Both our morals an our morale are intimatly tied into our Will. To live and to thrive in this world of contending forces requires that we adapt to external and internal circumstances in order to develop a functional code of conduct for ourselves. Besides secular law, there is one’s development of a response to that law and a reliance on one’s own experience of life and living.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Morals vs. Morality

    Joke: The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    Christianity and all Abrahamic religions present the directive that we have to suffer though life and be good; despite the bad.
    –to be in the world and not of it.
    –Existentially absurd.

    Note: When the Spirit has left the temple, morality rushes in to fill the void.

    1. How does morality arise in our world? And how does it serve our morale?
    1A. The 10 Commandments are extracted from the Old Testament; reflecting the well-established Hammurabi Code.
    1A1. But morality arises to serve society, by regulating human conduct in order to maintain civilization.
    1B. Our morale is shown in our ‘will to live’–faililng, would make us each suicidial.
    1B1. We constantly need to be motivated to ‘carry on.’

    2. The will is that energy of spirit with its own volition, formed into character, and that we call the human soul.
    2A. The character we create is made from our cicumstantial interaction with the world, as we try to impress our innate tendencies int what we do to bring meaning and joy into our lives.
    2A1. Such volition reveals itself spontaneously, but as the child is disciplined, matures through rumination and reflection.
    2A1a. In this same way, the government disciplines society through law and law enforcement.
    2B. The human soul then expresses itself thorugh its morale ‘to do.’
    2B1. Genius can arise thorugh this.

    3. In any specific act, the individual is instructed on how to act and respond by the volition–an educate volition that speaks to experience.
    3A. This overrides every law book; the individual cares not waht nay god or judge thinks; but hat he or she may have to hide on’es behavior from them.
    3A1. And this in spite of his or her philosophica acceptance of the moral paradigm.
    3A1a. Though ethical rules in one’s profession may be more compulsory.

    4. Scriptural and legal codes cannot fully account for individual experience.
    4A. When individual experience falls outside such strictures, problems arise.
    4A1. The individual’s genius becomes repressed and possibly extinguished.
    4A2. The individual is punished by guilt (spritual) or jail or fines (secular law).
    4B. Spiritual and secular law require a ‘one size fits all’ approach, in that common experience and consensus reality applies.
    4B1. This can be tryannical, and alienating for the inidividual.
    4B2. This pretends that moral behavior emanates from legal or religious institutions.

    5. As an institution, the GCL does not claim religious authority; nor do we profess a moral code.
    5A. Gnostics understand that moral and ethical behavior come from the individual, who alone, is responsible for their own behavior.
    5A1. Though the Collects of our Rosicrucian Mass gives general guidance for understanding the karmic condition of this world.
    5B. We can feel the morale ‘to live’ by nurturing the presence of the Divine in everyone’s heart.
    5B1. And the heart is the seat of the Spirit (Agape) in us all.

    6. More on morale, and more than just the ‘will to live,’ it is also the vitalizing principal that helps one to function in the activity of living.
    6A. To work in the spirit of the work and feel connected to the output or product of that work.
    6B. To have the personal power to overcome the struggle of life; to discover that joy of being content with living in a meaningful way.
    6B1. To draw inspiration in every moment.
    6B1a. In-Spire=with spirit.

    7. In order to respond ethically to the world and the condition of living, one needs to study and understand the world.
    7A. This comes first through an understanding of oneself, that is then reviewed in terms of one’s relationships with others.
    7A1. Examine Yourself!


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