Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What are we living for? Why are we living?
Unquestionably, the wretched “intellectual animal,” mistakenly called a human being, not only ignores, but furthermore ignores that he ignores.
The worst of it is the strange and difficult situation in which we find ourselves; we ignore the secret of all our tragedies and yet we are convinced that we know it all.
Just send a “rational mammal” to the middle of the Sahara desert, one of those who claims to be influential in life; leave him there, far away from any oasis, and observe from an airplane what occurs.
Facts will speak for themselves: the “intellectual humanoid,” though he boasts that he is powerful and believes he is a real Human Being, turns out to be frightfully weak.
The “rational animal” is one hundred percent stupid; he thinks the best of himself; he thinks he can develop his potential via kindergarten, good manners, elementary and secondary schools, diplomas, universities, the prestige of daddy, etc.
Unfortunately, in spite of so much education, good manners, titles, and money, we know very well that any stomachache saddens us, and that deep down we continue being unhappy and miserable.
It is enough to read universal history to find out that we are still the same barbarians of the past, and instead of improving, we have become worse.
This present century with its magnificence, wars, prostitution, world-wide sodomy, sexual degeneration, drugs, alcohol, exorbitant cruelty, extreme perversion, monstrosity, etc., is the mirror in which we must see ourselves; there does not exist a good enough reason to boast of having reached a superior stage of development.
To think that time means progress is absurd; unfortunately, the “learned ignoramuses” continue to be bottled up in the “dogma of evolution...”
In all the somber pages of “dark history” we find the same atrocious cruelties, ambitions, wars, etc.
Nevertheless, our “super-civilized” contemporaries are still convinced that what we hear about war is secondary, a fleeting accident that has nothing to do with their so boasted “modern civilization.”
Indeed, what is important is the way of being of each person. Some subjects will be drunkards; others will be abstemious, some honest and others shameless; there is everything in life.
The populace is the sum of all individuals. The populace is what the individual is; it is the government, etc. ...
The populace, then, is the extension of the individual; it is impossible to change people and populace if the individual does not change himself.
Nobody can deny the fact that there are different social levels. There are churchgoing people, people in brothels, farmers, businessmen, etc.
In a like manner, there are different Levels of Being. Whatever we are internally, munificent or mean, generous or miserly, violent or peaceful, chaste or lustful, attracts the various circumstances of life.
The lustful person will always attract scenes, dramas and even lascivious tragedies in which he will become involved.
A drunkard will always attract drunkards and will always be seen in bars or taverns; this is obvious…
What will the usurer attract? The selfish one? How many problems? Jail? Misfortunes?
Nonetheless, frustrated people, tired of suffering, want to change, to turn the page of their history...
Wretched people! They want to change and they do not know how; they do not know the methods; they are stuck in a blind alley.
What happened to them yesterday happens to them today, and will happen to them again tomorrow; they always repeat the same errors and not even cannon shots will make them learn the lessons of life.
All things repeat themselves in their life; they say the same things, do the same things and complain about the same things.
This boring repetition of dramas, comedies, and tragedies will continue as long as we carry in our interior all the undesirable elements of anger, covetousness, lust, envy, pride, laziness, gluttony, etc.
What is our moral level? Or better said, what is our Level of Being?
The repetition of all our miseries, scenes, misfortunes, and mishaps will last as long as the Level of our Being does not radically change.
All things, all circumstances that occur outside ourselves, on the stage of this world, are exclusively the reflection of what we carry within.
With good reason then, we can solemnly declare that the “exterior is the reflection of the interior.”
When someone changes internally and if that change is radical, then circumstances, life, and the external also change.
Not long ago, since 1974, I have been observing a group of people who invaded a private estate ground. Here in Mexico such people receive the strange name of “parachutists.”
They are neighbors from the rural colony of Churubusco; they are very close to my home and that is why I have been able to study them closely.
To be poor will certainly never be a crime; however, their serious problem does not lie in poverty but rather in their Level of Being.
They fight amongst themselves daily, get drunk, insult each other, become the murderers of their own companions who share their misfortunes, and live in filthy huts where hatred reigns instead of love.
Many times I have pondered on the fact that if any one of them would eliminate from his interior hatred, anger, lust, slander, drunkenness, cruelty, egoism, calumny, envy, conceit, pride, etc., he would please other people, and by the simple Law of Psychological Affinities, he would associate with more refined and spiritual people. These new relationships would definitely bring about an economical and social change.
This would be the way out of the “pigsty,” the “filthy sewer,” for this individual…
Therefore, if we really want a radical change, the first thing we must understand is that each one of us (whether black or white, yellow or brunette, ignorant or erudite, etc.), is at one “Level of Being” or another.
What is our Level of Being? Have you ever reflected upon this? It would be impossible to pass into another level if we ignore the level in which we presently are.
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