The title is a statement rather than a question.
‘Who is Man?’ would be a more suitable question; for mankind is not inanimate objects, rather, intimate living organisms. However, since the dawn of science and freedom of speech, many men and women have argued and scientifically put forward theories (not quite proved) that we are objects of nature, and have evolved from fundamental microscopic inanimate particles. Insinuating, our consciousness or awareness is also a product of these particles coming together over time. Nevertheless, they will tell you that they are not objects, not just pretty faces; but are complex individuals with thoughts and passion: that they have a heart. Not the one that pumps blood to the brain, but that which pumps emotions out of the brain.
We seem to live in an age of great knowledge than ever before, yet know absolutely nothing of our origin, purpose and status in all that exists. All the knowledge we have acquired is of our material existence, and we understand the how and why our body works down to the atomic and subatomic particles or waves-the duality of the fundamentals-matter and energy.
So we know What our material and inanimate selves are, but we are still struggling to know and understand our nonmaterial, and mystical consciousness-the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world, which gives character to an immaterial entity. Personalty and reputation rather than structure and property. We seek perfection in all that we create or perform, but it seems we cannot perfect our character (consummate integrity). It is universally accepted that human beings cannot be perfect in body or character. What body is perfect so that we can use it to judge our body with; and Which perfect character can we judge our character with?
We can be good entrepreneurs, politicians, sportsmen, doctors, artists, scientists, entertainers and so on. But the day we are accused of paedophilia like Michael Jackson, our greatness becomes somewhat tarnished, and though we might dance like God, we are not like God in character, hence human. If millions of us who can’t dance like Jackson can judge his character with God’s character, then it is obvious we know the mind of God. Therefore we must be as aware or conscious as God is, thus can think and act like God.
Why is it that our spirit is willing, but our body is weak? Are we bodies or are we characters, (particles or spirits), or are we both? Thus the title: What is Man!
What is Man attempts to convey in Three Parts; about life on earth and life after earth, about matter and spirit, about the blemish and the unblemished, about the ego and the superego, about consciousness and conscientiousness, about the conscious and the unconscious, about love and God. About life and death.
Considering Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory and evolution in general; and examining Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum physics, the book contemplates on the origin and existence of matter through the eyes of science. The book also deliberate on psychoanalysis; particularly Sigmund Freud’s proposed existence of an unconscious element in the mind, and his theory of sexual origin of neuroses. However, the book is written to a large extent from the author’s experience through observations on human philosophies and behavior at all levels in many cultures. From quantum physics to Jesus Christ’s Good News, the book unfolds the mystery of our existence and purpose.
We can contemplate on our existence and the purpose of our existence only because we are aware of our being. And therefore we are awarenesses or consciousnesses. To be conscious means to know with, so the question is: to know with what or with whom?
We can come to know with everything there is in the universe, but if we do not come to know with ourselves, we will not know the purpose of all that we come to know with. But if we come to know with ourselves, we will come to know our purpose, and the purpose of the universe. We will exist without doubt in our minds and coexist with each other without fear; but to know with ourselves we need to dig deep into our unconscious or subconscious, from where all knowledge and life itself emanate. Consciousnesses is innate and intrinsic to an entity and, by it's nature accord the entity personage, implying that consciousness is the energy of a personality rather than a thing. It is the energy of a thinking knowing person.
According to quantum physics and molecular science, everything in the universe is energy, which begs the questions; who's energy? Whose thinking? Whose design? Whose plan?
From our scientific quest, it seems that the universe and all the parts of the universe come from a huge explosion of matter at some distant time in the past. If that is so, we have to wonder how and why a mass of matter just explode without something or someone injecting energy into it? Where did this immense energy come from? If it came from within, how did it exist without exploding before it went off with a Big Bang? What was the detonator and who did the detonating? Did it all happen by itself? Is it all just happenstance?
In spite of all that, anyone with a reasoning mind can perceive that the universe is a perfect creation by a perfect creator; if not, the world we inhabit would have been smashed into smithereens by one of countless giant celestial bodies that would be traveling aimlessly in the universe. And look at the perfect world we live in, the natural world so perfect for human existence in the physical form. The universe is a perfect creation by a perfect consciousness, and we are an extension of that consciousness to expand even further and create for evermore. But first we need to perfect ourselves, and this is our first objective.
This notion, that no one can be perfect in character is a convenient excuse for the lazy to avoid growing up. Growing up is incredibly difficult if not impossible for human beings, because it means eliminating the ego and embracing the superego. The superego is the conscience, the inner voice in the depths of our consciousness. It is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the midsts of the garden. To eat of it is to dispose of the provenance of our consciousness. Without the source of our awareness, we are unaccompanied egos. We are literally orphaned egos. We are like an independent state yet dependent on another for our most basic needs. We stand alone on someone else’s ground whom we have rejected. Therefore we are lonely. We cannot stand alone and not feel lonely because we do not have our own ground to stand on. All that exists are from one source. So where will we lay our foundation?
