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Utopia and Why It Fails

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  • Tom Saunders
    Can there be a living Earthly paradise or Utopia? Transcendence in gnostic practice is a slow life-long experience. It is a process of knowing yourself in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 9, 2004
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      Can there be a living 'Earthly' paradise or Utopia?
       
      Transcendence in gnostic practice is a slow life-long experience.   It is a process of knowing yourself in the perspective and reflective sense of your own psyche, earthly or kenomic state, and the non-corporeal or pleromic state, the All.  Gnostics believe the pleromic state is that of perfection free of matter.  Utopia is a concept of paradise on earth, or the kenomic state.  One where we are a spirit (concentration of energy) is trapped in a living body.  That body is trapped by the necessity of community or family......
       
      For there to be a real utopia or paradise on earth one would want the ideal of first tranquillity and peace for the individual psyche.  Secondly, there would have to be a communal utopia, and this would involve a way to balance and harmonize the utopian schema on a social level.  No such thing can exist in an ever moving body of individual 'psyche.' 
       
      The self exploration of the human psyche involved in gnosis and other practiced self-realization themes should automatically signal to the practitioner that individualism means the perspective of paradise will be individualized and therefor not likely to coincide with a communal scheme.  The human psyche in its ability to perceive is thematic to the individual experience and therefor the reflection of that experience is always individual and not communal.  There is a sense of community, but that reflection for the individual, is individual.
       
      Reflection is part of perception, and one of the things perhaps that should be studied in the understanding the psyche, and how it works in kenomic interaction, in the act of perception or perspective.  Community is part of the psyche, and the Gnostic seeks peace, balance, and harmony in this aspect of the kenomic flaw. Gnostics seek to understand the earthly flaws of mankind to survive in the faulty state, and create what balance and harmony he can. 
       
      This might seem that Gnostics, ancient and modern, seek to be ascetics and this to a point may be true.  By most indications Gnostics were highly individualized and this is what Gnostics seek, but this does not mean they are anti-communal, or even anti-social. 
       
      Part of the kenomic reflection for the Gnostic is to realize the extent of flaws in society and there are some ancient concepts about socio-types that clearly explain utopia would only be possible in a state without the following two well known and warned about socio-types....
       
      Agnoia: Literally "ignorance" or not paying attention.
      Aponoiac: One who for whatever reason uses, "Unreason" like the misuse of thought. This is different than simply not having thought, as the inability to "put things together" can be worse than not even knowing they do in fact fit.
       
      There are also in the upper hylic levels of gnostic thought, the psychic level, and there are those that are sophics, propagandists, and outright crooks, and criminals.  Utopia could only exist where the community could be separate from these highly flawed and socially problematic individuals.  That would mean a community of 'psychic level' people, but a group with vastly different reflections of their psychic experiences and ideal for Utopia.  Still flawed. 
       
      Even so, communities do exist that have been based upon idealistic applications of religious or political ideas.  The historical and archeological history of any utopia that ever existed on earth will show their extinction by the hand of natal law.  Natural and man made disaster awaits the destiny of all living creatures, trapped in the kenomic flaw of matter. 
       
      For those trapped in the kenomic flaw who would seek a utopia or living paradise, the only recourse is to not seek perfection, but seek balance and harmony in the state of living where there is no real rest, and movement never stops on any level.  Your kenomic perception will always be your own reflection, and your reaction to it must guide you.  Welcome to Paradise. 
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