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Date:         Thu, 15 Jun 89 21:01:37 EDT
From:         Homer 
To:           adore-l@ualtavm


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DESIRE is SOVEREIGN.
MAJESTY is the SOVEREIGN DESIRE that DESIRE NOT be SOVEREIGN.
MAJESTY is ETERNAL GOOD HUMOR BORN of MASTERY of
SONGS of SIN and HIDDEN JOY.
POWER stems from OPERATING MAJESTY.

From ADORE, A Divine Operating Religion of Excalibur.
http://www.adore.com
Copyright (C) 1983 Homer Wilson Smith

     The following 2 footnotes were left out of the original manuscript
due to a fear of repercussions.  They have been added here in their
entirety.

     There are three basic philosophies extant on Earth at this time.
They differ in what they consider to exist, and who or what is
responsible for it.

     The first group believe that Matter, Energy, Space and Time are the
primal materials of the universe and that all intelligence, purpose and
consciousness arose out of complexities formed of this stuff.
 
     These people believe that there is no personal responsibility for
the existance of the universe either with themselves or with some
supreme God.  They also believe that since they are a body, a fragile
complexity of matter and forms, and that their consciousness is a
function of the proper working of this complexity of forms, that when
their body dies, they will die never to live again.  They have no memory
of any past existance, no awareness of having chosen their present
lifetime for some intelligent purpose and they have a very hard time
planning for the next billion years because they figure they won't be
around to enjoy it.
 
     These people have many names in the languagues of Earth depending
on what other group is refering to them.  To some they are called
Secular Humanists, to others Dyed in the Wool Physicists, or Scientists
of the of the Rock.
 
     We shall call them Mortals or Ephemerals.
 
     Their greatest sin is Seduction.
 
     There is an old saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Well the most absolute power there is is the ability to escape the
consequences of your own actions.
 
     Believing that they only live once and can only die once they have
no motivation to secure a happy and well ordered future for themselves
beyond the few years they are on Earth.  Most are very involved in
making sure their present sojourn is all the better at the expense of
the future suffering of untold trillions of other's lives into the
future.  They ALL do it some, and can not help it because they consider
others are doing it to them.  Why be noble when nothing and no one else
is?

     The second group of people believe in the existance of a Supreme
Being who made them out of nothing and can return them back into nothing
if they are not good, obedient or well indoctrinated.  These also have
no feeling for past existances, especially any agreement with or request
by them made of their Supreme Being to let them have this life on Earth.
Further they have no plans to come back, feeling that their God would
refuse them the opportunity to have more than one life on Earth even if
they should wish one.
 
     They are often characterized by believing that Earth is the only
planet in the whole universe with life on it and have a hard time
spanning billions of light years with billions of galaxies with billions
of suns with billions of planets.
 
     Why would Carl Sagan have made a better president than George Bush?
Because Bush is always talking about a thousand points of light, and
Sagan is always talking about 'billions and billions...'!
 
     These people are also characterized by concentration on a Savior
that however godlike will only be able to save a few or the chosen.
 
     The rest are destined forever to suffer in darkness or eternal
separation from God.  These unfortunate others of course are anyone who
does not follow their religion to the letter, even if it is an identical
religion with a different name.
 
     Since these people never know who is or will be saved and who isn't
or won't be saved INCLUDING THEMSELVES they have a hard time making
friends or developing deep and meaningful relationships with others even
of their own kind, even themselves.
 
     Who wants to make friends with someone or themselves who at the
last moment is going to hell?
 
     They have weird relationaships with their kids as they figure God
will hold it against them if their kid goes to hell.  It makes them feel
a bit hysterical to realize they won't be around to keep the reins in on
their kid after they die.
 
     They also feel that since it is RIGHT that the bad guys go to hell
and it is God's will in the end anyhow, that they have a MORAL DUTY to
dispatch these poor souls to their destination forthwith so that God
will not have to bother.
 
     In fact they figure God will hold it against them if they don't
make sure people get their just desserts.
 
     It does not occur to them that God might want them to figure out
WHY the guy is evil so that they might fix him.  They figure people were
made by God, God is not comprehensible, so people are not
comprehensible.  THAT is very comprehensible.
 
