The question of why we are here is as old as thought itself.  What is the meaning of life?  What is the purpose of
man’s existence?  However you phrase the question, it has been asked by nearly everyone who has ever lived,
but never given a definite answer.  Instead we have only an incomprehensible amount of possible explanations for
our existence, ranging from random chance through evolution to creation by an omnipotent God.  No answer can
be proven completely correct or incorrect, and the Ultimate Truth will be slightly different depending on
whomever you speak to.

In this essay, I will offer another possible explanation, one I believe to be closer to the deepest level of truth than
any I have come across in religion and philosophy.  I will examine what it means to exist, and focus primarily on
what it means to exist as a human.  Finally I will give my opinion as to what the implications are for humanity at this
point in our history, and what I believe we ought to do about it.


Part One:  Concerning the Nature of Existence

The Core Assumption – (If God Exists)

In previous essays I have outlined a metaphysics for how existence must work.  I started from two indisputable
statements and deduced my conclusions based on this.  The first is Descartes’
cogito ergo sum, I think therefore
I am.  No matter how much doubt I can have about the nature of my existence, I cannot deny that I exist because
I am conscious.  Secondly, I know that I am conscious of something.  I call this thing Existence, which is
everything I am conscious of, everything I experience or have the potential to experience.  From there I deduce
that Existence and Consciousness are dependent upon each other, that both are Infinite in that they can not begin
or end, and that they are both singular in that there can not be multiple Existences.

However, these deductions rest on an assumption which I did not see in the earlier writing.  Existence
may not be
infinite, singular, or dependent upon consciousness.  The assumption I made without realising it is that all things in
Existence must be connected somehow.  That behind the world that makes up what we sense (the 1st dimension)
and behind all of the meanings we attach to it (the 2nd dimension) there is a 3rd dimension of Absolute Truth,
where All are One and everything exists eternally.  This concept of a fundamental connection between all things is
God, and I can not prove that it exists.

All I can do is to base my entire philosophy on an If.  All I can say is that if God exists, certain things must be
true.  If God exists, it must exist infinitely, without limitation, without origin or destination.  If God exists, it must be
singular, only one point at which everything comes together.  And If God exists, it must exist through
Consciousness, the means by which it becomes aware of itself.


The Mechanism – (How Existence Works)

Imagine yourself waking up in an empty void with total amnesia.  You have no memory, no idea what you are or
where you came from.  You have no body and no senses, and your only awareness is that you exist as some sort
of thinking Being.  This can give you some idea of what it is like to be God.  But unlike God, you are limited by a
brain and thus can not imagine anything unless it comes from something in your memory that you have already
experienced.

God imagines without memory.  It is constantly imagining new possible modes of existence by a process which
can be called Creation.  It creates universes and particles which compose them.  It imposes rules on these
particles and decides how they will interact with each other.  Finally it experiences its creation by becoming
conscious through these particles.  Consciousness is God’s manifestation of itself in its own creation.  It can be
conscious as an atom, a collection of molecules, a living organism, or a human.  

The only mode of existence we have any experience of is to be conscious as a human.  The only thing we can be
sure of is our own consciousness.  We can not be sure that the universe we live in is real, whether our bodies are
real, or even whether other people are real (for the purposes of this essay, I will assume that other people are real
and do have consciousness).  The interesting part is that we share the same condition with God itself.  It knows
nothing other than that it exists, and that it is conscious of its own existence.

One of the best ways I have found to understand consciousness comes from Jean-Paul Sartre, who defines
consciousness as a nothingness which he describes as Being-For-Itself.  Existence without consciousness is Being-
In-Itself.  There is no substance to consciousness, it is essentially nothing.  Nothingness comes into the world
through Being-For-Itself.  A conscious entity is not the thing that is conscious.  I am not a human being.  I am
consciousness.  I am nothing.  I have only one function: to experience.  The world I experience, which includes my
body and brain, is Being-In-Itself.  I am not my brain, I am only conscious of my brain’s activities.

