The Many refers to the vast majority of humans on planet Earth. These are the masses, the workers, the followers. They—we—may be characterized as subscribing to consensus reality, that is, the continuous acceptance of the contingent world as most of us perceive it. It is the reality that our parents, peers and the “authorities,” in every sphere of ordinary life, teach us, a process which is called enculturation. Don Miguel Ruiz calls it domestication.
The next group, the Powerful, refers to all political, economic, religious and criminal groups that seek to control, and do control, the Many. Formerly these were kings, emperors, warriors, priests and bishops, but now that everything is secularized, these groups have all coalesced into one, monolithic technological-military-commercial class that consists of top management and retired generals all in pursuit of financial victory and hegemony. The Many now are those who work for the Powerful. Later we will discuss the various ways such control is accomplished, but now it suffices to say their methods are all based on nurtured fear and on hiding certain knowledge the Powerful would prefer not to have widely known.
In late 2011, a new definition emerged of the Many and the Powerful. The Occupy movement, which began in New Your City, defined themselves as the 99%—the Many. The Powerful were that 1% at the top of the economic ladder, who, through their businesses and political influence, control much of what we think and desire. Little, essentially, has changed in this regard since the Middle Ages.
Of the four groups of humans—the Many, the Powerful, the Few, and the Fools—the one we are least familiar with are the Few. Some are fully realized human beings. Some are known and revered in various religious and spiritual traditions from around the world, both past and present. Many more are nearly completely unknown.
Some are not human at all. These exist in a reality higher than the mundane reality most of us experience most of the time. Perhaps they were human once; now they are much more than human. But rather than give them names—which would only limit their actual natures, and probably cause an inter-denominational ruckus—I’ll instead just list a few of their attributes & activities, as they relate to us.
They are powerful beings we can sometimes perceive, if we allow them into our awareness under the right (inner) circumstances. (This is something Freeya can help with.) They are wisdom beings that guide and advise us. They are our companions, whether we realize it or not. And they dearly wish more of us would seek them out.
They invite us to be like them, and come where they are. Collectively, they are:
- Conspirators for the greater good;
- Colluders of joy and comfort;
- Dancers of delight;
- A co-op of contingency disrupters;
- An alliance of awakeners;
- A league of levity;
- An alignment of anomalous novelty;
- Hierophants for half-understanders;
- Recruiters of ridiculous feasibility;
- A federation of Fool finders;
- Purveyors of whimsical possibilities;
- Lords and Ladies of Wisdom;
- Composers of synchronous meanings;
- Partners for imaginable plausibility;
- A staff of serendipity;
- Tutors of Timelessness;
- Authors of chance awareness apprehension;
- The Faculty for Fools;
- Operators of openings;
- A coalition of coincidence creators;
- Senders of fortuitous signals;
- Gnomes of extraordinary gnormality;
- The Faithful Few;
- Those who are awake;
- Transcendental ticklers of boredom; and not least,
- Fierce allies of love and light.
Get the idea? And in this day and age, we hardly know they exist.
The Agents and Companions of these Few are the people who have been able to maintain or recover their spiritual connections after the cataclysm, and despite the subsequent depredations of the Many. When we don’t find the meaning in life we feel or know should be there, we have a choice. One choice is to just go on as before and never really search for the meaning we crave, which is ultimately a defeat, but one many people live with their entire lives. Or we can do something about it. The search for meaning in our lives takes courage. We are adopting here a very old term to describe people who are brave enough to undertake such a search: we call them Fools.
To be a Fool, why is courage needed to search for a higher or stronger meaning in life? Because it means going against the prevailing flow and content of ordinary life—what we have called the CROD, consensus reality ontological domain. This search simply means doing different things than most people occupy themselves with, and this invariably means looking foolish in their eyes, for they don’t understand the need—within themselves—to seek anything beyond what they already have, which is a concise definition of the Many. They see nothing wrong. They are happy enough. They have their families, their jobs, their pastimes, sports, entertainments and hobbies. They are content to remain close to the average behavior and belief systems of their neighbors; indeed, they fear being too different. Thus a gap begins to form between those of the Many and those who have become or are becoming Fools. The Fool takes the risk of looking foolish, absurd, different—wasting time on useless ideas, the Many would say. Nevertheless, the search for meaning must be pursued by the Fool, as his or her dissatisfaction with ordinary life has grown so great there is no other possible choice. Without such life dissatisfaction there is not enough motivation to go “out of bounds” searching for the missing meaning in life.