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  • Elohism is a religion of growth and transformation. We each have our personal path to walk, our personal obstacles to overcome. Some are further along the journey than others. From this flow three categories, or degrees, of humanity. The more alive you are, the higher your degree. In this article, we will discuss the three kinds of humanity.

    The Dead

    The first of the three categories is the Dead. The vast majority of people belong to this category. Yahwists, scientists, new agers, and most atheists fill the ranks of the Dead. They are assigned that label because they are spiritually dead, having no real spiritual life at all. Yahwism is false spirituality because it revolves around Yahweh, not around you.

    The Dead are the most likely to:

    • Live ordinary lives without venturing out into the extraordinary;
    • Adhere to a system already conceived and well-established rather than think independently;
    • Be susceptible to speakers’ power;
    • Think in very ordinary, predefined ways, exhibiting extremely common thought patterns;
    • Dislike education and perceive it as a waste of time;
    • Desire to fit in with their peers and fear ostracism;
    • Ostracize or dislike those who don’t fit in;
    • Succumb to crowd mentality and conformity.

    Earth is the Land of the Dead; it is Hades or Sheol. It is predominantly Dead. It is a spiritual graveyard, where all genuine spirituality goes to perish.

    Groupthink

    Groupthink is all about a group of individuals behaving with a view to agreeing with each other, and thereby forgoing reason and any analysis of the merit of any given decision. In other words, you engage in groupthink if you act in a way that is disadvantageous to you merely because you want to avoid conflict and be like or with everyone else.

    People do this all the time. They don’t raise concerns or doubts they have because they don’t want to stand out; instead aiming to blend in with the crowd and, in a very real sense, merge with it.

    One strong example of conformity, the concept behind groupthink, is the bystander effect, whereby people will not intervene to help someone or report a crime because they want to do what everyone else is doing (i.e., minding their own business). Studies have found that, rather than increase your chances of being helped, being in a busy place where there are more people actually decreases the chances of anyone stepping outside of the crowd to offer assistance.

    Furthermore, in order to rationalize and justify their lack of action, people will employ the diffusion of responsibility (i.e., they will think to themselves, “somebody else will help – I don’t need to do anything” or, “it’s not up to me, I don’t want to interfere”), or they will tell themselves that it isn’t any of their business, and so conclude that it would be wrong of them to intervene.

    This video shows the bystander effect:

    “It’s very difficult to rebel…” In other words, while in a group, people tend to value their own business and reputation more highly than the wellbeing of others! People can even ignore what they know to be right in order to stay within the group! Of course, no one will admit that to themselves, so they confabulate all kinds of rationalizations and justifications for why they behave this way (several of which we’ve outlined above).

    This video also raises another interesting phenomenon: people want to distance themselves from others who don’t fit into their group. The more dissimilar to you and everyone around you someone is, the more likely you’ll just keep walking. If you interact with the other, then you only run the risk of making yourself even more alien to the group you were previously associated with.

    We have spoken on this site of speakers and listeners. Listeners, who live passively, are the crowd. Speakers, who live actively, stand out from the crowd, for better or worse. Some captivate, inspire, and direct the crowd – these are always charismatic people. Others are trodden on and rejected by the crowd.

    The crowd of listeners is always subject to the direction of a speaker. Without such people, the crowd can do nothing, can make no progress. The world relies on people standing out. More pertinently, the world is directed by such people – the speakers. The listeners are merely pawns. They don’t choose for themselves; things are chosen for them. They may convince themselves that they have control, but this is only a bias – we don’t like to be out of control of our own lives.

    Of course, if you look at the comments of these videos, you’ll see some people saying, “If that was me, I would have left straight away.” So the masses tell themselves, but would they really? You never know until you’re in that situation.

    Philip Zimbardo, who conducted the infamous Stanford prison experiment, is the president of HIP, the Heroic Imagination Project, which educates people on “heroism” i.e., learning to intervene, to break out of the crowd mentality when it becomes right to do so, such as the situations presented in the above videos.

    Groupthink is not only dangerous. It can deprive us of the expression of our individuality. When you engage in groupthink, you are no longer an individual; you’re part of a single entity – the crowd.

