Well, they’ve started work today, so everything is a little ‘upside down’.
Nothing has been lost, anxious people might be pleased to hear!, but many things are in bags or boxes but can pretty easily be re-found. Some of the things I ‘re-found’ are amazing to say the least. Photocopies that people sent me over the years; photographs and letters – God alone knows how many of them – even some with pretty ‘dolphin notepaper’! Anyway, apart from any disruption, everything is ‘still go’. Luckily its warm again or that might have made it a little uncomfortable. Couple of things to get up the road later, not least a couple of beers to help wash down all the dust!
But I’m being serious. There was a question a two days ago from my ‘double’, David, and he asked me this . . . “With you “thanking God” in today’s post this has thrown up a whole raft of questions about your personal “religious” beliefs. I will not ask them in this reply at the risk of upsetting K (I would hate to slow you down on your book). I would be interested though when you get a chance to hear about your outlook on life. Or how your personal philosophy impacts on the world (meaning of course your “neighbours”). Yours DF” I told David this was really such a ‘loaded question’! I guess when you mention the word’ religion’, questions always are. But I’ll try and answer simply: In fact, I do not have any religion, as such. By that I mean I am not a member of any cult of sect and neither do I adhere to the doctrines of the conventional Church – ANY church. Which is not to say (indeed, as I have persistently pointed out) that I am an ‘atheist’ – indeed, I accept the existence of a Divine Principle, or ‘God’, but just refuse to follow ‘man made’ religion as this is so often practiced.
On this matter, I accept that Jesus was certainly one of the most inspired religious teachers mankind has ever known – or is ever likely to know of in this very material world. What I reject is the way His teachings have so often been so misinterpreted by Churches set up, supposedly, with the purpose of following His original Word and teachings. The main message in Christ’s teachings was that of Love – something sadly lacking in this God-forsaken world today, as it has been so in times past. If there was seemingly one thing Jesus hated above all others it was hypocrisy and the false worship of the true Divine Principle, or God. He was often harsh in His condemnation of this; that is, man-made laws and customs which, if anything, only separate men from the Source of all existence. So ‘no’, I can say quite truthfully that I am not – or ever have been – an atheist. I reject materialism in its physical sense and seek only to come to understand the real Cause behind it.
This is put very simply; but I think it sums up my basic ‘outlook on life’ (as you put it.). Many years ago, I passed through – rather studies – many religious Teachings and philosophies. But I was never entrapped by any of these; rather I just saw these as ‘stepping-stones – to something far greater. I still remain totally unfettered by any religious Cults or Sects. I have never been a part of any, nor would I ever be so. I have often been criticized for denying the existence of the devil.
But such criticism has invariably been a misunderstanding of what I meant. I have never denied the existence of evil in this world; only that it has some ‘supreme force’ of ‘intelligence’ governing it. In other words, some ‘powerful outside force’ that ‘organises evil’ and waits for you in a fiery hell if you succumb to ‘its’ temptations. This really is all nonsense. There is no ‘fiery hell’ – or if there is at all, it exists in this material world today, not outside of it. So what is the source of evil? This exists only in the human mind, surely? If you remove the human mind – or thinking – evil simply evaporates, and you will not find any devil. Of course, this can open up other aspects of the subject. For while the devil might not exist, negative human thoughts and emotions definitely do exist; and not only exist can become embedded ‘in the atmosphere’ to influence, or be picked up, by susceptible people.
If you really understood what I meant by these two basic points, it would not really be necessary to explain any more! I really have no philosophy in life other than this. Seek out ‘God’, or that Life which is Divine, and there is really no need to do anything else. Everything then falls into place automatically. Well, I hope I have answered your question. I have tried to anyway!
For the moment, David (Farrant)