“Dumbing-down” energy?

lithium-batteriesThere is a movement going on now to find methods for creating free and sustainable energy.

This is a noble enterprise and I would like to see where it takes us. However, I believe you cannot assume that making energy (electrical power) more abundant and available to everyone in the world will solve any problems for the human race.

The deeper question is how do you make energy a “blessing,” capable of making worldly citizens future candidates for becoming heavenly (angelic) citizens. Having unlimited energy to run one’s mobile phone, for instance, does not raise the quality of the conversation between two people. Yet somehow, it is believed that free and sustainable energy will equalize all people and thus, bring about social justice.

However, if there is a spiritual realm (that we all enter after the death of our physical bodies) then the idea of justice, sustainability and energy will have to make a similar transition—with theological considerations.

Could more energy actually make the average person dumber—and power greater mindlessness? Certainly, greater energy does not stop one from being a jerk.

I read an article today about researchers getting closer to getting Hydrogen fuel out of ordinary water.

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, water symbolizes knowledge. Knowledge is power because it has the potential to be put into action. So it makes sense that water is a source for energy. But what we do to our planet’s water is an analog of what we are doing with our knowledge and where we are placing our values.

Even if we succeeded in producing energy out of “thin air” (instead of water) what values would such unlimited power generate? Would free energy turn us all into God’s angels—or merely ensure that our self-centered needs are met?

I am aware that ancient societies did create batteries and electric power, but ultimately abandoned this technology. Why? Were they seeking something deeper—like greater wisdom (spiritual energy) instead of greater personal convenience and comfort?




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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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