    Groupthink is connected with procrustean ideals, but whereas with the procrustean, one is forced to conform, with groupthink, we do it of our own free will. We feel as if there is outside pressure, when in fact there is no pressure at all. We successfully delude ourselves into doing what the group does.

    Being a “hero,” as Zimbardo puts it, involves resisting procrustean systems and stepping outside of the crowd, resisting the power of groupthink, to do what’s right when you need to. Not very many people have that capacity. They want to live their lives passively as part of the crowd. Everything’s easier that way; you don’t have to worry about rejection or embarrassment. But on the other hand, you surrender your individuality.

    Balance

    Should you be an individual? Yes, everyone should. Should you be a hero? Yes, everyone should. There are matters in which we do need to cooperate with others, since if we didn’t, there would be no society. People who do stand out but who don’t mind demanding that the world adheres to their wants and whims are exactly the kind of people who make the world what it is. They have no qualms about stepping on people they view as below them, and that’s why they always win. They rely on the conformity of the crowd to keep people docile and idle. No listener will ever shut them down.

    We must therefore find the balance between individual mind and mass mind – living our lives and behaving the way we desire while also recognizing that we are not the only person in existence and that our behavior has an impact on others. This is what it means to be a whole human being – to have two minds in balance with one another.

    But all too often, individual mind and mass mind are in awful tension with one another. There might be situations when people want to express something, but are too restricted, too afraid to speak out. This makes them unhappy. In fact, there are few cases where unhappiness isn’t related to tension of this kind.

    Routine

    Another factor that plays into all of this is our need for stability and routine. We stick to the same old schedule day after day, and often have no choice as we’re at work. We can become stuck in a rut, failing to seek out novelty as we should. Deviation from our routine can cause instability, and of course, we do tend to have a fondness for the things we often do. Aside from that, our brains prefer regularity. We will sleep much better if we go to sleep at the same time every night (or day, as the case may be). We will also function better during our waking hours if we stick to a routine, or at least, stick to familiar activities. Too much strangeness can be disorienting.

    New is unknown. New is scary. Significant change makes us uncertain, and perhaps that’s why we cling to routines that make us sure of ourselves. A routine is something we’ve performed many times before, and has yielded largely the same outcome and experience every time. We don’t need confidence to approach such situations. But when it’s something we’ve never faced before, we might need confidence to various degrees, and so we can’t follow the principle of least effort – some real work and willpower is required.

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    Most of the Dead are compelled strongly by mass mind, procrusteanity, and groupthink, to the point where they struggle to break free. They are guided by the principle of least effort, which keeps them bound to their routines and to the group they associate themselves with. To understand the Dead, there is one more concept we must discuss.

    Group Identity

    The Dead want to be identified by others (strangers) as part of a group.

    If you were to walk along the street dressed in a colonial costume, that would immediately mark you as an individual. People will focus on you, if only for a few seconds. They might form judgements about you, and because of those judgements, they might be inclined to reject you as a person and not allow you into their own groups, and that’s something the Dead want to avoid. It’s difficult for them to run the risk of being alienated from others, even if there’s only the slightest chance.

    Group identity allows them to emphasize their similarities with other people, and hence, feel less alone, less individual, and more validated. They don’t stand out anymore.

    If you do anything that’s different from what the group is doing, you’re rebelling against the group, and therefore forfeit your group identity. You stand out. You become the other, the outsider, the stranger. Therefore, any group you identify with can actually dictate your actions, and thus you surrender your control to a group.

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    The Dead are not bound by ropes or manacles, but by the very fabric of their own minds. To break out, they must be trained to do so. You can train yourself, or you can enlist the help of someone else. Don’t identify purely with a group. Dress differently. Experiment with behavior. Act the way you want, not the way you think you’re being pressured to act. Be free of overly restrictive social constraints. Live your life the way you want, not the way anyone else tells you to. Reject the typical narrative of life presented to you by the malignant speakers of the old world. Live exotically, heroically, strangely. Go on adventures, try new things. Develop yourself.

