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Please note that the text below was written by the feeling-being ‘Peter’ while ‘he’ lived in a pragmatic (methodological), still-in-control/same-way-of-being Virtual Freedom before becoming actually free.


Moral: Of or pertaining to human character or behaviour considered as good or bad; of or pertaining to the distinction between right and wrong, or good and evil. Oxford Dictionary

Peter: Morality is a well-meaning concept designed to serve as a guide for people to curb their instinctual aggression such as to be able to live together reasonably peacefully between the recurrent wars that break out. Generally the forced imposition of moral codes and laws works well enough but they do come at a price – a severe restriction of freedom most usually strongly felt at adolescence, and often the cause of youthful rebellion. This rebellion usually eventuates as they begin to see and experience the hypocrisy evident in the gulf between the moral and ethical codes they have been taught and what actually happens in the world.

This rebellion is wrongly assumed to be a search for freedom and at best results in a slight alteration to moral codes with each generation. The famed youth rebellion of the 60’s resulted in nothing other than a switch from Western formal religious morality to Eastern spiritual morality – the emergence of the New Dark Ages. There are as many versions of what constitutes moral behaviour as there are religions or tribal groupings in the world, and that’s a lot. These differing moral values as to what is good and what is bad is the source of so much confusion, conflict and bloodshed and the principle of ‘human rights’ only serves to preserve these differences forever.

These unliveable moral tenets, passed down from generation to generation and reinforced by family, church and state are upheld at the point of a gun by the police and at threat of imprisonment or death by the courts. This system of enforcing ‘civilization’, maintained by carrot and stick, generally does reasonably well to preserve what we have come to accept as ‘normal’ human existence – an endless series of wars, murder, torture, rape, repression, corruption, suicide and despair. When push comes to shove, moral values very quickly crumble and instinctual animal passions immediately blossom unimpeded. 160,000,000 people have been killed in war this century alone – the bloodiest to date – and 1 billion people have been directly affected by war in the last 20 years alone.

The ancient social and religious distinctions of what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad form the very basis of one’s social identity – instilled upon one in order to make one a fit member of society. Unless one has the courage to dismantle one’s social identity by a process of thoroughly investigating the validity and sensibleness of these morals one cannot proceed further to eliminate one’s biological heritage of instinctual passions.

Once I got rid of the instilled morals that made me ignore the signs of unwanted feelings and emotions, a whole other side of ‘me’ became evident. Malice tops the list, with being sad second. ‘Don’t do that, stop it’ drilled in as a child, runs very deep. ‘Don’t mope around looking miserable’ is another.

Simply by breaking free of these moral and ethical barriers one is then able to have a clear-eyed look at one’s very psyche ‘in operation’ and that very investigation, if conducted with gusto and sincere intent, is the ending of ‘me’.

The prize for doing so is peace on earth.

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