From International Viewpoints (IVy) Issue 8 - September 1992
Thoughts on Responsibility
by Britta Burtles, England
God is love, perfect knowledge, perfect beauty, perfect life, etc.
Love, truth,knowledge, beauty, life have no beginning or end: they
simply Are. So they are infinite, are eternal.
Every Human Being is somewhere on a scale from zero to total
perfection regarding those non-physical aspects of life, and is
striving to become more perfect. You often hear people saying: "I am a
perfectionist" or "He/she is a perfectionist". Man is basically good.
Man is made in the image of God (bible).
Some human beings like Jesus, Mohammet, Buddha etc. are very high on
that scale. There are and were others who are very high on that scale.
God is not a human being, but a human being can be God, as the
Christians express it in the concept of the Trinity - God Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. So, Jesus - is - God.
God is not of this physical universe. God is neither "he" nor "she",
nor any single entity. God has no persona. There is not "a God" or
"the God", but just God.
God cannot be accurately defined with words. God is essence, is being,
is existence, is life, is eternity.
Why call it God?
Question: Why call it God? Why not just call it Perfection? Answer: l.
Perfection is an abstract. People cannot so easily relate to an
abstract, cannot associate themselves with an abstract. God is
personal. One can connect to God. One cannot connect to perfection,
but one can strive towards it. 2. If one says "perfection", one
usually means - in one certain aspect, like "that was perfect timing",
"he is a perfect husband" etc., whereas God means: Perfection combined
in any and all pro-survival aspects of a living thinking being.
Working out salvation
"We are here (on Earth) to work out our own salvation". Eventually we
will, return to/develop into, what we once were - good, right,
perfect, whole, complete beings.
The sooner we realise that we have to work out our own salvation, the
sooner we can take full responsibility for our selves, and knowingly
continue our daily activities. Moving and developing towards ever
higher states of perfection, we will not only get closer to God, but
to that state of salvation which we usually - for lack of better
expressions - call Heaven or Paradise, i.e. we will go back to where
we came from.
J.C. (Jesus Christ) and the others on a very high level of perfection
are pioneers, forerunners. They are and set examples, and show the
rest of us that we humans can and will get there, reach the ultimate
state again, be God. So there is hope.
There is not an ever-so-perfect being "out there", who is going to do
it for us, however much we pray, beg, implore, worship, thank or
grovel. "He" has never interfered and will never interfere. "He"
leaves it all to us, mainly because "He", "She" or "It" does not exist
"out there".The only place we will ever contact or find God, is in us,
in our thoughts, our awareness, our consciousness. If there was a God
out there who could talk to us, he would probably say something like:
"You are the God you once were, and one day will again be, if you stop
looking into the distance for the resolution of your predicament.
Start taking responsibility for yourself, so that eventually I will be
you, and you will know it".
But there is a snag: We will only reach that ultimate state of
perfection, if at each step on the way we have successfully brought
every other human being to that level of improved beingness as well.
Most religions have as one of their most important goals - Peace on
Earth, but Earth is still as far away from Peace as it has been since
history has been recorded, and before. Many of the most horrible wars
in history were, and still are being fought in the name of a religion,
in the name of the founder of a religion, or even in the name of God.
In many religions people are told to think of "A" God "out there",
instead of as part of themselves. Worshipping, praying, talking to "a
God out there", Man fails to address what he wishes and claims to
address. All he is doing is pushing away responsibility. This
misidentifying and mislocating of God is one of the basic reasons why
Man does not achieve what he wants most - Peace on Earth. If God was
properly identified and located, Man could no longer shirk
responsibility for everything.
At the moment Man says: "God is in full control; He guides us; He is
in charge; He is responsible. So why bother to get it right". Human
Beings seem to want/need a leader, need to be controlled, need someone
to be in charge over them. And those "things" Man does not like a
benevolent and merciful God to have caused or allowed to happen, Man
still thinks God is responsible for, and Man justifies this thought by
saying: "God in his great wisdom lets these things happen, because
they fit his all-over great plan, which only He knows. It"s just that
we don"t understand Him and we don"t know".
Since this universe is a two-pole universe, it is so much easier,
especially in times of hardship, to mentally reach out to a God in the
distance for help and comfort, like the troubled child reaches out for
mother"s arms for reassurance, comfort and protection.
There are these 3 groups:
1. There is Cause and Effect. 2. There are Considerations. 3. There
ad 1. At this stage of Man"s development, most "things" happen on the
principle of the law of Cause and Effect.
ad 2. Whatever a person considers to be real/true, is real/true in
that person"s world.
ad 3. The higher people rise in their development to total perfection
in all pro-survival aspects of life, the more able they will become in
causing their postulates to materialise! (Postulate = A truth created
Three vital axioms
I found these 3 Axioms specially interesting:
23. The soul has the capability of total knowingness. Total
knowingness would consist of total ARC. (Affinity + Reality +
Communication = Understanding).
