A Dangerous Truth

           Gnosticism has been called many things, but, at its root, I believe it to be a counter-cultural philosophy born out of a very rare spiritual sensitivity, one which quite naturally recoils in horror at the conventional wisdom of its, or any other, day. This otherworldly philosophy is, of course, echoed, at least to some degree, within the teachings of almost any other religions, in so far as all these things begin wherever someone looks within and attempts to rectify some sort of fundamental trouble at the heart of the human condition. Gnosticism, however, is quite unique among such spiritual movements, in that it chooses not to malign the inherent nature of man, accusing him, as so many others do, of being the source of the problem; rather, it is Gnosticism alone which not only postulates the existence of a sinister external conspiracy to rob man of his proper dignity, but goes even further than this, suggesting that the villains may themselves be cloaked in righteousness, hiding where we’d least expect them. 

Now, some may choose to interpret this politically, others psychologically, and still others may choose to see this as a subtle indictment of physics itself, but all of these views provide us with an unprecedented endorsement for man’s true nature, above and beyond our humble mortal circumstances, and it encourages both our development onward towards greater horizons, as well as the necessary and inevitable transcendence of anything and everything which might possibly be holding us down. For this reason, true Gnosticism is a rare and dangerous thing, and I could never acknowledge the legitimacy of any Gnostic movement that refuses to embrace this particular quality of dangerousness, along with whatever else Gnosticism may be.

My own Gnostic beliefs have been criticized by some for being too antagonistic, too pessimistic, too bleak, to serve as a viable life philosophy. Since the spiritual war I engage in is so subtle, so ingeniously invisible, many wonder why I don't simply ignore it completely and stop taking such childish things so seriously. What baffles me, however, is how so many people can choose their spiritual beliefs based entirely upon the amount of comfort the ideas provide. If conventional religions are truly the opiate of the masses, then real Gnosticism is like some strange cocktail of PCP, LSD and anabolic steroids, some sinister designer drug engineered to send you howling off into the night like a crazed wolf-angel, tearing through illusions tooth and claw, until nothing lies between you and the thrones of your hidden oppressors but the endless piles of their defeated myrmidons.

Hmmmm... I suppose when one looks at it that way, maybe I should lay off the Gnosticism for a little while. I mean, I'd hate to end up a burned-out, paranoid, schizophrenic, with itty-bitty testicles and a really short temper, but, all analogies aside, once one knows that something is true, as far as I'm concerned, there's no going back. Reason demands that we adjust our beliefs to the facts before us. Anything else is a mere rationalization, an attempt to rearrange the facts to make them fit with one's desired belief. It is reason, and my observations of the world, which have led me to an unshakable understanding that we must each struggle to be free and authentic beings, or else be enslaved and devoured by the blind forces of conformity, banality, and exploitation, all of which exert a relentless and powerful influence over the world in which we live. 

Bleak? Perhaps, but then I'm not really in the market for more accommodating truths, no matter what the world actually looks like. I will instead take comfort in the divine presence of those few who still burn with the light of truth, as we share in the luminous products of our invaluable creative sparks. Namaste.

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