This is the fundamental division of Existence.  God is Being-In-Itself, the sum total of everything that Exists.  God
is Existence.  I have no direct experience of being God because I exist now as a Being-For-Itself and am limited
by the rules which govern the particles that compose my brain.  I can only imagine Being-In-Itself as an awareness
of every particle in Existence and what it does from the beginning of time to the end.  But there is no beginning or
end, and time itself is nothing more than an illusion of Being-For-Itself.  Everything in the past, present, or future
exists simultaneously, an incomprehensible, unfathomably complex tapestry of Being.  Only God can see the
whole design, and only as a Being-In-Itself.


The Limits of Being-For-Itself – (Divided Consciousness)

So if we accept that God exists as this infinite, singular entity which is constantly creating the world and
experiencing it through consciousness, why do we have no awareness of it?  If there is a grand design beneath it
all, why are we blind to what it is?  Why, when we look deeply enough at Existence, does it seem so inexplicable
and absurd?  If we are God, and we created our lives, why do we have no understanding of this?

We must look at our mode of existence as a Being-For-Itself, which comes with certain fundamental limitations.  
First of all, something can not exist as a Being-In-Itself and a Being-For-Itself at the same time.  Something can
not be both a body and the awareness of a body.  We can use Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle as an analogy.  
According to this quantum theory, you can not know the location and the velocity of a particle at the same time.  If
you know its location, it is static and you can not measure its velocity.  It you measure its velocity, it is in motion
and you can not determine its location.  This means that you can not observe anything without changing it.  When
you are not looking, every particle exists as a wave, in an infinite amount of possible locations.  As soon as you
look, it becomes a particle again, existing in only one location.

So if we apply this to all of Existence, we reach a startling conclusion.  As God, as Being-In-Itself, everything
exists as a potentiality, a mere
possible mode of existence.  As a human, as Being-For-Itself, God chooses among
these infinite possibilities to create an experience.  It is constantly choosing what to experience at every instant,
and we exist as the awareness of these decisions.  But without any direct experience of Being-In-Itself and the
infinite possibilities at our disposal, we can not be aware of
why any such decisions are made.  You know that it
chooses to create this world and that it chooses to experience this world through you, but the reason is hidden.

So now we understand the fundamental limitation on our existence.  We do not know the meaning or purpose of
our lives because we
can not know.  We do not understand the complete mechanics of how the universe works
because we are unable to know as a Being-For-Itself.  We can not both understand and experience the universe
at the same time.  If we accept the God hypothesis, we know there must be a grand design, but we know that we
are unable to see it.

And finally we come to a very important realisation.  
Existence is not absurd.  But to any Being-For-Itself, it
must appear absurd.


Part Two:  Concerning Freedom

The Past and Future – (Constant Creation)

So now we come to another problem which has plagued philosophers for centuries, which is the problem of free
will.  Do we have the power to change things?  Or has the future already been decided?  Have the laws of physics
already determined everything that has and will happen to the universe?  Has God already determined the fate of
every particle in Existence?  Or is there an element of chaos involved which makes the fate of the universe
uncertain?

If my hypotheses concerning God are true, the answer to this question is simpler than it seems.  Existence is not
something that has already been created, but something that is constantly creating itself.  Our lives are not written
before they begin, but as we live them.  There are infinite possibilities concerning both the past and the future.  As
God experiences the world, it chooses among these possibilities.  And if we are connected to God, if we actually
are this God, it means the power to choose does rest within ourselves.

To better understand we can look at this from a much smaller scale.  Consider just one human life.  When a
person is born, there are limitless possibilities as to what he or she can do with their life.  All of these possibilities
exist.  Somewhere in Existence is a successful life full of happiness and prosperity.  Somewhere in Existence is a
life for the same person, but one of suffering and despair.  Somewhere in Existence is a life that continues for a
century and is filled with great accomplishment.  Somewhere in Existence is a life that is cut short early on without
any chances for achieving its potential.  As this person lives, he or she is constantly choosing among all of these
possibilities until each potential experience becomes an actual experience and only one of an infinite number of
paths is followed to the end.

