Told that one is walking in circles
would be considered an insult. Or, at the very least, it would
go a long way to suggest a limited mental capacity. I am in great
danger of loosing a considerable segment of my none-too-numerous
readers by suggesting that a much more numerous segment of the
human race is, in fact, walking in circles. In order to retain
at least some of my public, I took the liberty of substituting
cycles for circles.
Much more palatable.
Deep down we all know that the difference
between the two is marginal. At best, a cycle offers limited
hope of a gradual rise along the track left by our efforts. The
cycle while inscribing the very same 360 degrees sounds better.
Feel better now? Do you?
The cycles can be expanding, drawing ever-larger
circles, broadening forever-receding horizons. The cycles can
also be converging on a diminishing radius, in ever decreasing
. . . circles, until we reach a vegetative state of standing
Yet, strangely enough, that is not the worst.
Our civilization manages to actually regress our ethical development.
The more laws we feel obliged to enact the more we affirm our
reversal towards a primitive existence. Hammurabi may have been
proud of his code, but to me it was the beginning of the end.
Surely "advanced" members of the human race are guided
by higher laws, by inherent, immutable ethic, not by a set of
presumptuous rules created by over-puffed politicians, for their
own benefit, i.e. to protect their ill-begotten loot. Look at
the taxation laws. Who benefits more from them than the politicians?
Who gets life, inflation-augmented pensions from public coffers?
Who never produced anything worthwhile (in office) while
penalizing all that do? Are there exceptions? Surely. Do you
Let's face it, Hammurabi was a brilliant politician.
Let's get back to cycles. They come in various
sizes. The largest or longest known to man are the cycles of
the Zodiac. The Procession of the Equinoxes advances in cycles
of a little over 2000 years each. And each of the 12 signs of
the Zodiac represents a new trait of character which we are to
conquer, or at least improve on. Good luck. It would help if
we all knew what trait we are supposed to work on. Yet, the #1
best seller of all time is replete with references to the Zodiac!
The complete Zodiac may seem the longest cycle, some 25,000 years,
but it only seems long. The most persistent cycle is the wheel
of Awagawan. It is a name given by the Orientals to the cycle
of reincarnation. Many avatars left instructions on how to step
out of this vicious cycle, but to no avail. Why listen when we're
We are having fun, aren't we?
Then we have the cycles known as biorhythms.
Four pages of bibliography back up a book bearing the cycles'
name. It looks impressive, but the cycles are also set on automatic.
Like the Zodiac, like almost everything. If we don't live consciously
then we are subject to all the immutable laws of these cycles.
Are you? The whole of nature is set on automatic. Many of us
are proud to be part of nature. We just love mother earth. Others
think it's all just an illusion. Maya.
Take your pick.
And then there are the socio-political cycles.
They also seem to be set on automatic, or at least, run by automatons.
That's a polite word for robots or people not yet fully alive.
The living dead. This cycle runs as follows. The craftier individuals
make money at the expense of the dumber elements. This usurped
wealth gives them power. They exercise it indiscriminately until
they can't cope with the rebels any more. They then contact their
like-minded scoundrels and form oligarchies. This works for a
while but . . . alas, you can't fool all the people all the time.
The rebels rise their ugly heads and they cut off the heads of
the scoundrels. Or maybe they're just tired of eating cake. Anyway,
this is called a revolution. Fairly recently the French and the
Russians were good examples of such a turn of events. And Latin
America is second to none in applying this cycle. Anyway, after
the rebels win, they form their own oligarchy, which in time
gets clobbered by the masses. L'histoire se repete. That's
why it's called circles. Ah . . . I mean cycles.
In the West we are approaching the end of
another cycle. A two-class society where the growing chasm between
the few haves and the many have-nots is a sure sign leading to
another revolution. Don't believe me? Study your history. The
cycle never failed. Never. After all, it's set on automatic.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why
some people think that there is a Deity up there, somewhere,
which will suspend the incredibly complex system IT has devised
to run this incredibly complex universe, with its incredibly
complex interrelationships, and answer their puny prayers which
might contravene the automatic setting. Would God create laws
in order to ignore them? Would that be smart? What do you think?
Is there a way to step off this mad merry-go-round
going absolutely nowhere? Must we continue to crawl in circles?
Well, what do you think?
Essay #21 from BEYOND RELIGION vol.I
by Stanislaw Kapuscinski