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Chapter Thirteen

Subsets, of the absolute mainset, naturally respect the mainset ... and this is the source and the nature of worship and of awe. Our journey to wisdom is the journey of our self-realisation as absolute beings. Holiness is the living of the absolute in us: holiness is the absolute, living its fullness in and through us. Holy ecstasy is the state of awareness of the presence of the absolute. The absolute is not a wise old man with a flowing beard but, nevertheless, the absolute is a wonderful living being, which may be prayed to and which, as the holy spirit, will comfort and guide us.

Awareness, that the absolute is wholly in each individual, makes a tremendous difference to our attitudes and our behaviour. When we meet another person, we meet the absolute, and not a stranger ... and every sign and thing we see is the speaking of the absolute to us. 11 am that' becomes a reality, as the absolute recognises itself ... and object becomes subject, and subject becomes object. Yes, this is a transfinite reality but, then, we are essentially a transfinite species. There is no reward as great as the gift of awareness of the absolute, and there is a wonderful feeling that this is what ultimate humanity is all about.

It is strange that most of us are so preoccupied with finite ideas, for all ideas are themselves transfinite. The infinite array of qualities, which are unquantifiable, surely encourages us to think transfinitely. Of course, Aristotelian finite logic, which many mistakenly assume to be of all-embracing application, is a barrier ... and standard stories and standard teachings are often more of a hindrance than a help. Qualities and thoughts and, of course, memes and paradigms, are all transfinite: we are essentially a transfinite species.

If we lose respect for others, we lose respect for ourselves. As absolute beings, we each and all are absolutely one. Worship, awe, faith and modest humility will be as important in future as now and, I believe, more so. The philosophy of the absolute is not a philosophy of nihilism or of existentialism: on the contrary, human souls are raised to the sublimity of Buddhistic nirvana, but retaining a self-posed will to express. Such souls are dynamic and they enjoy exercising their ability to create anew upon the void, urged on by the primeval will, the id.

Introduced by Groddeck, and later used by Freud, the term 'id' denotes the sum total of the primeval instinctual forces which are accessible to each and every living being. The living species is like one great communal hive, and all members of the hive draw upon the primeval id will-energy. Personal experience, of the id, gives one an insight into the raw powers of will and faith to life and being. It should be noted that id-arousal results in a feeding frenzy of psychic energy. The fervour of sports fans and of popular music enthusiasts are examples of id-arousal. At Nazi rallies, Hitler was a presiding celebrant of the invocation and arousal of id psychic presence. Romanticism generally involves manifestations of psychic force. Even if we want to, we will not be able to genetically engineer the id out of our species. Id-power is a great asset, if wisely handled.

This last qualifying phrase, 'if wisely handled', raises the matter of judgement. Our species is naturally judgemental. Consciously or sub-consciously, we are making choices all the time, which involve a degree of judgement. The author agrees with Kant's categorical imperative ... 'so act that you can will the maxim of your conduct to be a universal law ... and so act as always to treat humanity as an end and never as a means only'. Kant said that there is nothing in the world, or even out of it, which is unqualifiedly good but a good will. The highest and complete good (summum bonum) is virtue together with happiness. 0 yes, we need to judge, but our concepts of right/wrong and good/bad will be modified as the years roll by.

Kant introduced the term 'noumenon' to philosophy. He defined it as an object of purely intellectual intuition. The Latin derivation of the word pertains to divinity, and the adjective 'numinous' is described as pertaining to divinity, or suffusal with feelings of divinity. The reference is to experience of the alter-ego ... the awareness of the presence of the absolute. Our futurelings will only have to consult their intellectual intuition in order to know right from wrong and good from bad.

Our species is the absolute: the absolute is the one God of the first commandment: our species is its own God. We, the creator-species, create all things and, in creating all, we create God. We create God because we have a very deep and abiding need to worship and to adore and to love the absolute with all our souls, hearts and minds. In empathising with the absolute, we empathise with God. The processes of invocation and intercession are natural spiritual activities. We are, each one of us, spiritual and transfinite beings and, we of physical presence, are not alone in the transfinite worlds. Let us pause to consider this, for it is particularly relevant to the future.

As we are an absolute self-created species, so also our transfinite beings (spirits) are self-created. All transfinite life-forms are one and integral with those of us who have physical form: we depend for our life on them and they depend for their life on us. When we pray to a guardian angel, we give to the angel as much life-force as we receive. Is the angel real? We are the creator-species, and what we believe to be real is created so. Transfinite life-forms are realised by the belief, faith and interest devoted to them. And we do truly need our angels and our departed loved ones, and they need us as much as we need them ... and, 0 yes, this is all real. Many transfinite life-forms are purely the creations of our minds, and these depend entirely on our belief and interest in them: memes, paradigms, and the images of dreams, are of this ilk. It is important to note that future mark-two humans will have greatly enhanced mental, intuitive and spiritual powers, leading to greater emphasis on transfinite expression and activity. When we look at the future, we see evidence everywhere of great mental ability and creativity.

Existence is an absolute, which has finite and transfinite expressions: this provides two viewpoint categories, and the absolute viewpoint is a third. From a finite view, the absolute appears as 'fait accompli' and unalterable, but this is not so. Each of the three viewpoint categories is creative and dynamic. Existence is nowhere 'set in concrete', and it is always subject to the creative will. From the transfinite view, one can see both the absolute and finite views: transfinity bridges and merges them. Transfinity operates in its own reality ... and there are transfinite beings which participate in and influence the absolute and finite dimensions: the three dimensions operate conjointly.

As an absolute is wholly in each of its parts, a part can never be separate from its whole. Thus, all particulation is somewhat illusory ... for that, which seems to be a part, is also the whole. Also, the death of a part is somewhat illusory, for the part which seems to die lives on in the part and parts which live on. The particulation of existence into temporal parts is also somewhat illusory, for the whole of existence is wholly in each of its moments. The moment, which seems to pass, lives on in moments of present and future ... and all these moments are absolute and inseparable.

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