Number 19.– Quality of Life
In the Report 2001 about world population, the United Nations forecast an increase that would be the double of the present one, with all its consequences (between 7,900 and 10,900 million people in 2050). In fact, we are clearly reaching the limits of some resources: water, electric power, and food. Problems are tremendously severe. We face a world crisis”. (See Internet site: www.fnuap.gov.) We’ll try to understand this universal phenomenon on the light of Master Santiago’s Teachings, since this phenomenon is beyond any control. Attempts made by the United Nations and conservationist organizations have failed one after another, and just a despairing resignation remains. Covetousness, will-to-power and money power have overcome the defenders of life; the result of this is now a catastrophe that we can see on pages of newspapers, TV images and by the streets.
the ways to approach the subject about destruction of the environment
and of essential resources for life, and we shall develop them by means
of disciplines offered by the Teachings. We should consider that a lack
of natural resources is only one of the factors of this catastrophe, which
strike more heavily. Also there are other terrible factors: degradation
of the human condition to levels of beasts, analphabetism, growing atomic
threat, drugs, AIDS, sexual depravation, civil violence, and others. There
are no guides, or Teachers, or liberating currents: the Aryan Teutonic
Sub-Race is ending. Now the tremendous movement comes, which in Alchemy,
the second stage, is called putrefaction: dissolution of compounds to
the elemental depuration/recycling state. How long will this disintegrating
process take? As long as a complete regeneration may demand it. The transit
from the fourth sub-race to the fifth had the duration of the 1500-year
war, until the extinction of the last Atlantean Black Magi. How long will
take to forget formulae and procedures of the sinister atomic power, to
reforest again, to clean rivers, to regenerate the different species,
and to form a new Aquarian man able to live in harmony with Nature? Many
Master Santiago writes, “The man needs two breads at the same time, material bread and spiritual bread”. He comments on Jesus’s prayer, and remarks, “give us this day our daily bread”; this means: perversity is any excessive accumulation of economic goods by some few, to detriment of the starving majority. But not only basic resources to sustain life are lacking; all the spiritual food lacks in rich and poor persons, in good people and criminals, in healthy and sick individuals. So, where is the quality of life? In the King of Arab and his seven private B.747-planes to move and vacation in Spain along with his family at a cost of five million dollars a day? Only very few individuals in this world can do the same. To buy a Van Gogh for eighty million dollars, so that an individual may look at it alone? In short, is quality of life called to exclude others from something that one possesses? This situation is against those messages of universal fraternity that the Teachings of all times have given to Humanity.
used to determine layers of quality of life is competitiveness, comparison
among statistic groups –collective, regional and national–
for bureaucratic groups of public official institutions, not for persons.
But life should be experienced individually, although you live in family
or in the middle of a multitude, because the soul feeling this life is
one and untransferable. Life is ours, along with millions of neighbours
populating this overwhelmed planet; it is a falseness and lie to consider
life on an statistical way, because every individual being has his particular,
incomparable and irreducible style; he determines it by means of his own
patterns, if and when he has them visible and conscious as his own guide.
The Teachings describe the Doctrine of Renunciation, and offer patterns
of a qualified way.
about quality of life was elaborated in the past century by technicians
of international institutions, and the purpose was to explain about the
economic-social inequality. Soon it was politically used to remark the
superiority of some nations over others, by taking the economic production
as a basis, including the results of the financial speculation that nothing
has to do with the matter. They hold that the best revenue in a nation
indicates social, political and military superiority over other weaker
nations, although the bloody experience in Vietnam indicated otherwise.
Hegemonic and aggressive arguments still are used at present, in spite
of the above-mentioned report 2001 of the United Nations.
Let us resume
the initial subject of this Reflection, the report 2001: the highest achievement
of this civilization in the twentieth century, the full occupation of
Earth, through its whole, homogeneous and instantaneous globalization,
reversibly became an inescapable prison. Surmised freedom, achievement
and wellbeing became oppression. And like in the hermetic athanor of the
alchemists, men have to be transformed by sublimating their own matter.
The new man will come up from ashes of the dying old man. By the word
athanor the alchemists named the furnace where they prepared the elixir,
contained in an ovoid glass, sealed and wrapped by a layer of ash, and
heated by fire beneath. No choice, no escape; the Work is being realized
in the planetary melting-pot, closely watched by the Great Alchemist,
Michael, the Sun that illuminates us all days. Just as the transformation
of metals into gold is a real analogy, so one can understand the human
destiny by transmuting the present social disorder into a higher model.
The Emerald Table, attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, says. “As
below, so above, and as above, so below, so that the miracle of the unity
may be fulfilled”.