THE HARVEST — A WORK OF THEOLOGICAL REALISM

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Article by PJ Cornell.

Overall assessment: 9 out of 10.

John Krygelski has given us something special with this book.

On the surface, the book seems to be a work of science fiction with gods and space aliens; and it could be described as science fiction — however, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that this book is much more than that.  This book is what some, including (with some reservations) this reviewer, would consider to be a plausible realist’s explanation for God and the Bible.

This book is of interest on a number of levels.  In addition to having created a fascinating read, Mr. Krygelski has also created a philosophical treatise.  Think Jesus Christ meets Ayn Rand.  If you read the Gospel of Thomas and thought to yourself «Well, this makes more sense than what I was taught growing up,» then this book will resonate with you.  What is expressed here is not egoism, but neither is it altruism.  It rises above that obsolete distinction.

This book could be described as a work of Transegoist literature.

In this book, God is nothing if not a realist; and He insists that going to heaven requires that people achieve a certain strength of character, and he points out ways in which human morality, properly understood, is necessary for human survival as well as individual spiritual, psychological, and physical well-being.  I find the ethical ideas described in the book to be incisive, interesting and plausible.

Furthermore, Mr. Krygelski has developed his story (and the ideology expressed by it) within a scientific context, that seems to be mostly consistent with what I know about physics and objective existence.

My two reservations about the book are that, firstly, this book supports the idea of objective free will (as opposed to subjective free will), and does not make a strong enough case for it to my mind, and the antagonist, who we don’t really meet until the end, is far less complex than he should be, to my mind.

I must say that the Elohim character in the book is one of the most interesting characters I have ever encountered in fiction (and is, in many ways, a very plausible God archetype — which is a great accomplishment in and of itself), and, overall, the story was very engaging and difficult to put down.   I can’t help but think that if God exists and He’s coming back for us, that that event will bear striking resemblance to what this book describes.

I recommend this book to everyone.  It’s great work of fiction, it’s a compelling work of philosophy, and it’s a plausible explanation for existence and God.

TRANSEGOISM

Article by Mark I Rasskazov, Editor in Chief.

Transegoism is the philosophy of directed self-destruction and reconstruction.

In order to fulfill our destinies as human beings, we must rise above what we are and become what we can be.

Thus, the proper human experience is a linear state of constant becoming within the holistic state of participating in the constant state of The Universal Being.

Human greatness is a phoenix of destructive immortality — not of the objective, but of the subjective — constantly refining its genetic code to greater heights and states of being inconceivable to one’s current understanding.

This is accomplished, not by struggling against the real, but by incisive perception of the real, and adjustment to it — spiritual evolution.

Transegoists believe in the transcendence of the self; not in the sense of the embrace of altruism — an idea which has been a blight upon human existence — but in the sense that:

1.  The individual transcends what he currently is to become what he is destined to be, and

2.  The individual acknowledges the Universal Being which is compiled of all of the real — in the same sense that the individual is compiled by his DNA and individual cells — that he is fundamentally connected to his fellow man and to the Universe as a Whole.

Metaphysically, we believe things are what they are, and that all things are fundamentally connected — that the physical and spiritual realms are two aspects of a single Truth.

Our epistemology is that man has been endowed by the Creator with the ability to comprehend the real, and may use that information to destroy and recreate himself.

Our aesthetic is that art should uplift mankind while enabling us to more deeply perceive and understand the real — and experience what can be created by us from it.

Ethically, we hold that man is a heroic being with a spark of the divine, who must work out in himself what the Universe has destined for him to become.  We believe that man must accept responsibility for himself — not only for what he does, but for what he is; and shape himself according to the level of enlightenment he has achieved.

Politically, we hold that the Universal Personality will emerge as a natural consequence once mankind enjoys a state of perfect individual freedom.

Our motto:

«Take heart!  Take power!  Rise above!»

We are becoming what we are.

We are experiencing the divine.

Rise with us.

The symbol of the Transegoist philosophy