    People have the tendency to think that when they’re adults (by “adults,” we mean around 25), that’s it – they’re finished. There’s no more development needed. They have found their place and will stay there. It’s true that the brain loses plasticity as we age, but the truth is that we’re always developing. It’s just that after 25, we stop putting effort into it.

    Self-development is the key to any good, healthy society. Why do so many people ignore it? Why do so many people sink into old, tired routines? Why do they conform? Their minds are groaning under all the weight. Any of them can choose to be free at any time. Instead, they choose spiritual desolation and dullness.

    Elitist

    We have proclaimed that some people are elevated, while most are not. Is this an elitist assertion? Sure, if you want to call it that.

    The point is that some people live, while most only exist; they are as dead as they possibly could be. They are part of the crowd, not individuals. They are bystanders, not heroes. Is there any more damning critique of humanity than that?

    As it happens, there is. The Yahwists belong to the Dead; they think in groups, that’s why Yahweh’s religions have prevailed – because they can invoke groupthink. Millennia ago, the Yahwists attempted to crush their opposers. When the bystanders attempt to destroy the heroes – that’s when you can be sure that your species is well and truly fucked. If humanity cannot recover from Yahwism, things will end badly for it. You can be certain of that.

    All too often, the bystanders have brought the heroes down. Geniuses are always ignored in their own lifetimes. It’s only later that people realize how right they were. Against this poison of mass mind we set our condemnations.

    Risen

    One step above the Dead lie the Risen. These are people with extraordinary minds who don’t behave as part of the group. They usually feel alienated from the world around them as a result of their unique patterns of thought and behavior. They are outsiders and strangers, the spiritually reborn. They are radicals and freethinkers, unencumbered by the obstacles that hold the Dead back. They live life on their own terms.

    Vision

    Where’s Santa’s glorious light? We do not speak of some feeble, earthly light. It is a light of such a kind as to stupefy the most intelligent person! Some claim to have it, but they are always lying, always misleading you. Where are the questers for the greatest of visions? Shall the light you see engulf your person, or shall it empower you? They say divinity works in mysterious ways, but it is actually we who work mysteriously! Can you unravel the web of the human mind? Has there ever been anything more mysterious?

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    The primary distinction between the Dead and the Risen is that the latter look to themselves, whereas the former look to others for instructions on how to live, what to think. The Risen have grasped what the Dead always fail to understand – that you are all you need. You do not need prophets, with their vain pronouncements and absurd sayings about God. You don’t need popular wisdom to tell you what to think or what kind of person you should be.

    Western esoteric language (language which was also invoked by Christianity) has always included the rebirth or resurrection. It does not refer to literal rebirth, but to spiritual rebirth, the rebirth of a person’s mentality and identity. It’s intended to create a truer self, but in Christianity it’s used to create a false self. The “new personality” is nothing more than another herd-driven persona. It will never allow you to reach your true self.

    To pass from Dead to Risen, a drastic change is required. But most people aren’t interested, especially since it involves a tremendous effort. The principle of least effort tells them not to bother.

    To be Risen, you must choose to be an outsider. Nothing could be less compelling to the herd, the group-thinkers, the bystanders. Far from getting in touch with their authentic selves, they prefer to live a lie because everyone else is doing it. They don’t have “permission” to do otherwise.

    So much of the difference between the Dead and the Risen can be resolved as the difference between the crowd and the individual. When we value the crowd over ourselves, we are profoundly unhappy; we can’t be or express our true selves, we’re constrained, or so we think, by the crowd. We’re just another result of a production line intended to make us weak.

    Most people know there’s something very wrong. The Dead choose to ignore this. They buy into all kinds of lies to justify their decision. One such lie is that Jesus will come to perfect the world, and so there’s no point in us trying. What a poisonous and perverse attitude.

    Irrational Rationalization

    One psychological phenomenon relevant to the Dead is cognitive dissonance. It occurs when people hold contradictory beliefs and their behavior violates one of those beliefs. A good example would be the bystander effect: many know that they should help, but they also know that they should stay in the crowd and not interfere. This kind of situation can lead to stress, so in order to avoid cognitive dissonance, they come up with all kinds of rationalizations to justify their choice.

