Wine, Women and Gold
Achieving the purpose of life.
Our ancient ancestors, those more enlightened individuals who lived before the four-thousand-year period of utter ignorance, described the three categories of experiences available to mankind as “wine, women, and gold”. The statement was made when the organized pursuit of wisdom and knowledge was already almost exclusively limited to men. However, as society grows into a period of expanded awareness, it is appropriate to expand these categories to apply to all.
Today, “intoxicants, sensuality, and materialism” should be considered as the three categories that drive personal behaviors whether the goal is materialistic, psychological, or spiritual. All common human behaviors, both positive and negative, result from the suppression, expression, and obsession with these three areas of conduct.
The fallen human, the person who denies or ignores eternal principles and the laws governing creation, is a slave to the three categories of experiences. Slaves to the objects of the senses find dead ends as their only destination.
Suppression of desire leads to perversion. Perversion leads to frustration. Frustration leads to desperation and anger. Anger leads to violence and death.
Expression of desire leads to egotism. Egotism leads to boredom. Boredom accelerates perversion. Perversion leads to frustration. Frustration leads to desperation and anger. Anger leads to violence and death.
Obsession skips a few steps right to frustration. Frustration leads to desperation and anger. Anger leads to violence and death.
The enlightened or godly individual, the person who guides their life with eternal principles by following practical examples like Christ Jesus, is freed from the three categories of experiences. While playing a human role, the seemingly positive and negative behaviors of an enlightened person result from non-engagement, expression, and exceptional application of the three areas of conduct.
The enlightened person who embraces the eternal principles and laws governing creation is a master of the material universe to the extent that their pre-ordained role allows. The ideal role of each human fulfills all of the laws of creation by correct behaviors guided by intuitive wisdom.
Non-engagement with any category, such as intoxicants, ensures that the free human does not get entangled with the non-essentials for successful living. When one’s goal is to achieve joy through the experience of ever-expanding love, the faith that their role is already well-defined, and a knowing hope that all which will make them complete has already been provided, then desire for the objects of the senses is replaced by the understanding that these are tools used to an end, not an end within themselves.
Expression for the enlightened being is using the tools within each category of experiences to fulfill the ideal life. Each person’s role is unique. Every individual succeeds at achieving a satisfying life by following intuitive wisdom which is guided by eternal principles.
Exceptional application of the three categories of experiences (intoxicants, sensuality, materialism) only occurs when the godly individual is guided to create something unique for others in the physical realms. The exceptional application might mean achieving the criteria necessary for instant personal healing, or performing a display of phenomenal power for a larger audience.
Non-engagement, expression, and exceptional application serve to uplift the enlightened individual and lead to the complete fulfillment of one’s purpose in life. Fulfillment produces an ever-new joy.
The ancients determined that wine, women and gold typically enslave the individual. Slavery to the senses produces a useless and dissatisfying life. However, these same ancients also discovered that it is possible to master the objects of the senses and fulfill the laws of creation. By following the teachings and illustrative behaviors of Christ Jesus, for example, one masters their former obsession with the senses and reclaims an eternal joy that satisfies the purpose of life.
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