The House of Illumination
Humxnity lives in the basement of experience and opportunity in fear and cowering, espousing that the basement is all that will ever be. Accepting suffering as an inevitability rather than decisions being made.
Some humxns—when they tire from this diatribe of suffering—decide that even if the claim is that the basement is the only room in Existence, that they will, that they must find somewhere else and some other way to be. They risk it all (it being the claimed and apparent reality) and set off on a journey of discovery.
The bravest and most able of these humxn journeyers do not only make it to the attic of Existence, they TEAR THEMSELVES AWAY from the elevated experience, from the highest chamber, from the brightest room in the house of Existence ONLY to return to the basement and tell humxnity that their experience could be greater and that there are other ways. An attic, even.
But those in the basement who are committed to their perception of lowliness, who in every moment of doubt-in-lieu-of-action double down and recommit to their fear, cannot have it this way—with people coming from the attic to encourage them to find the strength and courage to live another way. It is too contradictory to their narrative, now their belief, that life is a basement of suffering.
That their experiences could be different and greater if they only made different choices makes them angry. Makes them resentful. Casts them into the shadow of belief that if an attic were ever possible or ever constructed that there wouldn't be a basement in the first place. They refuse to see the purposefulness of the foundation as a beginning. As a necessity. They refuse to use the dark and the lowly to construct brighter and higher places. They refuse to admit they are the benefactors of their suffering.
So it is that in the basement, Atticians are silenced. They are murdered. They are put away. They are repressed or forget themselves. They are disabled from showing those who were not brave enough to lead (but who are daring or curious enough to follow) the way to the attic themselves. Atticians are prevented from leading those behind them or behind their way of thinking on the safest journeys out of the basement.
Yet they cast a light on doubt and plant a seed that must grow upwards in accordance with the true nature of things. Even in their espousal of something greater, Atticians make a way. They inspire questioning and more people brave leaving the basement of humxnity to find their own ways. The shepherds and light carriers and way-makers may be taken, but the fields, and the spaces and the ways they spoke of and promised remain.
And though those of us who struggle out of the basement of humxn experience may get lost or lose ourselves along the journey, we are still choosing a higher elevation of experiencing Existence and how it manifests itself. And we may fear not, for the attic will not go away.
In the House of Illumination, there will always be necessity for an attic, just like there will always be the reality of the basement. The journey isn't solely about where you arrived, but also concerns where you are capable of arriving afterward. The only thing that determines your destination is your decision making. This is as true for the individual as it is for the collective.