Posts Tagged ‘Parable’


What if we do not deal with our provincial level grieving over what was, and will never be what it once was. What if we continue to let our anger, denial and refusal to let go, so that the new and bright can emerge? What will we become?

In 2018, the Purge movies series (yes I have written previously on these movies), came out with a prequel: The First Purge. A story of the first night. What was it? The story is actually quite familiar. The old familiar political line, that bought with political action committee money (PACS) and lobby groups (ala NRA as it is American) have left the 99% behind with their march to make the wealthier having appeared as failed, the NRA switches tactics and backs and new third party movement- The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) who campaign on a return to prosperity and the greatness of yore.

Image result for the first purgeThe purge in this movie is a social experiment on Staten Island. For those watching through the non-violence lens you note the need to the purge though masked in the concept of a night of release of anger. What it truly is, is the purging of the working and poverty classes. Much the way the military industrial complex has over the centuries (and before you argue against that, look where recruiters first go, and the first waves of draft-ability, anecdotally I went to an academic high school but because we were a working class neighbourhood the armed forces recruited us hard). Under the guidance it is a hard “science” of social psychology and necessity, it is set up if you stay and survive you will be paid $5000, if you actively participate you will be paid more.

As it rolls out, and block parties emerge, and some rituals for those participating in the 12 hours of everything being legal including murder. It is noted the participants craft masks for themselves. Yet there is a problem, the level of murder is not where the NFFA needs it to be in this poorer neighbourhood.

The NFFA are fixated on the participation level of the largest affordable housing towers on the Island to see if it is a success. How do we know this social experiment is actually driven by a new wave of social eugenics? Simple, when the Purge is not going as active as possible, mercenaries go in disguised as criminal gangs and white supremacist groups (including the KKK) with high grade armaments to raise the body count.

Why does this matter as a parable for those reading are going, yeah but Ty it is a movie, and quite hyperbole. But how did this party come to power? Simple, there was only one way and solution seen to a country’s ills, and the people did not want to see a different path. The old line political parties were out of touch, but also had been co-opted by outside money. People in general had moved away from mutual interdependence, to only worrying about that which mattered to them (not my family, not my problem mentality).

It created as the movie series progresses a national identity and cult around purge night and it being a patriotic event. We see this cult like thinking ground in with the extremes of any movement: environmentalists that want to ban plastic straws even though it is a health concern for some persons with disabilities to right wingers who are anti-refugee, even though the bombings and environmental catastrophes creates these migrants. It is the mentality that these problems and are not ours. Not our neighbours, not our worry. In the local context it is budgets where we hear catch phrases such as we as a province cannot be compassionate without money (which those that lived through the Great Depression would know the bullocks of that statement). It is breaking everyone down to a code. Codes work for appropriate funding and social supports, but when all we are is numbers on a bank statement budget, it becomes very easy to no longer notice that we are the same.

Why do we allow this to happen? It is a grief cycle, the cycle that keeps us looking back on what was as a Utopian paradise and that the present must be a post apocalyptic nightmare because–horror- things change, and honestly, for the better. The question is as a society are we willing to let go of the fear of change, and step into the new? or will we simply follow lock step into a cult like the NFFA?


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This past week’s of reflections from the Aquarian Gospel have wound around a similar theme of faith in action. That is actually living out that which we profess to live inwardly. In Franciscan Charism it is the sacred practice of open hand, knowing that which we are given is not ours, but we are stewards for a time until the true purpose comes to fruition.

This Facebook meme I posted three years ago screamed this, and came to mind as I re-read Levi’s re-imagining of these teachings have remained true to the way presented in Canonical Gospels found in the Aquarian Gospel 142 It is the wealthy asking what more they must do than follow rules and profess creeds. To which Jesus aptly replies:

22. The young man asked, To which commands did he refer?
23. And Jesus said, You shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not do adulterous things; you shall not falsely testify;
24. and you shall love your God with all your heart, and you shall love your neighbour as yourself.
25. The man replied, These things I have observed from youth; what lack I yet?
26. And Jesus said, One thing you lack; your heart is fixed on things of earth; you are not free.
27. Go forth and sell all that you have, and give your money to the poor, and come follow me, and you shall have eternal life.
28. The man was grieved at what the master said; for he was rich; he hid his face and went in sorrow on his way.
29. And Jesus looked upon the sorrowing man and said, It is so hard for men with hoarded wealth to enter through the door into the kingdom of the soul.

-Aquarian Gospel 142:22-29

The wealth wasn’t the challenge for being in unity. Look at the word: HOARD. That is keeping things beyond logic and reason, beyond usefulness simply for having. That is what wealth had become, something that must be so held on to it could no longer be used for its intended purpose.

Saint Paul writes to Timothy as tradition teaches:

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

-1 Timothy 6:10 (New Living Translation)

So then what is the purpose of wealth?

To spend, to help, to grow, to live, to build—

to

L-O-V-E.

So this ruler was unwilling to let that which held his soul in EGO to be released so he could finally have freedom and understand what are tools, and what is unity. He had made his tools his Holy Mystery, and for that he was truly drowning in this life.

Are we ready to rediscover what is the true rhythm of life?

Where do we travel?

Are we the Rich Man or are we Lazarus?

35. A rich man lived in splendid state; he wore the finest garments men could make; his boards were loaded with the costliest viands of the land.
36. A beggar, blind and lame, whose name was Lazarus, was wont to sit beside the waste gate of this home that he might share with dogs the refuse from the rich man’s board.
37. It came to pass that Lazarus died, and angels carried him away unto the bosom of our father Abraham.
38. The rich man also died, and he was buried in a costly tomb; but in the purifying fires he opened up his eyes dissatisfied.
39. He looked and saw the beggar resting peacefully in the bosom of his father Abraham, and in the bitterness of his soul he cried,
40. My father Abraham, look down in mercy on your son; I am tormented in these flames.
41. Send Lazarus, I beseech, that he may give me just a sup of water to cool my parched tongue.
42. But Abraham replied, My son, in mortal life, you had the best things of the earth and Lazarus had the worst, and you would not give him a cup of water there, but drove him from your door.
43. The law must be fulfilled, and Lazarus now is comforted, and you are paying what you owe.
44. Besides, there is a great gulf fixed between your zone and us, and if I would I could not send Lazarus to you, and you cannot come up to us till you have paid your debts.
45. Again the man in anguish said, O father Abraham, I pray, send Lazarus back to earth, and to my father’s house, that he may tell my brothers who are yet in life, for I have five of them, about the horrors of this place, lest they come down to me and not to you.
46. And Abraham replied, They have the words of Moses and the seers, let them hear them.
47. The man replied, They will not hearken to the written word; bit if a man would go up from the grave they might believe.
48. But Abraham replied, If they hear not the words of Moses and the seers they would not be persuaded even though one from the dead stood in their midst.

-Aquarian Gospel 142:35-48

St. Francis of Assisi has been derided as non-scholarly for many a century, in comparison to other monastic movements ala Jesuits that focused more on scholarship. But what Francis taught was that each gospel story need not be only understood, but internalized, and then externally lived out through almost muscle memory before moving onto the next. For he knew the story is more than the words spoken or on the page. The story is life. And life lived is how we connect-unify with the Holy, and nieghbour, as the Shema tells us through Love that resonates from self.

So where does this lead us? You? Me?

To simply answer a question, what does it mean to internalize and externalize this story for us, here and now?

Are we ready for such a leap from page to life?