The future
is already written, but it is not the only version out there.  Every possible future is already written, but
we have the power to choose among possible futures.  The future is not already chosen.  We are constantly
choosing it.  In the same way, we are constantly choosing the past.  We select which experiences matter to us,
which will shape us and be our reasons for our possible futures.  The only difference between past and future is
that to the human mind, time is linear and we can not physically change the past.  But we can change our
perception of the past through the act of remembering and forgetting.

Now the question is who is doing the choosing?  Does the God in ourselves already have a plan for where we are
going, or does the preference of our own mind have an effect?  If you see everything as the effect of a cause, then
our minds have no control.  Behind every action there is a motive, and there is something which has caused this
motive, something which has caused the cause, and on and on back until the universe itself began.  (Note that
Existence and the universe are not the same thing.  While the universe can be singular, finite, and completely
independent of consciousness, Existence can not.  All possible universes are contained in Existence, and are only
experienced through consciousness).  But when you consider the process of making any decision, you will see that
we not only choose the action, but the motive as well.  Any action is a combination of the motive, the act itself,
and its consequences.

We have chosen to be conscious through the human mind.  We have chosen to experience a life of senses,
thoughts, and emotions.  We are constantly looking at this experience and evaluating it.  Our minds may like what
they see or they may not.  God is not indifferent to our feelings.  It is experiencing them and it knows what we like
to experience and what we do not.  While it is true that if someone is suffering it is only because they have chosen
to suffer, it does not mean they are incapable of choosing something different.  Existence is constantly creating
itself, just as we are constantly creating our lives.


The Responsibility – (We are in Control)

So now we have come to the burden of freedom.  If humans do have free will, and we are in control of our own
lives, we must take responsibility for what we do.  We are not simply passengers riding a train along the cosmic
track of existence.  We are ships sailing on the vast sea of possibility.  The wind of our natural instincts may affect
our direction, the port from where we departed may determine how far we go, and other ships may stand in our
way of reaching our desired destination, but we control our own vessel and can move about in any direction we
want within these limitations.

As God, there are no limitations to freedom.  Existence contains all possibilities.  A universe without gravity, a
world full of magic, the realm of heaven or hell, anything you could possibly imagine and more.  God has already
imagined these areas of Existence, and is capable of experiencing them at any time it chooses.  However, if you
are reading this you exist in a world that does go by certain laws and rules, and is full of barriers and limits to what
we can do.

You are capable of moving a mountain if you simply decide to allow yourself to do so.  You can walk on water,
fly through the sky, go back and forth through time and across the universe.  There are no limitations as to what
can exist.  However, it would appear that this world has certain rules and principles which we are simply
incapable of breaking and always will be.  When we choose to do anything, we can only choose to do something
within the realm of possibility in this particular world.

But a moment’s thought would indicate that even within the laws of physics, even with all of the restrictions of
nature and the capabilities of the mind, there are still an infinite amount of possibilities which can be realised.  We’
ve made it from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the moon.  We’ve created machines that can allow a
person to communicate nearly instantaneously with someone on the other side of the world.  We’ve written
extremely thought-provoking books, painted incredible images, composed unbelievably beautiful music, and on
and on.  We’ve done all of this within the restrictions of matter.  We have proven what we are capable of, and we
are
all capable of doing much more.  All we need to do is choose an experience to create, and make it happen.


Part Three:  Concerning Humanity

The Implications – (All are One)

Now we can take a look at what all of this means to us.  If everything is connected at the most basic level, if
everyone is just a part of an omnipotent God, it means every sentient being shares the same consciousness.  The
same thing is inside everyone.  The force that looks out from behind my eyes is the same force that looks out from
behind yours.  At some point in Existence, you are me.  At this point in Existence, I am you.  Every time you look
at a stranger, you are looking at yourself at a different point in Existence.  Every time you watch the news, you are
seeing what has happened to yourself at other points.  There is no life that you have not lived or will not live.