     So better to dispatch the criminal to his grave and just reward
rather than sit around trying to understand him where he could escape
and do more damage.
  
     They also feel that Heaven will be such a good place because they
won't have to think about all the bad people and places ever again.  Let
alone DO anything about it.
 
     Some believe that God will wipe their memories of their time on
Earth and all their friends who didn't make the grade and get to Heaven
with them.

     They 'do their share' during their 'one and only' lifetime and then
they leave it FOREVER to others to handle.
 
     These people couldn't come back even if they wanted to.
 
     And they don't want to.  Cowards one and all.
 
     These people are characterized by the Sin of Temptation.  They
preach about damnation and hell fire and what you should and shouldn't
do, all the while they are visiting prostitutes and having sex with
children or members of the same sex.
 
     All of which would be fine except that they make their lives
preaching how wrong it all is.  It is the Temptation in their souls that
leads them into the life of preaching in the first place.  These people
devote their whole lives to putting people in the jails they themselves
belong in.
 
     For want of a better name we shall call them the FUNDAMENTALISTS.
This is because they always have some Book or other that they claim is
the REVEALED WORD OF GOD which always has much to say about HISTORY,
ETHICS, GOVERNMENT and even SCIENCE, COSMOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY and
PSYCHOLOGY.
 
     However it is never a Book written AFTER the research, but always
BEFORE the research.  Research is only allowed in the direction of
corroborating the Book with violent and unthinkable penalties to those
who should choose otherwise.

     It's a sin to think and discover first, and then write the book
detailing your adventures of knoweldge.
 
     So the research becomes the slave of the Book rather than the Book
becoming the slave of the research.

     The third and last group of people we shall call Immortals or more
properly the ETERNALS.

     These people have an extensive awareness of their past existances
and a heavy feeling of shame, fear and trepidation concerning it.
 
     They do not have a good memory of their past track but they know
that the way to remember something is to remember forgetting it which
one does by trying to forget it again for a while.  They know that the
way to remember forgeting something is to practice forgetting it again.
However they live in terror that they might remember what it was that
happened so long ago and are forever caught in the decision to be here
and to leave at all costs.
 
     These people believe that the universe was created by all its
inhabitants including themselves at the beginning of time.  This act of
creation was forgotten on purpose to better be a Creature in the
universe rather than a Creator of the universe.  Their awareness of
their total shared co responsibility for things as they are leads them
to think and plan many many life times into the future, as far as they
can.
 
     Such people are tolerant of all religions although they weary of
being persecuted by the intolerant religions and groups of the second
and first kind mentioned above.  However they are aware they have had
their hand in such religions in their past existances both with and
without a body, and that their errors and 'sins' of those days have
created the situations they find themselves in now.
 
     They do not believe in an absolute Karma that does bad to all who
do bad and good to all who do good, nor do they believe in a far off God
handing out justice in a manner that no one can understand.  Instead
they believe that if you let the cat out of the bag, it might come and
sit in your lap.  They believe that this rule applies to one and all
with absolute impartiality.
 
     These people are guilty of the sin of Corruption.  They have let
the creation of the world slip so far out of their hands that they have
started to believe their own bug-a-boos of total irresponsibility for
condition.

     This starts them down the path of Corruption, Temptation and
Seduction to the point where they start to become what they feared the
most.
 
     In fact they consider that their brethern of the first two kinds
mentioned above are really their friends of yore who should know better.
They understand however that although the undertow of life and ignorance
is tremendous and outrageous, the dwindling spiral can be reversed with
applications of re-operating recognition and non-recognition of
responsibility and irresponsibility for condition.  They would consider
this wisdom.

     Each of the these three different groups considers each of the
others two groups thoroughly possesed and out of contact with reality.
It is here you will find most of the cause of conflict and agony on
planet Earth.

     As it turns out, the last group, the ETERNALS, are the correct ones
and the other two are very very wrong.

     The primary error of the Eternals is to refuse to take full
responsibility for the silliness and Majesty of the first two.

     From ADORE,

     Immortals who hate Mortals have some Karma to face.
     Namely, Mortals who hate Immortals are despicable.

     Karma is involvement with hidden shames of the past.
     Shame is a waste of time.

     So is Karma.

 Homer               adore-l@ualtavm      6/15/89 No subject