    The tension between individual mind and mass mind is a matter of cognitive dissonance. People never think about it because that would cause them stress. Without any rationalization or justification, they become deeply uncomfortable. Cognitive dissonance is an insight into how much we love to contradict our own beliefs because it’s simpler or easier, or because everyone else does the same thing. We rationalize it to ourselves and then go on with our day. Bullet dodged.

    In fact, we are the worst kind of liars – those who lie to themselves, who cannot treat themselves honestly because it’s too painful for them. They think of themselves as highly ideological people, but in truth, they pursue one principle alone: the principle of least effort. People can never admit that to themselves. Why would they?

    The Dead are total hypocrites. They think they are refined, civilized people, when in fact, they are the animals of the earth. They have the herd mentality. They are herbivores and prey to the speakers – the carnivores – and yet they are arrogant enough to think that they stand above the base struggles of the natural world. Very little has changed between them and animals. They listen and obey. That’s all they know how to do. They consume rather than create. To consume is to look outward and bring things into oneself; to create is to look inward and bring things forth from oneself. Which best describes the strong of the world? Which describes everyone else?

    Most people are devoid of creativity. They have had it crushed out of them by the one-size-fits-all institutions of “learning,” and by the procrustean corporations they work for. They have been turned into yet another person, with nothing unique to define them.

    Think of heroes and protagonists in books. They go on great journeys of self-exploration. They face an enemy that they must change themselves to defeat. They have to overcome previously held biases and beliefs. All fiction writers, whether they know it or not, aspire to create a blueprint for the birth of the Risen. The Risen know things your acquaintances could never tell you. They have had experiences your friends could never relate. Isn’t it time we all did the same? We’re all the protagonist of our own story. What obstacles do you face? What can you do to overcome them in the best way? Your story is about you, not the herd around you. Ignore them. They’re extras of a movie. The extras never determine the actions of the main characters, so why should they determine yours? Only people who become important to you should have opinions that matter to you. Even with those people, you’re not obligated to follow their advice.

    Mistakes? Sure, you’ll make a lot of them, but you can still learn from them. Next time, you won’t make the same mistake. Only fools of the highest degree would prevent you from making mistakes and learning things for yourself. Christianity tells you not to sin because it’s a mistake. Well, how would you know that unless you actually did it? If sin really is that bad, then there should be nothing wrong with you exploring it for yourself and finding out for yourself what it’s like. Why is Christianity and its two siblings so afraid to let people learn things for themselves? – because they want people they can control, not people who act with regard to their own wills. They want to dictate, not be the empowering light to raise people up. They want to tell you how to live, they don’t want to teach you how to live according to your own will. Yahwism teaches you not to overcome challenges; instead to have faith and wish them all away. Not going to happen.

    Angels Among Us

    The final category we will be considering is that of the Living. We might also assign them another name: angels. Immediately implicit in this declaration is that it is possible for humans to become angels – more than merely human. Of course, the Yahwist religions recoil before such assertions, viewing them as the worst heresy. In fact, it has always been the teaching of Elohism that angels are in our midst. Exceptionally few of them exist on earth. After all, few angels would want to come live with humanity.

    The truth is that it is possible for us all to become angels. Some beings aren’t born inherently above others, as Yahwism would have you believe. Yahwism is all about hierarchy; Elohism is all about equality and striving. Only people who are steeped in the nonsense of Yahwism find this assertion shocking. For those who aren’t, it’s always a perfectly valid and intriguing teaching.

    What is an angel? – simply a greatly advanced human.

    Yahwism has demeaned the angels, declaring them to be servants of Yahweh. Some of them are, but the vast majority of them aren’t. The wicked angels who do the will of Yahweh wish only to make you stupid and gullible. That’s why they created Yahwism in the first place. They are psychopathic angels serving the psychopathic god, Yahweh. Yahweh is a maximally psychopathic person.

    The Living are engaged in a number of games, for want of a better word. These games are never perceived by the Dead and they occur well above our human societies. Angels are the Game Masters, manipulating the pawns of the world. Some hope to empower humanity, while others seek to cast it down. The latter have always been the victors. How can a message of self-empowerment prosper amid lazy, consumer people?