Humanity is a fascinating phenomenon.  As God, we created it.  We started the universe and from the infinite
possibilities we could have brought into existence, we chose humanity.  We did this as One being, but have
separated ourselves into billions of different beings.  The One being is inside all of us right now, has been in all our
ancestors and will be in all our descendents.  Humanity itself is conscious, but we are only aware of this
consciousness through one human-being at a time.

Though we are only aware of one universe at a time, there are an infinite amount of universes existing
simultaneously.  We live in a world where the universes interact with each other.  Animals live in their own
universe, and we can not imagine what it would be like to be conscious as an animal, but we are conscious of
them.  Every cell in our body is its own universe, which we also can’t imagine but can observe from our universe.  
Even an atom, with its nucleus and electrons bouncing in and out of existence, is a universe on its own.  Earth itself
is a universe, the solar system, the galaxy, all the way out to what we call the universe…these are all different
modes of existence, simultaneously affecting one another at all times.

We need to look at humanity as its own universe.  The human experience is something we all share, and it is an
experience so unique from any other universe that we can hardly find a definition for ourselves.  What other
species concerns itself so fully with matters of emotion and abstract concepts of thought?  Do trees care about
what other trees think of them?  Is an atom able to look at itself and wonder how it got there?  These experiences,
as far as we know, are uniquely human, and Existence has chosen for us to have these unique qualities.

Our most unique quality is communication.  Other species can send signals to each other, and even be taught how
to do things.  But humans are the only species with the ability to think on the second dimension, to consider the
meaning of things, and to have the tool of language, which allows us to share these two-dimensional ideas with
each other.  As billions of separate consciousnesses, we have the ability to combine and share experiences and
ideas with each other in a way that nothing else we have any knowledge of can do.

So if you take what applies to one human and expand it to include all of humanity, you will have the same basic
rules.  The human race as a whole is Being-For-Itself.  It is not the cells that compose us or the chemical
processes which control us, but the collective consciousness of the entire human race.  And just as an individual
human being has free will, so does the entire species.


The Revelation – (Life as a Dream)

One of the peculiar things about free will is that until you fully understand that you have it, you are not completely
free.  Until you understand that you do have control over your own life, you will not feel that you do and you won’
t truly be in control.  It will be as though you are out on your ship in the middle of the ocean being blown about by
the winds of fortune, not realising that the wheel is right in front of you, just waiting for you to grab hold of it.  Until
you are aware that you are God, you will not be God.

The best analogy for the point I’m trying to make comes through dreaming.  Here is a world completely created
by your mind.  You go about your dream, riding the stream of consciousness and experiencing all of the
impossible things that happen in dreams without really questioning any of them.  Even the most bizarre occurrence
makes perfect sense to us when we are deep in a dream.

But sometimes there comes a point when we recognise the bizarre nature of what is happening around us.  We
can see the absurdity of a particular event, and realise that the world we are experiencing is not real.  Once we
make that discovery, our dream becomes lucid and we become the God of our dream.  As soon as we
understand that we are creating reality, we gain the power to change it.

The same thing happens in our waking lives if we come to the realisation that our experience of reality is nothing
more than our awareness of what’s happening inside our head.  There may be a world out there, but we know
nothing of it.  We only know what our senses are telling us, and our senses are flawed and imperfect.  Once we
understand that it
is all in our heads, the world and the world’s creator, we understand the kind of control we
have.  Our fate is not up to some deity looking down on us from high above, but is up to us.  God is not
somewhere out there disconnected from us, it is inside of us.  God is what we are, and creating our lives is what
we are doing.

As of right now, the human race has not yet become lucid.  Most of us float by unaware that we have any control
over our existence.  We look at history and see certain patterns repeating themselves over and over, and feel that
we have no power to alter those patterns and are doomed to continue along the cycle until we no longer can.  
Humanity itself is a ship, floating down a river with no one at the helm.  Many will say that God is at the helm, that
He knows the destination and is taking us there for better or for worse.  But this is inaccurate.

