About the project. First. The authors of the project declare two objectives: 1. to initiate a discussion in society about the future of the country and the nation, and 2. to give an idea of their vision of this future and the development projects initiated by them over the past seventeen years that can bring this vision to life.
The energetic and wide-ranging initiative of the “At the Crossroads” group succeeded in engaging in an active, meaningful, and “global” discussion. Thanks to our relatively late connection to it, we had the opportunity to track a wide and varied range of responses to the authors’ call for discussion and to draw certain instructive conclusions.
First, about the second objective. It has been partially achieved, and the text presented is adequate to it. It covers a range of issues, to some extent explaining the foundations of the unique viability of our nation, while at the same time rightly pointing out some circumstances that impede the consolidation of the Armenians.
Let’s turn to a very significant issue for an adequate attitude to the subsequent discussion. In the Introduction, the authors of the discussion paper write: “we review the nation, the country and individuals at a crossroads in time: we analyze the past, look to the future and try to understand how to act in the present.” In order to effectively analyze the past, one must correctly evaluate it (as well as correctly see the future). And the roots of the present, in which the authors intend to act, lie in the case of the Armenians as deep as they are not traced on anyone on the planet (remember at least the 12,500-year-old Umbilical Mountain Portasar).
A significant part of the book is a historical review with numerous references (though not about all the most important) covering about 2000 years, beginning with the Great Armenia of Tigran II, limited only to the Christian period. The pre-Christian period, which is most essential for adequate understanding and largely determines the millennium, during which complex and important processes of the formation of the Armenian community and the system of its cultural and civilizational values, completely falls out. Without the understanding of the origins and prevailing value foundations, the role of Armenians (formed as a community of numerous tribal formations), it is impossible to understand the whole complex of what we call the Armenian World.
Speaking about the national identity and traditional values, the authors outlined many of their components but did not pay attention to the most important: determining for our people the aspiration and orientation towards the highest spiritual values, which fundamentally distinguished the Armenians from all the many neighbors and historical partners in the vast arena in all times since the formation of the entire complex of the Neolithic revolution on the Armenian Highlands and many millennia after. Without understanding this, “forgetting” about the exceptionally high assessments that other peoples have given Armenians as custodians, bearers, and distributors of spiritual values since ancient times, much will remain unclear in our historical destiny and distorted in our assessments. Thus, “The Proclamation of Christianity as the State Religion of Armenia”, “The Partition of Greater Armenia between Sasanian Persia and Byzantium”, “The Invention of the Armenian Alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots” could not have decisive significance in the formation of the Armenian identity.
In addition to this, the historical excursion set out in the paper is largely based on the system of theories and views on our history that have developed in the Soviet historical science, which are not least based on the works of the European scientists of the 19th and 20th centuries. All this is significantly outdated and needs to be substantially rethought, especially since a huge number of new scientific – historical, archaeological, ethnographic, linguistic, population-genetic, and many other data have accumulated. And most importantly, the work does not reveal (at least not to the necessary degree) those sides, pages and circumstances of our great history that carry a strong spiritual charge and could serve to awaken national dignity to a much greater extent than the authors managed. The shortcomings (including those not mentioned by us) of the historical excursion were also noted by some participants of the discussion.
The determining circumstance in the modern national “portrait” remained out of consideration: the attitude of each Armenian and the whole nation to the fact that a significant part of our Motherland was taken away from us, huge cultural, national wealth was appropriated by killers, rapists, robbers and their patrons, as well as many vulture marauders taking advantage of the “favourable” situation. The nation suffered incredible and irreparable population damage. And to not give to this extremely serious significance (the corresponding historical references do not change things), to put it mildly, is unconstructive. That not only tragic but also shameful stigma lies on all of us, without exception. And to limit the development strategy of the country and the nation to arbitrarily attractive cultural, educational, industrial, etc. projects means not to consider the main strategic factor that affects our future. Until the Armenian historical fair trial is accomplished until the Motherland is revived, we will not be able to regain our national dignity, and all the projects and programs – no matter how beautiful they maybe – will remain lower. Therefore, the stratagem for the restoration of our full-fledged subjectivity (in all senses) and the achievement of our integrity (territorial and spiritual) should be fundamental in any possible global national project. And its content should be the issues of in-depth analysis and awareness of the causes of the national Catastrophe and a proposal of ways to neutralize its consequences in full.
And, in direct connection with the above mentioned, this paper does not pay attention to the current conditions in which Armenia is found, “thanks” to some of our closest neighbours, with one of which we continue to be in a state – albeit of a “sluggish” – but fierce hybrid war.