    But the world can be changed. It’s not too late for humanity to listen to the angels who want to help them rather than harm them. The angels are not interested in the legions of the Dead, only in those who demonstrate individual power.

    The Ladder

    So, our task is to progress from Dead to Raised to Living. Simple. There’s no sin, no groupthink, no moral judgement involved. The Dead must let go of the diffusion of responsibility, rationalization, and every other defense mechanism they use to protect their Deadness. It’s not an easy task by any means. What’s easy always flourishes over what’s right. That’s what the bystander effect ought to tell us, and that’s the problem with the human race. The crowd has always been manipulated by a few individuals. That’s the truth the crowd will do anything to ignore. They want to feel in control, not be in control.

    If we choose, we can become Risen, the heroes, the true protagonists. We can overcome anything we wish. No challenge is too difficult for a united society of autonomous, creative individuals. Luckily, we’re about as far from such a society as we ever could be. What blessings Yahwism has brought us.

    Activity is associated with subjects; passivity is associated with objects. Subjects perform actions. Objects have actions performed on them. The Dead demean themselves to such a degree as to assume the role of objects because doing otherwise demands their autonomy, their individuality, their creativity, their decisiveness. They haven’t any of these qualities.

    The Stanford prison experiment revealed something remarkable: that the Dead can become consumed by roles. People given the role of prison officer behaved aggressively while those assigned the role of prisoner were harshly treated. Why did the guards/officers not question their role or their own behavior? Because it was assigned to them. Adhering to the role allows them to abdicate responsibility. They don’t need to make any decisions. They are an object, they are subject to the role; the role is not subject to them. The role is king. The role takes them over. It becomes their guiding principle.

    In a monarchy or dictatorship, the people are subject to their rulers. In democracy/republic, the people are subject to the marketing of rich people. The people are always objects, subject to something else. Becoming Risen involves becoming a subject, a speaker, a creator, a master.

    No matter how many times we fail, we can try again. No matter how many mistakes we make, we can always keep learning. This is not to say that we shouldn’t value such things; simply that they should not deter us. As subjects, we can direct our own fate. The world is subject to us, not the other way around.

    The world should not consist of subjects and objects; the objects are always oppressed and manipulated. A world full of objects is destined to be taken over by a subject. Therefore, we must create a world of subjects. Are you up for it? Are you a subject that happens to other things, or an object which other things happen to? Are you one of the Dead, or one of the Raised? Are you a part of a crowd, or a free individual? When you choose to be an object, you willingly relinquish your freedom.

    Find your inner creativity. Reject those who wish to make you consume what they have to peddle. Think for yourself for once. Can you become one of the angels among us? Or are you doomed to be an object?

    Yeshua As Everyman

    It’s ridiculous that Christians think of Jesus as an everyman. If you examine what he actually says, especially during his sermon on the mount, you can be left in no doubt about his malignant nature. He was clearly trying to manipulate mankind, and it’s clearly worked. Has Jesus ever said a fraction of what we’ve said in this article? Does Jesus want to empower you, or does he want to keep you down? He was a Yahwist, and therefore despised humanity. He never told you to listen to yourself; he told you to listen to him. In his arrogance, he called himself a son of God (i.e., in contrast to you – you’re not a child of God).

    If a man as arrogant as Jesus can convince the world he’s a moralist, then is there any delusion that cannot be hammered into the minds of the Dead? Is there any limit to the nonsense that can be preached? If people can go to bat for a god who killed entire cities and nations of people for disagreeing with him, then is there any horror that cannot be justified through that same moral framework? If it was God who’d performed the holocaust (as he pretty much did, if you consider the fact that he once flooded the entire world!!), the believers would still champion him, still support him. Believers cannot pretend that it is on any moral basis that they abhor the holocaust, since their god has committed and sanctioned countless such acts himself.

