law of relativity and all be moral relativists? It's all very complicated, and just plain sad. I don't know what the answer is...:-(

But I do believe in a form of Law of Attraction, which is that we reap what we sow, though I don't believe this on a material plane so much as I do spiritually. I just don't see owning riches as a sign of good mental conditioning or goodness at all, and therefore nothing to be proud about. So I may think materialism is ugly if not morally wrong. I also don't believe that Law of Attraction and karma in and of themselves make us callous and unfeeling of those who have attracted horrible fates into their lives. That would be the same as Christians saying people who don't accept Christ deserve their fate, which is hell. Likewise, Jews don't celebrate the death of those their ancestors have killed, although some traditions might seem that way to those who don't really know. Jewish Passover seders I've attended have all incorporated moments of silence for the "enemies" who had died, reminding ourselves that we should all be our brothers' keepers regardless of different backgrounds and faiths. So, at the core, humans aren't so different from one another. We do good because it feels good to do good for the most part...which creates another problem, even a global one...

I have Japanese friends who say the West has no right imposing human rights on countries where they "don't want any". Are we overstepping our boundaries when we go into a country and tell them they can't stone their wives or promote child porn? Or should the West leave these cultures alone to figure it out for themselves so to speak, until they can attract more "humane" ways of thinking? What do you think of anarchy and complete lawlessness?

Law of Attraction in the minds of most followers at its core can be a positive message of being good to others, so that we create a better place while we're here, and we can hope for great riches (or at least the opposite of starvation and suffering which may be the reality) either in this life or the next. Love--there's nothing more important than this, and I believe most cultures did in fact teach this, as I believe Love is secular and we all have this inside (although Judeo-Christian religions try to teach that love is learned behavior, not just a feeling, or Eros). However, I can't ignore the fact that these root religions preceding the Rosicrucians denied the Jewish Old Testament in their teachings, which may have inadvertantly developed into antisemitism in the hands of racist cults that corrupted the Eastern teachings for their own purposes. In any case, I sense something strange about this film, especially since it's 2007 and churches are seeing this year as some year of completion. Likewise, theological circles are discussing "Roman fever", whatever that means.

Are we trying to implement socialism here with this film? What is socialism, really? Is it the same everywhere or like karma, dependent upon how the theory's applied? How would America implement it if we were to in some shape somewhere down the line as we all move forward to globalization, like it or not? Oh, and by the way, I am "attracting" a million dollar record deal and a new perfume every day for the rest of my life as I write.