Human Beings are Rogue Agents of Change

What if we are all in a dream, and it is just a phase, a phase that must not be interrupted, but allowed to run its course, or the promise will be unfulfilled? That’s the idea that informs Waking God, Book 1, by Philip F. Harris and Brian L. Doe, All Things That Matter Press. The main characters, Andrew and Mara, carry the godseed that can bring forth a new Being equal to or even greater than its Creator. “They shall be as gods, for that is their design. The dormant gene shall emerge.”

Harris and Doe give flesh and blood to this theme. Andrew, a professor, is on a quest: “To discover the unified secret, both lost and perhaps conspiratorially hidden, that lay behind man’s spiritual existence. If he could close the circle, science and religion would once again merge.”

Not only is there a conspiracy to keep Man from knowing, there is this impetus behind all scientific and spiritual search:

“If you knew the reason for everything as it happened, you would stagnate. Man is not yet all-knowing. If he were, there would be no purpose for any of this. Not having all the answers at one’s fingertips puts us on the path of discovery. It is how we evolve.”

“While physicists were exploring a more real world theory of a unified universe, Andrew felt that such a hypothesis would never truly answer all of life’s greatest questions. Intuitively, he knew that quarks, neutrinos, packets of photons, vibrating strings of energy, dark matter were but half of the “grand equation. …What was different, [Andrew] often queried, between the transcendental notion that an event in one part of the universe rippled throughout all of reality, and the current quantum string theory?”

In the search for “the unified secret,” all the cards in the deck are reshuffled. What has been promulgated as “good” is revealed to be an attempt to prevent human beings from waking from the dream-state and discovering their true potential. God is undefined, appearing to be an aloof and mystical causal agent (reminiscent of the Holy Ghost). While many of the traditions, organizations and symbols are Christian in this book, there are episodes where other spiritual traditions and religions come into the story.

If there is a divide between Man and God, what side would the angels be on? It turns out their loyalty would be divided, and a battle has been playing out since ancient times. What gives human beings hope that they will wake from the dream-state is the force of consciousness

Of interest to me is the notion that every human being is an agent of change. We are, I believe, not only agents of change, but rogue agents, a disrupting force in the universe. As disruptive causal agents, our influences and interactions can become disruptive causes in themselves. So the interactions may initiate series (are they chains?) of actions and reactions. We push the known limits of being and becoming. Some say this is to become more like our creator, attracted by unity; others that we will realize our full potential and become the equal of or greater than our creator.

Why would the god-principle create a force that could, once it wakes up, challenge all other forces or agents and even become dominant? One possible answer is that it would be natural for a causal agent to create more than harmonious effects or results (the Garden of Eden, for instance), but other causal agents (Adam and Eve). The god-principle, as the creator of all causal agents, is the greatest of them. But can this god-principle be subject to being overtaken by its own creations?

Our role in the universe may be to keep being and becoming alive, both by creating and developing and by breaking patterns or rearranging them, even to the extent of destroying (changing matter and energy in one form to another distinct form), or making chaotic what has become too stable. These are precipitating events, another theme of Waking God.

All the while, we view ourselves as rational beings, with a desire for order. Camus said rebellion, which is disruptive, was at base a call for unity, the most positive form of order.

In our quest to fully develop our potential, at some point, we will reach a level where transformation to a higher form takes place. In a sense our current condition is a dream state; we are not truly awake to what we are becoming, or could become.

It is this vision that Waking God explores.

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2 thoughts on “Human Beings are Rogue Agents of Change

  1. Mary, I do like this unfettering of speculative thinking. It poses afresh, age old questions that have not been completely eradicated by, on the one hand, religion, that only proposes dogmatic answers and makes them a matter for faith, or, on the other hand, science, which either discounts the questions entirely, or reduces them to psychological phenomena and labels them “man’s quest for meaning”.

    What impresses me are people who still ask such questions, and resist the offer of easy certainties on either side. I like to think of such questions not merely as about meaning-making, since then one would have no way to distinguish between a multitude of meaningful utterances on offer, but rather as a quest to remain on the one and only quest worth sticking to unto the end: to find the source of that which infuses light into darkness.

    And yes, I agree, such a stated preference of mine, is already infused with the echoes of myths. How else could it be? The human quest for such a source is already thousands of years old. The difference is that today we stand within time having just been through an era in intellectual whereby such myths have been critically examined and found wanting. The only thing that remains is the fact that despite the critical onslaught that reached a zenith late in the 20th century, the desire for such a quest itself has not been eradicated.

    The reason is this. We are now faced with a stark choice of having an entirely natural attitude, depending on science for answers, or we take on afresh, a complementary non natural attitude of ethics, for one thing, responding to the voices on the outside of our societal comfort zones, and a complementary non natural attitude of spirituality, attentive to the possibility of an illumination springing up from within the depths of the darkest night we may have yet to face.

  2. these are interesting ideas. People who challenge us often are the ones who force us to reach deep down and reinforce our values. And adversity does make many of us stronger. Although, not all of us, or at least, not all the time.

    Thanks for this.

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