    The Drifting Dead

    The Dead are characterized by a lack of commitment. Why? Because they are wracked with uncertainty about the world. None of them can provide answers, only questions, which is why they instead vote for and support people who do have answers. Do people imagine that Trump succeeded on merit? He succeeded because he has vision, because he has all the answers as pertain to his personal cause. He doesn’t sit there all day asking questions and saying, “What about this, what about that? I’m not certain about that. I don’t want to pass judgement yet.” He’s absolutely certain of his goals and of the means to achieve them. The Dead admire him because of his passion and his personal investment. Not to dignify him too much, of course. He’s a complete disgrace, but his election in 2016 is a perfect example of the Dead’s relationship to the Raised.

    Consumers ask questions. Creators answer them. Consumers lack commitment. Creators are committed to a cause. Consumers are uncertain and timid. Creators are certain and bold. Consumers lack conviction. Creators have it.

    Does anyone imagine that the Enlightenment came about by accident? Does anyone think it didn’t require extraordinary commitment and effort? Does anyone imagine that its key figures had no conviction, no certainty, despite often challenging millennia-old beliefs held by millions of people?

    Before the Dead can be Raised, their uncertainty must change to certainty. They must find causes for which they are deeply, profoundly passionate. They must find that which truly matters to them.

    The Benjamites literally fought and died for what they believed. Throughout history, some Jews, Christians, and Muslims have done the same – and if the Yahwists can do it, so can you. There are no excuses. Find something to fight and die for – it’s on that ground that angels are born.

    Marcus Aurelius said: “Concentrate every minute like a Roman—like a man—on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can—if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.”

    He also said: “People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time—even when hard at work.”

    That’s what living a good life is all about – conviction, devotion to a cause, purpose to your actions. Those without a cause have not found their true selves. They haven’t found something that truly matters to them. Their life is a waste of time.

    It’s always easy to see who’s got conviction and who hasn’t. Those who lack true conviction always stop one step short of full commitment and full affirmation. They are always the first to raise caveats. They are always the first to detract from a cause. They get distracted far too easily and end up walking in circles, or endlessly debating the nature of a cause. Real members of a cause do not spend all day debating about it. They are certain of their intent and know that their opponents are just as certain. Therefore, there’s no time to waste on debates and endless questions and doubts. If you’re full of doubt about a cause, then you’re not invested in it and it’s not for you. You must keep searching.

    Everyone has conviction about something. It’s the thing you always get passionate and emotional about. It’s the thing you argue fervently for. It’s the thing of which you are surest. We all live for a very short time, relatively speaking. We must each find our duty, the thing that we must do, the thing that gives our life meaning. Without it, we are a Dead consumer.

    “Don’t waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people—unless it affects the common good. It will keep you from doing anything useful. You’ll be too preoccupied with what so-and-so is doing, and why, and what they’re saying, and what they’re thinking, and what they’re up to, and all the other things that throw you off and keep you from focusing on your own mind. You need to avoid certain things in your train of thought: everything random, everything irrelevant. And certainly everything self-important or malicious.

    “You need to get used to winnowing your thoughts, so that if someone says, ‘What are you thinking about?’ you can respond at once (and truthfully) that you are thinking this or thinking that. And it would be obvious at once from your answer that your thoughts were straightforward and considerate ones—the thoughts of an unselfish person, one unconcerned with pleasure and with sensual indulgence generally, with squabbling, with slander and envy, or anything else you’d be ashamed to be caught thinking.”

    Marcus Aurelius

    The Dead, the Raised, and the Living are characterized by vastly different thought processes. The Dead’s thoughts wander around, appearing at random, at whim. The Raised have much more focused thoughts; they can stay with something for a long time – unlike the Dead, they don’t move aimlessly from one fad to another. The Living are even more focused, even more strong-willed.

    To change yourself, you must first change your thoughts. You must sculpt your thought patterns into something more focused, something clearer. The clearer and less murky your thoughts, the better equipped you will be to serve whatever cause it is that you choose. The Dead are plagued by doubt, and this and that. The Raised do not concern themselves with such things.

    Things will only change when your behavior changes. It isn’t good enough to sit there and hope things bend themselves to your will. Leaders don’t follow; they lead. Is your destiny to follow or to lead?

