The Book of the Process, Chapter 1
For just as it was the sacred duty of our prehistorical ancestors to hunt, gather, and provide for the survival of their Families, just as it is now the sacred duty of the Church to provide spiritually for our Family, so it has been told that it is the sacred duty of those who follow us to provide for the Family in whatever way the Future allows them to invent. For we are but trail blazes on the Great Path.
The Baker arranges his ingredients into neat piles across the counter, a flat surface across a dimension which he may effortlessly traverse. In this way, so indeed has Caroline arranged Her ingredients across Time, a dimension easily traversed. Our ancestors honed their skills on survival, our Present Company has honed its skills on Spirituality, and whatever technological advances the Future may hone its skills on, so indeed shall that be the final step.
For our Path is different from many: It has a beginning, and an end. Many religions and philosophies live in a perceptually everlasting ether of humanity, a humanity with no difference in importance or role between generations traversing the Path of Time, for in this way they tickle their souls, and protect Future Generations from the trials and tribulations of fulfilling different roles than their texts provide, and thereby not only from Confusion, but False Pride. But we know better than this. While it may tickle one's soul to imagine an Everlasting Humanity holding hands across generations, each generation equal to the next, we know this is not the case. Humanity is a Path with a beginning and an End. This means an end to the mortal form, of course, but not to the Great Treasure of Existence. Just as the runner finishes the race and then goes on to live the rest of his real life outside of the race, so then, when the Future Generation reaches the great finish line and attains Enlightenment, so then are we finally free to Exist the True Existence.
The unlearned man may look to the Ancestors and say: Surely they were not part of the Great Mission, being so simple, being so unaware of the True Nature of the Mission, so unable to comprehend our current level of spiritual advancement. But does the baker look to his measurement of wheat flour and say, "Surely this flour does not hope to one day be part of a great feast, being so simple, and so unaware of its role in the grand scheme of things?" Of course not. The baker, then, chooses his perfect flour—not despite its simplicity, but with loving regards to it.
In this way, would the Future Generation not look to our Present selves, armed with their technological advancements, and say, "Surely they did not think they were part of the Great Mission, for they were armed only with Spiritual Prowess and not with the tools we have today, and died out before we were able to achieve Enlightenment?" Surely not, for the reasons we have just described. We must not only live to serve the Future Generation, but progress and advance our understanding of the universe as much as we can while we are alive. By enriching ourselves, we enrich generations to come, and thus, the Future Generation that will ultimately attain Enlightenment.
While we mortal humans cannot reach through time and perceive what the Future may bring to the table, that ungraspable Thing which will ultimately prove to be the final puzzle piece in Enlightenment. We must enrich ourselves spiritually.
And likewise, to Future Generations—do not lose sight of the Mission as you proceed. Whatever technological advancements are dreamed up by your greatest minds, develop them with the Mission in mind. We have set the table for you; Now it is time for you to feast.