A Species In Denial—The Demysticification of Religion
The story of Noah’s Ark explained
Now that humans are at last able to acknowledge the broad spectrum of alienation and the occurrence of resignation, humanity is finally in a position to safely explain the true meaning of the biblical story, Noah’s Ark. In light of this explanation, it is obvious that the great flood in this story represents a cataclysmic event that occurred in the human journey through consciousness. Clearly that event was when resignation became an almost universal phenomenon.
There was a time when all humans were sufficiently innocent, free of corruption, to be able to go through life without resigning themselves to blocking out ideality in order to cope with their reality; a Page 394 of
Print Edition time when all humans were prophets. However as the search for knowledge developed and corruption and alienation increased, more and more people needed to block out ideality to cope with their reality, needed to resign. Eventually there came a time when the average adolescent was growing up sufficiently corrupted or non-ideal to have to adopt the strategy of resignation to avoid the depression that their divisive condition would have otherwise caused—a time when resignation and the competitive and aggressive egocentric way of living became widespread, a normal part of human life.
The story of Noah’s Ark metaphorically describes this time when resignation and its denial and oppression of the soul and all the associated truths became virtually universal amongst humans. It metaphorically describes the time when resignation ‘flooded’ the world and our soul and all its truths went under, ‘drowned’. It describes the time when our soul was pushed into our subconscious, out of conscious awareness, and in its place the highly competitive egocentric way of living emerged. The only creatures to escape the horror of resignation, ‘drowning’, were the animals and the very few prophets, symbolised by the survival of the animals and Noah: ‘Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God [he did not have to deny integrative meaning]…God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways [had become resigned and egocentric and living in denial of God]. So God said to Noah, “…make yourself an ark…I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth…Everything on earth will perish [the soul and all the denial-free truths will perish when people resign to a life of denial]. But I will establish my covenant with you [but from here on I will depend on prophets to preserve the truth of integrative meaning and all the other great truths that relate to it], and you will enter the ark…Go into the ark [don’t resign], you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation”’ (Genesis 6:9,12,14,17,18; 7:1).
The Bushmen people of southern Africa have a word for prophets that employs the analogy of a harvest. In Sir Laurens van der Post 1958 book The Lost World of the Kalahari he describes meeting a Bushman ‘prophet and healer’ named ‘Samutchoso’, meaning ‘He who was left after the reaping’ (pp.159&129 of 253). Christ too has been referred to as ‘the firstborn from among the dead’ (Col. 1:18).