What Do You Believe is the “Final Goal” of the Human Experience?
Is this even a question you have ever once asked yourself…?
Where does the shadow end and the REAL begin? Where does hiding within the shadows of mind which enshroud the personality…and the REAL person emerge, reveal itself and shine forth like the sun? –Tim R Walls
Every day, I observe others write and talk about every imaginable and unimaginable idea that exists in human experience.
About what do you write or talk to yourself and others?
your manager or employer?
your home life?
relationships in general?
your religious, philosophical, spiritual, scientific or other beliefs?
personal care and habits of human cleanliness or uncleanliness?
food and drink?
crafts and DIY?
your pastor or priest?
The list could go on and on. Couldn’t it?
But what is the “final goal” of human existence? Is this a question you have ever even once asked yourself?
If I were in the fortunate position to be able to freely travel around the world, asking every person I meet…”What is the final goal of human existence?”, what answers do you think I would hear…? All of the above, in the list, in one personally important specific phraseology or another, and these:
being a good person
going to heaven
being forgiven for my sins
Well that is the “westernized” short list. Isn’t it?
I am sure I am leaving off from this list many of the most common responses from each and culture that I might visit. But you get the idea of what I am talking about. It is likely that all of the topics—subjects of conversation I have mentioned, above, are what mostly comprise the most important concepts and experiences in your own life. Aren’t they?
But is there a “final goal” of human existence?
Throughout my original articles, poetry and music, the direct reflection of my creative inner world of thought, there are common themes, I write and talk about, from many different perspectives. But all of these perspectives center on the “final goal” of my human existence. And no…I do not expect that others should, in any way, shape or form, view the “final goal,” as I do. I don’t expect anything from anyone, at all.
The “final goal,” in my own view is…true character…
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. –Pema Chödrön
What True Character IS and IS NOT
I grew up listening to my parents, relatives, friends, neighbors and local townspeople all say, in one form of expression, or another…
This is just the way I am. Don’t try to change me. I am the way I am. That is it. This is just the way life is for me.
This diseased concept also infected my own thinking for more years than I care to remember.
When I go looking for what others say about “true character,” I find an abundance of memes, quotes by other individuals, which are repeated over and over again and which offer descriptions of true character, but a not a definition of true character. You are likely to be familiar with many of these quotes…
- A true test of character isn’t how you are on your best days but how you act on your worst days.
- “In books and in life, you need to read several pages before someone’s true character is revealed.” –Gail Carson Levine
- “I’ll take character over reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” –A J Perez
- Sometimes it is not the people who change, it’s the mask that falls off.
- The true measure of a person’s character can be seen in two ways. The way you manage when you have nothing. And the way you behave when you have everything.
- “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” –Paul McCartney
- “The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.” –Abigail Van Buren
- “Will is character in action.” –William McDougal
- Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires and a touch that never hurts.
- Let your character show through how you treat others.
- Watch your thought; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
All of these quotes reveal a defining aspect of “true character.” None of them really define “true character.”
We may get a far more clearer insight by considering the answers to the following questions:
(51.4) 3:5.5 The uncertainties of life and the vicissitudes of existence do not in any manner contradict the concept of the universal sovereignty of God. All evolutionary creature life is beset by certain inevitabilities. Consider the following:
(51.5) 3:5.6 1. Is courage — strength of character — desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.
(51.6) 3:5.7 2. Is altruism — service of one’s fellows — desirable? Then must life experience provide for encountering situations of social inequality.
(51.7) 3:5.8 3. Is hope — the grandeur of trust — desirable? Then human existence must constantly be confronted with insecurities and recurrent uncertainties.
(51.8) 3:5.9 4. Is faith — the supreme assertion of human thought — desirable? Then must the mind of man find itself in that troublesome predicament where it ever knows less than it can believe.
(51.9) 3:5.10 5. Is the love of truth and the willingness to go wherever it leads, desirable? Then must man grow up in a world where error is present and falsehood always possible.
(51.10) 3:5.11 6. Is idealism — the approaching concept of the divine — desirable? Then must man struggle in an environment of relative goodness and beauty, surroundings stimulative of the irrepressible reach for better things.
(51.11) 3:5.12 7. Is loyalty — devotion to highest duty — desirable? Then must man carry on amid the possibilities of betrayal and desertion. The valor of devotion to duty consists in the implied danger of default.
(51.12) 3:5.13 8. Is unselfishness — the spirit of self-forgetfulness — desirable? Then must mortal man live face to face with the incessant clamoring of an inescapable self for recognition and honor. Man could not dynamically choose the divine life if there were no self-life to forsake. Man could never lay saving hold on righteousness if there were no potential evil to exalt and differentiate the good by contrast.
(51.13) 3:5.14 9. Is pleasure — the satisfaction of happiness — desirable? Then must man live in a world where the alternative of pain and the likelihood of suffering are ever-present experiential possibilities.
From these questions we may summarize the primary attributes of true character:
- courage—strength of character
- altruism—service of one’s fellows
- hope—the grandeur of trust
- faith—the supreme assertion of human thought
- the love of truth and willing to go wherever it leads
- idealism—the approaching concept of the divine
- loyalty-devotion to highest duty
- unselfishness—the spirit of self-forgetfulness
- pleasure—the satisfaction of happiness
Are any of these attributes of “true character,” any more clear of what true character is…than any other description of “true character,” as were described in the quotes listed above? No. They are not.
All of these aspects may also be said to characterize the person of wisdom. Is wisdom “true character?” No. It is not.
Are you one of the great many people who think that “true character” is your mind—what you think and believe in your mind? True character is not your mind.
All of everything we have l
ooked at, in this article, so far either describes or is an attribute of “true character.”
True character, my friend, is inseparable from your personality. Your personality is who are are. You are either the experiential life embodiment of true character as the “living manifestation” of “true character,” or you are not.
And both of these—personality and true character…are the two least talked about, least discussed and least understood of any concepts that exist in human experience.
The Creator Son of God, whom we know as Joshua Ben Joseph, Jesus of Nazareth, is the only personality, who ever manifested “true character.” Of course, we all, through our life lessons and moral choosings, which arise from our life lessons, embrace, acquire and manifest varying degrees, reveal a personality which is shining forth in varying degrees—varying aspects of true character, amidst our abundance of character defects. Are we not?
In the life he lived, in the personality of the person he revealed to this world, we see the revelation of the Perfect and Eternal Personality of the Paradise Father. And it is the perfected true character of Jesus of Nazareth to which I ever aspire.
The spiritual realm of “light and life” is within you. It may only be experientially attained.
“…you have not acquired any virtue until your acts make you worthy of it.”
The seven adjutant mind spirits of intuition, understanding, courage, knowledge, counsel, worship and wisdom, the twenty-eight principles of high mortal philosophy which are the individual resonating tones, and the seven psychic circles of spiritual intuition, spiritual understanding, spiritual courage, spiritual knowledge, spiritual counsel, spiritual worship and spiritual wisdom are all about becoming the person of true character—revealed to the world as a mortal son of God, who is absolutely loyal, virtuous, trustworthy and perfectly dependable to always seek, discover and do the will of the Paradise Father in each of life’s challenging circumstances, here on Earth, and in every phase of the ascension and long and winding road inward to the very presence of the Original Personality—the Uncaused Cause, whose dwelling place is Absolutum—Paradise…