These people wonder why God does not simply reveal himself to us.  They will wonder why God has not made
his plan known to us so that we can follow it.  The answer they come up with is that God just wants us to have
faith.  But this answer comes from an inaccurate perception of God.  In fact, God
does reveal itself to us over and
over again, but not as a voice from above. Rather it reveals itself from
within.  Every time we come to a
revelation about the nature of Existence, we are looking through the eyes of God.  Every time we make a decision
to change our lives, we are deciding this as God.

So the God of humanity is really just the collective human spirit.  It is the combined whole of every human
experience from the time we evolved into intelligent beings until now.  Human history is the sum total of every
decision God has made not
for us, but as us.  And just as we are not aware of where we are going, neither is
God.  
This has not been decided yet.

We share this world because the God inside of us has chosen the same time and space from the infinite
possibilities for us to share.  At other points in existence, God has chosen other histories, and there exists
completely different worlds contingent upon the choices we have made.  Every time we make a decision, we
move the entire world into another possible future, as even the smallest action will have incomprehensible
ramifications in the distant future.  There exists another universe for every other choice anyone has ever made.  
We share this universe because this is the one we have all chosen.


The Decision – (Our Collective Choice)

So if we look at all the possible futures of humanity, we can see that there are two basic outcomes to how it
happens.  Either we eventually lose the ability to sustain ourselves as a species and we become extinct, or we find
a way to overcome the obstacles to sustainability and create a world for ourselves which will be able to endure
forever, perhaps until we evolve into beings of pure energy.

But what most of us fail to realise is that the choice is ours.  We have the freedom to choose which path we go
down, and we have the freedom not to choose.  But until humanity as a whole becomes lucid and realises it is the
master of its own destiny, this choice will never be made and we will most likely destroy ourselves.  Unless we
can come together for the common purpose of ending suffering and reaching to achieve as many possibilities as
we can in this universe, we won’t.

When a person looks at their life, there are a number of possible perspectives they may have, but all of these fit
into three basic categories.  They can say that their life is flawed and should be improved, that their life is flawed
and needs to end, or that their life is perfect as it is.  Albert Camus wrote that the basic question of philosophy is
suicide.  William Shakespeare wrote what is arguable the most famous line in literature: “To be or not to be—that
is the question.”  The same question applies when a person looks at the whole of humanity.  They can say that
humanity is not perfect but we should try to make it better, that it will never be perfect and is better off destroying
itself, or that things are perfect how they are.  Any person’s answer will change countless times over the course of
their life, but usually one perspective is the dominant one.

It is a decision we all must make, and one we are all making at every moment.  God looks from behind our eyes
and decides whether or not it likes what it sees, and what it wants to do about it.  Those who are inclined towards
creation will strive to improve their lives and the world as a whole.  Those who are inclined towards destruction
will want to kill themselves or others.  And those who are inclined towards simply appreciating what is there will
not want to change anything.

The problem from humanity’s standpoint is that it seems virtually impossible that we would all be able to agree on
one outlook.  I believe that most people are inclined to believe that the world should be improved, but there are
many out there who believe it can’t be improved or that life is a curse and the best way to exist is to not exist at
all.  Even if we all were to become aware that the decision is ours, there is no guarantee that we would all make
the same decision.

And that is our dilemma as a species.  We have lived billions of lives in suffering and sacrifice, and each of those
lives has existed because we’ve chosen for it to exist.  Perhaps the point to being alive is to suffer, in which case
we should not try to improve things.  Perhaps the most valuable kind of experiences to God are those of despair,
where it looks upon its own creation in agony and disgust, cursing its own existence.


