What are the problems that arise as a result of “And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better”—the prophet’s final verse of the chapter?
Or said another way, "What is the problem of a “stable future?”:
The chosen one begins to think he has time to sleep, to lay around, and to dream.
“Desiring” seems grow, not shrink.
One stops paying attention.
One begins to trust in the predictable and benevolent future (society as king and father) rather than a benevolent God.
One begins to fall in love with the little he knows more than the great he doesn’t.
One begins to bargain with a future that is too easy on him, too lopsided in his favor. (If it is barely necessary to give to get something in return, then what? Then all there really is…is getting).
All these result in a relationship with life that increasingly runs in only one direction: “my own way.”
This is a bargain with the man in black. Changing (or exchanging) anything into what one wants—is a nasty game. That is Man’s game. Earth’s game. That is Satan’s “stone into bread” game. That is: “giving to get.” Of course that game encourages “want.”
Morality CAN NOT have an ulterior motive! Even to God; or rather, one’s idea of God. A “reason” kills it. “Because” kills it. “Why?” kills it—what does one mean by “why?” Who is asking? This does not conflict with Victor Frankl’s excellent philosophy, rather it more deeply establishes the profundity of it.
The “why” , the “because,” the “reason,” and the “motive” is the ego trying to sneak a peak at at the other side of an equation that can’t be solved by logic. They are ways of sneaking a peak at the face of God. It is to be set free by trusting in a voice or a touch, then immediately asking what His name is. But far more troublesome than not being able to see the other side of our choices, it is in “expecting an outcome” that exactly makes the result one wants NOT HAPPEN. The motives must be subsumed, even more, must dissolve into the highest—that which is always and completely outside of “you”—OR the sacrificial system runs TOWARD ruin, death, exile, and hatred of life (hell).
“Getting” must be far secondary. It can not be equal in any equation relating conscious awareness to giving. “Getting” happens.
It just “is” or “does” (“life is like a box of chocolates...” is correct). It occurs secondarily. It can not be directly looked at, or “expected”, (much like quantum behavior) or somehow everything gets screwed royally up—and reality and truth (God) will have none of it. He can smell what you’re up to.
There is giving...and there is life.
There is responding.
“If you are good, won’t you be accepted?”
“Why do you say ‘good’?”