Religious Manifesto (relating to previous post’s ideas for novel)

In regards to my previous entry, I have been trying for a while to write a spiritual text for an future, secular society. A sort of manifesto or treatise of a New Religious Movement (named ‘Spiricalism’ for now), which eventually will summarise the pre-birth hallucinations experienced by the characters in the text. Here are some ideas.

What Must Be Known

All men and women are born equal, and all come into this world free of prejudice and money and corruption. We are NOT born with sin, we are born pure, and innocent. We are born blessed, or infected, with visions; visions none of us can describe and yet all of us know. We are united by abstraction, we are kept apart by the incompatibility of language.
Innocence and equality are our birthright; anyone who preaches guilt and sin as things we come into this world with are heretical and seek to control your minds by placing you in a sense of debt to the infinite. We have free will, yet our society and it’s agents will attempt to take this from us, and sell it back at a profit.
Our goal in life is to cause no suffering, to cast no prejudices and revel in no anguish. To separate ourselves from the agents and systems of death and suffering – be they slaughterhouses or patriotic fools. Our goal in life is to find the meanings of the textures that flash behind our eyelids in moments of panic or despair, the pictures we see when our hearts are full.
Spiricalism proposes the death of patriotism, the death of laying claim to land which is not and never was ‘ours’ – how can man ‘own’ the earth, or even the smallest piece of it?
Without co-operation and respect, without love and sharing, without freedom and tolerance, there shall be no enlightenment. Without attempting to understand the things we see, the things we feel, and the connection between each other’s interpretations, there shall be no release.

The Only Sins Within The Religion Of Spiricalism

Ignorance.
Not simply being unaware of truths, as this is not necessarily ignorance. There are an infinite number of truths we may never come across in our lifetime, as we may never be in the right places, or meet the right people, or we may simply be unready to be presented with these truths. No, the sin is avoidance of what we know we must understand, a purposeful shunning of that which is necessary, no matter how unpleasant, distasteful or culturally uncomfortable that may be. Enlightenment cannot exist through ignorance and avoidance of the unfamiliar.

Avoidance Of Equality.
Equality is everything. In this lifetime, in this age of man we simply must put an end to the fetishisation of materialism and capital, the worship of the money god and the rifts it creates between us and our fellow man. We have created this cage, this abstract, numerical boundary which has grown to govern our entire lives, and for some brings shallow happiness and allows them to wax fat on the undertrodden, and for the rest brings nothing but misery, glass ceilings, and a driving force to escape an inadequacy which simply does not really exist.
Equality means a recognition of common humanity; that which every living person on this earth is capable. We all breathe the same air, and require the same basic amenities to exist. The fact that we have created this cage, this money-coloured abyss, has distanced us from realising that we are all born helpless, and exactly the same on every other level.

Self Denial.
This sin involves the denial of what we feel, what we instinctively know. The pitfalls of contemporary culture have encouraged us to deny the inner existence, to see the subconscious as merely a tool or a freudian broom closet, not something to be challenged and explored. We are encouraged to accept that we are tools of our own device, that we are in one way in control of our destiny, and yet our destinies are predetermined by society and the money god, depending on when and where we begin our lives. We are then fed back our ‘spirituality’ in modern, safe and sterile doses; and at a cost.

Spiricalism proposes that the circles of life and death and rebirth, the karmic laws, may exist beyond our physical existence, but of that we cannot truly be sure. What we can be sure of, and see in evidence around us, is that our karmic rebirth and retribution also occurrs in this physical lifetime, but through those around us. Despite cultural differences; one person is capable of feeling and giving pain – we pass on pain in the same form we are given it, just as we pass on bliss and wisdom and all of the feelings we experience. By passing on these feelings, we are giving something abstract birth and rebirth, and it is only through understanding our limitless connections and oneness of all mankind that this truly becomes apparant. Spiricalism does not suggest that we feel over-remorseful of the pain we pass on, as our pain is the same as all makind’s pain, just in different dilutions depending on when and where and what our manner and understanding of life is. Again, the greatest sin is ignorance; avoiding realisation of what this process is will bring more pain to you, the closer you get to death, and the further you get from enlightenment. The more we realise that all existence is inextricably linked together on a global scale, the more we share with our fellow man, and the more we can eradicate the negative feelings and sufferings we will experience throughout our lifetimes. All suffering is sourced from the same places all humanity experiences suffering, and has done since the beginning of consciousness; Death, Loss, Misunderstanding, Envy, Anger…etc. No sin is original, no blame is without reflection, and no suffering stands alone. With these negative energies answerable, we can begin to step back from causing them and gain a higher understanding of our purpose to fulfill, and finally unravel the mystery of what lies behind our consciousness, what the sightless colour and intangible texture means.

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

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