The Whole Point

When I consider the trillions of dollars spent on health and education around the world I cannot help but ask the questions: Why? To what end? We get people better in medical offices and hospitals and condition their minds with schooling, but I have to wonder sometimes if we’re not missing the point by simply making them more effective at doing the very things that got humanity into the mess it is presently in.

Sure you might argue we’re advancing civilization, that the new models of human beings are better, brighter, stronger and longer-living than our predecessors, but when I read the ancient texts of former great civilizations I have to wonder if we’re not kidding and in fact, deluding ourselves so that we don’t have to look at the deeper questions of living. We are grappling with the same questions, problems and opportunities they were centuries and millennia ago.

Whenever purpose is unclear, design and control are compromised. We, as human beings seem content to work busily in the refinement of our design even though we have no clear sense of purpose. In fact, we’ve somehow convinced ourselves that the competition between conflicting purposes is the point. Is that really the best we can do? I think not.

The whole point of health care, fitness and education is to refine body mind and heart so that they might be a clearer channel for the magnification of the wonderful one within. They are not an end, but a means to an end.

A healthy, toned body and a sharp mind are of little value if not employed in the outer expression of inner being. They are the means by which being is articulated into achieving, and through which the invisible is made visible.

Simple men derive their sense of value from their physical or mental stature. They test and compare themselves to one another, hoping to achieve some personal gain from superiority. But such competition is vainglorious and irrelevant. We are not here to compete with one another or to perpetuate our species. We are here to be the means by which and through which heaven may manifest on earth.

5 thoughts on “The Whole Point

  • Gregg,

    I am reading an incredible book called “Ladies First” about remarkable women in history. Your post brings to mind the story of Hypatia of Alexandria. He father was a great mathematician who taught at the famed Institute of Higher Learning around 335 AD and was famed for his commentaries on the work of Ptolemy. He knew then the value of a sound mind and fit body and educated his daughter in astronomy, astrology, literature, logic, and developed swimming, horseback rising and mountain climbing exercise programs, ” in order to transform her body into the perfect vessel to carry her magnificent being”. This was a woman who grew up to be an incredible teacher, ” wedded to the truth”. Unfortunately, as with so many in our history, her belief about the redemptive powers of reason and belief in”reunion with the divine”, lead to her death. She became a threat to the new religious leaders of the time and was murdered. This is evidence of a great understanding that has been revealed in our history, something to think about as we continue to march forward status quo. What is the point? Revelation of greatness that can transform our worlds. Thanks Gregg!

  • I love the clarity of your post. Purpose is the beginning of any worthwhile endeavor. I remember as a fifth grader being asked by my teacher, in front of a few other teachers, to read something she handed me. I read it and their looks of disappointment was shocking to me. I had no idea what I did wrong. Then one teacher,perhaps seeing my confusion, explained it was a part in a play. I was supposed to be a ghost, that in this part, was haunting his friends. I immediately took the paper and reread the words with the expression that clothed the part. Well, they began smiling and gave me the part. What I realized with that experience is that context was everything. Why is a vital question! That lesson has never left me. Understanding my purpose has always given me the “track to run on”,my guidelines for a success but most compelling is the willingness to persevere and repent when I’m off course.

  • The apex of purpose for humanity has been like a veiled mountain peak – mysterious and seemingly inaccessible. But your reference to an apex of personal purpose that acknowledges our ability to magnify the things of heaven in form makes it so simple. that is the truth for any individual, and those who reveal that truth are much more likely to notice the clouds clearing as they gaze towards the summit of human purpose overall!

  • The refinement of our capacities should have a purpose or it’s an empty endeavor. We can try to polish the outside and even achieve some skill or improved circumstances, but we still must live with what is inside. Our goal should be how to refine and hone our ability to reveal the finest qualities of living that we can.

  • I don’t think that people ask themselves why they are doing what they are doing enough. I also think that the reason they don’t is because they don’t really want to be honest with themselves or hear the answer.
    There is a reason that those who are willing to show that the steps of principle, purpose, design, and control work in their own lives are often vilified. It is a very uncomfortable thing to know that you could be living a life of purpose and perfection, yet are choosing not to. When you are no longer ignorant of the possibility, you have to then make the choice.

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