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Jed McKenna's Theory of Everything - Part 4 of 4

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We are programmed from birth to believe that our existence is an unsolvable riddle, but if we make an honest effort, we discover that mystery itself is the riddle. Not just what is the big mystery, but why is there any mystery at all? And what if there isn’t? What if the Mysterium Tremendum is just an internal belief without any external counterpart? What if the answers to life’s biggest questions were all hidden in plain sight?

     “If man will strike, strike through the mask!
      How can the prisoner reach outside except
      by thrusting through the wall?”
                                                 -Captain Ahab 

Those interested in striking through the mask will welcome a theory of everything that makes sense, doesn’t rely on religious or scientific chicanery, and can be easily understood. And those familiar with Jed McKenna and the Enlightenment Trilogy will know that it’s not just a theory.

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Praise for Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy

“Jed McKenna is an American original.” -Lama Surya Das

“Absolutely marvelous, splendid, perfect books!” -Shri Acharya

“These books have profoundly changed my life.” -C. Jensen

“These three books are precious gifts to humanity.” -E. De Vries

“Thank you for the books. I’ve been waiting all my life for them.” -C. Vankeith

“I can think of no other author I’d recommend more highly.” -M.R. Fleming

"I say an eternal thank you for the Trilogy. The books continue to challenge my mind and life. I ordered my 4th complete set. Nothing compares to this writing." -J.H.

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24. Meaning & Belief

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If you’re not sure of the meaning of your life, look to your struggle, and to the causes and fruits of your struggle. Look to your strongest emotions; love, fear, hate. What do you want to create, preserve or destroy? What’s the worst thing you could lose or the best thing you could gain? Maybe your meaning is the thing that most defines you, like an institution or an affliction. Your meaning might be as general as duty, or as specific as killing an enemy. Maybe your meaning is to just keep plodding along, getting through the day. I’ll guess that since you’re reading this your fortunes aren’t garbage-pickin’ grim, but that doesn’t mean you’re not stuck in a dead-end life. (Though technically, I suppose we all are.)..........

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25. The Veil of Perception

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My response to that, as always, is revisit your assumptions. In this case, the assumption that we experience the world directly is false. No one has ever experienced this alleged world directly, and no one ever will. Weird, huh?..........

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26. Speculation & Make-Believe

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To re-enter the amusement park is to re-suspend disbelief; to accept the virtual reality of the dreamstate as real reality. For instance, I like to pretend that I’m sane and that I have free will. Might as well, right? I also pretend that I am my character, that my memories are trustworthy, and that time and space and the world are as they seem. Kinda gotta. And frankly, why not? .........

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27. From The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

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In his shack was an old beaten-up armchair, an old scratched table, an old mattress, some cushions and a stove that was small but warm. He stood up and found a glass that was lying on the floor by the mattress. He poured in a measure from his whisky bottle. He sat again.

“Perhaps some other people are coming to see me,” he said.

The door opened.

“Hello?” said the man.

“Ah, excuse me,” said Zarniwoop, “I have reason to believe…”

“Do you rule the Universe?” said Zaphod.

The man smiled at him.

“I try not to,” he said. ................. See All Chapters
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28. The Truman Show

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The movie is a basic parable of the journey of awakening from delusion. At the end of his journey, Truman Burbank escapes through the final door into freedom from the artificial environment – Seahaven – in which he was raised. He steps through the door into a broader reality that is essentially the same world he’s always known, but on a larger scale; same paradigm, same dynamics, same everything really, just one level up. Just like Neo in The Matrix, Truman doesn’t escape from Maya, he just leaps from one turtle to the next.

“So, pretend it’s you opening that door,” I tell John and Claire after the movie when they come to discuss it with me. “Your whole life has been moving toward this; you’ve undergone crisis after crisis, fought battle after battle, destroyed illusion after illusion. You’ve been living in a state of unrelenting emotional upheaval as your world collapsed around you, you’ve made a great journey, and now you’re about to discover the truth of your being. You’re about to leave the only reality you’ve ever known and step into a new, bigger reality you’ve never seen and only recently began to suspect. Okay?”......... See All Chapters
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29. The Enlightened Perspective

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Speaking of which, I’m a perfect example of someone who is living a belief-defying life. I live on a planet where a hundred billion people live or have lived, and though I am unstellar in all respects, I’m supposed to believe that out of countless millions and billions of people who are vastly more intelligent, courageous and heartfelt than myself, I am one of very few to achieve true spiritual enlightenment. I mean, c’mon, seriously? Who could believe such a contrived fantasy? I’m certainly not that gullible, but it’s my life so what can I do? I could try to escape, but I did all the escaping I could and this is where it got me. It’s as if you plugged a little old lady into the mind machine in Total Recall instead of Arnold, and now she believes she’s an interplanetary superspy kicking ass and saving worlds. It doesn’t fit, it can’t be reconciled, it’s just too outlandish. A big, muscular guy like Arnold, yeah, sure, maybe he can’t tell if it’s live or memorex, but a little old lady should know the difference, and so should I...... See All Chapters
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30. The Last Religion

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