On the website Cult of the Dead Cow, I found an anonymous essay that lays the whole plot out there for us. We're not told who wrote it, but only that English is his second language (his first may be Tralfamadorian). The title is "The Doors of the Human Herd."
In an overlong introduction we're told that most people can't perceive "factual reality" and that "most people act as though they were in some kind of mindless hive or herd, controlled by mass consciousness, rendering them incapable of personal insight."
Interesting stuff, even though he rambles a bit. I read a little further.
Using examples from sports, chess-playing and musical talent, we're told that people do not "see" things as they really are by noting that "only a tiny fraction of those engaging in these respective endeavors ever attain a degree of professional skill."
He's starting to lose me here, rambling back and forth between rather shaky points that don't seem to be going much of anywhere. Still, I read on....
After some power-skimming, I find his point again: "[J]ust as only a tiny number of novice athletes end up competing at the professional level, so do only a few who tread the path of sacrifice and worldly renunciation attain higher levels of political and spiritual realization."
Okay, I'm back with you, but I could stop reading at any second now. Where are you going with this?, I think to myself....
He asks, why do certain people not accept it when other, more enlightened beings try to explain what's "really" going on? Why do people not accept the "truth" when an activist of any kind, be it a conspiracy nut or a religious zealot or an ecological alarmist or even your mother giving you advice, tries to give you the low-down on "how it really is"?
"Okay," I think. "What's the secret, buddy?"
Voila! There are "Doors" only a few enter. Thinking of Huxley's Doors of Perception, I read on....
"[E]very person encountered can be thought of as having a certain 'level' of understanding, with the opening of a 'door' as its prerequisite. Each door is accessible to fewer individuals at each turn. Each successive door is only accessible to approximately ten percent of the population that made it through the previous door. At each level, it is common for the people 'below' those 'above' to view those higher as insane, whereas those 'above' view those 'below' as lazy or complicit."
Okay, guy. I'm with you. Like everyone else, I'm an elitist. I don't want to be called lazy, or insane, so tell me your secrets. Show me through your doors.
[The references to population numbers at each door are mine, not the author's.]
There are six billion of us
Most of them will think of little more than the basic physical functions, reproduction, responsibilities toward offspring, maintaining the home space, and the mass entertainment used to create an orderly, unified herd. They live and die without seriously contemplating anything other than what it takes to keep their lives together. Ninety percent of all humanity live and die without opening the first door.Sounds reasonable. Johnny, tell us what's behind door number one!
Ten percent [600 million] of us will open the first door and find the world of politics. We will vote, be active and have an opinion. Our opinions are shaped by our conditioning, world-view, and assumptions; we tend to believe that government officials, network media personalities and other "experts" are voices of authority. We think that our vote counts and ignore the fact that religious pressure groups, industry self-interest groups, and privileged ethnic groups set policy and buy political power collectively for their own self-interests.Okay. Most people pay little attention to politics, instead focusing on survival. I can see your point, somewhat in the USA and to a greater degree in some less developed parts of the world. Go on....
Ten percent [60 million] of these will open the second door to explore the world of history, the relationship between man and government and the meaning of self-government through constitutional and common law. History can show precedents and repetitive patterns in collective human behavior. Some few within will begin to understand economic principles and realize that money is an illusion, debt a contract, and that economic reality is set by arbitrary rules.Starting to get a bit philosophical and conspiratorial here.... Whatcha got next?
Ten percent [six million] of the previous group will open the third door to find that the resources of the world, including people, are controlled by extremely wealthy and powerful families whose incorporated old world assets have, with modern extortion strategies, licensing requirements, regulations, and laws, become the foundation upon which the world's economy is currently indebted.My hopes of a helter-skelter Huxley tie-in dashed, I plod on to the next door, expecting to find the Bilderbergers (and I do).
Ten percent [600,000] of us will open the fourth door to discover the Committee of 300, the Illuminati, Skull & Bones, Freemasonry and the other secret societies. These societies use symbols and perform ceremonies that perpetuate the generational transfers of arcane knowledge that is used to keep the ordinary people in political, economic and spiritual bondage to the oldest bloodlines on earth.Ooh, cool. I've not only entered door number four, I'm one of the bogeymen with arcane knowledge. Please continue....
Ten percent [60,000] of us will open the fifth door to learn that at the top layer, secret society members are so far advanced technologically that time travel and interstellar communications have no boundaries and controlling the actions of people is what their members do as offhandedly as we tell our children when they must go to bed. Many of those who do reach this level of reality perception simultaneously develop a nihilistic coping response, caring not that a tiny, alien minority may rule them and feeling irritated that anyone has brought any aspect of this to their attention.Oh, crap! I forgot to put on my tinfoil hat! Warily, I read further....
Ten percent [6,000] of us will enter the sixth level where the dragons and lizards and aliens we thought were the fictional monsters of childhood literature are real and are the controlling forces behind the secret societies. It cannot be known from outside these cryptocracies whether these beings are in our dimension or are mere representations of the human mind in the ranks of the elites, thinking with an early-developed, Reptilian part of the brain or whether their behavior and goals reflect the infiltration of a reptilian consciousness that is extradimensional into their minds.Oh, man! You got some of that bad acid at Woodstock, didn't you!?
I do not know what is behind the seventh door [which only 600 have or will go through]. I think it is where your personal evolution has reached the point that you can know all of this, yet remain sane, centered,and functional at some sort of base consensus level. At this level, you try to make a difference, and to use reason and/or action to open the doors to others. Just because the world is ruled by brute force, straightjackets of law and religion, you try to exercise freedom in relating to those around you and to brighten their spaces and your own in an act of existential rebellion. You realize that, with the doors open, the only way that the evil cryptocracy could exert this much control over the lives of men is in the absence of a person "God/Allah/Yahweh/Force" that would have counterweighted or prevented it.He lost me here, as I'm still bemused by the lizard kings behind the sixth door. I mean I liked Jim Morrison and those Doors, and V was a pretty cool mini-series with all those reptilian invaders, but... I guessed I've risen as far as I can go on his insanity meter.
[We're down to 60 people now.] Opening the eighth door is something that even those at the seventh level of awareness do on only a fleeting, momentary basis. Here, they enter into what the ancient Nordics called "Ginungagap," the "Cleft between worlds," a state of pure, undifferentiated, impersonal energy and realize that this has been flowing through them all the rest of the time. They interact with it, using thought-forms (what Tibetans call "Tulpas") to attune to that power, linking with the higher, collective unconscious, and conscious projections of their Folk, to create a better reality, no matter how long that may take. There may be fewer than 50,000 persons who reach this level, and those who do will find it increasingly difficult to relate to persons of other reality levels.Apparently he lost his math skills along with his sanity somewhere around door number six.
Actually, what he's describing in his own paranoid way is a skewed modification of Dr. Tim Leary's Eight Circuits of Consciousness. But that's a topic for another day. I gotta go out and get some lizard traps.
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