A MISSING INGREDIENT REDISCOVERED,
A FRESH TASTE OF HAPPINESS & HEAVEN
Twenty-five years ago I left the world's system and all my possessions for a fresh taste of happiness and heaven. As I reflect back on what I had, it was so truly good that I want to share it with you today.
I love to sense things, smell things, touch things, taste things, and feel things. I love real life. I see that modern man is so comfortable in his artificial world that he no longer even trusts his senses. He is afraid of reality. Recently, I heard about a scientific study that spent many tens of thousands of dollars to discover there are differences between men and women. Another expensive study discovered walking is healthy. Another discovered a mother's breast milk is healthier than other kinds of milk including modern formulas. All these things should be obvious to the casual observer, but not to modern man who no longer trusts his own experiences, but must be spoon-fed truth from the system's modern day witch doctors (i.e. the establishment's authorities).
I believe that if Almighty God
offered heaven to sinners in hell, they would reject it. They would not be
comfortable with the reality of heaven, it would be too bright, too real, too
good, much in the same way that most people despise the history channel to
watch the soaps, the sci-fi channel or some other dramatized fiction. Time and
time again, I've seen people choose movies with no basis in reality be picked
over shows based in reality. Modern man loves his artificial world. He'd rather
watch "professional wrestling" than Olympic wrestling and he'd rather
watch Olympic wrestling as a couch potato than actually wrestle. No wonder
X-rated video stores are successful in spite of all the artificial elements,
including the viewing male passively not really doing anything, and the women
in the screen's virtual environment faking their climaxes and enjoyment.
Yeshua (Jesus Christ) was big on
children. He said that the Kingdom of God was like the children. When his
disciples were getting into group politics and arguing who was the greatest
amongst them, Christ's response was to hold a small child in his arms and
physically stand in the middle of the arguing disciples. Next he spoke,
"Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives
me." Christ's words are
pregnant with meaning. But I would like to address just one of the meanings
implied by Christ. What you will be reading is not something that you would
likely hear in a sermon.
To paraphrase Christ, if you want to
have what makes your teacher great, then accept little children. (From other
things Christ said, it is clear that he wanted his disciples to be like little
children.) I believe he was pointing out something important here, and
something profound. I believe his profound message has lots of implications.
And I believe that one of the implications is how we can find reality and
happiness. One of the things children lack is distrust of their experiences. As
children we accept life as it is.
I think back to my idyllic childhood in Oregon
and Nepal. It was great. I discovered funny slugs, dancing butterflies,
swimming tadpoles, all kinds of neat trees, fun mud to roll in, interesting
fossils, beautiful agates, forested hills, awesome snow-capped mountains, cool
rivers, wind, rain, colorful birds, insects like daddy long legs, sand dunes,
bees, sweet tasting sugar cane, garden pilfered strawberries and peas, leeche
fruit, goats, horses, snakes, artistic pink orange sunsets, constellations in
the night sky, rhododendrons and the enormous beauty of nature. I spent my
first ten years of life as a child outdoors enjoying nature. We had no
television. It was the thrill of innocence in touch with reality.
Dad's and my trek on the trail to Mt. Everest thrilled me. It was exciting because of the real world I got to experience. I also loved to farm. Although modern farms are touched by technology and much of what happens on farms is designed by man, the basic idea of a farm is to assist nature. The farmer is linked to nature. My ancestors were farmers, and farming is in my blood. The charm of a newborn colt, the majesty of a head of wheat, and the good feeling of rich soil in one's hands, these things are in my blood. In contrast to the farmer trying to assist nature, the city dweller has simply replaced nature entirely with an artificial manmade world.
But the city dweller still has a longing for real life beyond his artificial world, and he builds parks and zoos to remember what he has replaced. He can go to the library or the Discovery channel and vicariously experience what he has replaced. The problem is that he likes his replacement images (such as fake flowers) more than reality, and he believes he is in touch with reality when in reality his replacement images are very little like reality.
city slicker thinks that he suave and debonair, much more sophisticated than
his country bumpkin. He thinks that he has much more than the native running
wild in Africa. But what has modern city-dwelling man given up to get his
artificial world? He has divorced himself from reality. He lives in the creations,
the vain imaginations of his fellowman. He no longer experiences the full range
of life, the pain and joy of reality of night and day. He sits focused in front
of a computer screen or television screen much of his life in a controlled
modern man divorces himself from reality, he no longer knows the relationship
between his experiences and reality. Hence, he is dependent upon the gurus of
the establishment to tell him that there are differences between men and women.
And if they lie to him, and for instance, tell him that homosexuality is a
normal event in nature, he doesn't know better and believes the lie.
Children have to be introduced and
indoctrinated into artificial worlds. The children that Christ bragged about to
his disciples were models of innocence. Even in Christ's time, mankind was busy
trying to put their vain imaginations to work in building artificial worlds,
such as their religious rules, their idols, and the artificial rich life that a
few wealthy had as the results of having other men as slaves. Modern life
corrupts our enjoyment of reality. We filter our perceptions through our
A very young child (toddler) even today will
enjoy a homemade toy as much as an expensive one. Later he will filter his
experiences through a manmade filter, and prefer the expensive store bought
toy. In a similar vein, the Nepalese and Tibetan people I lived with in
Nepal were some of the happiest in the world, because they didn't know what
they were missing of the modern world. The people in India, because they had
been around the British and Europeans tended to be very unhappy, they knew what
they were missing. The Nepalese people this last decade are being modernized,
and I can predict that they will become a very unhappy people as they
modernize. Are the American Indians happier now that they have
experienced the modern society with its artificial environments, or were they
happier before "civilization" came to them?
If we want to get back to reality, we will have to unplug the television, which is one of the strongest tools of the modern world to suck us into the world's virtual reality. It may seem like we are giving up a great deal, but if it does, that just reveals how much we have been suckered into giving up reality for a virtual reality.