A Land of Four Rivers
Once upon a time, in another century, a renowned scientist in spiritual matters created a structure the represents our spirituality in form of a 'land of four rivers.' The first river she named Pison, according to ancient texts, and she called that river the love of the good and beautiful and their immortality. And the second river she name Gihon and called it the rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially. These rivers represent the spirituality of our humanity, such as love, honor, integrity and generosity.
In a metaphoric sense we are that 'woman' of the river Gihon, of a world divided not just by sex, but in countless ways; politically; ideologically; culturally, and of course economically. Our love of the good and beautiful in human nature has been overshadowed with a love of wealth and power. Our economy that once existed for providing the means for a better life for everyone has become an economy for stealing from one another, especially in the financial markets. Where the focus had once been on building and creating, the focus has become on reaping huge profits from processes that don't create anything nor produce anything in tangible terms that enrich society. Instead of enriching society and our world, we have been drawn into an orgy of privatization, which means nothing more than the privatization of society's still existing wealth and resources into the hands of a very few. In a very real way, we have given those few the right to 'rape' us economically. We call it deregulation.
With this shift in focus we have destroyed our productive economies, everywhere around the world where this shift has occurred. Our world has become a world that is currently being kept alive only by the creation of debt. With what we call "the free-trade miracle" we have corrupted the poorest of the poor in the world to produce for us in the sweat of their toil what we are no longer able or willing to produce for ourselves with advanced industrial production.
Our rivers have stopped flowing. Our humanity has become lost. We live in a world in which it is fast becoming common place that rich nations like Argentina, that produces enough food to feed 300 million people has its small population starving to death under the political pressure for export demands in the name of debt collection. That has become the face of our humanity. When a little child, dying of starvation in her mother's arms asks, "mommy, is there food in heaven?" we should cry over that tragedy that is reflected in what kind of people we have become, because this child's death foreshadows in principle our own. Soon, we will be fighting great wars over oil, and over food, and over many other resources, and wars to create empires, and wars to protect those empires. In this we die.
It has been said that our spiritual resources are the mainstay of our existence; resources such as love, honor, integrity, ingenuity, creativity, productivity, even generosity. It has been said that if one withdraws them civilization must collapse. Thirty-five years ago we have known this, but we closed our eyes and minds and in our arrogance we said, 'bull shit,' and we went out and did our own thing. Now we are forced to face the truth, and the truth is that we cannot escape the consequences from ignoring the principles of the universe. Sure, we can pass laws contrary to these principles, and mock these principles in our ever-growing ignorance, but we cannot escape them.
The woman scientist who explored our spirituality as human beings called her third river, divine Science understood and acknowledged. She named it Hiddekel, as one of the four rivers that symbolically flows out of the metaphorical garden of Eden. Evidently she is right with that comparison, because we have lost our divinity as human beings, and with it we have lost our humanity, and as we did this we have closed our eyes to the creeping collapse of the world that we had once created for ourselves.
We have become 'empty' people. When the barrel of our humanity is drawn down to the very bottom, there remains nothing but the sludge of pure material existence manifest in fascism, terrorism, cruelty, war, and destruction. This has become the taint of our world.
Mary calls her fourth river divine Science encircling the universe and man, which she suggests is something that we should be able to achieve to rebuild our divinity as human beings, and that we should be able to do this in spite of all the limitations and devotion to finity that we are prone to embrace as we loose sight of our spiritual nature. She names that last of her four rivers, Euphrates, according to the same ancient texts referred to earlier. It is interesting to note that this river, Euphrates, is also the only river of the four that has a real equivalent, and that this river flows through a land that has been set up to become the starting point for a world-encircling clash of civilizations war.
Perhaps this war can be avoided as we make some decisive efforts to rebuild our divinity and regard one another as human beings, and deal with one another on that level.