This blog entry may be disturbing to some people, as it will directly challenge some of our most dearly-held notions as Americans. Going against the collective mindset can be a difficult thing, but someone has to do it, even if it can get one killed.

That being said, I would like to ask everyone to read very, very carefully (and perhaps multiple times) what I’m going to say here so that we’re all on the same page and no one comes flying at me angrily.

The first premise is that we are all human beings, and simply by the virtue of being a human being, we have inherent dignity and inalienable rights as human beings. Humanity, in the sense of the quality of being human, is important; so the point to be made here is that no one’s life or humanity is superior or inferior to anyone else’s, which is to say that in our human-ness, we are all equal.

Moving beyond that premise, that is where equality stops. That is where the equality of value stops. No matter how much we attempt to deny it, this is something we live out on a daily basis. Some people are simply more valuable to us, for whatever reason. We love some people more. We dislike some people. And so it goes.

But the truly disturbing thing that I want to discuss is something that will challenge both American culture and New Age thought: in terms of purpose, not everyone is equal.

Yes, I went there. I said it.

Now, some people’s mouths are probably hanging open at this point in time, as what I’ve just said is probably one of the most heretical possible things for me to say. My statement has already been qualified by the preceding statement, but let’s continue.

The point I mean to make is that not every human being in this world serves the same purpose, and not every human being is playing as important of a role in the overall “story” of the world. To go further with this, you have to also understand that, as mystics, we often assume that everyone wants to embrace their inner purpose or take up their cross or play an important role, and that just isn’t the case. Some people, believe it or not, just want to live out their lives peacefully, doing whatever it is that people in their culture do.

To sum it up, not everyone is interested in attaining Nirvana. Not everyone is interested in theosis or liberation or salvation or whatever your particular terminology may be. So their role may not be as important in this world as your role, and your role, in turn may not be as important as someone else’s role. This is something that we have to accept, and again, as Americans who want to feel equal about everything, it isn’t easy to suggest that someone may, well, be better than you.

But that doesn’t undermine your essential value, and this is where people get all up in arms and start making mistakes and would want to burn me at the stake. It is absolutely repugnant to suggest that one human being’s life is more valuable than another’s, or that one person is more human than another, or that some people aren’t human, and this is something I condemn whole-heartedly.

These are just more thoughts I have. Maybe a deeper clarification will be offered soon.