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The Necessity of Escapism

December 9, 2011

I am a firm believer in the axiom that everything in life happens for a reason, so I know that there must be reason why “Escapism” is a trait so engrained in life– a certain necessity to it. In my post “The Escapism of Life”, I explained how escapism is not just a trait associated with the detrimental consequences of misusing certain venues to escape one’s problems (as is the case with drugs, alcohol, TV, video games, etc.), but that life itself can be considered a journey of escaping from reality.

I have not discounted the possibility that I am biased by my own dissatisfaction with my life (after all, dissatisfaction has been a integral part of my nature from as far back as I can remember), but I do know that, at least spiritually, we are all escapists. The soul inhabits the physical body to escape the boredom of its own perfection; at the same time, the soul seeks to escape from its body to return to its original perfect form. So while indeed I am predisposed to embrace a philosophy of escapism, I believe that we all are part of that same predisposition, as the physical manifestation of an escapist God.

In the book “The Children of the Law of One, and the Lost Teachings of Atlantis”, the author claims that creation of the material world started when part of God defected, and that the concept of “Jesus” emerged from some of those remaining facets of God (those who had a separate persona from God, but still were one with God in their consciousness) sought to save those who had fallen. This is actually a very old story, and one that I had first created my own conception of, and found in more elaborate detail via Gnostic and Kabbalic mythos. But I believe this story is incomplete, as it assumes a point of view that is not only paradoxical, but heavily biased towards the Idealism (as supposed to Materialism) point-of-review. The biggest problems with this story are as follows:

1. It assumes that part of God (the defectors) were vulnerable to temptation (and thus imperfect), whereas other parts of God were either immune to, or disinterested in the temptation, and by extension the desires that such temptations originated from.

2. It presents the “fall” (where parts of God became disconnected from the Universal Consciousness of God) as if it were mistake. While God can manifest as a person, in his most pure of form he is a Consciousness, and can only manifest himself through a pattern. This pattern, which the Gnostics called the “Logos” (meaning “order” / “word”), is the foundation for the manifestation of God, including but not limited to physical creation.

Because God manifests himself through a pattern, we have three possibilities:

(a) God is perfect, and the “fall” and the subsequent creation of the physical realm / etc. was deliberate– a part of the “plan”. We will all eventually become One with God again, and our passage into the material would is just a cosmically-drawn-out “character-building” exercise.

(b) God is imperfect, and the physical world is the offspring of the defects in his pattern. Because defects of a pattern only become more pronounced over time (see Chaos Theory), there will be no return to Oneness, and any attempts to do so will only bring us farther and farther from Universal Consciousness. We are defective, and as such we have a defective character, biased perspectives, and fundamentally finite perception of things. If God is imperfect, any attempts to try to become One again with God will only further complicate things– our “good intentions” will only serve to further corrupt us, because we were corrupt to begin with.

(c) Because God is perfect and not lacking in anything, he is bored. God wants to do something, but in order to prevent permanent corruption in the pattern of his emanation, God instills in the pattern the following motivation: “God Loses Himself That He May Find Himself.” As such, the pattern of God cycles between perfection and imperfection, where God is either losing himself (becoming less perfect, and more material), or finding himself (becoming less material, and more spiritual.

I really don’t understand where this is all going, but I do know that this material world was not a mistake. I am here for a reason, and if that reason is a neverending journey between perfection and imperfection, then so be it. At least then, God (and myself, by extension) will always have something new to explore, to create, to manifest.

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