In “Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing” ‘Jed’ character once speaks to his audience in the house with the following:
“All right, you got me. I spend a lot of time just killing time. I play video games, read books, watch movies. I’d say I probably blow several hours a day that way, but I don’t see it as a waste because I don’t have anything better to spend my time on. I couldn’t put it to better use because I’m not trying to become something or accomplish anything. I have no dissatisfaction to drive me, no ambition to draw me. I’ve done what I came to do. I’m just killing time ’til time kills me.”
One participant then asks “What if you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book?”. Jed’s answer is not important here. Her question is important, as it was asked from the perspective of someone who is clearly influenced by the Collective Mind, by contemporary culture and as such – is in the grip of ‘thinking’ their way through important existential questions and discarding the simplicity of it all.
It is the wrong question to ask. What question would I ask the man?
“Who, then, places the bread on your table? How do you pay for this shelter of a house? Where do the resources come from? If you don’t move a finger to survive – how do you survive?”
And ‘Jed’ would probably say “the Universe provides” if he wanted to really bullshit his way through, as he bullshitted his way through misrepresenting his true Reality in the books.
And I would say ‘The Universe is a meaningless term indicating ‘All that is’. All that is – does not give a damn about providing you with anything. YOU give a damn, since dying of starvation and cold is not one of your preferences. What activities then pay for your existence?”
He would then probably say “I write books” if he wanted to get real. Or he would say ‘Never mind me, I am not the answer” if he wanted to carry on the charade.
And I would continue “Writing books does not mean ‘having nothing better to do to spend one’s time’ as you stated. Why misrepresent what you actually do to stay alive?”
And he would probably say “It is more entertaining and profitable at the same time. Why not?”
That would be the only honest answer. ‘Jed’ earns his living in an honest manner of writing books, but he writes those books on the most dishonest subject of ‘truth realisation’. It is no surprise to me that he dislikes the term ‘enlightenment’. It creates a certain dissonance between the honest craft of writing books and a dishonest subject matter of those books, and he knows that I am sure. I mean.. his first draft consisted of the mightily weighty forty pages, a distilled version more true to Truth than what had followed: a book every three years and now a book every year. I’d be damned.
Writing books feeds a team of people. They depend on Jed’s creativity and ability to issue more material, hence, the identity question will remain a closely guarded secret until the man shuffles off the mortal coil. But I am thinking about history. I always loved history, internally comprehended the flow of events throughout civilizations. I am thinking one hundred years ahead to those who will pick up the books and will get boggled down in the same meaningless mystery. Just as we don’t know much about Socrates because none of his work survived (thanks, Plato, for some info!), those future readers will not know anything about ‘Jed McKenna’ aside from speculative stories written by strangers. A bit like the gospels, the authors of which never met JC, and so the mystery was born and endured over generations.
Most humans do not think in these terms of course.
The old Jed troops (those years into the books) enjoy reading the books more for entertainment value than anything else. As much as I bash the man for his fictitious stories – the stories are good. But to make them true, two things should have occurred:
1. They have to be seen as works of fiction
2. The author has to become known.
If people say ‘The books stand on their own, the identity question is not important’… then the mystery is not necessary, right? The books will stand regardless, from this assertion, why the mystery?
Aside from the survival drive… ‘Jed’ is a curious man. His is the curiosity about the flow of own thoughts and how they arrange themselves on a piece of paper. The books will keep coming until this interest expires. Curiosity is what moves human beings to try, to see, to attempt, to start. Curiosity bites scientists in the ass so that they could crack one more nature’s code. It keeps investigators pouring over minute details while burning the midnight oil. It propels individuals into space at the potential risk of death. In its most primitive, unproductive form it makes people gossip and spread rumours. Rumours are nothing more than human curiosity deprived of interesting real action. Never get offended by rumours, get inspired instead.
Curiosity MOVES us, not for material gain, the riches, the status, but for simply wanting to know the truth.
And I am an incredibly curious being.
Anyway… the above wanted to come out and so it did.