TO BECOME WHAT YOU ARE (Friedrich Nietzsche in Ecce Homo)
Every nice fairy tale
ends with the words: and they lived happily ever after until the end of their days
However before gets that far the main figure has to perform
difficult tasks, to beat mighty opponents, find giants and
seven-headed dragons on his path and encounter many dangers. As such
everybody is the main figure in his own life. The missions you have to
carry out to find the treasure are provided by life itself. The giants
and dragons are your opinions, your habits, your matters of course,
your self-conceits, your interests, traditions, convictions and
apparent certainties. And they resist stubbornly and appear unvincible,
but it is possible. If you have beaten them you will never see them again.
You have to destroy all your sacred cows for they only stand in your
way. Your most important weapon is absolute honsty, your ally the voice
of your heart. Finally you will find yourself and live happily until
the end of your days.
People have learned that pain and sorrow,
troubles and problems, anguish and despair just belong
to life. But they only belong to their way of life and if you want to
get rid you have to change your life.Everything that is in your head
you have learned, so everything can be unlearned. Dare to look at
yourself and be your own hero.
You do not need difficult and thick books,
no complicated words and notions, no exercises, no courses, no teachers
or guru's. You are able to manage it yourself if only you have
confidence in yourself. Honesty costs nothing.
Do not believe the theories and opninions of other
people.The only thing asked of you is to believe that if you live
according to your conscience without any compromises you will
finally awake from this wicked dream and will rise above suffering and
sorrow. Only this belief will save you.
To live is so terribly simple but people make it so difficult and complicated.
This world, wrapped in darkness, cries for a new
Enlightenment. This time don't forget to unmask science, this new clouding religion.
The great return to the Promised Land
(From our correspondent in heaven)
This expedition is only reserved for people who dare to believe in
themselves. He who is not willing to question his certainties and his
convictions cannot join and keeps his seat. He who thinks he cannot
change yet because he is just as he is, will never start and he who
never starts never will arrive. He who believes he will never find the
way out, will stay wandering in the labyrinth. He who believes in
progress can never follow the track back. He who believes he can never
get rid of his luggage will carry his burden to the last gasp. He who
keeps believing will never know but he who will seek faithfully will find.
The only guiding priciple is:
Do Not do to others what you do NOT want them to do to you
What you need further for the quest:
- absolute honesty
- believe in yourself, firm as a rock
What you have to give up:
- all your convictions
- all your apparent certainties
- all your self-conceit
- all your attachments
- all your power
- your past and future
The award is:
- a life without pain and sorrowt
What is Enlightenment?
"Enlightenment is man's release from his self-incurred
tutelage. Tuttelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding
without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its
cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage
to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! "Have courage to
use your own reason!" that is the motto of Enlightenment.
Emanuel Kant 1783
The state of the world
Quarrels everywhere, hate, discord, solitude, depression,
terror, misery and pain, uncertainty, despair, aggression, trouble and
problems, blood, sweat and tears. Full hospitals and jails, alcoholics
and drugs-addicts, civil wars, tortures, 500 million dollars for
armament, in 2000 years 5000 wars. 600 million hungering, millions of
refugees, roadvictims, epidemics of cancer, Aids, heart-diseases and
V.D's. Murder and homicide, abortions, suicides, divorces,
unemployment, handicapped. Yet people claim they are well of. You need
a lot of self-deceit to sustain that claim and it is annoying you
always keep the deceiver within.
People say there are so many good things in the world
people say, but that is only one side of the picture that cannot exist
without the other side. Opposite to all achievements is decay and they
are joined together indissolubly. Behind the nice facade of the
affluent society is world of misery. That is the toll mankind pays for
it's short-sightedness...In this split world there is no good without
evil, no winners without losers, no pros without cons, no achievements
without decay, no richness without poverty, no God without Devil, no
future without past. If you want to get rid of evil, the losers, the
cons, the decay, the poverty, the Devil and the past, you have to get
rid of the so-called good, the pros, the achievement, the richness,
your God and your future.
How you can use this site
On this site there are some sign-posts from people who
preceded you, that will allow you to check if you are on the right
track. You will first recognize them when you have left your
standpoint. You do not change your life with your head but by
living differently. He who thinks he is just as he is will die just as
he lived. He who lives oppressed will die oppressed. He who cannot let
lgo now, will hardly be able to do it then.
never ends by power
Power ends bij love, that's the only law
Believing is not knowing for sure
People believe in the authority of others that do not know for sure too for
they got it from others as far back as in dark past. What you believe
is never proven, you cannot see or experience it.So people believe in
theories about genetics, evolution and progress. Nobody sees, nobody
knows it but there are many believers. With all those believes people
talk straight what is crooked, justify their unrighteousness, excuse
their misdeeds with it, explain what they do not understand and
continue om the road once taken. And when there is a threat that makes
them get stuck they think up a new theory with new credulous followers.
He who refers to thoughts of an other, to thoughts of generations
before him, he who builds on theories of others and borrows his seeming
certainties from what he believes, runs away from the responsibility of
his own chimeras and life. Still the specious inventions of all that
restless and complicated minds, that ruled for millenia, indicate how
people should live. Never man has listened to the simple, the children,
the righteous, the illiterated and the powerless.
