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Thaddeus Golas is the author of The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment (Bantam Books). He lives in Sarasota, Florida.
One way to know something is true is that you cannot back off from knowing it. You cannot go slumming in ignorance. You cannot pretend not to know what you have experienced. It is a sin to doubt it.
The power of the false and stupid. Emotional appeals and manipulations, whether in advertising, con games, or religious sects, are always seen by intelligence as duplicitous, hypocritical, pandering. Often the appeal is so obviously false that people seem hypnotized or brainwashed.
We just happen to be participating in a peculiar local distortion of reality. The planet Earth is as near to a mistake as the law will allow.
If we wish to help humanity, we must first revise our assumptions about others with the understanding that ALL functional agreements are pleasurable. Having done that, the best any of us can do is communicate — whatever the form in which we do so — the information that the contracted entity is free to expand, and that the energy entity is free to cease being energy if it so desires. Merely making others more energetic, or organizing the submissively stupid, is not a solution to the human condition.
How can pain be minimized? The general rule is: Be agreeable or go away.
Maintain the intention to be expanded.