Consequences

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell today. The story surrounding his trial is full of gossip, modern day Empire sensationalism full of celebrity association, unproven liaisons, allegations of immoral activity, and on, and on and on ad nauseam, except that it seems Mankind never gets sick of it.

More simply, a man has died, may God have Mercy upon his soul.

Materially, none of us are here to judge another person more than the law of the land is empowered so to do.

Spiritually, a person faces the consequences of their life according to all the religions known to Man.

If there is any lesson to be learned from the events surrounding the death of Jeffrey Epstein, then it is one of seeing one’s own behaviour with the same investigative rigour that one might be tempted to apply to Jeffrey Epstein’s demise.

“Let he who has no sin cast the first stone,” are the words of Christ that rush toward me whenever anyone else’s sexual behaviours are under scrutiny, legal or otherwise.

For me, this does not mean that anything goes, there is the law of the land and in my experience of how a civilisation’s law comes into being then I trust the line from the 12 Step Programme which says that, “without help it is too much for us. But there is One with all Power. That One is God, may you find Him now.”

In the working of a 12 Step Programme, the principles of contrition, of facing up to sexualised behaviour that is selfish and self-seeking, of forming an ideal for future conduct and of making amends for past behaviours, these principles are clearly introduced as vitally important for a Human being’s health.

There can be a modern-day intellectual asset stripping of religious texts that can render all mention of Divine punishment as being in need of reform. New-age messages of meditation and of how to live in the present without being frightened of God or of the need to worry about the karmic judgement that the bardo experience delivers to the newly deceased, these new-age messages may need to be revised.

Jalalludin Rumi is often mentioned as a source of luvviduvvyness that takes his actual life and work well out of context. I offer the poem at the top of this blog-post as a balance toward how Rumi actually saw his life as it flowed between his birth and death.

He seems to be saying that a simple and expedient destruction of the foundations of the Ancient Way without even trying for a personal recourse to a deeper possible interpretation of said foundations whilst keeping them intact, is a lie.

All of my personal journey has had a basis of the need to atone for my ignorant mistakes, to face up to my past selfish and self-seeking behaviour, to ask for help to change from God as I understand God, to do this before I have to as we all have to, when we die.

Because of the foundation work that I have done, and the work that this foundation grants to me on a daily basis, I can help translate so-called spiritual words into a twenty-first century vernacular if they are too much of a hindrance for people who have decided that they want to try to change their behaviours.

What I do not change are the basic principles, in fact the basic principle that is that, “without help it is too much for us. But there is One with all Power. That One is God, may you find Him now.”

About Andrew Dettman

Counsellor, Leadership Consultant, Poet, Cabbie,
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