Part Four:  Concerning Love

The Chemicals in Your Brain – (The Physics of Emotion)

The only way to even begin to approach this dilemma is to look at the reason we are here.  Since we already
know that we are choosing our unique human experiences, it should not be difficult for us to decide
why we are
choosing them.  To do this, put the whole of humanity aside for a moment and focus only on yourself.  Why do
you do the things you do?  Why do you choose to have the experiences you have?  Is your motivation Love?  
Power?  Freedom?  Comfort?

This answer will differ for everyone, but it is always tied to some basic emotion.  People do not seek power or
money for its own sake, but for the feeling that comes with it.  The chemistry of the human organism dictates this.  
Neurons are connected in certain ways which make up our understanding of the world, and unless we actively try
to break those connections they will continuously reinforce each other.  The brain produces peptides for every
emotion and sends them throughout the body where they enter our cells through receptors and cause physical
changes to happen.  Certain emotions are pleasing to us while others are not.

The curse in all of this is that we are designed to maintain the status quo of our own lives.  When one emotion is
the dominant one, our cells will have more receptors for those peptides than others.  Our bodies become addicted
to these emotions, whether they are pleasing to us or not.  If we spent our childhood suffering we will
subconsciously seek to recreate that suffering over and over again, and we will get ourselves into situations that
will get our brain to produce whatever peptides our bodies crave.

Most decisions are made on this subconscious level, just like the experiences created in a non-lucid dream.  If we
approach someone we find attractive in an effort to connect with them, we may not be realising that we are only
doing this to experience rejection, an emotion that countless previous rejections have made our bodies crave.  If
we do something to make ourselves wealthy or powerful, we may not realise we are only doing this to experience
the emotions that come along with it.

In my previous essays I have made a large mistake concerning my perception of emotions, Love in particular.  I
refused to accept them as simple chemical reactions, wanting so badly to believe that they were deeper than
particles, and had meaning in and of themselves.  Unfortunately to do this I must bring myself to ignore science
and well accepted facts.  Because I do not want my philosophy to be based on assumptions that are provably
false, I will give this one up and accept that all emotions, even those as powerful as Love, are nothing more than
my experience of chemical reactions taking place between my brain and body.


The Silver Lining – (Experiences are Chosen)

However, there is no reason to despair when faced with these facts.  Just because emotions are made of
chemicals does not mean they are meaningless.  It is true that Being-In-Themselves, they have no meaning.  They
are simply combinations of different particles which behave a certain way when they react with one another.  But
as a Being-For-Itself, just as I give meaning to everything else in the world, I give meaning to my emotions.

And when you consider that as God we choose to create emotions, you realise they are not so empty after all.  
The human experience is one of emotion.  We do not directly experience these chemical reactions taking place.  
We are not conscious as a peptide or a cell, but as a human-being which experiences in a very unique way the
result of these chemical reactions.

We designed all of them, from anger to sadness, from love to fear.  We chose to create a being which feels these
emotions, and we chose to feel them.  Love may not be, as I once thought, a deep feeling of connection to the
centre of Existence through whatever object of Love you hold, but it is still something very powerful which I have
chosen to create and experience.

Everything in the world, when looked at objectively, is devoid of meaning.  As a Being-In-Itself, God has not
attached special significance to any particle or assemblage of particles in Existence.  The universe is nothing but
matter reacting to other matter, completely indifferent to what it is doing or why it is doing it.  Only as a Being-For-
Itself, only when nothingness comes into the world through consciousness, is any meaning attached to it.  And
emotions are what give our lives meaning.  These chemical reactions make up the whole of our experience, and
therefore when it concerns our lives, they are the most meaningful things to exist.


The Reason We Are Here – (The Value of Emotion)

So we cannot dismiss emotion as a meaningless chemical process in our brains.  They are our experience, they are
our reason for choosing the lives we choose and the motivation behind every decision we make within our lives.  
God has created us to experience emotions.  It has created
you to experience your emotions.

Now you can reconsider the question of why you are here.  What is the purpose of your own individual
existence?  Simply figure out which emotion is your greatest motivator and there you have it.  For many, power is
the great motivator.  Those people are here to experience power.  That is why they choose their lives and why
they choose to do the things they do within their lives.  Since as God we simultaneously experience every life at
once, we know that at many points in existence, we are here for power.

