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The Roles in Different Soul Ages - Part 4 (Scholars)


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Scholars as Infant Souls


Scholars in tribal cultures operate on the memorizing of knowledge on survival. On what herbs are edible and what others are poisonous, on how to navigate on a boat, on how to find your direction in nature, on how to see the signs of what weather is coming, on the different types of animals, and more. In old age, they may be seen as wise elders, who pass on the tribe's wisdom to the next generation. As younger members of a tribe, they may decide instead to work as an apprentice of someone in a certain field of work. As the neutral role, scholars often can take about any role in a tribe and work to master the information contained fully, as well as to gather more knowledge with their keen eye for observation. If anything, it was more common for scholars then to try to master as many skills as possible, because back then, there was so little information available compared to now, that it was possible to master much of it within a lifetime. Even infant scholars in more modern settings, will often work to learn just about anything for their survival, which in modern settings involves whatever skills allows you to make more money. In this sense, an infant scholar is under the influence of whatever is considered of status enough to make more money, however that is defined in a culture. Even after the invention of writing in their cultures, I repeat, infant scholars operate mostly on memory, on simply gathering facts and observations, but are unlikely to challenge or innovate anything around them. Infant souls seem happier to try about everything, because they haven't been able to explore what they like or dislike to learn yet, so they do not have yet any particular preference. Though the more advanced features of knowledge such as analysis, creativity, complex judgment and more, cannot be made by first mastering memory to absorb the foundations of a skill. Even for later soul ages of a scholar, one needs to be humble enough to master the basics of any skill, whether in life or in a specific field. Otherwise we are left with something out of the "Karate kid." Someone who assumes that the simple challenges given are meaningless, that the master is no true master, and that you will simply have to wait for instruction that is more deserving of your natural talent. In other words, infant souls learn to recognize the value of experience over talent.


Scholars as Baby Souls


Scholars as baby souls may have "day jobs," separate from their particular culture and religion, but baby scholars without a doubt are very likely to be deeply fascinated in the knowledge of the traditions handed to them. They pour over their Bibles, their Qurans, their Upanishads, their Sutras and more. Rarely ever independently, but most likely beginning as children listening attentively to their Sunday school teacher, or a study group together. They're often drawn to deeply nationalistic texts and teachers, who hail the values of patriotism to one's nations, and they're the poster child of the perfect student in today's mainstream formal education. They're obedient, they're loyal students who never question their teachers, they are hard workers to whatever task that is assigned to them, they are quiet when not spoken to, they are vocal when they have the answer, and they feel very comfortable in how the structure of education today feels. Perhaps it is easy for the more progressive hippie type or scientific skeptic to not understand the point of having to go through this stage first as a scholar before moving on to others, but as the infant scholar learns to master memory, the baby souls learn to master application or practical skills. This is perhaps why, there is such an attitude of culture of disliking whatever is considered "impractical", such as the arts, philosophy, the social sciences, caregiving roles, and similar venues of thought. Though it is still significant to learn the values associating with learning how to do, how to act, instead of simply talking about a skill. They often look down on people without any practical experience, and assume that one cannot learn more abstract information and expressions while at the same time doing what is "practical" because it is difficult for themselves to master both. It is important to note that different cultures and even smaller family traditions have a different idea of what is considered "practical". That is, whatever is subjectively valued by the culture, no matter how small a culture is whether in a state or a town, since whatever is valued by the culture is whatever is more rewarded in terms of money, praise and approval. No career or skill is objectively more "practical" than the other. If the point of making money in the first place is to be happy, then it goes to say that whatever makes us happy is useful to our main goal of life, which is to be happy. Useful denotes something that is helpful for certain goals. It is just that certain goals are valued over the other, even if that means sacrificing your happiness for the good of the "society".


