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Determinism and Inertia Controlling World Cycles

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Len:

--- Quote from: Manu ---So it's highly likely there is a somewhat deterministic factor in all these recurring patterns in history that are related to all these interconnecting cycles within cycles. It doesn mean people don't have a capacity to allign their own lives to the divine purpose independently of the era they are born into, but it goes back to this inertia I mentioned before.
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Len:
There is inertia, and there are deterministic factors, and there is also free will.

One man may transcend the inertia of his age, but so may an entire civilization...

Len:

--- Quote from: Manu ---It does seem the masses are more prone to fall victim of the inertia though. "only the few go through the narrow gate" and all that...
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Len:
Even the wise and strong stumble, and may be lost and carried along by the cloud and confusion of ignorance and inertia... Yet, they did not become strong or wise, and we did not become mankind without eventually overcoming all these trials...  ;)

Len:

--- Quote from: Manu ---That's something I've gathered from the Kolbrin and it's one of the hardest things to digest. It's best encapsulated in this passage:

"We may visualise our individual goals as we will, it is ordained that we have this freedom. How close or how far we are from reality is of little consequence, what is, is. He who seeks a non-existent destination will, nevertheless, get somewhere. He who seeks not at all will get nowhere. EARTHY LIFE FULFILLS ITSELF WITHOUT ATTAINMENT."<

We can't avoid wanting to take all humankind with us towards some utopia, but the fact is that regardless if we attain this utopia or not, it's the striving that leads us to the trials that shape our character. Problem is, when you realize this, it's harder to look at your striving in the same idealistic manner as before. It's as if being the hero of a movie and actually believing you are living all of it and suddenly being told you're in a movie, for lacking a better analogy. You suddenly perceive things differently. Maybe it can lead to an attitude of allowing things to play out as they will as regardless of the outcome the purpose is being fulfulled nonetheless. It both can seem as having attained the wise man capacity of rising above the pendulum swings but at the same time it can entail the risk of not "getting wet" for any cause anymore because of a feeling of either futility or being too above mundane cause and effect.
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