American Avatar
No. 18, Feb. 2, 1968, p. 9

Essay on the New Age

Would it surprise you

 

Would it surprise you if I told you that most of the world's greatest people throughout the ages were toads. Shakespeare probably belonged to the Ku Klux Klan. No, seriously, greatness is usually expressed without the expressor partaking of the greatness. Mankind has for a long time expressed the force but has not been sufficiently evolved to UNDERSTAND the force, to be part OF the greatness he was expressing. Some of the greatest poets and musicians and actors and writers were just in it "for the money" or "for the glory". They didn't know where it was coming from and they didn't know where it was going, they were merely unconscious instruments. We have come upon a new time now where that isn't enough anymore. That's why so many of our late prophets are getting religious, they suddenly realized that what they were doing was a little more important than they THOUGHT it was, there was more TO life than just having a good time, there was a great responsibility that went along with their work, they were tuning in on God or mass consciousness or whatever you want to call it and were themselves being transformed by the very force they were expressing to transform their audiences. That's when the trouble begins. The first impulse on that realization is to pass, just keep "letting it happen" and go on about your business, but soon it stops happening, soon you must either be a part of what you're expressing or you will no longer have anything to express. Then it's time to step down off the stage and dig yourself. Then the pain comes. At this point it is tempting to try and make it happen with drugs or some such stimulant and that might work for awhile, but finally it only hastens the emptiness and sooner or later our hero ceases to shine, he has run out of things to say, the light that was with him has retired And he is left with just himself, and that ain't much. Despair, quiet, gloom, nothing. Everybody wonders what happened to our bright young man. Don't worry about him, he's finally being himself for the first time in his life, all the rest was just a grand glorious death dance. When he comes back he will BE what he was only SAYING.

Mel Lyman


Mel Lyman