Scholars as Young Souls


Scholars as young souls are often drawn to high status academic fields and whatever careers are associated with what is considered "intelligent" by society, such as the stock analysis engineer who pours over data from the market or the elitist art historian academic who thinks only one style of art is the only one that should be practiced. Scholars are often less concerned by what the majority thinks as baby scholars do, but more of what the minority high status people think. In other words, whoever simply has the most money. You can see this in much of the mainstream self help movement today, which is composed of various amounts of people studying books written by high profile members of society, often rich white men, and sometimes rich white women, but not much of anything else most of the time. People who are materially successful are lauded as the experts and overseers of the best of the best of knowledge in society, often with the idealization that wealth means their knowledge is perfect, and without inaccuracy. It is true that this information is helpful in developing skills for the practical ventures of life, and we are not advising you to live without a home, food on the table, or clothing to avoid any pursuit of money to an extreme, but even mastery in one area does not mean mastery in everything. Though in younger settings, this often has less to do with whoever went to the most prestigious colleges and whoever has the most views on social media. That, or whichever author has the best selling book and whoever is considered present in a high status medium, whether that is in television or Netflix nowadays. Again, they are not concerned with "tradition," and perhaps one thing the young scholar has over the baby scholar is that they do not suffer from too much shame, guilt and masochistic tendencies as given by the traditions of one's culture. They do not consider themselves "sinners" the moment they are born, especially due to the more sensible sources of knowledge they offer themselves and as they say, "You have to love yourself before you can love others." If baby souls hate themselves and hate others, young souls love themselves more and hate others, which is clearly an improvement. Even if the information shared is meant to simply be for the sake of showing their status of intelligence, it is still helpful in the service of many people who lack the means to provide themselves in a practical sense, but in no such way does that mean they are masters of more abstract spiritual perspectives. In this sense, young souls operate on learning analysis and critical thinking, which serves as the basis to questioning many traditions of before.


Scholars as Mature Souls


Mature scholars, unlike young souls, do not react to questioning tradition by saying, "Traditions aren't true, so there is no other option but to leave them entirely," and more in the sense, "If what I've been taught is not true, then what else can I explore?" In this sense, while the young scholar focuses on questioning things to realize what is not true, the mature soul is on a quest to gather all the perspectives to find what is true. If the young scholar may simply come to believe that "No universal truths exist, so I simply get to do what I want the way I want it to be," the mature soul has not lost hope on finding some sense of truth, even amidst the many lies of society, so they begin a quest to find some deeper meaning in existence. In other words, while young scholars prize analysis, mature scholars prize evaluation. That is, the ability to discern what is right compared to what is false, no matter whether it is focused in the intellectual center, emotional center, moving center or the instinctive center.  While analysis works to study information, emotions, or experience, evaluation focuses on the higher skill of making a conclusion out of the mixed pot of discoveries the young scholars have created. It is often due to the increased analysis, yet decreased evaluation, that young scholars experience, that all this understanding of what is truly meaningless, and the difficulty of finding any meaning, means there is no meaning. So the mature scholar suffers from the nihilistic attitude that no conclusion can ever be found, and seeks to find some hope that true knowledge can be discovered. That their questions, especially the bigger questions, can ever end in some place. It is easy to think, "If so many interpretations are false, then all of them are false!" but it is often due to this lack of willingness to pour through different diverse sets of information that they are so willing to give up, so no wonder that so many give up the quest for knowledge before any of them have even started. Here the mature souls learn to seek what is true for themselves, not out of what is popular opinion, and neither with those who are considered high status alone. Though in this search, they may struggle with so much doubt working with all the options of their minds, that they may feel forever lost.


Scholars as Old Souls


Old scholars are characterized by the goal of releasing the attachment to knowledge. Why? Because this is what drives their fear of the unknown. It is ironic that the thing they desire the most deep in their hearts is what prevents them from jumping into the unknown, to innovate, which is the last faculty of learning for them to master. To go beyond the boundaries of knowledge, and to find something no one else has found before, which often invites a sense of risk. Ironically, in their quests to find a conclusion as mature souls, they may find that their need for a quick solution to their questions may prevent them from the true knowledge they seek. They have no tolerance for ambiguity and for admitting, "I don't know," for they fear that if they do not answer their questions as quickly as they can, they will never find any success for their goals, no matter what area of life they are looking for knowledge in, whether in work or relationships. As a result, they are prey to be taken advantaged of by those who are willing to give them easy answers with simple groups of people to blame, instead of a complex capturing of all the multitude of factors that can cause their problems. To discover something new to offer as knowledge, one must be able to fully commit to releasing the old, something that old scholars struggle to learn. To this malady of stress, the old scholar must learn to trust their own intuition, and not to mistake their intuition for whatever fears their minds and hearts are telling them to follow. In other words, old scholars have to learn to open themselves up to receiving knowledge, whether from others, themselves or the Universe itself. Upon this, the old scholar must learn that to have knowledge, you must give up your sense of control, and just jump in.






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