We live on to pass on what we have learned about living from living. The problem with this is that most of us merely pass on what has been passed on to us from those who passed it along from someone who passed it along... through centuries and eons of passing along the same old same old stuff, with no one in the entire chain ever once examining what they were handed and asking, "What makes you think this is so?" We think it is so because we have been told it is so. And we never question anything because we have been told not to question anything. What has your life taught you about being alive? That is the only thing worth knowing. The only thing worth passing on. And we pass it along, not as though it is gospel truth, but as a way of saying, "This is what I have made of what happened to be, see if you can verify it through your own experience." Teaching people to look at their life, to listen to their life, as the most valid source of what is true when properly interpreted and understood, puts everything on the examination table and invites questions from all sides. And that is the essential attitude in learning what our life has to teach us about life, and living, and being alive. Live on to pass it on! And let that be that!
What would you go to hell for? What would you go through hell for? It's the same thing, don't you see? And we have to be both clear and right about what is worth going to hell for, and what is worth going through hell for, and do it-- time and again, moment-by-moment-by-moment, all our life long. It is death and resurrection all the way-- it is like dying, and like being raised from the dead all the way! We have to care enough about the important things to die for them, figuratively or literally. We cannot allow the specter of death to scare us off, to scare us out of the life we are being called to live. We live meaningless, empty, lives because we won't die for anything worth dying for. We die because we won't die. We won't die because we think the wrong things are the most important things. Living, for example. Living in the service of the wrong things is not living at all. Money, for example. Wealth and privilege. Power. Control. We give up everything for nothing in return. And die long before we are dead. We have to turn the light around here. We have to sacrifice all the things we think are important in the service of the things that are actually important. Being right about what is important is the most important thing! What would you go to hell for? What would you go through hell for? Are you right about it being important?
The message of the Savior is "There is no Savior!" When Jesus said, "If you would be my disciple, pick up your own cross everyday, and come with me!" he was saying, "A servant of Truth lives to die in the service of Truth!" We live to die! We live to deserve to die! We live as though every day is the last day we have to live! Life is to be spent in the service of Truth! We are here to live truthfully! To live truthful lives! To live a life aligned with its center: "Like a wheel turning out of its own center!" (Friedrich Nietzsche) We live to incarnate what is deepest, best and truest about us! We live to be-and-to-do who we are! We live to be at-one with The Other Within, and with The Mystery at the Heart of Life and Being! Our life is our canvas and we are the artist painting the truth of existence with every stroke of the brush. Passing it on! We live on to pass life on! Jesus passed it on! Everyone who has known what Jesus knew passed it on! Dying in the service of that which was worth their life! And so it is said, "Know what is worth going to hell for, and be right about it, and live to go straight to hell when you die!" We have to be willing to go to hell in this sense to return to Eden. Eden is where we celebrate having lived to deserve to die and go to hell. If you can understand this, live on to pass it on!