No, life is the unfolding of a cosmic purpose and while occasional threads of humor are present, it is a most serious and profound undertaking. The long history of suffering is for education and the blood, sweat, and tears also derive from that deep unfolding purpose.
In ancient times, servitors of dim instincts fought for survival where truth seemed no more than the fearsome laws of the jungle. Tribal truths groped forward as magical spirits good and bad and darkest instincts grayed toward mythic spirits, dragons and goddesses, but these were often used by a host of red conquers. It may not seem now that truth could be red, but with glimmers of common fire, of protection and exchange, it was an advance over dark terrors of the jungle.
Group truths struggled forward under a fear-infused sense of right and wrong with imposition of laws and rules. Teachers came, then quickly forgotten and mostly ignored, their impress shadow-shifted to more religious Towers of Babel where stolen fires heated iron gray cauldrons of desire and power.
Religious fanatics practiced their cruel trade and crowds of partly right people strained under the spell of pseudo-truths. A small number discovered thought and tried, with small success, for education. The gods of thought gave birth to science, and the truths of science engendered more gods. From philosophers, theologians, and technicians came misuse with metal in the sky, and dry abstractions in place of the heart. But the mind had exercise even in these and some with a stronger “I” stood apart.
Gradually, the truth of “I” is moving toward “we” where truth can be stated in the plural. The need to patent it as exclusive property of a particular faith begins to wane. The many are still fighting over absolute truth, but here and there comparative study of light is alive. From this, the momentous–a tear in the illusory web of space and time. Thought moves toward unity, embracing relative and absolute. It moves toward the cosmic, toward the vistas of stars and Space.
Yes, the ground shakes and a thousand deaths mark the violence. It has been so since the beginning. Now, we take each tremor as the first, not marking the long history of Earth, or the longer history of exploding stars. Floods, bombs, plagues, wars, cycle in history. And finally the burning questions and wonder at the vast solemn array of nature’s austere visitations. I think in this the crucible of pain and time is laid mysterious compassionate lessons of life and death.
We have always been free to die and free to live, and die we have down the ages by the thousands and millions–but not alone, rather in waves of life and death. We die at home and in far places, in good company and bad; we have died well and poorly. Our deaths and lives are personal and cosmic; it is our way.
We live beneath a canopy of life and death. Our sky is adorned with ancient records; luminous ghosts that ceased shining long before humans peopled Earth. We may wonder what civilizations rose and fell around those lost points of light. Yet, life being one, it is our sky, our record, and our life. And I see that no point is lost, for every point of seeming loss is ours, is beginning also, and every bloom of new life is ours.
Life, near and far touches us, rouses to action, and death rouses to action. The old dark holds of tears and death have been ours, and will be ours yet with more open eyes. Tomorrow’s life and light are also ours, and close upon us today. Looking up, all the lost points are gathered in wondrous constellations; future patterns warm with promise, laid out beyond the beauty of today’s best dreams.
Are we then from the night only, from the dark womb of earth, of time, of tears and pain? I say we are as well from bright beginnings and unspeakable joy. History shows and will show dark, yet further back still, back through creation to the first bright blooms of universes, we were infinite then as now.
Portions dapted from my writings: Morphing with Light
Keys of perspective:
Death and Parapsychology–Research and Resources
Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles
Some Key Passages on Karma
The Evolution of Consciousness: Definitions and Examples