The book is written mainly from the standpoint and within the framework of – let's say – a business project and related management (not only we noted this), and in this regard (the authors of “At the Crossroads” are aware of the possibility of other business concepts) it solves the problem. It is possible that speaking from such only one position would be sufficient for many, many other nations and communities, but it is completely unacceptable for our states and all Armenians.
The authors call for discussion of the proposed scenarios by the representatives of different sectors of society in Armenia and the Diaspora, including the so-called intellectual, political, business and military elites, and attract the attention of people of all ages, especially the youth. It is assumed that those endowed with the right to make decisions about the future of the country and nation, should be based on public consensus. Public consensus is an attractive institution. However, for the required consensus, it is not necessary to expect the required level of wisdom and special knowledge crucial for the country and nation from the majority of members of the society. This must be impartially and undoubtedly accepted. The problem of consensus is closely linked and brings to life the question of the need for a real, True National Elite. Further throughout our text, the term Elite (with a capital letter) will be referred to as the True National Elite (which does not exist yet), and the word “elite” with a small, lower case letter will be used in common usage for various professional and other elites, among which there are often unworthy people.
The book does not have a clear and convincing definition of the most important (the most actual) issue – what is the Elite and how can we, Armenians be able to form it. The second (or first) of the supertasks is completely absent: the need for a correct understanding of the world by the most prepared and receptive part of the society. Understanding of the World and the formation of the Elite are two interconnected and interdependent super tasks (hereinafter referred to as the Super Tasks), without which it is impossible to make the right and adequate choice of a development strategy for our desired future.
The authors rightly believe that their conception of the vision of the future and the ways to achieve it is one of the possible ones, and for many, by its certain sides, it seems quite reasonable, convincing, and attractive. But, we repeat, other, no less thorough and convincing approaches (even if they remain only in the material and intellectual planes of business projects) can (and should, and will appear) – and then the authority and wisdom of the Elite cannot be dispensed with. Without the determining presence of the Elite in the society, the contradictions and destructive disputes between successful and intellectually developed people are inevitable. The deplorable outcome is the continuation (possibly worse) of many of our troubles and tragedies ...
Yes, in the text of the discussion paper “At the Crossroads” you can find thoughts about the critical importance of the Elite, but, we repeat, it is not defined, and the mechanisms of its formation remain unclear. Judging by the opinions of the participants in the discussion published on the project’s website, the issue of the vital need of the country and the whole of Armenians in the Elite is not recognized, as it is not strange, by everyone. And those who still talk about it often misunderstand or incompletely understand it. There is a scatter in the attitude to the question of the Elite – from a misunderstanding in general to an almost adequate (unfortunately, rare) understanding.
Political, military, economic, religious, intellectual, and any other elite different from the Elite is inevitably prone to mistakes, errors, weaknesses. Only the Elite possesses the greatest strength, power, and wisdom possible on the Planet – the power of spiritual authority. And if (further the words of some participants of the discussion are in quotation marks) “the adaptive merits and major economic successes of the Armenian communities and individuals” were protected not by the elite, but by the Elite, for whom the "suddenly" emerged “hostile environment” could not come as a surprise and which would not throw itself in one direction or another, depending on the circumstances, then not only “the success of the communities and individuals” would be ensured, but also the necessary prerequisites would be created for the consolidation of the networks (and everything else) and the formation of everything necessary for national and state-building. And the Armenians would have avoided further troubles and tragedies... The hierarchical structure of the national ideology and its bearer – the Elite with its spiritual mission – is the guarantee of an effective, productive, and safe activity and growth of any and all networks. And then the political, intellectual and all other elites will match their purpose.
Yes, “a society ... needs to be headed and led” and there “needs to be determined a reasonable clear trajectory of movement...” (review by Hakop Mkhitaryan). But it remains unclear who, how and based on what can and should do this. And in a position to do this, and this is precisely its mission, is the Elite. An Elite that is united on the basis of an adequate outlook and a common goal. An Elite without an adequate outlook and a clear common goal does not exist. The other participants of the discussion write about the same thing, for example, “the strategy … has few chances for implementation due to the lack of a specific action plan, just as it was with the previous work “Armenia 2020”. Concrete successful examples of the projects implemented in Armenia can hardly become drivers of development. The systems approach needs either a clear sequence of steps at the state level or a strong leader who will promote this approach.” (review by Sergey Sahakyan). Or “Today, we are at a crossroads again. Yes, there is a new government, there is a social demand for Revival and for the Development to begin at last. But the government is only a tool to carry these processes out. Without the National Revival Concept this tool in itself is useless.” (review by Karen Gevorkyan), etc.
