As a professional critic (and Cato of Truth) of the spiritual sleep of humanity, my principle business in the world is that of manufacturing wisdoms for tomorrow, which is to say, ideas so novel (and noble, if your approbation allows) that they will be instantly rejected as inexorably insane and outrageous by all ‘right-thinking’ men, and so pertinent and eternally sound that they will eventually conquer that instinctive opposition, and force themselves into the inherent Enlightenment of the Race.
The Spirituality I preach is not any different in nature from the Enlightenment propounded by the Masters of Light whose knowledge is to be found in the cobwebbed shelves of yesterday. Ergo, due to the change of times and the human temperaments I might appear to use a different approach with new labels stuck rakishly upon the gems of wisdom.
Nature conspires against all mediocrity and I have no doubt that God, too, disfavors ignorance in large measure. Lack of spiritual awareness pushes all men into intellectual cages; and there is a strange tendency in everyone to yield and have done – universal human weakness. This inner weakness limits the capacity of mankind for Higher Realization especially due to his inability to throw off the prejudices and false superstitions of the world, his cultures and the illusion of time.
Below I shall share a few definitions from Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary”.
#1. ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
#2. ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.
#3. Sophistry, n. The controversial method of an opponent, distinguished from one’s own by superior insincerity and fooling. This method is that of the later Sophists, a Grecian sect of philosophers who began by teaching wisdom, prudence, science, art and, in brief, whatever men ought to know, but lost themselves in a maze of quibbles and a fog of words.
Below is a verse by Polydore Smith to illustrate the meaning:
His bad opponent’s “facts” he sweeps away,
And drags his sophistry to light of day;
Then swears they’re pushed to madness who resort
To falsehood of so desperate a sort.
Not so; like sods upon a dead man’s breast,
He lies most lightly who the least is pressed.