With crooked bricks, you build a
crooked wall, with ill people an ill society. A crooked wall will fit
no straight bricks, an ill society will not fit healthy people.
If you do not want to see your children grow up
in this ill and crazy society, if you want to protect them from all
misery you encountered yourself already, if you do not want to see them
make the same mistakes you made in your own life, if you do not want to
see them get into the same mist you are in yourself, if you want them
to stay as open-minded as they are now, in short, if you really love
them, something really has to change. First improve yourself, further
and further until you are ready and just then, when you will be with
many, the world will change. If you are not willing to do that, if you
think that is impossible because the others tell you it is impossible,
then stay were you are but do not lament if you are not happy. If you
think that is the way you are and it is impossible to change because
the scholars tell you it is in your genes, then abdicate the
responsibility for your misery on the others and the circumstances and
wallow in your self-pity. If you think you reached the maximum
attainable in your life, do not complain when you are not happy.
About this site
The message this site holds is surprising and hard to believe.You were
always told that there is no way back, that you have to continue on the
way once taken, whether you like it or not, that it is impossible
to fly, that your whole life is a quest and yet you will never find,
that there is no sense in asking why for you still will get no answer,
that you will never understand yourself and your god because you and
your god are inscrutable and that you have to resign yourself to it and
you can only try to make the best of it. And so you did. You became a
fellow player in the game you did not invent the rules for. You already
sustained so many scars, you suffered pain and misery, but you thought
it could not be done otherwise. Evidently, it is still possible and
there is a way out of this valley of tears. All things have been told
so many times, but people never listened.
They show you what you ever were. Open-minded, whole, natural, harmless,
spontaneous, contented, without past and future, not hindered by any
knowledge, honest and shameless. And look the way they get crumpled in
the process people call education. The way they become childish grown
ups, saddled with the uncomprehended past of their educators.
Dishonest, caught in their convictions, driven by their will,
discontented, unfree, unnatural, contradictory, internally divided and
lost in this self created crazy society. Always the children are the
victims, everywhere they go into the same mist their parents live in.
With the best intentions they expel the children from their paradises
and they do not know what they do.The only thing children can learn
from their parents is the way it should not be. But no one ever
listenedto them although they are the example of the original man and
the way he should be.
No man has the right to determine how an other
has to live.
Children are people too!
The true and the false Utopia
Culture always is at the expense of nature- nature always is at the expense of culture.
culture, ratio. The false and unreachable utopia
nature, feeling. The true and reachable utopia
A --------------X----------------------- B
X is the position of our culture. The larger part of nature is
sacrificed to production, achievements, interests, egoism, false needs
and properties. A is a totally technologised earth, an illusion,
wherein no nature would be left, or a situation after a thirth world
war, a barren uninhabitable earth. B could be named paradise, a return
to the original state, wherein man lives in harmony with himself, his
fellow-men and nature.
lt is a radical back to nature
As long as man is somewhere between A en B he is wandering, submitted to contrarieties. When you quit the herd, that fights its life-and-dead
struggle for own interests, property and status in X and enter the
narrow path full of dangers on your way to B, abandoning all
cultural luggage little by little, comparable to leaving Plato's cave,
the ones staing behind will talk ill of you. At B is the narrow gate
you have to pass totally naked, without any interest or prejudices. You
first have to pay the last farthing. You have to leave the whole world
behind, without any compromises
A = 100% ratio, thinking
B = 100% feeling, conscience, etc.
O = a human
A -----------O---X--------------------- B
If the zero and the crosslet are in the same place you are adapted to
society decently and fit in with it exactly. The more you get rid of
your prejudices, customs, self-interest and convictions the crosslet
goes to the right. Finally you will fall together with you conscience,
but you do not fit in with this unrighteous society no more. Everywhere
around you you see people fighting to pull the crosslet to the right or
to the left, the environment movements to the right the planners to the
left,their conscience to the right, frights to the left, love to the
right, power to the left. An endless fight with victims only.
Accusation of a righteous
Manuscript found in a bottle
Long ago in a land far away from here all people had
butter upon their heads and everybody thought is was normal. There were
people with creamery butter, spiced butter, semi butter and an
innumerable other butter blends upon their heads but everybody only
thought his own butter was the right. About that they quarreled, fought
out wars and charged each other with heresy with many sharp witted arguments.
It was strange that all children being born there didn't
have anything at all upon their little heads and yet all those
Butterheads thought that was beautiful. Perhaps it did remind them of
their own childhood, their lost children's paradise they secretly
longed for sometimes and yet they dreamed of a child that would grow up
to a worthy and adapted member of the Butterheads. For that purpose
they soon started applying themselves to fit the child's head with a
suitable layer of butter.