The whole “Crossroads” is apologetics of networks and network organization of the Armenian space, for which relevant historical examples are presented. We join the assessment of the importance of the networks and network interaction, especially in the context of the modern globalization processes. And if in the past the large scale of the Armenian networks contributed to the development and well-being of part of the nation (temporarily), today, with their help, much more can be achieved. The network itself can self-coordinate and function within certain (and not established by the network!) frameworks and limits, but it is incapable of solving supersystem tasks. An instructive illustration is a quote from Hayk Balanyan’s text that deserves much attention: “Vardanyan’s statements about inclusive and extractive development models regularly cited from Acemoglu’s book, actually confirm the reality that political system dominates the economic one, that the state is the main player and the subject of history, which can in no time make bankrupt and eliminate any amir of Constantinople or the wealthiest resident of Moscow and Tbilisi. The authors write: “As a rule, ‘verticals of power’ take the upper hand in confrontation with horizontal networks. The fate of the network set up by New Julfa merchants who did not have the support of a sovereign state provides a good illustration of this conclusion drawn by Ferguson.” (pg. 31).” The authors of “Crossroads” themselves write about it!
H. Balanyan talks about the necessity (especially for the Armenians) of the dominance of the hierarchical principle of organization over the network and justifies this. For example, “The reason for the loss of the Armenian statehood was exactly the creation of network oriented towards foreign centers, where the divergent tendencies ruined the common state, and the national ideological axis, which the authors do not like so much, was weak and did not secure the accumulation and concentration of national resources around the idea of the state.” The review volume is large enough, and it’s better not to give some fragments of it, but to read the whole thing.
H. Balanyan’s justified fears on the issue of networks and centers of power are almost the only ones in the whole spectrum of opinions, which causes alarm and concern for our society: few people realize the necessity of the primacy of the principle of hierarchical vertical and subordination of network structures to it, who see the cardinal dangers associated with “network” to the detriment of hierarchy and with a corresponding loss of subjectivity, for whom the question of the main network hub is important...
One of the rare people aware of this danger is Hovhannes Sargsyan: “...without the presence of a common national development strategy, private strategies may lose their meaning, enter into conflict with each other, no cumulation and synergy effect will be produced. And to develop a common project, a pan-national institution is needed. In modern conditions, I believe, such an institution can only be the Armenian state, the role of which is underestimated by the authors... effectiveness and self-sufficiency of the network is possible only if the “locus of power” is its own sovereign state."
Let us, partially and to some extent, generalize our reaction to the project “At the Crossroads”:
a) Incomplete, and if strictly formulated, then a completely incorrect understanding of our national identity, its structure and content, because:
b) It is not understood (or rather it’s absent) the role of the fundamental long initial (from the Neolithic sources) period of the history of our community and the whole complex of related characteristics;
c) The fundamental limitation of the essence of a “business project” following from the previous one, which is completely on the planes that lie outside the spiritual field that determines the world order; and after all, it is the initial orientation (to a greater extent than on the entire planet) of the Armenian community towards higher spiritual values that is the main characteristic, if not to say, the content (today, to a large extent, again converted into a potential form) of an Armenian;
d) From here, the main thing: ignoring the highest levels in the Hierarchy of values, reflecting the world order; having used (it seems, only once) the word “sacred”, the authors, however, do not say anything about the essence of this sacredness; while this is the defining one in the world ...
e) And most importantly: the authors do not set a goal (task) (nevertheless correctly stipulating the alternativity of their approach) of developing and proposing a mechanism for the most generalized decision-making algorithm, their systemic and comparative analysis, selection procedure and, most importantly, the implementation (materialization) of what has been worked out, with a definite and justified pronunciation of the subject of its execution. Simply put, they do not consider it necessary to concentrate their considerable resources on efforts to form the Institute of the Teacher, the national Elite.
One of the rare references to the Elite is in the Afterwords (p. 195), lost in the longest continuous list of issues that, in the opinion of the authors of “At the Crossroads”, could be the subject of discussion. We dare to say (and we had the opportunity to write to the authors about it) that clear answers to many of them (practically all the important ones) – short and preliminary or sufficiently comprehensive – are given in our book “Armenian Supertasks” (hereinafter – Book 1), and more detailed ones will find their place in the subsequent books of the series “Peace, Worldview and Armenians in the 21st Century” (hereinafter referred to as the Book Series), in particular in the forthcoming book “The Meaning of Life and the Development of the Nation”(hereinafter – Book 2).
