In religion, ascension is the concept of reaching "heaven", as described in the Bible, as a result of performing good deeds. But what exactly is ascension?

As discussed here, there comes a point in ones' life when to start questioning yourself. The purpose is to understand where you stand in the world, what personal goals you have and why you wish to achieve them. And if you have personal goals, are these goals justified and do they serve to help others or hurt others?

The definition of a "moral good" is somewhat of a misnomer. People know that murder is wrong, rape is wrong, genocide is wrong, etc. It is curious when people are faced with their moral choices exactly what that means to them. Some people in this world are just pure evil. It takes a lot to consider how someone can pursue such wrong and believe it to be right.

An obvious example would be using religion as an excuse to proclaim you have a right to rape women. You know what religion I'm talking about.

Aside from the obvious and blatant cruelty this particular religion suggests is a "moral good", the path to ascension ends with them.

Ascension means to break the habit of following the moral code of others. You know it's wrong to murder, rape, etc. Why do it?

Do these people find it fun? Do they think it's simply because they can get away with it because society is inherently evil and upside down? In this case, ascension means to break the rules, not follow them.

If you know you live in an evil society and you know that society wishes death upon you and your family, what is holding you back from breaking the rules when the system itself desires nothing but pain and suffering upon its people?

That would be the case if life were that simple, but it isn't.

Let's go back to questioning ourselves once again. I posed in my original post a question: Does life lead to heavy burdens or ascension?

Heavy burdens – a responsibility so great that it takes a toll upon your morals as a human being.

Just what exactly do people believe in when they wish to assume responsibility for a societal problem they do not have the intelligence to solve? Don't get me wrong, though. To all credit for those stupid enough to believe they are intelligent people and think they are superior to everyone else.

From another perspective, heavy burdens may be the action of a responsibility you broke, like with the case of rape crime. It is in every human's best interests to ensure that women and children are protected. It is a responsibility we all share. This shared responsibility should represent a "moral code", a code that when broken results in extensive punishment.

Like with all responsibilities, these are the "moral codes" of society. Someone else telling you what is right and what is wrong. There are no middle grounds. It is either right or it is either wrong.

This may sound like a tangent, but the one thing we must realise is that ascension is not the process of doing what's right or wrong, at the end of the day.

People in religion misbelieve that the process of ascension means to perform good deeds. Don't get me wrong, it is a good idea, but the philosophy is flawed.

Mahatma Gandhi was considered the spiritual leader of India during the British Colonial settlement at the time. Despite claims that he "beat up his wife", which to this day any evidence remains to be seen, Gandhi remains one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our age, besides the Buddha.

He broke hundreds of rules against the British Empire yet is considered as such.

Why is this? This is why it is important to understand what ascension really is and why most religions get it wrong.

Ascension is the process of questioning yourself in a world of pain. What would you do knowing someone else is being hurt, regardless of the form in which it takes? The answer is not always easy.

Spiritual people tend to be those who break the most rules. It sounds odd to say it like this, but it is effectively true. Taking criminals out of the equation, spiritual people break the rules to give themselves what they believe they need to attain greater awareness and knowledge of a situation.

In this day and age, breaking the rules could be as simple as spreading "misinformation" about this, that or the other. When society is run based on rules that are so easily broken, you are effectively in a tyranny. There is no other way to explain it.

But when spiritual people question themselves and wonder why they are being told to do something that makes illogical sense, not backed by any scientific consensus or produces a result they would rather not participate in, they naturally choose to do the opposite. Most people would instead do the other, because they believe ignorance is easier.

Just what kind of world do you expect to face when people follow ignorance and rules, rather than break them and explore their own path?

I am not in any way suggesting to commit crimes here. This is not what this article is about. It is important to understand the difference between breaking the rules for the sake of yourself and committing some act that is in every way intent on hurting others.

Ascension is not a path towards enlightenment, nor is it a way to break some rebirth cycle. It is a process, a form of understanding about yourself that may lead you to breaking some rules. Nobody said the spiritual journey would be easy, but it is in every way so much more interesting than the boring machine life discussed in an earlier topic.

What do you think is Ascension and why do you think so?