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For the Love of Sharing Knowledge

We are moving well into, and are already in, a new era. The Age of Aquarius. In this age of consciousness and awareness, knowledge and information, energy and spirituality, we are coming together as a human species. Could it be that overpopulation has forced the inevitable? Or maybe social networking and information technologies facilitated this process? Maybe both. And most likely a yet to be labelled phenomena is occurring, and the evident result is that we, humans, are most definitely seeing humanity as a whole a lot clearer.

The load of information comes with a price. Knowledge is like fire. And if you don’t know how to handle it, it will burn. The solution is that with the overwhelming amounts of information coming to the fore, we have to learn how to learn. And that is a subject all onto itself.

The power in knowledge has led many people to treat it like a precious sacred flame. Too delicate to be left out in the open in case it is blown out by a brutish sneeze or insipid yawn. There have been ancient adages such as, “Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls to the pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you.” That’s a good enough reason not to go around sharing knowledge with undesirables and it worked in times past. Those who remained discreet, well, simply survived.

I would like to juxtapose what is going on: In times past, people died for sharing their thoughts and knowledge. Today, with the turning of an Age, we are moving forward. It is the age of Aquarius, Agua, Water. And in the language of esoterics, water is consciousness, thoughts, the mind. And we see an allowance – a freedom – to be able to share without being persecuted. And the ones who are doing the persecuting, the “haters” as it is termed on the net, are becoming an unsavory lot.

Hence, we have the “fact that every philosopher of eminence for the last two centuries has either been murdered, or, at least, been very near it, insomuch that if a man calls himself a philosopher [lover of truth], and never had his life attempted, rest assured there is nothing in him.” Thomas de Quincey, 1827 (Boag, Z. 2013, page 3).

So individuals and groups have held onto knowledge, secrets and mysteries to themselves. Well tucked away from the searching eyes of the uninitiated. But lo and behold! Look at the internet, at the world around us, at this very place. Yay, the Unveiling (Apocalypse) is upon us. And isn’t this thirst for occult (hidden) knowledge that has led many of us forward over the years? Despite others warnings, “You’re going to get burnt!” We said, “It’s worth the price. It’s worth the risk!” And so I say, in the words of Will Durant who wrote in “The Story of Philosophy”:

“Let us not, then, be ashamed of teaching people. Those jealous ones who would guard their knowledge from the world have only themselves to blame if their exclusiveness and their barbarous terminology have led the world to seek in books, in lectures, and in adult education, the instruction which they themselves failed to give. Let them be grateful that their halting efforts are aided by amateurs who love life enough to let it humanize their teaching. Perhaps each kind of teacher can be of aid to the other: the cautious scholar to check our enthusiasm with accuracy, and the enthusiast to pour warmth and blood into the fruits of scholarship. Between us we might build up in America an audience fit to listen to geniuses, and therefore ready to produce them. We are all imperfect teachers, but we may be forgiven if we have to advance the matter a little, and have done our best. We announce the prologue, and retire; after us better players will come” (Little, J. 1997, page 14).

It is in this spirit that I hope that we can come together in this glorious Age of Aquarius. Having the flame purge us of our heart-barricades so that we may not fear sharing ourselves with the world. So that seekers of truth, with sincere enquiries may find their answers and the propagation of half-truths may be made whole under the light of our collective higher mind.

Winged MaatGuide us, O Divine Truth, under the wings of your radiant splendor
From the now into the ether.

References:

Boag, Z. (2013). New Philosopher. Australia: Gordon & Gotch.

Little, J. (1997). Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu. Japan: Tuttle Publishing.

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