We build ourselves (develop our egos) without foundation, and we try to reach the peak of existence, and fall. We exist until our body gives way, and all what the ego achieves perishes with the body. The dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
The ego is very real, it gives identity a person. It gives awareness to one entity. And the human ego is a foetus of the superego, and innately feels superior and invincible. Hence the world is suffering from egomania, obsessive self-centeredness. Without direction from our source of our life, we take the law into our own hands, and in doing so we take our life into our own keeping. When we have consumed every fruit of the tree, we begin to go hungry and eventually starve ourselves to death. “The day you eat of it, you shall surely die”. And as we all strive to be superior (perfect in the eyes of the world of egos) we have a hard time accepting anyone as a perfect character in the eyes of God. Hence the statement, ‘everyone is equal in the eyes of the law’; and therefore, no one is holier than anyone, thus no one is perfect and superior to anyone in character. That is reserved for God, who is just an idea or a concept, not a reality. So we can become superior in anything by hook or by crook, and as long we are not caught by man’s law, we can be the most successful in any field we choose to compete in the big wide Olympiad we have created to satisfy our egos. This is the freedom, the American dream; the life in the world we love so much.
We do not need scientists, philosophers or spiritualists to tell us that we all live for a time and then die. Whether we are good or bad in our own eyes or those of a God we might believe in; we know that we die. However, the bible and perhaps other similar scripture declare that life is eternal, and imply that there is a way to escape death; though not of the body, but of the self or ego. And most human beings, either believe or dearly wish that they live after their body dies. Nonetheless, strangely most of humanity think and act as though they are their body, and try to materialize physically the aspirations of the ego, which is undoubtedly not of the body or brain. A mission impossible.
Though human beings come with the most advanced brain, their response ability to the awareness it generates is extremely poor. They shy away from responsibility. Awareness is life, and dealing with what one becomes aware of is directly related to the quality of one’s life. Thus it shapes one’s character. To make sense of everything that one becomes aware of is a time consuming task, and naturally everyone opts for the easy path. To become aware of the source of our awareness which is within us is to become conscious (to know with) of one’s true self. To know and understand the character or the spirit of one’s origin. Then and only then can one lay their foundation on the rock of life, or Consciousness. Then the true life can begin, which is character building or growing up (being responsible). But most of humanity is spellbound with what they become aware of that is outside of them, and are intensely engaged in seeking knowledge of the created instead of the creator; and the vast internal reservoir of untapped knowledge is shrouded by the cares of the ego (the world). They break their necks ascending Mount Everest, in order to avoid scaling Mount Zion.
Having considered all the great spiritual, philosophical and intellectual men and women of past and present, only Jesus of Nazareth epitomize the source of our consciousness. He possessed the Conscience of the Great Consciousness or God. And He aptly said,
“I Am not of this world.”
Establishing Jesus as the perfect character, the book emphasizes that the vision of our creator is for us to follow Christ’s example to perfect ourselves; a mission possible for man. Jesus, who is known as the Son of the Most High said,
“I have come so that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”
“I am the way, the truth and the life.”
“If you want to be perfect, and have eternal life, come follow Me.”
Moreover, the book addresses Christ’s words,
“many are called, but a few are chosen” the heart of the matter; why mankind from the beginning, even as it is written in the book of Genesis resisted growing up.
Why would anyone want to end up nailed to a tree?
As Christ said that He was not of this world; to follow Him would be to launch your way out of the world; and like any journey into an unknown territory, it takes a courageous individual to even contemplate such an endeavor. But Christopher Columbus had faith and was able to persuade the Spanish monarchs to sponsor an expedition to sail across the Atlantic in search of Asia, and to prove that the world was round. Only, he was able to come back so that thousands would have proof to follow him. But it is written,
“blessed is he who has not seen, yet believe”.
The book presents itself with a few comments from persons who interacted on author’s websites, and a couple of single page length poems entitled: To publish or not to publish, and What is Man. And a brief Introduction to the concept the author presuppose, and a Prologue.
In Part One, the book deals with Life and Birth, Sex and Love, God and Ego, Marriage and Freedom, Pride and Evil of Mankind in eleven chapters.
In Part Two, the book explores Human Consciousness in eight chapters, tackling the relationship and connection between Matter and Spirit and; thoroughly attend to Man’s Consciousness and Purpose, Love and Energy, Life and Death, and his Denial of God, and concludes with an Epilogue to Part One and Two of the book.
In Part Three, the book presents the World of Ro and Mo; three years of interaction with an international audience of mainly young men and women on a social media website the author created to gather opinions and beliefs of interested persons in real time; by commenting, asking and answering questions on Life, Love, Truth and God; with a brief Introduction thanking all those who contributed to the World of Ro and Mo. Part Three also includes Discourses with persons the author engaged with on self help websites on spirituality, and a chapter on the main points of the whole project as A Quick Reference to What is Man. It climaxes with a fleeting chapter titled Genesis.
The book is inspired by the source of our consciousness, and dedicated to the
Passion of Christ
‘What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?’