We have many codes of behavior. Mostly interdicts (things that are restricted or forbidden). We have lists of priorities. But what about a code of delight? Should we not subscribe to a ritual code of happiness, meaning and sheer indulgence of joy? Aristotle, no less, said the highest duty of an individual was the pursuit of happiness.
The thing is, he recognized that joy does not walk along with bad behavior; to find true happiness we must live well and behave gently towards others. Hence delight has an implicit code…
Such a code could never be enforced but then, at the highest level, it would be self-enforcing—because pleasure is the motivator or reward! Delight is telling you that you are walking a goodness path.
Pleasure and happiness seem to get a bad rap. That’s because of religions, which seek to enforce lack, need, suffering and boundaries, in order to keep their members enslaved and malleable.
They thrive on poverty, fear, self-effacement and tragedy.
But this is stupid teaching: God—whatever you conceive that to mean—has wrapped happiness into the world for a reason. It is put there, not to be scoffed at, derided and avoided, but to be indulged, honestly, openly, freely, without guilt and without let or hindrance.
In fact delight (as opposed to religious smugness) is the surest sign you are close to the state of God. Serene radiance, the full ecstasy of Being, is our most valid pursuit in Supernoetics®. It has been attained by many individuals, many times in history. Abram Maslow studied it, when and where it surfaced. It is not a theoretical abstraction.
Neither is it an entitlement. It is a reward for those who achieve greatness at the highest level of Being.
So what would such a code look like? Let’s take a shot at it… Continue reading