Many other people, including myself, will say that Love is the greatest motivator.  Whether it is a shared
connection between two people, or simply an overwhelming desire for another person, the reason we are here is
to experience Love.  And when it comes to Love, perhaps more so than any other emotion, there is an infinite
variety of ways to experience it.  One person’s experience of Love is going to be completely different than
another’s.  Love may be connected to the ultimate happiness for some and to the ultimate sorrow for others.  But
we value Love above all else, illusory as it may be, and it is the reason we choose to be us, to experience the lives
we are experiencing.

Now it becomes clear just how great a value our emotions have.  They are not simply a by-product of our
existence, but the very
reason for our existence.  They are the motivation behind every decision we as human-
beings make, including the initial decision to be a human-being in the first place.  Therefore, they must be the
motivating factor behind the decision humanity is faced with as a whole.


Part Five:  Concerning Our Future

The Right Decision – (Why We Should Try)

So now we finally return to the same question we asked ourselves at the very beginning: Why are we here?  We
know we are here for experience, and each individual is here to experience certain emotions in certain ways, but
how can this be applied to humanity as a whole, and what does it mean for our future?

Clearly we are not all motivated by the same thing, we do not all share one desire, and we do not all have the
same ends in mind for our species.  So how do we make this decision as to where we as a species should go?  
Why should we even attempt to bring humanity together in pursuit of a single purpose?  If we are already choosing
this world filled with suffering, why choose differently?

There are no correct answers to these questions.  I can only give my opinion and try to support it as best I can.  I
believe that we ought to make the decision because we are
capable of making it.  If enough of humanity can
become aware that the decision is ours to make, we will have no choice but to make it.  And once we choose to
make it, we should choose to move in the direction of Love rather than hate.  Happiness rather than sorrow.  
Comfort rather than suffering.  Strength rather than fear.

Consider the act of praying, the process by which a human asks God for something.  When most people pray,
they believe they are speaking to a separate entity from themselves.  Some believe they get no answer.  What they
do not realise is that God hears every prayer, as God is within the one praying.  When you ask God to do
something for you, you are only asking yourself to do it.  You can not wait for an answer from God.  You must
answer yourself.

As a collective whole, the God in ourselves is the God of humanity, and when people pray for an end to the
horrors of the world, they pray to all of us.  
We are God, and it is up to us to answer these prayers.  If starving
people pray for food, manna is not going to fall from heaven, but it could easily come in aid packages.  If
oppressed people pray for liberation, a lightning bolt is not going to strike their brutal dictator, but we can liberate
them.  If warring nations pray for peace, God is not going to achieve it for them.  They can only achieve it
themselves.

So many people are suffering and calling out to us every day.  They are looking at the world and asking for God
to change it.  As God, only we can change it.  Only we can end suffering and achieve peace and sustainability
before we destroy ourselves.  Assistance is not going to come in any other form.

But why choose to create lives of suffering anyway?  If people do not want to experience all this pain, why choose
to live such horrific lives and endure such unspeakable experiences?  We have all had these experiences because
we have all been everybody.  When you see a child suffer, you should know that at some point in existence you
are that suffering child, and are experiencing all of the despair the child feels.

We have chosen to experience suffering, but that does not mean we must continue to do so.  If our own individual
lives are unsatisfactory, if we find that the life we have chosen is not giving us experiences we desire, we can
choose to change them and to have those desirable experiences.  We can do the same with the human race.  
Listen to our own cries and answer them.  Create a world in which we no longer must endure these horrors.  We
are capable.  Friedrich Nietzsche wrote of the superman, a new generation of humanity which creates its own
values and forms it own future.  We can become this.  All it takes is the decision, and that starts with the
realisation that this decision is ours.


