Thank you for this. What a wonderful lament! Reminds me a bit some some passages in the Old Testament - Jeremiah and Isaiah - which likewise use local imagery to express a universal message.
It's extraordinary, isn't it, the number of phrases that leap out as apt descriptions of what's happening today.
Something that worries me is just how popular the Dawkins book is. He's been saying this stuff for years. Also, I take it as axiomatic in publishing that books that tell people what they want to believe will sell. For example, Uri Geller's books were bestsellers, James Randi's bombed. It seems to me that we've reached a stage where a large number of people want to believe that God is a delusion. Which is a worry!
Something we can do to counteract this - it's really the deeper purpose behind my book - is to ask people to experiment with a slight shift in consciousness, which begins by seeing life from a slightly different angle.
I want to draw attention to the starkness of the choice that confronts us. If you really want to believe that God is a delusion, you must accept that life and the universe have no meaning, that many of the experiences of meaning that you have - for example in falling in love - are delusional too.
By setting out explicity and as clearly as possible some of the Deeper Laws - which describe the operation of the supernatural in the world - and by illustrating these with examples from history, I am also asking people to look at their own lives and to see more clearly that they do not experience life as if God were a delusion.
I am not a member of a secret society, but I think that what you saw in the late nineteenth, twentieth centuries was an impulse arising within the secret societies to make this sort of knowledge public. My book is line with that. I suggest that what all the secret societies from different cultures have in common is this - a focus on the ways the supernatural operates in the universe.
I think that 's what we can do - think hard. As I also try to show, on the occasions when the secret societies have tried to take direct action - for example the Battle of White Mountain, the French Revolution - the results have been disastrous.
On the other hand, thinking hard is a lot. History shows that time and time again an individual sitting alone in a room has more effect on the course of history than generals of politicians with thousands, even millions of people at their command!
I don't think we can leave it to the cosmic mind either.We humans are unique in the cosmos in the opportunities we have for free thought and free will. We enjoy faculties that even gods and angels do not have. Recently - through my friendship with Lorna Byrne - I have have seen extraordinary demonstrations of the power of disemobied intelligence to change the course of events, but I've also come to appreciate some of the ways they need us. They do not have the faculty for extended, abstract thought - for that they need us, which is why a site like this one is so very, very important.
Best wishes, Mark