I watched a movie about vampires yesterday. Before I get to the movie, let me note it is not what we watch that defines us, it is “why we watch” and “how we interpret what we watch” that defines us. The Bible for instance is filled with killings, murder, adultery etc. yet is called the Good Book because every evil behavior on record is a call to choose the alternative, which is what is Good. That being said, watching of a movie about vampires cannot be interpreted as validation of vampire lifestyles in so far as it relates to murdering of humans for their blood.
Back to the movie.
In the movie, paramilitary are hired to corner and capture leaders of vampires, not so they can pay for murdering human beings, but so their skin or genes can be harvested for pharmaceutical companies. As karma would have it, leaders of the paramilitary group are turned and are the ones left alive to be harvested by agents of the pharmaceutical company. Turns out agents of the pharmaceutical company are like the vampires we liked in the ‘Twilight saga’ series — vampires who have learnt how to live on earth without murdering of humans for their blood.
As would be expected, genes or skin harvested by the pharmaceutical company are utilized in perfecting of creams or drugs which hold promise of that most utopian of human desires — never ending life. Since vampires live forever because their bodies never atrophy, however, never ending life does not necessarily imply improvements in cognition, knowledge, or wisdom — no pun intended just interpretation of essence of vampires’ never ending life.
If never ending life derives from bodies that never atrophy, never ending life does not automatically imply improvements in cognition, knowledge, or wisdom.
In the movie, the most brash of the vampires boasts how he fought alongside Alexander the Great — one of the greatest military strategists of all time who died of an illness. Now here he is millennia later, fighting other vampires for more territory so he can murder more human beings for blood. Thousands of years later and by his own admission, he is no wiser now than he was when he allowed Alexander die rather than turn both himself and Alexander into ‘Twilight’ vampires. After all, if being a vampire is so great, the greatest of men must be considered eligible, more so when turning solves the problem of illness. But then perhaps nothing could have saved Alexander the Great from his illness. Whenever greatness begets hubris (feelings of invincibility), Nature at times provides humbling experience of illness that leads to death. Alexander the Great had no business whatsoever attempting to conquer India. Greatness never tries to prove a point, greatness stays the course on doing what is right.
Greatness never gives in to hubris of “just because I can I will.” Greatness always defines right objectives prior to deployment of greatness in decisions and actions.
The Spiritual Alternative
Suppose we are spiritual beings created by a Creator whom as commonly is the case we shall here refer to as God. Given we are spiritual beings, and assuming God is willing to share, we are able to acquire knowledge through which we are transformed into the essence of God.
We do not become God, we simply acquire His essence.
Since God possesses infinite knowledge, we gain access to His knowledge, as such improve cognition and increase in wisdom. Naturally, the God whose essence we acquire must be known for knowledge and wisdom else transformation into His essence guarantees none of the desired qualities. One thing we know, however, if the universe is created, the Creator of this universe in which we live possesses both knowledge and wisdom — Science and Astronomy confirm that much. We can safely conclude then that so long as it is the God who is Creator that we seek out, access to infinite knowledge and wisdom is guaranteed so long as God is willing to share of Himself with us.
If we are spiritual beings and the Creator God is willing to share of His essence with us, access to infinite knowledge and wisdom is guaranteed.
Now suppose our spirits live on after our bodies atrophy and die. Then much like the adage that we go live among the stars, our essence becomes part of the universe, a force for good, knowledge, and wisdom. In our quest for knowledge and wisdom reposed in the Creator God, we would have attained to the spiritual equivalent of never ending life. Since we emanated from the Creator in the first place, in absence of any consciousness post death, we can become a force for good in the Creator. That is, so long as our spirit gets the opportunity to live again in some other human body who benefits from the spiritual growth we acquired during our life, we have made the world a better place.
When never ending life is a spiritual quality, dead or alive, we become a force for good, knowledge, or wisdom in affairs of earth.
I ask, “what good is living for thousands of years without any guarantee of increase in knowledge and wisdom or improvements in cognition and spiritual essence?”
Whenever never ending life is of a physical quality, our attention turns inwards, we become selfish, and can be willing to destroy even those dear to us in quest for never ending life. In the latest theatrical release or version of King Arthur, his younger brother murders his wife and daughter so he can live forever. A man chooses aloneness, suspicion of everyone around him, and never ending life over love he already knows he has — evidence of loss of cognition.
Whenever never ending life is of a spiritual quality, oneness with the God who is Creator induces in us His love for order, His knowledge, His wisdom, and Goodness. When we die and our matured spirits are put into play by God in some other child, we already have made the world a better place not only in the present but in the future.
How do we know the Creator inherently is good?
In our solar system, only this planet Earth on which we live is conducive to life. A good God places His creation in the best suitable circumstances conducive to success.
Our location in our Sun’s solar system is the only location conducive to life. In presence of a Creator God, this is evidence of an inherently good God — a God who places His creation in the best suitable circumstances conducive to success.
Love for order, knowledge, wisdom, and goodness, love that makes us seek out the Creator God makes our lives better and is a force for good in lives of those in our sphere of influence.