When we consider the harsh circumstances of life throughout history, it is little wonder that the consciousness of most people was universally centered upon survival, and getting enough fuel, clothing and food put away to get through the winter. Those very few people with enough time and security to consider enlightenment were only marginally influential in their own small communities, because mass communication was unheard of. Those who wrote great ideas remained unknown to all but a handful of people who could afford hand-copied books; and many of those ideas have been re-transcribed with numerous errors, mistranslations and re-interpretations. What we call Religion is actually a confused mass of morals, codes, opinions, prejudices, myths and philosophical ruminations that have evolved through countless cultures and languages; which the original authors would probably not recognize if they were living today. Today, with the advent of industrialization, technology and mass communication we now have the time and the means to delve into great ideas in ways that Kings longed for since time immemorial. In so doing we have discovered how newer facts of modern science are capable of replacing the many convoluted beliefs which may have served their purpose in the past. But, at the same time we are discovering that even modern science is lacking in ways that suggest that there is a spiritual foundation for all things we thought physical, solid and quantifiable. However, in our enlightenment many of us have failed to recognize that the majority of people on this earth are still dealing with day-to-day survival, and thus have no time or inclination to consider far-reaching important ideas. At the same time, the majority of those with available time are blissfully involved in video games, blogging gossip, and fulfilling physical desires. This is not intended to criticize such activities, for each life has its purpose and some people need outlets that I might consider useless and wasteful. I recognize that I may suffer from my own Puritanical past-life values. But the fact remains that I and many people like me tend to look down our noses at those who have not achieved a higher level of chakra awareness. I have to remind myself, therefore, that each one of us has the right to purse our lives in ways that others may not agree. Our paths are unique to each of us, and if there is any universal lesson to be practiced, it should probably be tolerance as well as love.