We are constrained by the boundaries of our knowledge.We are inmates imprisoned by our own ignorance. If only we knew how to get out. If only we knew what it is we needed to know to be able to free ourselves from this prison. Freedom therefore can only be attained through knowledge.
I have spent some time this evening reading about the Übermensch, a concept constructed by Friedrich Nietzsche. The Übermensch sees his predecessor as primitive, much how we see primates now. Why is this? Is it really true that one day we will look upon ourselves in the past and see monkeys? I think this is already happening. Those who have been liberated through knowledge see the ignorance of society as a herd of ridiculous animals, sub sentients who do not know what it is they need to know to free themselves. I wish I had intended my statement above in a funny or condescending way, but it is the most tragic story of modern society.
For some reason many people try to live their lives by learning as little as possible and getting the most out of life, never realising that lacking in knowledge can only be a path to tragedy. They are the lowest common denominator, they move in the path of least resistence and the only thing they can ever hope to attain in life is mediocrity. Television and religion sell them the products to convince them that having these things will set them free. Having these things will uplift them out of their abyss of nothingness.
The willful ignorance that they subscribe to numbs their neurons to such an extent that they start to believe that they have attained enough knowledge to live their lives to the fullest. They subscribe to faith that tells them that their pointless existence will be superseded by a glorious afterlife, leaving them to hope for their own deaths. I cannot begin to describe the sadness I feel for humanity.
This faith gives them oversimplified versions of reality, that make them all knowing, even though they really know nothing. The tragedy becomes even more apparent when you see intelligent people stuck in this prison of ignorance.
I have never thought of myself as being intelligent. I have a strange craving for knowledge. An inherent curiosity about things. I believe that this is what characterizes the human race. We all have this curiosity to know more, to see more, to feel more, but we are indoctrinated by a culture that discourages interesting things, labeling them as boring.
Intellectuals are seen as inferior; heretics, unable to subscribe to dogmatism that forces curiosity out of their very beings. "Do not question God" they say. "God works in mysterious ways" they say. Don't dare ask why or you will be a blasphemer. "Don't play God" they say, because discovering the mysteries of nature is undermining his authority. "Don't blaspheme" they say, because even though God is an omnipotent and omniscient being, his feelings get hurt really easily, and you will be eternally damned for using his name.
I, and all those who choose to question are already the damned. We have chosen to be unholy in order to discover the universe and uncover the secrets of life. We are forced to accept the doctrine of the imbecile and treat those that subscribe to it as our equals. The truth is that there is only tolerance. We see them as inferior and they see us as inferior. They have to die to prove they are right, whilst our philosophy is sound in life. We have to hide the truth to protect ourselves from religious onslaught. How ironic is it that the unbeliever becomes the one who suffers religious persecution.
If you want to free yourself from these chains your ego must die. You must realise that all knowledge is sacred, and that any resistance to it is the root of ignorance. At first you will not know what it is you need to know. You will just have to start gaining knowledge. As you gain knowledge your perspective will change. The world will become a different place. Mysteries will have deep spirals of explanations that take you ever closer to becoming all knowing. You will never be all knowing, but this is the goal you can set if you want to become free. You must break down all mental barriers of knowledge in order to ascend to the next level of wisdom. The knowledge you gain will guide and make you wiser. This will enable you to know what you need to know in order to be free.
With every step you take the path will become more grueling, and more lonely. The darker it becomes the more visible the stars will be, and the more of the universe you will see. Eventually you might look back and see nobody behind you, everyone has fallen too far behind. But we are here and we are waiting for you, creating the future and becoming more than human. Gods amongst men.