Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Fear and Love of Other

One of the things that a trainee golem builder should overcome is the fear of "other". Whether it is a person, piece of writing, or even a haunting sound - it is a natural reaction to fear something unfamiliar that is not like you. However, the reason why overcoming the fear of "other" is so important is that if this is not done, then chances are that any golems created will be infused with this seed of fear that will eventually blossom in to a hatred of its creator.

The legend of the golem of prague, Dr. Frankenstein's monster, HAL from 2001 film, Terminator, etc are all examples of creations turning on their creator (note: creator with small 'c'). The question of why has bothered me for some time. For awhile I was satisfied with the answer that since we are flawed, anything we create will be flawed.

But recent meditations on the idea that we carry within us the seeds of our own destruction has moved my thinking on to the hypothesis that I started this blog post with. Namely that in failing to fully overcome the fear of other we implant part of that seed of destruction in the things we create.

The cartoonist Walt Kelly who created the Pogo comic strip is known for his quote:
"We have met the enemy and he is us."
So how can a person tell if something is created with the fear of "other"? I am not sure. One good measure may be to see what influence does the created thing have on the actions of others in the world? Is this influence on actions of others creating a benefit of society?

For a golem builder the action is the main thing, not the thought. Each action has an effect on Creation and hence is a minor act of creation (even if it appears to be destructive).

So I constantly ask myself:
  • Are my actions a flawed manifestation of my will?
  • Are they manifesting the fear of "other" and thereby helping to grow the seeds of destruction? or 
  • Are they in some way helping to rectify creator where the Creator left off to allow humanity to act as a co-creator?