The Grand Experiment – (How We Can Succeed)

When we consider striving for this kind of success, we must consider what it means to succeed.  What will a
world without suffering be like?  How can emotions retain their value without their opposites?  How can we
appreciate happiness without sorrow?  How can we appreciate life without death?

If we do eventually come together in the shared understanding that God is inside all of us and we have control
over our own destiny, we must do our best to shape that destiny correctly.  Perhaps a world without suffering is
not a world worth living in.  But until we have tried, we won’t know.  If we create a Utopia and don’t like it, as
long as we realise we have the power to change it, it is never too late to change.

Right now we are nowhere near that stage, and should only be concerned with spreading the knowledge that this
goal is not a dream but is in our capability to reach.  If we ever get to the point where we can make the decision,
we can take it from there.  But we must never forget how things began.  We must never abandon our awareness
of pain or we will not appreciate pleasure.  We must always hold on to our knowledge that we are the creators of
the world, and that before we realised this we suffered for thousands of years and through billions of lives.  If we
can find a way to do this, to create a world without suffering and to maintain our appreciation of it, we will have
succeeded.

God is like a scientist and the world its experiment.  Each individual life is an experiment in existence.  The
question it is constantly asking itself is what can exist?  What can I experience?  The question we need to ask
ourselves in humanity is what are we capable of experiencing?  What possible worlds can we bring into
existence?  We need to become the scientists, choosing our own modes of existence and experiencing the
outcome.  We may never be able to create a perfect world, but I firmly believe we should try.  Perhaps we will
create a world that falls apart, but as long as we remain aware that we are in control, we can try again and create
another one, full of whole new experiences for new generations.  Generations we will ourselves experience, down
to each individual life.

Why
should we continue as we’ve done for thousands of years, blindly following a God that we’ve been falsely
interpreting all this time as a separate entity from ourselves?  We’ve already had the experiences of war and
hunger and human suffering.  And as long as we retain our belief that we have no control, we will just continue
along this endless spiral, living the same lives of pain and suffering over and over again until we finally end up
destroying ourselves.  Why not try something new?  If the meaning of life is experience, why not try to create as
many possible experiences for ourselves as we can?  For better or worse, we will know that we are trying, and
that we are all in it together.

The change has already begun.  It is already under way.  I am not the only person who has had these ideas.  The
great thinkers have been reaching similar conclusions for centuries, though certain aspects differ from person to
person.  The Enlightenment of the 1800s brought ideals of human equality of freedom.  We are now undergoing a
new Enlightenment.  We are heading towards a stage where atheism can reconcile with the belief in God, where
we can combine the scientific with the spiritual.  The world is already changing as Christianity and old religions
lose their hold.  People are communicating faster and farther than ever before, and new ideas are easier than ever
to spread.  If these ideals continue to spread, and the tenets of existentialism become more widely understood and
accepted, we are well on our way to a new paradigm of human thought.

It starts with you, right now, as you finish reading.  You now have a choice to make.  Do you accept what I am
telling you?  Will you choose to take this as a catalyst for changing your own life and helping others to realise they
are capable of changing theirs?  Will you share in my goal to spread the awareness of the nature of existence, and
help bring humanity closer to truly understanding why it is here and what it is capable of?  Or will you dismiss it
and continue down the path you’re already travelling on?  There is no right or wrong decision.  Neither path is
superior, although I believe one is preferable to the other.

It all starts with Hope.  Deep down, I believe we all Hope that there exists something greater and deeper than the
particles which make up our bodies and the world.  That there is something looking out from behind our eyes
other than an empty neuro-chemical process called consciousness.  That consciousness is eternal and One with
Existence.  If you share this Hope, then I hope you will help me to spread the word, to help humanity understand
the nature of this dream, to become lucid and alter it.  There is nothing stopping us but our own decisions.  I have
made the decision to live for Love, and to try and bring about a world where this is the dominant experience.  I
can only hope you feel the same way I do, and together we can choose a brighter future from among our limitless
possibilities.
The Existential Experiment of Human Experience
Kem Stone - March 2005