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Voyage to Infinity.
Book Two
A Rendezvous with Evil
Introduction
Book two, in the series 'Voyage to Infinity', leads the reader into a world where the dark influence has achieved a firm grip on life. Gazing across our world today, there are numerous on-going conflicts I could fictionalise to fill the pages of this book. I despair at having to listen to reports of people living in conditions where they are constantly subject to cruel, immoral attitudes. The questions that dominate me, are, at what point will it end? Will we exhaust our resources before we can solve our problems — if so, what will become of us then?
When we gaze back over the past, we see how our own culture has risen from marauding influences that have plundered our shores: I refuse to believe that this is how our Maker intended us to develop. To benignly accept such abuse, as a natural means to progress life on in a world, contradicts everything our Maker stands for.
As weapons reach more sophisticated levels, the threat it places on our lives breaches new frontiers. Each year is leading us into an era, where only the strong will survive-able to take what they want. Humanity governed by nature's intrinsic law, offers no future for the defenceless. It concerns me, when looking to our ecclesiastical institutions as a source of relief for the helpless, and find, they too, have become rife with conflict. It confirms in me, of the most powerful influence in man's existence that has plagued us since time immemorial — our free-will.
Listening to news-bulletins depresses me, as we see an ever increasing tide of discontent sweeping across our world. What I feel we are witnessing today, is a civilisation that is totally focused on the physical aspects of a world, appearing to show no regard or curiosity for our origin. What is unnerving, is, how much of our lives are being affected by historical, ecclesiastical beliefs that have been passed down through the ages.
Such beliefs; the compassion and benevolence filtered out of them, judge peoples lives rigidly, and mete out retribution in the name of our Maker. It provokes sympathy, among many of us looking on, to take up the challenge by aggressively meeting hard attitudes; the result — conflict. In my books, I adhere to tradition; the introductions, maintaining the theme of high-lighting ideas, views and opinions. It remains my hope that it will maintain the curiosity of my readers, and who will then continue to join me in exploring the purpose for our being here.
In the theme of my writing, it becomes obvious that I accept the infinitive, spiritual dimension on faith, but to have arrived at that understanding has not been achieved easily. Initially rebelling against my parent's guidance and discipline, I was checked by their strict rules, indoctrinating me into their beliefs and code of conduct. It confirms in me, today, that this was the vital period where my character and conscience was developed — applied when I was too young to object.
In book one of this series The Spiritual Inception, the lead character, Jamie, applies logic to view his life; considering how two irrefutable facts, imposes limitations on an incarnate soul passing through a world. The first, being the transience of it, and second, the inevitable exit to the dimension beyond. The idea of viewing my life logically, in sight of these two facts, aided me in developing my faith. Though I received no practical proof, of the spiritual dimension from my parents, their idea to apply material logic to those facts, encouraged me to consider the impact they would have on my future.
This initial understanding, brought into perspective the time factor, and how it seemed improper use of the material aspects in our lives could waste that precious commodity. From this revelation, my conclusions focused me, again, on that one intransigent fact that had dogged mankind since the beginning — free-will. It seemed to me, that throughout history, humanity's inability to manage this aspect in life had contributed to an incapability to rationally, arbitrate on differences of opinion; preventing us, in the extreme, to reach a compromise without resorting to violence.
Few, past confrontations, can demonstrate how conflict has resolved human issues. Increasingly, daily news bulletins are beginning to reveal new challenges to the sanctity of life; how fanatical groups around the globe favour death rather than life. When we study the Ten Commandments, they evoke a discipline on our lives. In light of what I have learnt, and discussed in this introduction, it provokes me to ask the question: can we afford to ignore those laws?
Appearing at a time, many of us concede as a period of divine importance on our world, the rational thinking behind the Ten Commandments, I believe, emphatically answers that question. Few of us today follow those commandments or could even recite any from memory. From observations I have made, fanatical believers apply rigid interpretations to them, and it is in their rigid, symbolic interpretation, the sense of their meaning can be lost or confused. Gazing around the world, various doctrines view others suspiciously, forcing on people what they consider are true, divine directives. Instinctively, I sense the solution is inherent within us all, but requires that we recognise our origin to realise that knowledge.
If we view life in the west, we see the desirable, democratic freedom of thought; an aspect, I believe, our Maker intended. Looking at it from a remote perspective, our democracy appears as a blend of atheistic, capitalistic corruption where discipline is in decline. In contrast, oppressed majorities exist in constant fear of physical, life-threatening retribution imposed on them by fanatical, ecclesiastical minorities. Essentially, neither of these approaches to life have solved issues facing humanity, always leading us towards conflict, and where the people, we are trying to help, suffer the most.
I believe that if we look at life logically, we will see beyond its physical frontiers, and reach an understanding of the true values imparted to us by those Ten Commandments. The transience of this life, and the inevitable exit from it, should tell us that nothing in a material existence belongs to any one. That it is not for individuals to judge or dictate to others how they live out their lives, but concede to the rights of all to map out their own destinies. I have been fortunate in being born to parents who possessed a spiritual understanding, and in the scope of their beliefs, I received an insight of the world beyond.
Today, I govern my life by the doctrines laid down by the Maker, and from my developed conscience, intuitively feel when I have over-stepped the mark. It is for each of us to evaluate life as we see it, but reason over the fundamental aspects of it we have limited control over. When combining many historic conflicts, with the events that are occurring around us today; I conclude that violence, times violence, does not equal a solution.
CJB.
 

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