Lesson 19: The Comedy of Ignorance
“Our mind is a house haunted by the slain past,
Ideas soon mummified, ghosts of old truths,
God’s spontaneities tied with formal strings
And packed into drawers of reason’s trim bureau,
A grave of great lost opportunities,
Or an office for misuse of soul and life
And all the waste man makes of heaven’s gifts
And all his squanderings of Nature’s store,
A stage for the comedy of Ignorance.”
It is 2017 and we are still killing one another to resolve our domestic and international disputes. Religion may have been able to save a few souls here and there but it has been unable to spiritualize humanity. In North Carolina, we have one the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis: almost 1 in 4. The plethora of public figures living lives of contradictions and hypocrisies are no longer secretly hidden but touted as virtues. If you accept that violence need not result in bloodshed for there to have been violence, you see violence everywhere you go. Voter suppression and discrimination are legalized in numerous states. There is no need for me to keep going on with this. You get the point. It appears that it is only out of sorrow and darkness that things change. But what if that is not true? What if there was an easier way other than starring in “The Comedy of Ignorance?”
Let’s begin with an act of self-implication. What I would invite you to do is to identify without any judgment whatsoever something that you deeply desire but something for which you have substituted something much lesser. While there are many, just identify one. Implicate yourself. Perhaps it’s a passionless marriage, an unfulfilling job, or a mental, physical or emotional addiction you’ve learned to accept. Now, take 10 steps back from it. Now, take another 10 steps back and be sitting on the first row of the playhouse watching your own comedy of ignorance play out. Watch with amusement how you have it set up in such a way that you always end up with the problem. Notice what you have to pretend is true to make sure you always end up with the lie.
Now, read the following as you watch yourself play the problem out on stage.
“For He who Is grows manifest in the years
And the slow Godhead shut within the cell
Climbs from the plasm to immortality.”
What is growing inside of you as you remain a prisoner to your comedy of ignorance? What is shut off inside, hidden within, denied, but there? What slumbers inside of you waiting to be awakened? If this problem was not part of your life, then what would you have it be? Above and away from the ignorance, if this problem did not exist, then what would exist? Instead of living with the substitution, what would you have it be? If there was one, just one, part of your life that you wanted to see fulfilled, what would it be? And now, translate the unthinkable into a thought! Translate the unimaginable into a possibility!
“A fiery stillness wakes the slumbering cells,
A passion of the flesh becoming spirit,
And marvelously is fulfilled at last
The miracle for which our life was made.”
Your “…comedy of ignorance” is but the tool of your own design to cause to awaken inside of you the miracle for which your life was made. Awaken. Be THAT!