I think that one of the most difficult Essentialist teachings for Modern people is its teaching on the subject of Evolution. Particularly troubling is the notion that the motion is of decline, rather than progress. In the West, we are educated in the Pseudo-Mythos of the forward progress of humanity, particularly in terms of knowledge of the material world and technology. From an Essentialist standpoint, however, increased knowledge of and interest in the material world and increased technology are signs of decline, not progress.
Technology comes about as a compensation for our decreased mental, physical, and spiritual capacity, and from a Traditionalist perspective is a sign of decline, not progress. Writing, for example, came about because of a decline in memory and the decay of oral tradition. We can see this decline in our own lifetime. Our grandparents were able to do many things without the technology that we need technology to do. I am often surprised and alarmed that many people younger than myself are unable to perform simple mathematics without a calculator and that many store clerks are unable to make change without a cash register.
Throughout history, people have worried about the decline in the then current “youth,” and what this would mean for the future. Language has declined throughout history. For example, all of the Romance languages are far simpler than Latin from which they are descended. In many churches, there are movements to “modernize” worship, which often means to make it simpler and more accessible for people. In Christianity, first worship moved from Latin to the vernacular, and now, there are many paraphrased versions of the Judeo-Christian written tradition available, including “The Message.”
With this in mind, we can see historical spiritual and intellectual inventions for what they were, not as advances, but as attempts to make ancient knowledge and wisdom accessible to our reduced capacities. This is inevitable. Inventions, such as writing, started off as quite intricate and complex and became simpler over time. Early ideographic styles contained rich symbolism of their own. The only significant survivor of these styles is Chinese/Japanese hanzi/kanji.
Will decline continue throughout time? Yes, in a way; however, this decline happens in a spiral, not a line. From Ancient wisdom, we can understand that we are at the end of the Iron Age when decline it at its greatest. We are headed to a new Golden Age. This Golden Age will be lower than the previous Golden Age, but from our perspective, it will be much higher than the age we live in. What will this Golden Age be like? We have no way of knowing that as this Age will be much beyond what we can imagine. It is possible, and even likely, that we will not be physical, manifest beings in the new Golden Age.
When will this happen? Tradition tells us that we are near the end of the Iron Age, but no legitimate Tradition will tell us when that is to occur. Does this have anything to do with the “Age of Aquarius”? I do not know. Perhaps. The Age of Aquarius will be (or is, depending on which calculation one follows) ruled by Saturn, and the following Age, the Age of Capricorn will also be ruled by Saturn. 4,000 years of being under the rule of Saturn seems a bit chilling, but we also know that Saturn is both the builder and the destroyer of the material realm.
This being said, there is a good reason that no legitimate Tradition will tell us when the end of the Age of Iron will be. This is not really information that will help us. Interestingly, though, in many ways, our lives are already becoming much less physical because of the computer and the Internet. Many of us spend a great deal of our time in “virtual reality,” and more and more our economic system is virtual as well.
What does all of this mean as far as Free Will? No matter what Age we find ourselves in, we still have Free Will. As discussed in earlier articles, Free Will is the choice between Dark and Light, between our True and False Selves, and between Good and Evil. Even now, near the end of the Age of Iron, we can still hold on to the Light.
Kali Yuga: the Patriarchal Dark Age
3 thoughts on “The True Meaning of Evolution”
Thank you for this very well written article
I’ve just found the following video, that I’d like to share with you about ESP and mediumship, in particular the experiences of Jane Roberts, the famous medium of the 1960’s who wrote the books about the so called “Seth Material”, dealing with such profound topics like “life after death”, the meaning of consciousness and life, and communication with ET life,
I have the impression that research in this direction is having a boost of sorts by factors like instant communication via internet, as well as the perception by many that modern science is at a crossroads.
I believe our present time is characterized by polarization of “good vs. evil” in a very “essential”, or intellectual way, in part because we’re reaching a point of material stability that is probably higher than anytime before in recorded human history.
We may have our paycheck either by being a “good person” or a “bad person”, it almost makes no difference.
If you go to the internet you can either watch a video about extreme violence and pornography, or go to a blog and discuss about metaphysics, or enter a “petition” to help someone out of compassion.
Our options are now more of qualitative, spiritual nature, than forced by material circumstances.
I wonder how this polarization would fit in the Divine Feminine Essentialism and what “future” could we expect for this type of researches, having in sight the general picture of the “evolution” of humanity nowadays, at the end of the Iron Age.
Are all them just another aspect of Kali Yuga– a movement away from God– or a possible first glimpse into the new Golden Age (as you said that “virtual reality”, as created via computation, games, etc., could represent).
I read today these intriguing recent archeological findings, about the human brain, and remembered your article about “The True Meaning of Evolution” and I thought that maybe you’d find this interesting too:
“A study published earlier this year confirmed what scientists have long believed to be the case – the human brain is shrinking. For more than 7 million years the hominid brain has grown increasingly bigger, almost tripling in size.
But for the last 10,000 years, the human brain has been shrinking at an alarming rate and no one really knows why.“
God bless! 🙂