I think that knowledge is the key but I think you are seeing " knowledge in a different light than I do. If by knowledge one means the "how to" of obtaining food and blankets by the means most of the people of the world use, then I can see your point.
The prison doors that lock us in are our lack of understanding of the power of love and how with love we can have all that we need and can be protected from those who would harm us. The power of Love is as yet mostly untapped and I am talking of myself here as well. This is still pretty much in the theory stage with me as well but each day I am becoming more convinced that understanding the power of love is the only thing that will ever work.
From all I have read about those called "masters", I find that they never make judgments of people which they internalize within themselves. That being because what one judges, one hates and the master will not allow the energy of hate to fill themselves. They observe that people are in ignorance and that ignorance causes them to hurt themselves and others and they do all they can to educate those who are willing to learn, but few there are who have wanted to learn ( however these days, this is changing). So many people want a savior to do it for them, not to show them how to be their own savior.
Yet more and more these days I am hearing from many people who make videos, the words "We must be the change we want to see" . and "We are the saviors we have been waiting for". So things are getting better all the time. It might not look that way at this precise moment because we are in a transition stage and we are looking at an illusion that is only 'seeming'. I say only 'seeming' because of the illusion that all of life is. Everything is illusion and we are a part of it, fooled by it a lot, but needing to learn of how powerful we can be within this illusion. I don't think we are just our bodies, or just our personalities. I believe that we can be powerful beings who create with thought. That is why how we look at life, philosophically, is so important. We have to begin to know ourselves and the untapped potential that lie within us, and within all others as well.
Yes, we could take ourselves out there in the world of illusion and work on the problems with our brute strength, doing all we can to relieve suffering by working day and night to provide food and blankets. We could be like so many people who work long hours and come home to eat and sleep just to do it all again the next day, who have no time for the luxury of 'going within' and meditating and reading good books. But I wonder just how that would solve the most fundamental problem of all, a problem which is a lack of knowledge.
When we can become a 'Master' ourselves, the problems that we experience today will no longer be an obstacle to us. We will have another kind of task which the masters have. People want to have someone who will do it for them, they will even call us holy and put us up so high above themselves and worship us, if we become a master (only we won't want them to do that). I think those who have been Masters who have moved among the people of earth, have had to leave us because we want to worship them and think only they can do things, so we can absolve ourselves from having to take responsibility for our own selves. The 'vicarious atonement' Jesus is suppose to be, to do for us what we could not do for ourselves, has been a great part of the problem because it has encouraged people to see themselves as so needy and so dependent on another.
The lessons of how to become unconditional love and wisdom (which I think makes one a master) are something that it is becoming more and more necessary each day if we are to survive. And when I say 'unconditional love' it must also be stated that this does not imply becoming a doormat for others to step on. It must be coupled with the wisdom.
We look out there in the world and see all of the injustices, all of the bad things people do to one another and along comes these poison reactions that will inject themselves in us if we allow them to. For then after making judgments about what we see, we become angry, frustrated, preplexed, mad, fighting mad even, and now we are part of the problem, locked in the same prison we would want to free others from. With those feelings we can not come at a problem from a place of empowerment.
I believe that we are all ONE and that we have lived many lives. I think we have ourselves played all of the roles from victim to victimizer and everything in between in our many lifetimes. Through out all of our experiences we have had the need to learn from our experiences and to gain the wisdom that these experiences have been placed before us in order for us to learn. It has never been about things being right or wrong but about our learning from the contrast we experience in this dualistic world where the charateristics we want to perfect like patience, respect, graditude, courage, love, fortitude, and the unique abilities we learn with things such as math an science and so forth, can be learned only because of the whip of necessity.
Often we think that things look so bad sometimes for the future of the peoples of the earth and for the Earth itself, but we have to be able to rise above this kind of thinking and know who we are and that we can do something. We have to know that our thoughts as well as our actions are very important and instead of calling things like our physical eyes see them, we have to visualize what we want to see and call that forth. This is just my musings on what you commented on William.
I thank you for your comment. You gave me reason to do some interspection of myself and to try harder to live up to my own thinking.