Brian’s Reflection: Friday, October 7, 2011
Insurrection is an art, and like
all arts has its own laws.
Lev Davidovich Bronshtein; he was born
on this date, 1879, in Yanovka, Ukraine.
My whole being tells me that it is time for a religio-theological insurrection. On a world-wide basis.
The word “insurrection” was not used in English until the 15th C. It derives from the Latin verb “insurgere”, meaning something like “to gush up from within”. And from Within is where this must surge.
To put it another way: it is time for the shift to begin of which Nicholas Wade writes - a shift from the age of Homo Sapiens to the age of Homo Universalis. It is time for the human race to start thinking and acting from a different centre if we are to survive as an evolutionary experiment and not just peter out as yet another failed evolutionary branch. The path we are on right now seems on every level to be leading to that failed end. However, being an optimist, I express my hope that the human race could, if it chooses, manage to prolong our “experiment”. My problem is, I have this absurd hope that the Inner Light within us can lead this change ….. but my mind knows that the Inner Light has so often been enslaved by what we call “organized religion”, by the religious equivalent of the Corporation, an entity warped by self-interest, greed, and the enslavement to Power.
An example of how the movement of Divine Compassion and Justice can be thwarted? Today is the 80th birthday of (in my opinion) one of the greatest men to understand and live the Gospel: Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Dalai Llama was invited by him to come to South Africa to share in the event. The South African government did not grant His Holiness a visa. They said that it had nothing to do with pressure from the Chinese government ….. which any intelligent person will know is a patent lie. Mammon rules in our World.
It is time for the emerging Homo Universalis - and especially those who partake in organized religion - either to reform or to do away with all the religious corporations which have perverted the spiritual core of what it is to be Human or to be made in the image of the God of Love.
It is time for us to develop the Art of Religious Insurrection: to move from fragmentation to Unity, to honour the paths by which human beings have sought to understand Compassion, and to learn what it means to give of ourselves that we might all live in Holiness and Peace.
[ Who was Lev Davidovich Bronshtein? Leon Trotsky. ]