I started trying to apply orthodox goal-objecvtive-task structure to 43 things, and realized that “Spiritual Growth” is not an end, but descriptive of the process that leads from an initial condition to some unspecfied end state. So, what is that end?
Since I have chosen not to accept the privilege of received answers to this question, I have to ask, if I am God, and these eyes and this heart are one of my many pairs of eyes and beating hearts then what do I want for this instance of me, can I wish it for all instances of me?
Goal: I want to be a good God.
Objective: To have my actions and words follow from my thoughts, feelings, values and beliefs so that any variance from this path is correctable and corrected before the setting of any sun.
Objective: That when I reflect daily upon these actions and words, I find them ‘good’ and that I could will this path for all others in good conscience.
There’s always a danger in using words like spirituality, cause no one knows what you mean and everyone thinks that they do. I am not talking about a designer God with a hippie son except in the most indirect way.
So, I’m a pantheist. When I make the attempt to explain how I understand this, people become downright angry with me, ‘correct’ me, or look at their toes. I can almost accept the socialization of spirituality as a fundamental drive to keep from this loneliness. Almost.
I was talking to myself today and found the voice of George Burns talking back, and so I have become his Gracie. He helped me to the prioritization of this goal among all others.
Guide: Talk to George as often as you can.
I’ve always been concerned that we humans are heading into the dangerous realm of forgetting that we are animals – dependent on the earth. I’m afraid that we’re losing the social component of our evolution relating to survival strategies that we knew before we became so ‘sophisticated’. That curve is nearly vertical, there’s nothing genetic about what we now know how to do, or what we knew how to do even a hundred years ago that we’ve forgotten.
I’m concerned that we’re disconnecting ourselves at an accelerating rate from the ‘lived’ life for the ‘virtual’ life. I’m concerned that we’re replacing body parts and functions with nano machines and bionics.
Call me a luddite, but look backward angel…civilization is a veneer. I still remember my wilderness survival skills, and more..I still remember how to growl. Do you?
Still I’m on the computer about 50-55 hours a week, and I love movies, West Wing and Sci-Fi Fridays. Borg. We’re becoming borg.