And the fifth.
A political nation cannot get formed without ideology and without the Elite. Adequate worldview. National Elite. National mission, national idea, and ideology. Spheres of the spiritual. The determinant for our people orientation towards the highest spiritual values, which is an “implanted chip”, a cultural and civilizational marker of the Armenian identity. The understanding of this should underlie the national ideologemes. The neglect of the spiritual foundation will make it impossible to build a national Temple, no matter how sophisticated and attractive the plans, programs, projects seem. The World, the Universe is built according to the Spiritual Project and lives according to it, grows, develops, goes round and round on the spiral of its never-ending Evolution. So, Consciousness determines everything else, including people’s safety, material well-being and happiness... Truly: “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” (Seneca).
A remark not directly related to “At the Crossroads". In one – the rarest, fortunately, case – a “politically correct” tribute is given to far-fetched and for many fraught with obvious dangers such “universal values” as the gender issue sucked out from finger and humiliating for both men and women, and “smoothly” with it is the interlocking issue of the rights of the LGBT community. Here is the full relevant excerpt: “Last but not least, in our quest to educate and enlighten our population, the advancement of human rights, women’s rights, promoting gender equality, LGBT rights, etc., are significant issues that need to be addressed. We must recognize that a significant portion of our population is neither adequately represented nor participating in the efforts of advancing our goals. When designing projects, inclusiveness of gender must always be under consideration. As a small nation we must promote and insure the participation of all members of our society.” The reviewer obviously does not realize how much such things, with well-defined goals, intentionally implanted in society, are alien to our (and indeed all of humanity) spiritual constitution, culture and norms of public life. He can be "justified" only by the fact that this gentleman (Simon Hasserjian) lives and works in Canada, far from Armenia and has already completely immersed himself in the "modern" Western mentality... Apparently, special public educational-wellness programs should be devoted to these and similar "politically correct" deformations...
And the last about the responses. The author of one of the reviews suggests, in his opinion, a better name for the project – “At the Intersection”. But everyone is at an intersection at any moment of life and anywhere on Earth, and this, generally speaking, is a common place. We, Armenia and the Armenians, have always been, are and will be at the Crossroads. This is our Cross, our Bridge to all four corners of the world, our Cross, full of difficulties, obstacles and dangers, but also oversaturated with inexhaustible, not yet fully understood, opportunities for growth, development and achievements. This Crossroads, which at the beginning of the Way was the Source of human roads, with the unfolding of History, continues to maintain its constructive, educational (by example), helping, protective and mediating role for all of humanity... And today, like many times before, It tells us again: the Time of Decisions and Changes has come. “And in this is constancy.”
Let us pass to the second part of our text.
“Great truths do not take hold of the hearts of the masses. And now, as the world is in error, how shall I, though I know the true path, how shall I guide? If I know that I cannot succeed and yet try to force success, this world would be but another source of error. Better then to desist and strive no more. But if I do not strive, who will?” Chuang-tzu, 4th century BC.
The Chinese sage said this at the beginning of the Dark Age – the Iron “Age”, according to Deep Knowledge (DK). DK is the collective wisdom of mankind (for DK, see book 2). Today we are at the very beginning of a new “century”, and the situation has radically changed. People who know the true path, as then, are negligible (of course, there are always many who think that they know). But, compared with that time, the people’s average level of consciousness has grown. And, most importantly, we are on an ascending arc of human development.
The right to express our comments on the “At the Crossroads” is given to us by the state of the world that we saw and understood based on the DK and the essence of the Armenian problems. It, this DK, also allowed us to develop a clear approach to their solution. Without the collective wisdom of humanity, we would not have been able to get any closer to the truth, no matter how talented, smart, or even brilliant we were.
The context of the discussion is not a private or personal affair of one or a group of people: it covers the entire – and not only Armenian – world and requires meaningful and responsible transpersonal joint activities. And we are obliged, rejecting the possible accusation of immodesty (we just realized that we need to climb onto the shoulders of giants...), to state our understanding of the problems.
THE BASES OF OUR APPROACH AND OUR SUGGESTIONS
1. The Statement of the Problem
Main chain: 1. The universal meaning of life – 2. The understanding of the world – 3. The mission (of the nation, person) – 4. The national idea – 5. The national ideology – 6. The nation’s ability of organization – 7. The practical actions.