But once in that land there was an inhabitant who was
not happy. He had thought much and long about his discomfort and
finally arrived at the conlusion it all was owing by his buttered head
undoubtedly. The only sensible solution he suggested was to part with
his butter burden. His fellow countrymen warned him: don't do so risky,
adapt yourself, do normally, wihout butter you are nothing. He was
resolutely and persevered. And look: the more he freed himself from his
butter the more it dawned upon him but the more lonesome became his
struggle. Until one day, at despair's door, as by magic the last small
remnant disappeared. Nowadays it is said the scales fell from his eyes.
At that time he just really realized the craziness of the world he
lived in and the strange way his fellow countrymen behaved. He tried to
talk about it. They laughed at him or got angry. To be not
conspicious he did put butter upon his head again and played the game
but life of a unbuttered amidst butterheads is no picnic. The thing
that went to his heart at most were the children in whom he recognized
so a lot and everywhere around him he saw them decaying unto
butterheads. He became cautious as a snake and harmless as a dove and
finally he wrote this short manual about the way to become from a
butterhead man again.
The daily news
Everyday again the newspaper and television spit out the
symptoms of this ill society over the readers and viewers. People note
it and they return to the order of the day. Exulting at the
achievements, indignant of all misery and not realizing the way they
are connected to each other indissolubly experts ventilate their
opinions shamelessly. Many of them point out ill spots that have to be
fought, trot out solutions and point out the guilty. We need more rules
and punishments have to become harder. All the time more power to rule
this derailing society, all the time higher dikes to bridle the waters,
all the time more rules to keep the civilians in their proper places.
Complicated people write complicated articles to solve complicated
problems and the confusion merely grows.
Man and nature cannot be bridled and show it by bursting out of their
artificial harnesses everywhere or languish. Is it not high time to
finally remove the harness?
Jorge Luis Borges
In "The Cult of the Book" Borges narrates about a
parable of Nathaniel Hawthorne. "Therein Hawthorne foresees a moment
when people decide, weary with senseless heaping up, to destroy the
past. Therefore they gather in one of the extent areas in the West of
America on an early evening. From all remote places on earth people
come to that plain. In the middle they build a gigantic funeral pile
and they feed it with all genealogical trees, with all diplomas, with
all medals, with all decorations, with all warants, with all
scutcheons, with all coronets, with all sceptres, with all tiaras, with
all purple coats, with all baldachins, with all thrones, with all
alcoholics, with all coffee-bags, with all tea-canisters, with all
cigars, with all loveletters, with all artillery, with all swords, with
all flags, with all war-drums, with all instruments of torture,
with all guilllotines, with all gallows, with all precious metals, with
all money, with all title-deeds, with all constitutions and codes of
law, with all mitres, with all dalmaticas, with all holy scriptures
that populate and fatigue Earth nowadays. Hawthorne astonished and
slightly shocked watches the burning; a man with a thoughtful
appearance tells him that he needs not to be happy or sad as the huge
pyramid of fire only consumes what is consumable in things. An other
bystander - the devil - remarks that the impresarios of the holocaust
forgot to throw the essence on the pile, that is, the human heart that
holds every evil and that they only destroyed some shapes. Hawthorn
concludes as follows: "The heart, that little unbounded sphere, matrix
of the original sin, of which crime and misery areonly some
symbols. Let us purify this internal sphere and the many shapes of evil
that darken this visible world will fly like phantasms , for if we only
work with our reason using that imperfect instrument to better what is
tormenting us, then all of our efforts will be a dream. Such an unreal
dream that it does not matter if the stake that I described so
faithfully is a so- called real datum, a fire that scorches our hand or
a dreamed up fire, a parable".
This website is about the purifying of that little sphere. Not the
heart, as Borges writes, but the head. When you were a little child
your head was still empty. No opinions, convictions, knowledge,
beliefs, imposed requirements and values, false needs, laws and
precepts populated the brain yet. Nothing to lose and therefore no
fear. Everything that is learned can be unlearned, so the beginning
will be as the end again. Everything mankind befouled its own nest, the
earth, with are merely products of false needs.
He who trusts in others does not trusts himself. He who believes in
others does not believe in himself. He who believes in theories cannot
see clearly. He who pursues his self-interest does so at the expense of
the common interest. He who tries to run with the hare and hunts with
the hounds, serving two masters, will keep struggling his whole life.
It is all or nothing.
"I know you are up there. I can feel you now. I know that you are
afraid. You are afraid of us. You are afraid of change. I do not know
the future. I did not come here to tell you how it is going to end. I
came here to tell you how it is going to begin. I am going hang up this
phone and then I am going to show this people what you do not want them
to see. I am going to show them a world without you. A world without
rules and controls, without borders and boundaries. A world where
anything is possible. Where we go from here is a choice I leave to you."
P a r a d i s e
P a r a d i s e
l o s t
P a r a d i s e
r e g a i n e d
Happy and contented people
are the biggest threat for this society
The fatal mistake of christianity is they turned the only guide-line
for a happy life "do NOT do to others what you do NOT want them to do
to you". That is why mankind lives in a world upside-down now.
Who gives up all, will get all
I n t e r n e t :
|The Gospel of Thomas
|Terug naar de Natuur|
|Het Evangelie van Thomas||
Keywords: Gospel of Thomas, utopia, wisdom, justice, selfknowledge,
peace, conscience, love, freedom