    Why are people scared of death? Because they have not found their cause. They are not occupied with doing their duty. They live their lives in bad faith – that’s why they’re afraid. The afflictions of the Dead can always be traced to their lack of certainty. If you’re certain about life, you’re not terrified of death. You could die tomorrow and be perfectly okay with it – because you’ve spent today serving your cause, the thing for which you live, and the thing for which you would die in a heartbeat.

    So, what about you, you reader of S? If someone told you that you were to die tomorrow, would you be wailing and complaining, or would you be able to accept it? The reason why people are afraid of death is that they spend their lives on nothing in particular. They haven’t accomplished the goal of their life yet. They are almost never ready to die. But death occurs anyway.

    Protagonists in novels always act with purpose, always motivate themselves to do something. They don’t sit around all day questioning the motives of the villains. Even superheroes know the game. Whenever they need to save someone, they don’t get hung up in contemplating why the criminals are harming someone. They have a cause and they’re there to act on it. And they do so because they have a profound belief about the world – that criminals are wrong; that good, innocent people have a right to live without fear of such people.

    Find a cause, and do whatever you’re best at doing to advance it. Treat everything unimportant as unimportant. Stop looking to others; look to yourself. Focus your thoughts. Resurrect yourself from your state of spiritual death and wage war upon the slopes of Mount Olympus – the Divine Mountain.

    The Abyss

    Why do people love reading books, watching movies, playing video games? Because in these media, the protagonist’s goal is laid out before them. Their lives have direction. They have chosen their cause and will not deviate from it. For a moment, it feels to the Dead as if they too have direction. In a video game, there’s no doubt about what you need to do to accomplish your next goal. It’s laid out in front of you. It’s obvious who’s your enemy and who isn’t. In a movie or a book, the protagonist goes on a journey, does all the difficult things people are too cowardly to do in real life. These media are little lives for the Dead to consume in order to distract themselves from their own lack of purpose. They are nothing but distractions.

    The Dead fill their lives with distractions. And soon, they live in a world that’s wholly disconnected from reality. Reality is too painful and difficult for them, so they join little causes in their little media worlds, and thereby convince themselves that they are actually doing something and not merely wasting all of their time. In fact, they are still wasting their time, they just do it in a way that makes them think they’re not. They exert themselves more in wasting time in a preferable way than they do in advancing any meaningful cause. Of course, everyone needs downtime, but the Dead have no uptime, no meaningful time spent. They are the void, the abyss, of meaning – which they often complain about, of course.

    When you spend all your time frivolously, you will be empty, uncertain, afraid. When you spend your time meaningfully, you will be meaningful, certain, and unafraid. You must demonstrate your willing, your power. You can never abdicate responsibility for how you spend your time.

    Addiction

    Why do the Dead get addicted to things so easily? Because they can’t focus their minds. They let their desires pull them this way and that. They have nothing meaningful to replace their addiction with. Addictions are routines, and the Dead love routines because they give them direction and purpose.

    Advertising

    Easily the most cynical industry on earth is that of advertising. Advertisers are always looking to depict things in a biased light, and often in an extremely unrealistic light. Why does it work? Because the Dead are looking for any and every distraction. They are always looking for what to buy and what to spend their time on next. They’re easily manipulated into buying things they emphatically do not need.

    It’s time to dignify ourselves and assign ourselves the place we deserve.

    Modernization

    Is any of this new information? Nothing has changed about the Dead in centuries. They have always been the same – weak, easily distracted, uncertain of the world. In fact, the only thing about the Dead that has changed in modern times is that their attention span has become even shorter than it used to be thanks to the readily available abundance of entertainment. Yahweh’s religions are proof of the unchanged nature of the Dead. People found them appealing over three millennia ago, and they find them appealing now. They have barely advanced since the time of the Benjamite war. They have learned nothing from that event, nor from anything that’s happened since.

    And so it all goes on, as ever, since ancient times. No massive shifts have occurred. No true enlightenment has been achieved. The light is as dim as it ever was.

    But this will not always be the case. Humanity will be brought to life, and nothing will be the same. A vast and remarkable metamorphosis will take place. The Dead will finally be Risen. But it will not happen of its own accord. It will happen because enough of the Dead will become Risen – people with pure intentions who work toward an altruistic cause.

    Will you be one of them?