Organization of the nation and Practical actions – Architecture and Construction of our national Temple (The Hierarchies of network nation’s organization – HNNO) – should be carried out on a solid soil, and not on quicksand.
The goal in relation to meaning is a means. The meaning justifies and explains why to set a goal and achieve it.
The main chain is “the goal, meaning”: 1. The purpose of writing the Series of books is the solution of Supertasks; the meaning of Supertasks is the formation in Armenia (and the diasporas) of a permanent and reliable system of ensuring wise power. 2. The purpose of the formation of a wise power is the restoration of the national Homeland, the meaning of the restoration of the Homeland is the effective implementation of the national mission. 3. The purpose of the mission is the phased implementation of the universal Sense of life, the meaning of the universal Sense of life is the conscious participation in the implementation of the plan for a person according to the Spiritual Project.
The implementation of the Main chain “goal, meaning” requires the formulation and execution of a huge number of various individual chains of the goal, meaning. The “individual” chains include the whole variety of personal, group and national goals, meanings: the racial solidarity of the Aryan nations, the formation of the world Elite, etc. For those unfamiliar with the essence of the General Chain, much – for example, the restoration of a national Homeland, or exemplary relations at the national (the more so international) level – is a fantasy, a pipe dream. With an adequate understanding of the world and appropriate actions, this is achievable.
The disclosure of the essences of the General and Main chains has begun and continues in the Book Series.
2. The Main Obstacle to National Consolidation
“The Armenians cannot be defeated; they can be divided.” This was said by the Persian king Darius I two and a half thousand years ago. “Armenia ended its political existence by suicide. It was defeated by the demon of feud and only secondarily by the external enemies. It destroyed itself.” Garegin Nzhdeh.
On the one hand, smart, efficient, talented people are a national wealth; and on the other, the irreconcilable differences between the smart and talented millennia destroy Armenia and divide Armenians. The time has come to realize the reality, deeply understand its causes, and overcome this Main obstacle to national consolidation.
3. The Main Reason for the Disagreements
“Ignorance is of two kinds: one, illiterate, precedes science; another, boasted, follows her. This second kind of ignorance is also created and generated by science, as the former is destroyed and eliminated by it.” Montaigne.
The ignorance of the first kind is “lower ignorance”, lack of education, underdevelopment of the mind. It is inherent in both a distrust of everything that goes beyond its perceptions, and, in other cases, a complete trust in that which is inaccessible to its understanding.
The ignorance of the second kind is "higher ignorance." It has a passion for explaining, teaching, insisting on its own or rejecting everything that does not fit into its picture of the world. It is typical for it to proceed (usually unconsciously) from, as a rule, unreasonable primary premises for proving and constructing its statements; everything that is not perceived by them is declared false and harmful.
In turn, the highest ignorance generated by science is destroyed and eliminated by DK. Thus, appears a harmonious person who, in the process of his development, grows into a Sage (for wisdom, see book 1). The organic part of DK is true science (without dubious hypotheses and theories).
Science, by virtue of its specificity, does not consider and therefore cannot answer the most important questions: “What should we do?”, “How should we live?”, “What is the purpose (mission) of a person, nations?”, “What is the universal meaning of life?” and many others. The difficulty in mastering the foundations of DK is that it requires a lot of internal work, the desire to see one’s mistakes, misconceptions, and pacify one’s ego; always remember: a) you can never get closer to the threshold of wisdom (TW) while you remain closed to everything that disproves your truth and b) higher knowledge – knowledge of your ignorance. The old paradigms, methods and concepts have exhausted themselves. It is naïve to think that without knowledge of the foundations of the DK, one can adequately understand and qualitatively improve the world, solve a global problem, and consolidate a nation.
“No man is engaged in a craft which he/she has not learnt at least a little; however, everyone considers themselves qualified enough to do the most difficult of all crafts – governing a state.” (Socrates). Moreover: everyone considers themself well-versed in understanding the world – the most complex (more than governing a state) not even a craft, but an art – science. In a world of higher ignorance, in which the vast majority of smarts operate, the “symptoms'' are well treated, but not the reasons. The misunderstanding of the causes often leads to the increase of the “diseases”. The reasons will not be understood until the “doctors” remain arrogant, confident in their – blinded with conceit – understanding of the world. Among them, of course, there are modest, honest people. But that is not enough. Until a person becomes harmonious, does not enter the world of harmony generated by the DK, in him/her, often subconsciously, deeply sits a sense of self-importance that does not allow leaving the world of higher ignorance.