24. Total ARC would bring about the vanishment of all mechanical
conditions of existence.
29. In order to cause an AS-ISness to persist, one must assign - other
authorship - to the creation than his own. Otherwise his view of it
would cause its vanishment. (AS-ISness = Condition of Existence with
no life or time continium).
Since Man is basically good, and since there is the law of Cause +
Effect (Overt/Motivator Sequence. After committing a harmful act, the
person has to claim receipt of a harmful act.), punishment is not only
superfluous, but even counter-productive, since it generates violence,
more punishment and revenge.
Punishment creates a vicious circle, and as long as it is used to
solve or end a situation, there will not be Peace on Earth.
Whilst J.C."s "Turn the other cheek" makes a lot of sense, I can see
two reasons why people generally don"t follow his advice: 1. they
think it signifies weakness; and 2. it, in fact, takes a lot of
strength, courage and wisdom, which many people don"t yet have.
There is a saying: "Punishment was created by people who don"t dare to
be responsible". Punishment is a lie. Punishment rejects
responsibility, i.e. it is an example of "misownership", of "other
authorship" (as per Axiom 29).
Man is not only basically good, but also basically perfect. Man is
striving go get back to His original state of perfection. To the
extent that He achieves that, He will be close to God, personify God,
be God, - i.e. reach His salvation.
The sooner Man quits the eternal search for God, realising and
accepting responsibility for Himself, the sooner he assumes His place,
the sooner He stops the - misownership - of saying "My God is out
there", the sooner He will have the chance, will be able to start on
the road to fulfilling His destiny and reach Salvation.
Since people are basically good, they find it difficult now and then
to admit not to have been so good, or right. They look for and find
more or less clever, more or less rational justifications for their
"not so good" thoughts, words or actions, and in the process shift
their "wrongness" to the other person or "thing" or circumstances.
Hence the eternal "I am right and you are wrong" syndrome. This shift
in "ownership" is the basis for non-acceptance of responsibility, is
actually synonymous with it.
People are afraid to admit "ownership", are afraid to have Caused, are
afraid to take responsibility, because they think, if they do, they
will be punished, or the walls will crash down on them. And yet:
Taking Responsibility just means - saying: "I have thought, or said,
or done...". It means admitting "ownership", admitting being - cause -
; and that is the only way to make the "wrongness" vanish for the
person who is basically good. If he does not admit Cause, even if he
is the only one who knows, he will "punish" himself, i.e. he will
redress the balance, he will make something happen which he considers
punishment; no-one needs to do it for him.
If you don"t believe me, look around you and see the many unhappy, ill
poor, miserable and sick people, who, instead of accepting
responsibility for the condition they are in, prefer to either lament
"Why is God punishing me thus?" or they look for a culprit on whom
they can take revenge for their misfortune. Or they call it "bad luck"
or "an accident", or just about anything to avoid accepting
responsibility for "reaping the seed they have sown".
God out there
There are three reasons why Man will find it difficult to break away
from the concept of "a God out there": 1. Man would have to break with
the old tradition, but Human Beings find "change" difficult, and find
it especially difficult to break old habits. 2. Man finds it difficult
to accept more responsibility. 3. In hard times Man finds it much
easier to cope, if He can communicate with someone, even if it is an
One might say: "Praying works, and some prayers get answered." There
are two reasons why praying works, when it works: 1. It is a form of
communication. 2. A prayer is the same as a decision, an intention, a
postulate. Such is the power of the Human Spirit expressed through his
Mind, that correctly done, praying works; just as superstition works,
spiritual healing, casting spells etc.
A wise man (possibly LRH) once said: "It is better for a person to
have a bad religion, than no religion."
Religions provide needed guidance and operating rules. Despite the
fact that the purpose of a religion is often violated, distorted,
abused, misinterpreted and misunderstood, Mankind is still much better
off with a religion than without one.
It would be very difficult to start a new system of beliefs for the 3
reasons given above, the main one being that Man cannot accept a very
high level of responsibility.
Pioneers in any field are regarded as cranks, are sneered at, laughed
at, ridiculed and often attacked for "rocking the boat" of
established, predictable, accepted and thus comfortable ways of
"Not another religion" is the outcry. Well, call it what you like, but
propagate the idea that one of the biggest and best hidden traps for
mankind is - misownership -. To break away from it, however difficult
and unpleasant the process might be, can only be profoundly
beneficial. The high level of responsibility which the acceptance of
this idea necessitates, would bring us much closer to this goal -
Peace on Earth, and at the same time it would take us much nearer to
the other goal - our salvation.