By John Brindley
Imagine walking into a cinema to watch a film on the big screen.
It is clear you are about to see a work of fiction.
Yet, despite the fact you are separate from events being portrayed in the film, you become drawn into what you are watching.
You experience a rollercoaster of emotions watching the mayhem that follows throughout the next two hours including love and rejection, violence, grief and loss and final reconciliation.
You go home, and the film merely becomes a memory as you go on with your life.
But what if you were offered a part in the film.
You take on a new fictitious identity and are plunged into a world swinging unpredictably from joy to despair.
It’s an emotional adventure but you are actually following a tightly-written script with little scope for individuality.
The latter scenario mirrors what happens when we come into this world.
We are born a sovereign human being, entirely separate from human constructs such as the state, government and the law.
Yet once we are provided with our birth certificate, we are given a part in a world we believe to be real but, on closer inspection, proves to be as fictitious as the movie.
We become an employee of the United Kingdom corporation and are subject to its laws and monetary demands.
Your individuality is stripped from you and instead you are given a new identity, rather like an actor or actress.
You are given a fictional name through the use of capital letters which appears on all subsequent legal forms.
You are told you are free and live in a democracy but your choices seem severely limited.
Unless handed a living on a plate or unusually successful, you are involved in a constant battle to ensure you are financially in the black rather than the red.
Your subsequent relationships and offspring also become part of the same legal machine.
If you’re lucky after a lifetime of work and toil, you get a few years post retirement of relative freedom.
But then you notice the state, so keen on monitoring your every move throughout your working life, seems remarkably reluctant to look us when we are no longer economically productive.
This life is a mixture of emotions – some positive, some very negative.
At times we wish we could ‘stop the world we want to get off’, at others it’s the most wonderful adventure.
Just like the film, we are heading inevitably towards the final curtain, our physical death.
Only this time some of us fail to realise that we’ll merely be leaving behind the fictional drama and going home.
The question facing many people waking up to the fact our world is far different to the narrative we are fed by our parents and our educational institutions is: can we escape the fiction altogether?
And indeed there are those who taken themselves off the Internet grid, are living in communities free of money and enjoying a world without war, poverty and natural earthly resources we have to pay for.
But they remain a small minority.
The rest of us can choose to live with a healthy, knowledgeable detachment from worldly events that appear to demand our time and attention.
We can both engage in and try to influence the great drama that is unfolding daily but also know we are spiritual beings with a destiny that lies beyond this limited, three-dimensional world.
We can play the role we are assigned but know we are neither our name, nor our physical body.
We are part of creation, limitless possibility, not bound by either time or space.
As a certain religious leader once said: “The truth shall set you free.” Otherwise you’ll merely become more and more embroiled in a fictional drama over which you have very limited control.