Here is an example of fundamental ignorance of the smart people. A question often asked by children: “Why should one be kind and honest, and not a false egoist?” To such “children's” questions, not a single (!) smart person who has not learned the basics of DK is able to give a convincing answer. Since numerous whys and what-fors will follow. And they all need to be explained. After all, the outside world proves the contrary. A sound explanation of even children's questions requires an understanding of the universal Meaning of life. Modern education (upbringing) is deeply flawed, for its product are the inhabitants of the world of higher ignorance. The result is the state of our world.
Without knowing the convincing answers to elementary, “children's” questions, people always find “justifications” for their, to put it mildly, ugly words and actions (interests), and societies, by virtue of their ignorance, often tolerate it. The history of humanity known to science is the struggle between ignorance and injustice.
The main cause of disagreements is ignorance. First of all, the ignorance of the smart. The smart, successful, respected ones. Many of them are honest, decent and have good intentions. But they are the inhabitants of a world of higher ignorance. This is the misfortune of everyone who is smart, but not wise enough. This is our common misfortune. All the Armenian tragedies (and misfortunes of all nations) are from the ignorance (higher ignorance) of the smart. From the ignorance of the bearers of "talentism", the creative contribution of which the authors of “At the Crossroads” so confidently put their trust in.
“The Sleep of the Reason begets monsters. But the history of the last century shows that an awake Reason, free from the voice of conscience and moral restrictions, is able to generate monsters that are much more terrible and destructive” (from book 1). To clarify, even a talented mind with a conscience and morality, but ignorance of the DK, can give rise, from the best intentions, to terrible monsters. The reason is the misunderstanding of the true nature of conscience and morality. The history of mankind is the clearest illustration to what has been said.
The assumption of a new era of “talentism” is a forecast (again, good intentions...) of the death of mankind. Talents have always been, are and will be. Thanks to talents, our world has impressive material and intellectual achievements. And it is the talented people that brought our world to a deplorable state.
Many serious thinkers have been talking about the systemic crisis of our world, impending death, serious illness of the planet, damage to the human being, etc. Obviously, the reason for what is happening is in us, people. “We need to look for the root causes of the disease in the field of human values.” The book 1 says: “The only factor that has a fundamental and deep meaning – the principal difference of development of the internal nature of the people, nations and races – is least considered. That is the fundamental reason for the contradictions of the modern world, the main reason for the chaos reigning in the world.”
Isn’t it more correct to assume the onset of a future era of wisdom (“wisdomism”) – many people’s realization of their own ignorance and the desire to reduce it, understanding the need for a true world Elite. The era of awareness of the paramount importance of wisdom, the organic part of which is talent, is the only way to cure the serious illness of mankind. It will allow to cure the modern global abscesses and ulcers and will ensure the priority of intellectual and spiritual achievements.
4. The Consequences of the higher Ignorance in the Independent Republic of Armenia (RA)
“The Four – Catholicos, elected in 1999 under the pressure of the authorities, along with the first three presidents of the independent RA, due to their ignorance (lack of wisdom required for serving in a high office) brought the RA to a grave state, which is a grave crime against the Armenian people.” This is from book 1. Often, a person of higher (or lower) ignorance, having received great resources, becomes a criminal (there are understandable exceptions – ofr instance, the current leader of the Republic of Armenia, despite his errors and mistakes, we wish him and us that he doesn’t become a criminal). “Non-wise mind divides and decomposes everything, but wisdom unites and synthesizes everything. It is the smart, but not wise people who have achieved great success and influence in life, that are the main source of the troubles and tragedies on our planet” (book 1).
5. The Levels of Consciousness
On the scale of “ignorance – wisdom” there are many levels, and at each group people who are close by the level of consciousness are grouped. There is a critical step – the threshold of wisdom (TW). The lower the critical level, the more dominant the lower nature of man. The higher – the more dominant the higher nature. The highest values of the lower nature of man – money, power, interests; those of the higher nature include Love, Truth, Justice. At the TW level, the worldview revolution in men ends. They have matured to realize the degree of their ignorance and adequate understanding of the world. The sufferings experienced and rethought by them and their people, helped them. At the TW, there is a transition from a world of higher ignorance to a world of harmony. Candidates for proto-Elite appear at the TW. Above the TW, are the candidates for the future Elite. Of all the nations of the Earth, by virtue of their origin, colossal historical experience (still not sufficiently thought-through), values and character of the Armenian, it is the Armenians who are able – for the first time at the present stage of the development of mankind – to form HNNO headed by the Elite.
6. How the Main Obstacle will be Overcome
The most valuable for a person is their own experience, own conclusions and understanding of what is happening, their understanding of the world, and not what is imposed on them from the outside. To think independently and make decisions – that is a feature, the individuality of an intelligent person. They will accept from the outside only that which corresponds to their understanding of the world. This is what the majority does. Rare smart people who are honest, courageous, and internally liberated at the same time, are able to doubt the trueness of their picture of the world. When a person, remaining an independent, free-thinking individual, sincerely wishes to understand what the deficiency of their understanding of the world is in, they will approach the TW. Those approaching the TW, being at the TW and rising above the TW are the worthiest, most high-quality people of the Armenian world. Let's call them the Best. Of the Best, the future proto-Elite and Elite will be formed. The organized, united Bests will overcome the main obstacle and ensure the consolidation of the Armenians. “Nothing in the world can resist the combined efforts of a sufficiently large number of organized minds.” Teilhard de Chardin. We believe that de Chardin had in mind the wise minds.
7. The Identification of the Best
The most important task of the HNNO Information and Reference Service (see Book 1) is to provide information on the process of forming ISNO to as many people as possible. As a result of the reflection on the information received, the Conscious appear – those who realize that it is imperative for the Armenians to solve the Supertasks. In the three-level hierarchy of HNNOs, the first is the level of the Consciouses. Each HNNO level, in turn, consists of several stages. The second level is a Trial. The Conscious, sincerely striving to adequately understand the world, rise to this level. The third level is the level of members of the IG (Initiative Group aimed at the formation of the HNNO). Those who have achieved great success in understanding the world, transfer here. These are the Best.
8. The Culture of the HNNO World
A false understanding of the world leads to a flawed base on which relationships between people, groups of people, and states are built. “The uncomfortable, cold, cruel and deceitful world that we complain about is all we are for others.” Feliks Chwalibóg. Our earthly world is a school of relations. People must communicate, they cannot but communicate. Ignorance, the lack of a deep culture of relationships is the main reason for disagreements, hostility, hatred, and enmity.
In the HNNO world, the foundation has been laid for a new – exemplary – culture that is being formed and rooted as the HNNO develops. Its dominant principle is Love. “I love you” in the HNNO world means: “I am friendly to you and wish you well, respect you, trust you, you are interesting to me, I am open to you and absolutely sincere with you, ready to help you, feel free to contact me with any questions.” A loving person lives in a loving world.
In the HNNO world, IG members are constantly improving their relationships, building them on a solid, reliable foundation – the foundation of exemplary relationships (FER). The HNNO culture is based on open, friendly, trusting, sincere and impartial relationships. In the new world, which is initially formed in a small circle of people who see the future as a steadily expanding community of carriers of the new culture, there will be no place for a person unworthy to manifest their lower nature, all kinds of expressions of a disgusting self in all its variants. The IG, the personal example of its members and assistance to the participants in the process are the guarantors of the establishment and adoption of the HNNO culture.
Disputes, grievances, lies, intolerance, competition are typical in the familiar world and unlikely, ideally excluded, in the world of HNNO. An important characteristic of the HNNO culture is the understanding and acceptance of the dissimilarity of people and nations in all respects and, as a consequence of this fact, their fundamental inequality in a variety of ways. A meaningful dialogue can be conducted between people of a close level of consciousness, and there is no sense (and this is only harmful) to discuss with a person something that he/she is not ready for yet, not in that “class” yet. The HNNO world provides the most constructive discussion of any subject. The quality and content of the discussion in HNNO will be increasingly improved and self-consistent, lining up in a coherent and harmonious picture of the intellectual and spiritual building, the national ideology.
9. The Foundation of Exemplary Relationships
The following is the cornerstone of the FER in the HNNO world.
a) Moral guidelines – a Hierarchy of values directed towards the Highest.
b) The hierarchical-network structure of the emerging HNNO, headed by the Elite.
c) The important principles (see the same section of book 1).
d) The logic of the wise (see the same section of the book 1).
e) The rules of relationships (see the selected text on page 108 of book 1).
f) Open-free consciousness of the members of the IG (see the section "The Levels of Consciousness" of book 2).
g) The rejection of the maxims of world egoism (see the section “The World egoism” in book 2).
Rare people, only starting from the level of consciousness of the TW, are able to adhere to the provisions of FER in life. The combined efforts of just such people can “light the Light”. All the participants in the HNNO formation process accept FER and try to act on its basis.
10. More about the HNNO
All the tasks – from small and private to national and global ones – will find the best solution under a formed Elite, and the way to it is through the formation of HNNO. There is no other way and cannot be in principle: the key to solving everything lies in the spiritual realm, and it is the native environment of the Elite. From there, the energy and creative impulse descend into the field of mental and material, where they find their practical embodiment.
In the HNNO, the key (main controlling) hub can be located nowhere but in Armenia (including Artsakh). We believe that the rationale for this is obvious to most. The issue of the effective relations between the main HNNO hub and the Armenian authorities, for the benefit of the Armenians, has a solution, and it is not the most difficult one. The reasonable power of the state, naturally, is interested in the formation of the Elite. It is also obvious that the formed Elite with the help of the people will lead the worthiest people in the country to power. The relationship between the regional and local HNNO hubs in the diaspora with the authorities of the countries of residence can be effectively resolved in the mutual interests on the basis of the HNNO ideology, which is revealed in the Book Series. The useful provisions of the Network Nation Organization project (“At the Crossroads” project) should and will be used in the HNNO project because any serious global project is our common heritage.
“There are Armenians that are pure gold and there are Armenians – you need to burn them with a hot iron.” (Marshal Baghramyan). HNNO will not allow those who “need to be burned out with a hot iron” to approach the RA and diaspora control within “a firing range”. The formed HNNO, led by the Elite, thanks to its powerful force (it will be strong, with its authority, its dignity, its rightness, its will, and the trust of the people – that is the strongest power) will make fundamental positive changes in Armenia, the Armenian world and on Earth.
11. About Our Position.
We are not better, not smarter, and not more talented than many Armenians. But we consciously, in many ways forcedly, took up the extremely complex, over-ambitious task. We understand that no one has the moral right to do so if they are not, at least, at the TW level. We will be happy if someone refutes our “claims” and presents a national consolidation project that exceeds ours. Let us say with certainty: we do not claim, and cannot be part of the Elite, because we do not have the entire set of qualities necessary for this. But who undertakes the development of the HNNO project, they must have the minimum necessary level of consciousness, understanding of the world. Otherwise there will be one of the typical projections of the world of higher ignorance. In super responsible matters, like the process of forming HNNO, flirty modesty and swaggering conceit are inappropriate. Similarly to the role of coaches of a sports team, united by a high team spirit and the common goal of becoming world champions, we have a very important role: as much as our strength, experience and knowledge allow us to organize creating an environment where the future Elite will manifest itself.
How did it happen that a smart, talented, energetic, high-quality nation, who made a great contribution to the formation and development of the civilization, world culture, were thrown out of their homeland and almost destroyed by an invader, at an incomparably lower stage of development? And the second important question: how can we return our homeland? It was necessary to understand, seriously and deeply sort out, get to the bottom of the truth, otherwise it is impossible to live in peace. Great pain and great love have become our strong motivation for many years. The insights of world wisdom tested by the experience of all human history are revealed to a sincere seeker of truth (this applies to us).
The protest, the outrage at the visible (seeming) injustice of our world leads to the search for means of its transformation. And the possibility of transformation lies in the DK, but to master it it is necessary to undergo profound changes, to live, to comprehend many truths, sometimes seemingly obvious. As a result, based on the Knowledge perceived by the seeker, a consistent and reasonable picture of the world is manifested and built for them. In the Book Series, we try to present the key provisions of the DK in an accessible form and consider the state of our world based on this Knowledge. At the same time, the solution of the most important national tasks is proposed. It remains “only" to have an appropriate level of perception of the information received (Knowledge). Our principled position: do not believe what we say, trust only when you yourself find the truth in our words. “There are too many people in the world whom no one has helped to awaken.” (Antoine de Saint Exupéry).
As it was defined above by the first point of the Main chain “goal, meaning”, our goal (the goal of our activity, including writing the Book Series) is to solve Armenian Supertasks, the meaning of which is the formation in Armenia (and the diasporas) of a permanent and reliably working support system ensuring wise power. And our practical actions are aimed at creating such an environment in which HNNO will begin to take shape with further crystallization in that Hierarchy of the national Elite. To do this, we use any constructive (promising, or capable of becoming such) opportunities. One of them is the discussion platform provided by the authors of “At the Crossroads”. We considered it useful to use its social and information resource for another opportunity to present our position and project to the responsible layer of society, and at the same time express our opinion about “ At the Crossroads”, based on our stated interest in exchanging thoughts. We welcome the initiative of Ruben Vardanyan and Nune Alekyan and are happy about the opportunity.